Friday, 3 February 2017

Making Your Own Yoghurt with Easiyo.

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Homemade yoghurt? What is this wizardry?!

Before I was contacted by Easiyo to try out their 1kg Yoghurt Maker I had never even thought about the prospect of making my own yoghurt, I hadn't even put much thought into how yoghurt was made. We are however a yoghurt loving household - it is easily one of Zoe's top 5 favourite foods. (in case you're curious it goes; 1. Cucumber, 2. Banana, 3. Cereal, 4. Yoghurt, 5. Kinder eggs.)

My initial thought when I received the Easiyo Yoghurt Maker was that it would probably be a bit of a faff, Paul's first comment on seeing the box was "How are we going to get through 1kg of yoghurt?!" ... Well we were both proven very wrong. The making process itself takes under 5 minutes - you simply add the Easiyo sachet to tepid water, shake, then pop it in the pink surround with some boiling water. Then just 8-12 hours later you have delicious thick and creamy yoghurt! I made mine in the evening while clearing up after dinner, and popped it on a shelf out of the way. So so simple.

In terms of us using 1kg of yoghurt, we definitely didn't need to worry. Each made up pot of yoghurt will keep in the fridge for two weeks, however our first batch was gone in just 3 days!

My one concern is the cost of the sachets, at £2.50 (ish) for a 1kg sachet. However, big 450g pots of Onken or similar are around £1.50, so they do work out slightly cheaper. I also have it on good authority that you can get some multipack deals at Lakeland, so we will be keeping an eye out for those.

In my concern over having a lot of yoghurt to eat, I tried a couple of new recipes. The first was a bit of a disaster. I had seen yoghurt drops on Pinterest and thought they looked great! I was assured by various blog posts that once frozen they retain their shape... This is not true and in fact they melt very quickly. Not sure what I did wrong there, but won't be trying them again anytime soon.

The second recipe was much more successful, homemade granola! I will be posting this recipe soon as honestly it is so delicious! Will definitely be making it again often.

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Have you ever tried making your own yoghurt?

Monday, 30 January 2017

Meal Plan Like a Boss - 30th January (longest month ever!)

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This week was a bit of a fail. After my exciting weekend galavanting in Leeds I had zero time or energy to shop or plan properly, so my plan was slapdash and ill thought out. We ended up having chinese take-away on Thursday and lots of quick meals like pasta or sandwiches. I felt out of control and irritable the whole week because of it, I stopped keeping on top of the dishes and by Saturday I was fed up.

This is what a week off plan does to me, I hear lots of rumblings about how meal planners are a load of rubbish or a waste of time, but for me they make the difference between a good week and a bad one.

So this week I am determined to get back to it and actually enjoy it!

The one complication for me this week is that I am doing a course this week at a conference centre, so won't be able to take leftovers as I won't have reheating ability. Most annoying

Monday:

I baked a small ham on Sunday so planing to use up the leftovers either in an egg fried rice or if we are feeling particularly tired - some sort of epic toasted sandwich.

Tuesday:

Paul is working late, so I'll be eating solo, so I thought I'd try my take on these Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes I saw on Pinterest the other day. Sounds like the perfect meal for one to me. Oh and are you following me on Pinterest? I have a dedicated Meal Planning Inspiration Board! Jus Sayin.

Wednesday:

Cottage Pie, once again Paul has the day off so will make one of his awesome cottage pies. It is a total winter staple meal for us and there is nothing better than leftovers the next day.

Thursday:

Leftover Cottage Pie (with added veggies) - Since I can't take leftover's for lunch, we'll be keeping them for tonight's dinner. I usually boil up some extra veggies to make it feel like a slightly different meal.

Friday:

I'm planning on adding some chicken thighs to the sweet potato and chickpea curry I usually make, served with brown rice. I usually make a HUGE panful of this so it should last a few days for lunches, or I may freeze some for another week.

I went to Sainsburys this week as we had the offer of a lift (a rare treat for a non driver), so spent slightly more than usual; £47.

What is everyone else eating this week? Don't forget you can grab my free PRINTABLE MEAL PLANNER over on last week's Meal Plan Like a Boss post.

I am also hosting a regular linky for any bloggers who'd like to share their meal plans, I find it so helpful to have them in one place to gain inspiration and build a community.

Although I am having technical difficulties with InLinkz this week, please bare with me while I try to find a linky tool that actually works well...

(Feel free to leave your links in a comment and I'll add it in for you when I get it set up, sorry this is not ideal)

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Sunday Moment - 29th January

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I didn't do a Sunday Moment last week, as I was travelling back from my weekend in Leeds. I spent the weekend with the most amazing bunch of women, but I wanted to save that for another post, so keep an eye out for that one.

1. This week me and Paul went to look at a potential evening wedding venue, and the registry office we want to get married in. We absolutely loved both, so come payday we will be paying deposits and setting dates! I don't want to say anything just yet as its not booked but watch this space! We stopped at Flatcap Joes for a celebratory coffee after, a little hint the venue is under 10 minutes walk to Flatcaps.

2. Is it just me has January been 78 days long so far?! Seriously, longest month ever. I sat down on Tuesday night thinking "wow this has been a long week" and it was only Tuesday. It's a hard month with everyone being skint or frugal, and the cold damp weather. I'll be glad to see the back of January. And high five for a couple of 4 weekend months ahead!

3. I am definitely having a "my baby is all grown up" moment right now. Zoe is fully talking now and sometimes when I look at her I get a glimpse of the child she is becoming. Her baby features are fading and I am equal parts sad that she isn't a baby anymore and immensely proud of the kid she is becoming. She needs to stop growing so quickly though, she is so so tall. I got these Gap dungarees in the sale a few weeks ago in size 3y thinking she'd have room to grow and they are so short on the leg! The trouble is she is tall but slim, so sleeves and legs are short but everything is baggy. Need to start stocking up on the next size clothes. Recommendations for longer/slimmer fitting clothes brands appreciated.

4. PLEASE tell me I am not the only mother who starts breaking out in a cold sweat over these types of activities. We DO NOT do this at home, mainly because we rent our house and its wall to wall cream carpets but... I was so on edge. My lovely friend Alyssa invited me over and set up this activity for the kids. Zoe had an absolute blast but I was so on edge and hovering with the baby wipes. I am suddenly very thankful for our childminder who does this with Zoe all the time.

5. I just have to tell you about my new favourite item of clothing. In fact I am wearing it as I type this post! This Mother Like No Other jumper was my little january sale treat to myself and I am SO GLAD I bought it. I sometimes worry with some of the Mama Merch stuff that its made for slim people and wouldn't suit me, but this is so snuggly and a really nice comfy fit. I am an 18-20 (UK) and sized up to the XXL which was perfect for me as I prefer a baggy fit.

6. I had a playdate with a wonderful friend and her little boy yesterday, someone who since maternity leave we had lost touch a little, so it was wonderful to catch up. I set up all the happyland sets before they arrived but obviously it all got trashed within minutes, but everyone had fun. I'm making it a bit of a personal challenge to try and reconnect with the people I love who I've lost touch with a little this past year, with work and toddlerhood. Friends are so important.

How was your week? Anything to report?

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