A Mothers Ramblings: October 2015

Saturday, 31 October 2015

What We Are Eating This Week W/C 31st October

There are many things that I love. Eating is really the main thing if I'm honest and this is probably why I can't lose weight as easily as I would like! It's all well and good telling someone to exercise more and eat less, but I do that and lose maybe a 1lb a week, which of course is great, but I really need to lose more than that... which is why I'm doing something a little drastic this week and going on a different meal plan to the rest of the family after Saturday. I may blog about this more later in the week, but until then here's what the rest of the family are eating this week.

Saturday - Chilli

We're having a Chilli off at Church along with our Trunk N Treat. I actually don't think we're going to eat Chilli, I think we're probably just going to eat sweets and feel full from our lunch that we're having at Jamie's Italian.

Sunday - Beans on Toast (with an Egg on top)

Daddy is going to a recording of RHLSTP (at least that's what the cool kids call it) and so BB is coming to Church with Tops and I before we then head home for an evening meal. It needs to be something fairly easy to cook, something quickish and something fitting of a Sunday.

I think that describes Beans on Toast with an egg on top.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

What We Are Eating This Week W/C 25th October

I've been really naughty this week and haven't spent time working out what we are going to eat next week, well this week... in fact I even went to the Supermarket to do the Shopping before having written my shopping list! That for me is the most terrible thing I could do, it's a way to waste money and end up with nothing in the house worthy of eating... which is sort of what has happened!

Saturday - Steak and Chips

I picked up some cheap Steak in Tesco for Daddy to have whilst I was out on Wednesday night (I was at Relief Society) and the Children ended up stealing half of it from his plate. We decided to have it again as a family, although Big Boy decided that Sausages were better for him than Steak.

Steak and Chips

We prefer to get the so called cheap steak in Tesco (the value range) as with our griddle and my secret seasoning trick (it's just Salt and Pepper, nothing secret really!) it makes it really lush and tasty and like you'd hope all Steak would be!

Friday, 23 October 2015

Bernard Matthews Turkey Stuffed Pittas #Review

One of the first ideas I came up with for the Bernard Matthews challenge for creating some fun lunchbox ideas was Turkey Stuffed Pittas. This is something that is good for getting extra vegetables into the Children and also brilliant for little hands.

Turkey and Veg Stuffed Pittas

I used the Turkey Breast Slices again for this, mainly because again there was a distinct lack of Bernard Matthews Cooked Meats in the supermarkets and also because this is actually BB's favourite of all the products. Top Ender is really good at trying new things and eating a wide range of products, BB less so at the moment and so yes, we are pandering to him.


Turkey Slices
Cherry Tomatoes
Salad Leaves
Pitta Pockets


This can be made really quickly if you need too, but you can also make them the night before and leave them in fridge ready for packing in lunchboxes the next morning.

Put the Pitta Pockets into the Toaster, to warm up and also allow them time to cool down before you need to cut them.

Take the Cucumber and chop into small pieces, put the pieces into a bowl.

Deseed the Tomatoes and again chop into small pieces and add these to the Cucumber.

Lastly cut the Turkey Slices up and again add these to the bowl of Cucumber and Tomato.

Add a squirt of mayonnaise, some seasoning and if you want you can add mustard at this point or Garlic, favourite herbs, harissa, mint, chives... anything that your heart desires or your Children will enjoy!

Then mix. And mix well.

Pitta Stuffing Mix - Cucumber, Tomato and Turkey Slices all chopped up and mixed with Mayonnaise

All you need to do then is slice the pitta pockets open and stuff with salad leaves and a couple of tablespoons of the Cucumber, Tomato and Turkey mix. You can add as much or as little into the pockets as you think that your child would like or can handle.

Pitta pockets with Bernard Matthews Turkey Slices

As you can see from this picture above the pittas look tasty and are certainly small enough to fit into a child's hand. One top tip for you when you pack them, it might be sensible to wrap them in either cling film or tin foil before putting them into a lunchbox because the filling can fall out in little pieces!

STuffed Pitta Pockets in the Lunch Box

Saying that, when Top Ender and Big Boy came home from School both their lunchboxes were empty save for a few small pieces of cucumber and Turkey which were stuck to the corners of the lunchboxes! So maybe the falling out pieces are good for something... like nibbling on whilst you are waiting for your best friend to finish their lunch too!

Bernard Matthews Sweet Chilli Chinese Wraps #Review

Ever since I was young, my favourite food has been a Chinese Take Away and any time I can recreate a dish similar to something I may order, I jump at the chance. This was part of the inspiration for the second lunch I made the Children using the Bernard Matthews Cooked Meats Range and I used the Bernard Matthews Turkey Sweet Chilli Breast Chunks (RRP £) as the protein of this lunch.

I had been looking for the plain chunks, but they didn't have any in the three supermarkets I tried, they are obviously very popular, probably because they taste great!

Sweet Chilli Chinese Wraps

Bernard Matthews Sweet Chilli Breast Chunks


Sweet Chilli Breast Chunks
Hoisin Sauce
Salad Leaves

A word of warning, as I was making this lunch, it looked and smelled so yummy that I started making a third for my breakfast, so be warned you might want to make extra for yourself.


To make the sauce, you have to mix a teaspoon of Hoisin Sauce, and a dollop of mayonnaise. I find it easier to put the mayonnaise on to the wrap first and drop the Hoisin Sauce on top and then mix them together by spreading the sauces together over the wrap.

Take the cucumber and cut into sticks, you can julienne them as thin as you like, but I prefer thick sticks because I'm always worried I'm going to cut my fingers off. Place the Breast Chunks, the Salad Leaves and the Cucumber sticks in to the centre of the Wrap and then fold the wrap as you prefer.

Sweet Chilli Chinese Wraps

I always find it easier to use tinfoil to hold the wrap in a wrap shape, but you can use whatever method you like. I'm just really bad at folding wraps in a way that keeps them folded! If you have any tips for me please leave them in the comments below. As you can see, the whole thing takes a total of two minutes to make, so perfect for busy Mums!

A Sweet Chilli Chinese Wrap

The Children loved their lunch and Top Ender was so excited telling my Mum about the wrap after School, that Top Ender got me to make one for my Mum too. I'd run out of the Sweet Chilli Chunks, so I used the slices of Turkey Breast and much thinner cucumber slices, and I put Spring Onion slices in hers.

Two Sweet Chilli Chinese Wraps with Spring Onion and Cucumber

My Mum loved the wrap too and it just shows how versatile the products are and how they aren't just lunches for Children, but the whole family.

Bernard Matthews have compensated me for this post. I'm going to use it to buy some Dinosaur shapes and then not share them with the Children. Okay, I'll share them with the Children.

Bernard Matthews Pasta with Pepper and Turkey Breast Stars #Review

Bernard Matthews had a great idea, they thought that the Children might like to suggest some fun ideas for their School Lunchboxes using the Bernard Matthews Cooked Meats range as the protein and creating lunches that they would be excited to eat. Now my Children have been, up to a point, rather spoiled when it comes to lunches. As you may remember I like to make the Children's lunches look fun and interesting.

Other than telling me that they love the Bernard Matthew range of Turkey and Chicken products, and that loads of their friends have them in their lunchboxes my Children were useless. Seriously, I asked them what they'd like me to make for them and I got blank stares back! In the end they said, Mum can you make whatever it is that you are going to make us for lunch fun, exciting and most importantly tasty?

I panicked. Eventually, I had some ideas that I hoped would be tasty and most importantly quick to make. Yes, when you read further on you might think that they aren't quick to make but I promise you they are!

For this first lunch I used the Bernard Matthews Slices of Turkey Breast, RRP £1.50. Actually, I also used it for the second lunch too. This is the great thing about the products, they are versatile and easy to use and perfect for busy Mums too.

Bernard Matthews Slices of Turkey Breast (New Style packaging, doesn't it look great?!)

Don't you love the new design packaging? It's so cute and funky looking!, you'll think the first one takes AGES, but honestly it only takes five minutes, well eight if you include boiling the kettle!

Pasta with Pepper and Turkey Breast Stars

Pasta with Pepper and Turkey Breast Stars in a lunchbox along with some Cheese Squares and Strawberries


Mixed Peppers
Turkey Breast Slices


Start by boiling your kettle and put a pan on the hob with a small amount of water in to start heating up. Well, at least that's how I do it. This will be to cook your pasta in, but I bet you had already worked that out.

The second thing to do is to wipe over your peppers. Then slice them in half, and then into quarters length ways. I do sometime chop off the ends so that I have straight pieces of pepper, but this isn't always needed if you're okay with fiddly! Don't forget to give the insides a wash too.

Using a biscuit cutter, press out the desired number of stars from the peppers. I can normally get at least six stars from a quarter, but if you are more logical about the cutter placement you can probably get more. You can do this with carrots if you want to, just slice them thinly and cut out the stars from the circles you create.

At some point your kettle will have boiled, so add the hot water to the pan, wait for it to start boiling again and add the pasta. I tend to use small pasta shapes or soup pasta because the Children love the mini size and it's quicker to cook.

Whilst the pasta is cooking, you get to use your cutter to cut out shapes in your slices of Turkey Breast. The good bit about this is that there is always a little Turkey left over which is perfectly acceptable for you to eat as a perk of making an awesome lunch! I love that the Turkey used in the Turkey products are all 100% British and it always makes me think of Norfolk too.

By this point, your pasta is probably cooked. All you need to do now is drain it, add any seasoning you want (and anything like butter, but I find it makes the pasta a bit too greasy as it congeals) and of course mix in your stars.

That's it. Job done!

Of course, if you wanted to simplify this even more just cut the peppers and Turkey slices into strips and stir into the pasta, but who wants to eat boring plain strips when you can have stars? Or Autumn leaves? Or whatever other mini Cookie Cutter shapes you have in the cupboard?!

As you can guess, this is such a fun lunch to make and one that can be made the night before (whilst you're making the evening meal perhaps?) and kept in the fridge ready to avoid a morning rush.

The Children loved the pasta and BB said that a teacher asked if she could have BB's lunch! I am seriously going to have to go into business making lunches for people, or at least the staff at BB's School. Top Ender reported back that whilst she was sitting down to lunch, her best friend reached over and stole one of the Red Pepper stars and was after doing a lunch swap. Top Ender held her ground however and invited her friend round for an evening meal, promising that I'd make something extra special with the Bernard Matthews cooked meats range... look out for that blog post soon!

Bernard Matthews have compensated me for this post. I'm going to use it to buy some Dinosaur shapes and then not share them with the Children. Okay, I'll share them with the Children.

A Whitby Seafoods Spooky Supper #Review

Last week Whitby Seafoods sent me a voucher to buy some of their lovely seafood products so that I could make a Spooky Supper for the Children and I. We decided to make ours ahead of Halloween so that you'd have a chance to make something similar for a meal for your family next week!

Whitby Seafood Lemon and Pepper Fillet Goujons

I present to you our take on the Spooky Supper!

Monday, 19 October 2015

Easy Meals with Old El Paso Stand 'N' Stuff Taco Kit #Review

In my weekly posts about what we are going to eat, I often talk about how I forget about meals that we love as a family. Tacos are one of those meals, and so when Old El Paso sent us their new Smoky BBQ Stand 'N' Stuff Soft Tacos to have one night when Daddy wasn't in (because they have wheat Tacos which he can't eat), I knew the Children and I were going to be happy. Actually scratch that, we were going to be very happy and hopefully also very full!

A Pack Shot of Old El Paso Stand N Stuff Soft Taco Kit - Sorry but I threw away the pack before taking a picture!

When I'd been shopping at the weekend, I'd seen the new Stand 'N' Stuff Tacos Kit (RRP £3.79) and was able to check that all I needed to add to the meal was Mince, some Lettuce, some chopped Tomato and of course the all important cheese. Everything on the list is something we normally have in our trolley, so it was a very easy shop and was the sort of meal that I could keep in the cupboard (well the Stand 'N' Stuff Taco part, the rest would be in the fridge or freezer) for a quick midweek meal.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

What We Are Eating W/C 17th October

This weekend we are putting the heating on, Daddy has said that it is just too cold for him getting out of bed in the morning and so we need to go and bleed the radiators, ensure that nothing is leaning up against them and generally just be good homeowners. I'm going to try the tin foil behind the radiators tip this year too. Have you done that to your home? Anyway, on to what we are eating!

Saturday - Sticky Sausages with Bacon and Apples

After going shopping with my Mum (and Top Ender too!) when we get home Daddy has normally cooked for us. We tend to have a family meal and one that is warming and filling... which we might not need now that the heating is back on!

We'll go for Sticky Sausages because Daddy is the one who makes this the best and because everyone loves it.

Sticky Sausages with Bacon and Apples

Sunday - Turkey Roast

I think that the next couple of weeks will be our last roast for a while, I like to make sure that the Christmas Roast is special and I don't think it is if you have been eating it every week of the year! I've not yet talked about it with Daddy yet, but I'm sure he's used to my weird ideas by now and happy to roll with it for an easy life at least!

Meatless Monday - Vegetable Soup with Pasta

I figure the children will be much more receptive to Vegetable soup if there is Pasta in it!

I'm going to fry an onion, add some garlic, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots and chopped tomatoes before adding some stock and pasta and cooking. I may add some peas and sweetcorn as I always tend to have them in the house (either frozen or tinned) but it's not a sneaky way to get more vegetables in the children it's because I want some freezer space back!

What is your favourite soup recipe?

Tuesday - Ham Risotto

I'm not sure why, but I feel I should be on a budget this week. I think Ham Risotto is a really cheap meal and so I've added it to my list of things to make this week!

Wednesday - Eating With my Mum

After the success of eating with my Mum at my home last week (we had Salad, Chicken and Rice), I'm going to suggest that we do it again this week... although we'll eat something different than what we had last week!

I think that we'll go for something like Salmon or Pesto Chicken wrapped in Bacon or even Roasted Gammon.

Chicken with Pesto wrapped in Bacon

Of course my Mum might just decide we should go to a Carvery or some other restaurant instead!

Thursday - Fishcakes and Mash

The Children and I are off to Beavers and Guides tonight, so we're going to have a nice warm meal and hopefully not freeze to death whilst we are out!

The reason that we might freeze is as Beavers is only an hour, Tops and I stay on site rather than driving home. As I'm sure you can guess it's cold in the car hence the need for the warm food!

Friday - Meatloaf

It's the last day of Term, so we're going to do something super cool tonight for our evening meal... Well, at least I think it is supercool!

I'm going to make either doughnut meatloaf (meatloaf in the shape of doughnuts!) or maybe individual meatloafs or ones in the shape of something else maybe hearts or stars because the ones that are heads and hands and feet are just a bit too creepy!

So, that's what we're eating this week. What are you eating?

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Chocolate Week!

So, this week is Chocolate Week.

I'll just leave that there, I don't need to bother writing the rest of my post do I?

Yeah, I know I do really.


I am a Chocoholic. No, surprise right? Yeah, didn't think so.

Chocolate Hamper from Whittard Of Chelsea

When I received a lovely Chocolate hamper from Whittard of Chelsea I was REALLY excited. IT WAS FULL OF CHOCOLATE! I passed the Tea and Coffee to my Sister, I'm kind like that and also because I'm LDS I don't drink Tea or Coffee and neither does Daddy...

My sister said the tea was lovely. She sent me pictures of it on Whatsapp in her little teapot that I got for her a couple of weeks ago.

Best dressed teapot in town

The Teapot has a sweater! I can't get over this, it just amuses me so much.

Anyway. That's not what I wanted to talk about. We can talk about Rocky Road Hot Chocolate or the fact that the White Hot Chocolate is my new favourite drink of all time all we want however it won't change the fact that this week is Chocolate week and I'm trying not to eat too much of the stuff.

What are your top tips for eating just a little bit of chocolate and feeling satisfied?


What are your favourite chocolatey things to eat that really aren't that bad for you?

Let me know in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter because I'm desperate here!

Monday, 12 October 2015

The Hallway - Part Two

So, after we decided to paint the Hallway and decided on a paint that we liked we purchased the correct amount we'd need, the masking tape and even some new brushes. If we were doing this we were going to do it properly it seemed.

It's like watching Paint dry this picture.

Daddy had a day off planned and so we decided that we'd use that day to paint the hallway. Well, rather I decided that he should use this particular day to paint the hallway and Daddy just agreed. Daddy actually started painting the hallway yesterday, whilst Top Ender and I were at Church. He knew that the amount of wallspace we had wasn't enough for the time he felt we had put to one side (the time the Children are at School!) to do two coats.

Anyway, I helped paint a bit.

Whilst Daddy was painting the walls previously unpainted, I started going over the walls that he had painted yesterday. Well, I was painting until I got annoyed with my husband because of the way he talked about my painting skills and the brush I was using and well probably I was just bored of painting the walls too if I'm perfectly honest.

So, the walls are now mostly painted.

The painted wall

and it looks terrible.

The wet paint looks like we've re-plastered the wall.

I know however, that it's going to look fine.

Really? We decided to paint the walls brown? It looks terrible!

Eventually. My husband promised me so.

Now, on to the carpet.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

What We Are Eating This Week W/C 10th Oct

This past week has flown by, now I just need to get the rest of the month and next month to do the same and it'll be Christmas and I'll be as happy as a clam at high water. Are Clams happy? I don't suppose they'd be that happy if they were on the Menu this week!

Happy Children are just like Happy Clams right?

Saturday - Chicken Curry for the Adults

I don't know about you, but for us we'll go off certain foods if we have them too often. The problem is when Curry tastes as good as the ones we make in the Steamer, we fancy it for a few weeks... then of course we get sick of them and we end up not having it for ages, which means we crave it for a few weeks and then we get sick of them and... I don't need to go on do I?

Pizza Challenge for the Children

Top Ender and Big Boy are constantly watching videos where the aim is to out gross each other. Okay, maybe it isn't really but the amount of time that the children spend making retching noises when they watch these videos is enough to make me think that this is the point!

Anyway, Big Boy has asked if he and Top Ender can do their own Pizza Challenge tonight. I'm going to buy some really lovely pizza ingredients, some really odd ones and some which are just downright disgusting! I'll link to BB's video as soon as it is live!

Sunday - Roast

We have Daddy's Mum aka Nanny over to share a meal with us today. Like Daddy she is Coeliac and so as normal all our food will be free from gluten and wheat. Daddy has already said that he will make his Gluten Free Yorkshire Puddings, plenty of Roasts potatoes, a couple of different Veg and because I was a good girl and remembered to check the Big M&S for the gluten free stuffing our freezer is almost full of the stuff so we'll have some of that too!

I think that we might be able to eke out enough apples from the tree in the back garden to make a Crumble for pudding too.

Meatless Monday - Jacket Potatoes of some variation!

The Children and were going to go with Beans on Toast for our meal tonight because it was honestly the only thing I could think of that was Meatless that we hadn't had for a while. Then I remembered that Daddy was home tonight too and so Beans on Toast just wouldn't do, mainly because the last time I made gluten free bread it was so crumbly it was more use for feeding tiny birds than my lovely husband.

I've decided today that we're going to make either Twice Baked Jacket Potatoes or just ordinary potatoes. It all depends on Daddy!

Tuesday - Fish Cakes

New Potatoes, some kind of veg and fish cakes for our meal tonight. I don't think that Daddy will join us however as he really isn't keen on Fish. Luckily we have lots of things in the fridge and freezer which are perfect for him to pick at and so I expect he'll make himself something when he is in from work.

I should also point out that he actually might not be home tonight, so in that case he'll probably grab a cheeky Nando's!

Wednesday - Meal Out with my Mum

I have no idea where we will be eating, but I'm putting my foot down and saying NO JUNK FOOD!

Thursday - Beans on Toast with an Egg on Top

After having thought about it for our evening meal on Monday and not being able to have it I now really fancy it and so I've decided that as Big Boy did his Cooking badge at Beavers last week and made Beans on Toast with a mousse for pudding that he can make our meal tonight too.

Friday - Sausage and Mash (For The Children)

Big Boy and Top Ender tried a Mustard Mash the other week and loved it, so they have it again tonight along with Sausages in Onion Gravy.

It depends on how hungry when Daddy gets it before we work out what we're having, but it will probably be the same thing!

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Self-Esteem And The Role Of You Over Social Media

Today I pretended to be a Teenage Girl.

Despite what my Mother might tell you, this doesn't mean I took to wearing all black (I have a white T-shirt on!), putting on heavier eyeliner than the stars of Black Swan and generally being the worst person to be around in the history of the world. Instead I pretended to be a Teenage Girl in the world of today. 

Why? Well, last week Dove shared with me some research they have done as part of their Self-Esteem project, which was started back in 2004. The idea was that the project would help young girls raise their self-esteem and realise their full potential, help them to increase their body confidence and they have partnered with other groups to help reach more girls across the world. 

Women In The World Generation Girl Dove Self-esteem project logo

Sunday, 4 October 2015

The Last Week Of September

The week started with us as normal going food shopping with my Mum. The only difference was we should have been at Legoloand, but with BB being poorly we had to skip it. The good news was that this would also mean we could watch Doctor Who at the same time as the rest of the nation!

Sunday Top Ender and I were at Church, we had a great day with Top Ender giving a talk in Primary during the Senior Primary Time. I love the fact that being in Primary means I get to hear different talks each week from the Children and I get to hear my daughter of course too! In the evening we had the Missionaries round to share a meal and to teach a lesson. They taught a lesson about Talents, and using our talents. It was a really great lesson as the Children had to think about the Talents they have and how they use them. It was lovely because after the Elders had left the Children spent some time talking about talents they see in each other and other people they know.

Most of this week I was doing small things around the house, cleaning and trying to declutter the junk around the house. It seemed to me that things were just getting out of hand and I knew I needed to just buckle down. So I made a list! ROFL, talk about procrastinating right?

Tuesday was mine and Daddy's wedding anniversary. Amazingly we've been married for 14 years and neither of us have killed or seriously wounded the other. I'm only teasing, as I put on Instagram I am the luckiest person in the world to have been able to marry my best friend and to be able to share this adventure called life with him.

My Beautiful Anniversary card and Snooker Ball Keyring

Sometimes of course we drive each other crazy, but I think that when you take our relationship right down to basics there is not only love, but also respect and honesty which I think are all pretty important in a relationship!

Wednesday we did have some bad news. One of my Mums Kittens was hit by a car and unfortunately died. It was really sad because this Kitten was such a lovely Cat. He hated anyone apart from my Mum but he was good looking and would occasionally let me stroke him! My Mum is really missing him and his brother and Mum are missing him as they have been calling for him.

Wednesday had also been an All Change day at BB's School and I'd got to spend an hour in a lesson with him. Together we drew monsters on the laptops using shapes (I think mine looked like a Koala!), made monsters using 3D shapes and BB even managed to squeeze in some time making monsters out of play-doh. I do love these days as they enable us to see what our Children are getting up to and how they learn and of course gives us parents a way to get to know the staff who work with our Children on a daily basis.

The rest of the week passed quickly, with both the Children, Daddy and I looking forward to the weekend. Top Ender and I because it is General Conference weekend and this means we get to sit on my bed watching Conference on the TV via the internet and eating snacks! And this of course actually brings me up to what I'm doing right now... but Sssh because technically I shouldn't talk about this until next week!

What have you been up to this week?

What We Are Eating This Week - W/C 3rd October

This week things got away from me. Normally I like to sit at home during the week and think about the food we are going to eat so I can base it around what we have in the Freezer, Fridge and Cupboards and what is on offer or I can get a good price on! This week however, as I said things got away from me and I was out shopping before I'd even written a list let alone looked properly in the Freezers, Fridge or Cupboards! This is therefore me working backwards and I apologise to my wallet and bank manager.

No time for Relaxing with Tea in the Garden this week!

Saturday - Turkey Curry

Daddy refers to this as a Steamed Curry because we do it in the Morphy Richards Intellisteam Food Steamer and so it gets Steamed. It makes the meat very moist and honestly is one of the best ways to make a curry in our very humble opinion. As Top Ender is now able to have Curry with us I made sure that Big Boy had something he liked to eat and so he had Toad in the Hole.

Sunday - Roast

It is General Conference this week, and due to the magic of the internet I can watch it with Top Ender from home. This means that we get to eat our Roast Dinner on my bed and so luckily Daddy is going to make it super nice so that we can enjoy both sustenance for the body and the spirit!

Monday - Ratatouille Pasta

When I made Ratatouille a few weeks back I made so much that I ended up freezing what seems like a tonne. Tonight I'm going to use it as a sauce for some Pasta which we'll either share with Top Ender's best friend and her little sister who are coming round tonight or eat it when they go home as they might be eating with their Daddy!

Tuesday - Dinner with Granny

I had said to my Mum we were going to have to have a Wednesday night meal together and spend the day shopping together because on a Tuesday night Top Ender is at Orchestra and so we have to hang around a bit which would be boring for my Mum. Tomorrow however I have a thing on at School with Big Boy so we've had to change our plans already!

Wednesday - Fish Pie

The last time we had Fish Pie, I made two. Tonight is the turn of the second pie to be eaten. I do worry that it is going to be either watery or not as fishy as I thought it would be so I'm going to serve it with Sweetcorn and hope for the best!

Thursday - Microwave Vegetable Risotto

The Children are actually quite fond of Risotto and I did promise myself I would use the Microwave a lot more to make good healthy and nutritious meals and then promptly forgot. Tonight this all changes!

Friday - Fish Cakes and Potato Gratin

I thought I'd do Fish Cakes because it has been ages since we have had them, and I forgot that I'd already got Fish Pie on the menu on Wednesday...

Ahh we need to eat at least two portions of Fish a week so I suppose it is all good really!! BB is really great at making Potato Gratin, so I'm going to get him to help make our meal and Top Ender has already decided that she would like to make a pudding so I'm going to get Top Ender to do that tonight.

What are you planning on eating this week?

Thursday, 1 October 2015

I'm Not Supermum

I get several emails and DM's a week asking me how I manage to do so much in a week. I honestly don't think I get that much done in a week and I'm sure if you asked my husband and children they would fall about laughing, but some of the emails are from people who honestly seem to think that I have it all.

The A Mother's Ramblings family

They seem to think that I can impart some words of wisdom so that they can have it all too. 

Like I've said though, I'm not Supermum and I doubt I could even impart an ounce of wisdom to anyone but... here's how my life works.

For example right now as I write this, let me tell you what is happening.

Top Ender is doing her homework, upstairs in her bedroom. She's just been downstairs and asked me for some advice about her artwork and so I paused my TV show (I'm marathon watching The Good Wife on Netflix) and BB kindly paused his Video game that he is playing so that we weren't distracted.

PippaD and Big Boy

I was actually looking up some ways to teach the Children German (and myself at the same time), and I was bookmarking a few articles on Pinterest that I wanted to read at a later point. I was also putting the last touches to a few plans that the Children and I have over the next few weeks and I was also looking up some ideas for Christmas gifts I could make my husband.

I stopped what I was doing of course.

I gave Tops the advice, checked on a couple of other pieces of work, signed a few letters she had for me and looked over two other pieces of homework she had completed since getting home. Things I normally also should have done as soon as Top Ender had got in from School, but hadn't because Tops had gone straight upstairs.

Top Ender and PippaD

BB has already done his homework, he'd spent some time drawing and colouring and I've heard both of the Children read and they have read both independently and to each other. Dinner is cooking, I tidied my room earlier today, I've emptied all the washing baskets around the house into the ones in the Kitchen, I've signed both Home Contact books, I've emptied lunch boxes and put on a load of washing too.

What you can't see however, is that I need to clean the bathroom. I mean seriously, the sink could possibly be growing a new form of life, as could the back of the toilet. The dishes need doing and I need to put away the dishes that I did yesterday... or possibly the day before yesterday. The table behind me is covered in more junk than I can really pass off as being just a lived in look and probably at least half of the stuff actually needs to be thrown away and the other half needs to be filled.

You can't see that I've kicked the washing machine twice because I've forgotten to actually press the "start" button on the machine. You can't see that I started cooking dinner twenty minutes late and now my children are sitting in front of the TV looking at me with a hopeful look that food might be provided soon...

My husband is sitting on a train, about to pull into the local train station and I should have already have left the house, but so far I haven't...

I'm not Supermum.

I'm a normal Mum just like you.

I'm not Supermum - PippaD

And I guess that we are all Supermums in a way.