Meal Plan Monday – 16th March ’15


My favourite meal last week was the mixed vegetables, sausages and fried egg! I bought a casserole bag from Lidl for £1.00 and made roast vegetables with it by adding sunflower oil and some garlic and herbs, the sausages were garlic & chilli flavour from our butchers. So very tasty!

Only five meals this week as a friend is coming to visit over the weekend and we’ll be thoroughly naughty with meals out and takeaways in!

Mince Cobbler with extra vegetables
Baked Potato with a Ham Salad
Lentil Tandoori Curry with rice
Lasagne & Salad

As always linking up with Mrs M!

Baking: Oat & Date Bars


I have to admit I made this up as I went along and didn’t measure a thing so am trying to think how much would be appropriate, I think I possibly had too much butter so feel free to reduce that!

10-15 pitted dates soaked in hot water, it allowed me to take their chewy skins off!
Two handfuls of oats
1tbsp of Ground Almonds
1tbsp of Honey
2tbsp of Butter
1tsp of cocoa powder (okay I admit I used hot chocolate..!)
75g Chopped Nuts
50g Chocolate Drops

– Firstly I soaked the dates for 10-15 minutes, then the water was cool enough for me to rub the skins off.
– I melted the butter and honey together
– I put all the dry ingredients plus the dates into a mixing bowl and gently mixed them together before adding the melted butter and honey mix
– I rubbed a glass dish with butter to stop stickage but I imagine using baking paper would be far easier!
– I bunged in a hot oven (180C-ish) for 10-15 minutes until the top started to burn(!)

Leave to cool before slicing them as it allows the butter to harden and they don’t fall into a gooey mess!

This gave me 8 delicious bars… don’t ask how many calories… they had dates in it! They were truly healthy!

Gym Bunny Mummy

Book Review: The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide


Goodreads: The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide

This was a Christmas gift from my three year old charge although I suspect it was only given as it has a cat on the front of the book!

It was an interesting read and not something I would have picked up myself so I was grateful for the opportunity to try something new. It is a non-fiction first person which centers around a man and his wife living in Japan in rented accommodation and their relationship with a neighbourhood cat. It was very wordy but enjoyably so.

I felt glad that they got their own cat in the end!

Rating out of five:

Weekend Book Club


Meal Plan Monday – 9th Mar ’15

I decided this week to just list seven meals and have them whenever I feel, as some days I really didn’t fancy sausage casserole and it seemed such a shame to force it down and not enjoy it!

Last week I finally tried the tandoori curry sauce I got in Home Bargains and for the princely sum of 50p it was actually pretty delicious! Well worth a try! They had other flavours including butter chicken and sag aloo so plenty of choice for curry lovers.


I also made a mince cobbler last week with cheese scones for the cobbler and it was pretty delicious! (Although forgive the picture, it tasted much better than it looks!)

Curried Sweet Potato Soup with a bagel and cream cheese
Baked potato with cheesy vegetables
Lentil Tandoori Curry with rice
Mince Cobbler with extra vegetables
Lasagne and salad
Madras sausages with mixed vegetables and a fried egg
Chicken breast with mixed vegetables and flavoured rice

As always linking up with Mrs M!

Meal Plan Monday – 2nd Mar ’15

Oh my goodness, the lamb & mint pinwheel from last week was so good! I’ve stocked up on more for the freezer! However at the price (£1.50 per pinwheel) I should probably learn to make my own!


Monday: Mince & Cheese Cobbler with brussel sprouts, carrot & turnip
Tuesday: Lasagne & Salad
Wednesday: Brinner
Thursday: Lentil Tandoori Curry with plain couscous
Friday: Sausage Casserole & Veg
Saturday: Babysitting
Sunday: Mince pinwheel with vegetables

I made the lentil tandoori curry using a pouch sauce from B&M’s, I’ll let you know what it was like next week!

Saving Money – Month 2

Have still been whittling away a few pennies here and there and my savings account is now up to £252.27 which means I’ve saved £125.49 through coin sweeping in February.

Have a few expensive items coming up including the service for the car (£140.00!) and the gas and electric bill (£170.00!) plus I put a £500.00 item on my credit card which will need to be paid off before April.

Food bill has come down by £20.00 this month which is great and I will see if I can bring it down any further. God love Lidl! I am preparing a meal plan every Monday and shopping with this in mind.

Yikes! So I will continue with the coin sweeping and will keep unnecessary spending to a minimum again!

February Favourites


…book: I only read one book this month and it most definitely wasn’t a favourite but feel free to read the review of There is No Light in Darkness by Claire Contreras.

…drink: Really enjoying my Sparkling Spring Water from Lidl, it’s flavoured so is just like pop but a damn sight better than my usual Pepsi!


…recipe: my curried sweet potato soup was so good this month, can’t believe I only made four portions!


…picture: after going de-caff again I discovered our local tea room does decaff coffee! I was overly excited when they put a Monument on the cappuccino with chocolate!


…beauty: my vaseline lip therapy in blush has been getting used a lot this month


…moment: when my darling 3 year old charge brought me a single red rose!


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