Monday, 7 August 2017

Meal Plan Like a Boss - 7 August

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WE SURVIVED! Two weeks of no childminder. We did succumb to take away once, and I did have toast for dinner one night, but we survived! This week we are sort of back to normal, Zoe is back to the childminder but Paul is away Monday-Thursday being a super important big shot with work, so I am fending for myself.

On one hand I am anticipating feeling a bit lonely and sleeping with the TV on (tell me I am not the only adult who gets a bit creeped out being home alone?!) but on the other hand I am excited to plan meals just for me! I feel a bit overwhelmed by choice, as nothing is off limits!

Monday:

Breakfast: Porridge with banana and honey
Lunch: naked noodles with seeded toast and avocado
Dinner: Leftover roast chicken pad thai.

Tuesday:

Breakfast: Porridge with blueberries and honey
Lunch: Leftover pad thai
Dinner: Roasted broccoli fritata with haloumi

Wednesday:

Breakfast: Porridge with banana and honey
Lunch: Red pepper and tomato soup.
Dinner: Pineapple and olive pizza.

Thursday:

Breakfast: Porridge with blueberries and honey
Lunch: Red pepper and tomato soup
Dinner: I am out with friends for Newcastle Restaurant Week, we haven't decided where yet as we are indecisive.

Friday:

Breakfast: Cereal, toast and coffee
Lunch: We are planning to be out and about during the day, so we'll grab something on the go.
Dinner: Pesto pasta with bacon and garlic bread.

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.

What's on your meal plan this week?

Sunday, 6 August 2017

World Breastfeeding Week - Demand more from your nursing bra.

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It's World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August), and I realised I have never really discussed my own experiences of breastfeeding on this blog. Mostly that was purposeful, as it is such an emotive topic, I didn't feel 100% comfortable sharing my own experiences as my decision to combi-feed can sometimes be met with negativity online. However, I did manage to breastfeed Zoe for 12 months and I am incredibly proud of that fact.

One thing I absolutely hated about breastfeeding was frumpy nursing bras. I searched high and low for a decent nursing bra, which not only fitted my ample milk filled boobs, but also looked nice. I mean it is hard enough to maintain your sense of self in new motherhood. I struggled to find high street retailers who stocked my size in store, and I was a bit daunted by shopping online, in case they didn't fit. So I ended up venturing to M&S, where it took me so long to find the measly two styles they had in store, which were hidden on the bottom row under the post-surgery bras - nothing saying 'normalize breastfeeding' like crawling on your hands and knees in marks and spencer to find a nursing bra.

The two I bought were beige and navy with twee polka dots and a bow on the front. They didn't really fit well, but they had the little clippies and I made do. They provided no support, and I felt frumpy in them, but I didn't realise there was any other choice out there.

So, I wanted to take this opportunity to share a shop which specialises in edgy, modern design which is functional but also a little bit (dare I say) sexy! I certainly wish I knew of them back when I was feeding.

The Lucky Muthah Nursing Bra design is a nursing bra like no other! After having her daughter in 2015 Carly Foster became disheartened with the lack of edgy and modern nursing bras available. She craved to have a nursing bra that was functional, a bit sexy, not beige, and basically something she didn't mind people getting an eye-full of when her darling daughter pulled at her top to demand more 'Boo Boos!' in the middle of the coffee shop. (we've all been there right?)

On-trend prints, modern cage-detailing, natural shaping and lift (yes, even for those with larger busts). What also makes their Nursing Bra unique is the 'Y' strap detail. This not only aids support (which we all know our milk-filled boobs need as much of as possible), but is also a fashion detail that can be incorporated with your outfits and can turn any outfit from 'Frumpy Mum' to 'Lucky Muthah'!

To celebrate both World Breastfeeding Week and one year of selling their amazing bras, Lucky Muthas will be having a month long sale (25% off!) on ALL nursing bras, and bringing back a few Limited Edition favourites that had previously sold out.

There is also an Instagram competition to win your own Lucky Mutha Nursing Bra by sharing your own Breastfeeding story/brelfie/experience using the #DemandMoreFromYourNursingBra hashtag.

The aim of the campaign is to get Mamas talking about breastfeeding. The good and the bad. Our lows and our highs. Let’s be real! Let’s talk about how itchy breast pads are, and how scary it can be when you first breastfeed in public. How you’ve been wearing the same grey ‘sleep bra’ for months because it’s impossible to find a decent fitting nursing bra on the high-street! To discuss how impractical and dated high-street nursing bras can be. To empower breastfeeding mothers to share a brelfie (breastfeeding selfie) and talk about how we want to demand more from our usual boring nursing bra. Being a new Mama and hardly having time for a shower is tough enough, without feeling like your tender, leaky bosom aren’t being supported enough. Let’s share how proud and Lucky we are to be able to breastfeed and empower other Mamas to do the same!

To take part in the campaign, or to just help spread the word and help get the conversation surrounding nursing bras flowing, you just need to post your picture on instagram and use the tag #demandmorefromyournursingbra.

So please get involved and start demanding more from your nursing bra.

(This is not a sponsored post, I am just really quite passionate about this and wanted to share this great shop/campaign)

Friday, 4 August 2017

Family Fun - Pick Your Own Farm.

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We recently packed up the car and took a little weekend road trip down to Suffolk to visit family, so I thought I would share some of our adventures from our trip. Our original plan was to leave around bedtime on Thursday night so that Zoe would sleep for most of the 5-6 hour journey. It seemed like such a great idea which had totally worked the last time we travelled (when she was much younger and winter) however, it didn't work nearly as well as this time. We didn't factor in that it was the middle of July so BRIGHT sunshine until nearly 10pm at night, also she is now potty trained so despite putting a pull up on her (she still wears one at night) she was awake so still insisted on stopping to wee.

So despite our great plans and best intentions, we listened to non stop Disney songs and stopped at most of the service stations on the A1, arriving at nearly 11pm, BUT my little trooper was great and after a quick hello and milk pit stop, went straight off to bed.

One downside of being away from home, and also co-sleeping with a toddler, I was rudely awoken at 5am every morning while we were away. Thank HEAVENS for the Kindle Fire which bought me at least 40 minutes of dozing time each morning. Although note to self, take your coffee machine with you next time, the countryside might be beautiful and peaceful and green, but there are no coffee shops anywhere, not one.

On day two we took a trip to a nearby Alder Carr Farm to pick some raspberries (sadly we were a bit too late for strawberries). It's something I have wanted to do with Zoe for a while, but not having a car makes it a bit more difficult to visit farms, another minus in the countryside column is the lack of public transport (city girl fo lyf!)

Alder Carr Farm is lovely, it has a wonderful farm shop filled with delicious produce and locally sourced ingredients and a great little cafe with the most wonderful cake selection. There is not much else for children to do, but Zoe really enjoyed picking (and eating) the raspberries, spotting the juiciest ones hidden out of sight.

We ended up with two HUGE punnets of raspberries and a slightly sticky toddler, but we had lots of fun. Sadly we had to pack up and travel home the following day so didn't get a chance to make anything with the raspberries, but I am reliably informed they were turned into jam and cake after we left.

I really enjoyed snapping these pictures and getting to grips with my new camera lens (50mm is EVERYTHING guys) so I am just going to leave these pictures here... I hope you love them as much as I do.

Stay tuned for more adventures from the countryside!

I've already had messages so just editing to add that Zoe's skirt is from Tu at Sainsburys and her hat is M&S.

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Monday, 31 July 2017

Meal Plan Like a Boss - 31st July

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We are now on week 2 of our childminders holiday, so I am off back to work, and Paul is taking the week off with Zoe. So this week's meal plan will be a bit disjointed, with planning for all three of us eating at different times/places.

Monday:

Breakfast: Cereal for Zoe and Paul, I will have porridge at work.
Lunch: Zoe is deep in a jam sandwich addiction right now, so no doubt that will feature heavily this week for her. I usually buy a large pot of soup which lasts a couple of days lunches.
Dinner: Leftover roast chicken egg fried rice.

Tuesday:

Breakfast:Cereal for Zoe and Paul, I will have porridge at work.
Lunch: Paul is planning lots of day trips and picnics this week, so we have lots of picnic things like Babybel cheese, mini cheddars, veggie sticks, hummus etc... I'll be having the second half of the soup.
Dinner: Slow cooked beef stew

Wednesday:

Breakfast: Cereal for Zoe and Paul, I will have porridge at work.
Lunch: Leftover beef stew with bread and butter for all.
Dinner: Paul and Zoe are going to have a freezer tea (fish fingers) and I will make myself a jacket potato when I get home.

Thursday:

Breakfast: Cereal for Zoe and Paul, I will have porridge at work.
Lunch: Paul is taking Zoe on a playdate to the Discovery Museum, so packed lunches it'll be! I will probably turn to one of the naked noodle pots I have stashed at work.
Dinner: Bangers and mash with veg and gravy

Friday:

Breakfast: We are all off together today, so I think so treat Maple Syrup Pancakes might be in order.
Lunch: I'd love for us to go down to the coast as a family today, so will take a packed lunch and some pennies for ice cream.
Dinner: Pesto pasta with bacon and garlic bread.

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.

What's on your meal plan this week?

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Fluffy Maple Pancakes - The perfect family breakfast.

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Pancakes are the ultimate treat breakfast in my house, reserved for birthdays and special occasions. I mean if it was up to me I'd make them all the damn time, I am fairly certain I could meal plan a full week based on pancakes alone. However, I am a firm believer that too much of a good thing can spoil it, plus I love how excited Zoe gets at the mention of pancakes.

I am usually a pretty traditional lemon and sugar type of gal on the crepe-style pancakes, however if there is maple syrup in the equation then it HAS to be fluffy American style pancakes. You need the thickness to soak up all that delicious syrup.

We were staying with my Auntie last weekend down in Suffolk, and she had been given some maple syrup by some Canadian friends, so I offered to make pancakes for everyone, with either bacon or strawberries. I didn't think Zoe would like the smoked bacon, which is why we had some strawberries, but honestly it was nice to start with the savoury bacon and end with the strawberry - sort of like breakfast dessert! Not that there were many strawberries left once Zoe had clocked them.

I don't have a dining table at home, so being away at a house with a dining room was a bit of a treat. I used to LOVE weekend breakfasts as a kid, we would lay out lots of cereal and toast and toppings, tea and coffee and juice. It felt like a real treat - parents reading the paper, and just time to chat and relax as a family. One day I would love to live somewhere with room for a dining table and recreate this moment with my family.

Its so funny the things you remember as a kid, I am sure my parents didn't think those breakfasts would stick in my mind so much. I do wonder which moments Zoe is going to remember as an adult.

So, to the recipe;

Recipe


this recipe served 3 adults and one toddler, made around 8 pancakes

Ingredients
280g Plain Flour
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
45g Caster Sugar
2.5 tablespoon (plus extra for serving) Maple Syrup
250ml milk (you can use any type of milk, I opted for semi-skimmed, but have made them with Almond and Hazelnut before)
2 Free Range Eggs
30g Butter, Melted
small amount for frying Oil or butter

Method
1. This is really just a chuck it all in a bowl and whisk kind of recipe, I tend to measure out all of the wet then add the dry to it, but honestly as long as you whisk all the lumps out, go wild.

2. You need a good non stick frying pan, warm up some oil or butter (your choice, coconut oil is nice) and ladle mixture into the pan, tip the pan a little to allow the mixture to spread. I find for the thicker pancakes, cooking at a lower temperature for longer works best. I have a gas hob at home, but found the electric at my aunties house MUCH better for this - low and slow.

3. Repeat step two until all the mixture is gone, and serve with whatever toppings you like!

What toppings do you like on your pancakes? I am partial to warm caramelised banana or Nutella for sure. I am always looking for ideas though.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Meal Plan Like a Boss - 24th July

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This week I am off work (mostly) with Zoe, my Childminder takes two weeks holiday in the summer, so I am off this week and then Paul is off next week (the reality of working parents who never get to spend holidays together). Its actually really rare for me to cook a full week of toddler friendly food, so wish me luck!

It is also delightfully the last week of a very expensive month so frugal is the theme.

Monday:

I am at work for part of the day, so will need easy things that can be prepared ahead of time.

Breakfast: Cereal and fruit for Zoe, coffee and toast for me.
Lunch: Homemade leek and potato soup with bread
Dinner: Tuna pasta bake

Tuesday:

Breakfast: Cereal and fruit for Zoe, coffee and toast for me.
Lunch: Leftover pasta bake
Dinner: Salmon pad thai

Wednesday:

We are spending the day in York visiting friends so will be eating out, as we are being frugal I will pack lots of snacks and maybe some sandwiches for lunch. We will eat breakfast before we go.

Thursday:

Breakfast: Cereal and fruit for Zoe, coffee and toast for me.
Lunch: Pitta pineapple pizzas.
Dinner: Butter chicken with rice

Friday:

Breakfast: Cereal and fruit for Zoe, coffee and toast for me.
Lunch: Cheese toasties with carrot and cucumber fingers
Dinner: Mini roast chicken dinner.

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.

What's on your meal plan this week?

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Blogger Pre-School Playdate @ Role Play in Hebburn

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Play dates and two year olds are a volatile combination.

I have this rose tinted idea of what I want a play date to be; sipping coffee and catching up with friend while our little darlings play nicely nearby. Being able to hold an adult conversation and hear all about your friends new job, or new house, or even just chat about last nights gripping BBC drama (The Replacement, anyone watch it?)

However, this is rarely the reality, you inevitably end up chasing your child around some warehouse style play place, which has a ridiculous number of possible escape routes or dangers. Or your child insists that you go down the slide with them every single time, or wants you to hang out in the ball pool and watch them jump in and out 24,000 times - "look mummy, I'm jumping".

Don't get me wrong I adore playing with my child, we often go to these places just the two of us, or to the park, but sometimes you really just want to catch up with friends and drink coffee that is still warm.

So, when the lovely Nyomi from Nomipalony organised a playdate for local bloggers with pre-school aged children, I was a bit skeptical. I mean, yeah, it would be lovely to get to know other local bloggers better, but is that even possible while chasing down a toddler? However, I was pleasantly surprised by Role Play in Hebburn, which was the venue chosen. I'd heard about a few different role play style places around the local area but never explored them.

Roleplay is total play date heaven. There is a cluster of cafe tables running down the middle of the room, with a series of stations around the outside, from a construction site, to a police station - a supermarket to a hairdressers. Each play session is 90 minutes long, and during that time I got to sit and drink a hot coffee, eat a sausage sandwich and chat to lots of lovely bloggers - all whilst Zoe played happily with other children, staying completely in view the entire time! She would pop up every few minutes for juice, or to show me something, or to have a dance to the disney hit playing in the background.

My only minor negative would be the quality of the coffee, you guys know me and my coffee snobbery though. The sausage sandwich however, was top notch.

We had a lovely time and Zoe slept most of the way home in the sling. We will be back soon for a visit.

It is £4 for a 90 minute session during term time, or £5 on weekends or holidays. The spaces are limited so its never super crowded, which is a bonus if you've ever been to a soft play during a rainy school holiday.

Check out their website for more info.

I visited Role Play back in March 2017, just was slightly delayed in posting this. I was given free entry but was not asked to do a review and all views are my own, obvs.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Meal Plan Like a Boss - 9th July

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Despite taking an impromptu break from blogging, I have still been meal planning, mostly. I have weeks where I am ON IT and I feel great, then weeks when I am lazy and tired and wing it. My observations are that winging it is more expensive and often more fatty convenience food is consumed; you know how it is.

So anyway, this week is a bit of a short on in terms of cooking for me, as I am at a friends wedding then travelling down to Suffolk to visit family for the weekend...

Monday:

Breakfast: Porridge and fruit
Lunch: Soup with avocado toast.
Dinner: Homemade beef stew.

Tuesday:

Breakfast: Porridge and fruit
Lunch: Soup and avocado toast
Dinner: Teriyaki Salmon with wholegrain rice and quinoa

Wednesday:

I am at a wedding, so will be eating fancy food at Doxford Hall, I can't remember what I picked, probably chicken or beef.

Thursday:

I am travelling down south, so no doubt will pick up a McDonalds, which is road trip tradition right? We are setting off near bedtime to try and make it as painless as possible and to also avoid the newly potty trained toddler needing to stop every 30 minutes (she still wears pull ups at night)

Friday:

I am visiting family, so not in control of the meal planning, we usually do some cooking and baking though, which will be fun!

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.

What's on your meal plan this week?

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Oh hey, fancy seeing you here.

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Well well well, it's been a while huh?

I would usually start a post like this with an apology, an apology for lack of posts, or for being quiet, but you know what? I needed a break. I have been blogging for just shy of 8 years, and I was feeling like I was done, like I had nothing to say anymore. I took a step back, but couldn't quite bring myself to cancel my domain subscription.

I still LOVE blogs, I read a lot, but I still felt like my voice was feeling inauthentic, quiet, and lacking focus.

Did my break resolve those feelings? No, probably not. However, I did realise that I miss doing this. I miss sharing my life and my thoughts in this way, it is something I love doing so I decided to push back the self doubt and do this just for me. Don't worry I will try not to bore you with incessant naval gazing and pondering of the meaning of life. It'll be the usual yummy recipes, glimpses of life and family fun, and sharing family memories.

So, without further ado...

P.S How have you been?! What have you been up to? Tell me everything I missed!

Monday, 6 March 2017

Meal Plan Like a Boss - 6th March

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The last 6 weeks have been a bit of a disaster food-wise. I just stopped planning, I got busy and let that be an excuse to not bother, to order take away, to just eat toast. I am not a very good adult sometimes. I honestly feel that typing it all out here helps me feel together and like I appear to know what I am doing sometimes. So while I know these posts aren't that interesting to most, they are more for me and my rubbish adult brain.

I also feel in a weird limbo between winter and spring, where I have no clue what I want to eat anymore. Cottage pie and stuff with gravy just doesn't interest me, but salads seem dull. I am on the look out for interesting food/meal ideas, so please share any tried and tested family favourites!

Monday:

Leftover roast chicken gnocchi with pesto and rocket.

Tuesday:

Quorn chilli con carne with brown rice and roasted kale

Wednesday:

Chicken and chickpea curry.

Thursday:

Prawn spaghetti carbonara

Friday:

It is our anniversary so we are off out for a meal.

My Aldi shop came to £43 this week.

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.

What's on your meal plan this week?

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Homemade Granola - It's a gamechanger.

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granola, healthy, recipe

I recently tried making homemade yoghurt, and ended up with a litre of delicious creamy yoghurt! So, while scrolling pinterest looking for ways to use up all of the yoghurt I decided to try and make some Granola. I love granola but never really buy it, as it tends to be expensive and I am distrustful of all of the nasties they add in and then label it 'healthy'. It is not that I am opposed to the odd sugary cereal, but don't try and lie to me and tell me its a health food!

I'd never really thought about making granola before and wasn't even 100% sure what goes into it, but as always social media came to my rescue, the lovely Iris from Whatever Gets you Through the Day shared her staple granola recipe with me on twitter which gave me a great starting point. I didn't have all of the ingredients she used and had no eggs to incorporate egg whites, which she told me really helped bind it together, but in my usual slap dash kitchen style I powered through.

I was really surprised at how delicious it was, and filling too. Even Zoe enjoyed it and called it 'pudding' - it felt like a lovely decadent sunday brunch with a large dollop of homemade coconut yoghurt and a sprinkling of chia seeds on the top. I made enough to keep in an air tight jar, and we had it for breakfast for well over a week.

Recipe

Ingredients
Porridge Oats

Roughly chopped nuts (we used walnuts and almonds)
Seeds (we used sunflower and chia seeds) Dried fruit (we used raisins, as any toddler parent always has a few packets to hand)
Honey
Olive oil
Pinch of ground cassia or cinnamon

So I didn't measure anything precisely here, it is one of those recipes where you don't need to be super precise. It is all about your own preferences, mine was around 2 cups of oats, 1 cup of nuts and seeds, and 1/4 cup of dried fruit - in basic ratios.

Method
1. Put all of the dry ingredients (MINUS THE DRIED FRUIT) into a bowl and stir to combine, then add a couple of tablespoons of oil and a good squirt of honey and mix. You want the mixture to clump together but not be wet, so keep adding a bit of honey and stirring until all of the crumbs are clumped together and are damp but not sticky.

2. Spread all of the clumpy mixture onto a greased baking tray and bake at 160C for 20-30 minutes, until golden. When it first comes out of the oven the clumps will still be soft, so allow them to cool before moving them from the tray - they harden and become crunchy as they cool.

3. Once they are cooled, stir in the dried fruit and pop in an airtight container - ready for a yummy breakfast!

I am looking forward to trying some new flavour combinations - I have been assured that whole hazlenuts make a wonderful addition and I reckon dried banana would be loved by Zoe. Have you ever made granola? I'd love to hear any flavour combinations you enjoy.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

#Bloggersonthebus with Stagecoach.

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We are regular public transport users, we are fortunate enough to live in a city with fantastic transport links, which is lucky seeing as we don't drive or have a car. I was recently invited to a blog event to hear all about the Stagecoach Bus app, which not only allows you to see up to date and real-time bus information, but you can also purchase day tickets online. We use the bus a lot and being able to purchase tickets online via my phone is a real game changer - no more scraping pennies from the back of the sofa, or having to withdraw £10 and feel the wrath of the bus driver with limited change.

At the blog event itself we had great fun chatting to fellow North East bloggers and making our own mobile phone cases - Mine started as a bit of a disaster but the quick application of a lot of glitter saved it. Also, FYI if you are looking for some interesting and delicious cocktails head to Jalou by Central Station - I was really impressed with the varied selection, there was one inparticular that tasted exactly like a Solero ice cream - highly recommend.

After the fun we had at the Blogger event (child free, luxury!) me and Helena from Babyfoote decided to go on a Stagecoach Bus adventure with our kids. Using the app we decided to head into the city centre for a playdate at the Laing Art Gallery. Zoe really enjoyed her trip on the bus, although trying to explain that you can't press the bell until we are ready to get off got a bit tiresome. We did entertain our fellow passengers with several renditions of The Wheels on the Bus though, which I hope brightened someones day.

I will definitely continue to use the Stagecoach App in future, the real time bus updates are really helpful, especially for someone like me who lives in an area which is serviced by a lot of different bus companies and the metro train service, it helped me to see how long I'd have to wait and decide the quickest route.

Are you a public transport user? I think the bus gets a bad rep sometimes for being unreliable or outdated (needing change) but I feel with this app, things are improving and becoming much more user friendly! The bus I was on even had decent wifi and a USB charging port!

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)

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