Saturday, 16 October 2021

Week 41 of #Project365. 9th - 15th October. A photo every day for a year!

 Another week has flown over. A couple of weeks ago I was feeling quite lonely. After having 18 months with either Stu or at least one of the girls here I was feeling a little lost being by myself but I have got used to it again and I have been keeping myself busy, probably too busy because some days it feels like I've had no time to myself. I need to find more of a balance.

The weather sure has changed. I got up yesterday morning and had to go back upstairs to get my dressing gown. It was so chilly. I think we are going to have to think about putting the heating on, on a morning.

Now for a photo every day!

Poundland Monopoly
Fixing up my dressing table
Me with blue hair and veggie pie
My finished dressing table and new soil on the garden
Reusable sanitary pads

275/365 - 9th October
Becky has started collecting Monopoly sets so when I saw this in Poundland I had to get it. It was £15 which is quite cheap for a Monopoly set. 

276/365 - 10th October
Stu sanded my dressing table down and we got on with painting and sticking the sticky vinyl on.

277/365 - 11th October
I put a blue dye over the washed out purple and it went on well although I can't have washed all of the dye out as I ended up with blue hands and a blue pillow when I woke up the next day.

278/365 - 12th October
Leftover roast dinner pie but it ended up just being a vegetable one as I forgot to add the chicken. Oops. lol No one noticed or questioned it and it meant we have more chicken for the next day in Irn-Bru chicken. Just like the diet cola chicken but nicer. 

279/365 - 13th October
My finished dressing table and I love it. It looks so much better with a lick of paint and the vinyl on it. It cost about £12 in total. The cost of buying it and the stool and for the vinyl. I had leftover paint to use and one of the kids old hoodies to put on the stool.

280/365 - 14th October
My dad delivered a trailer full of soil to put on our garden. It's been on our to do list for a while but why pay for soil when you can just wait and find some builders who are finishing a job and want rid of it to give it away. hehehe We've put some grass seed on so hopefully it will look even better in a few weeks.

281/365 - 15th October
I was sent some reusable sanitary pads to try. The review post will be up next week.

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Friday, 15 October 2021

This week my Word of the Week is: Fixing! #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:

Fixing

I feel like I've been so busy this week and I can't quite believe it's Word of the Week time again. This week has been about fixing things and making some things better. 

On Monday we had our yearly gas safety check. We told the man that whenever it is windy the boiler goes off, we've noticed it over the last month or so and don't want it going off in the middle of the winter, it was bad enough a couple of weeks ago when we had to reset the boiler about 7 times to run a bath. Grr! The man found the fault with the boiler which needs fixing. It's nothing major, just an air pressure switch which has worn out. Easy to fix but a bit harder to get the part as our boiler is quite old. If the part can't be found it looks like we need a new boiler. Eek! For the time being the boiler is fine to use but we will just have to faff about with it if it's windy before the man comes back which should be next week.

Over the weekend and the start of the week I was fixing up my dressing table which I got from the local auction. Stu sanded it down, I painted it and stuck the vinyl on. I am so chuffed with it. I bought the stool & dressing table for £5 and the vinyl cost £6. I used paint that was in the garage and an old hoodie to cover the stool so all in all it cost about £12. Such a bargain.

Dressing table before & after

When we moved in here the front garden was a mix of little stones and grass. It was a right mess and has been on our to do list to sort out for the past 2 years. My dad came with a trailer full of soil yesterday and we got on with fixing it. He got the soil free from a builder he knows, it was going spare so cost nothing. We raked it out, put some grass seed on, watered it and it looks so much better already. I just hope the grass grows this late on in the year. 

My dad also made us some planters which we put down the side of the garden and the front. I think they look lovely but it did cause a little drama with our neighbour. They didn't like it. I don't really care what they like but it brought our arguments to a head. They have agreed to stop taking the mick with where they park and we have agreed to move the planter over. I don't expect this argument to be over forever but the issues are fixed for the time being.

Planters

How has your week been? I hope you've had a good one?

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Thursday, 14 October 2021

Ghost cupcakes for Halloween - Recipe!

Summer is long gone and now we're heading towards Halloween. She shops have been filling up with Halloween goodies but we always like to make some of our own especially with half term always being around Halloween. A few years ago we made shortbread witch fingers but this year I was sent this recipe as a suggestion to try, Ghost Cupcakes!

Ghost cupcakes

These are a brilliant addition to your Halloween party which would look fantastic on any table. Made with only 10 ingredients, these chocolate cupcakes topped with fondant icing and marshmallow ghosts are a crowd pleaser!

Makes 15 cupcakes

Ingredients:

175g self-raising flour
150g granulated sugar
50g cocoa powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
150ml vegetable or sunflower oil
150ml milk
2 eggs
100g dark chocolate
15 marshmallows
White fondant icing

Equipment:

Microwavable mixing bowl
Whisk
Cupcake/muffin tray lined with cases
Spoon
Rolling pin
Round cutter or tumbler
Toothpick

Method:

Preheat the oven to 160°C (fan).

In the mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder and bicarbonate of soda with the whisk before adding in the oil, milk and eggs. Whisk until a smooth batter is achieved.

Divide the batter evenly between 15 cupcake/muffin cases and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until risen and springy to touch. Allow to cool completely.

Wash the original mixing bowl and use it to melt the dark chocolate in the microwave in 30 second increments (being careful not to burn it). Dip the base of each marshmallow in the melted chocolate and affix one on top of each cupcake. Pop in the fridge/freezer for a few minutes to set.

Roll out the fondant and cut out rounds (approx. 10cm). Drape the rounds over the marshmallows on top of the cupcakes to form ghost shapes.

Dip one end of the toothpick in the melted chocolate and use to dot two eyes on each ghost and enjoy!

You could cheat a little any buy ready made cupcakes or even use a packet cake mix if you are short on time.

Will you be doing any baking for Halloween?

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

(Ad - Gifted) Vegan and eco-friendly candles from Vegan Bunny!

I love candles and I love burning them in my home despite my family not being keen no matter what the scent. It's a good job they're out at school, college and work more, I have time alone to enjoy my candles now, in peace without them moaning. Recently I was sent a couple of candles to try out from a company which was new to me. Vegan Bunny.

Vegan Bunny Candles

Vegan bunny are a family owned small brand focused on Vegan and eco-friendly products. It was born with a vegan mindset evolving into a plastic free, carbon neutral & reduced marketing concept. Their candles are made with natural ingredients, natural waxes & pure essential oils free from toxic artificial fragrances, Zinc & pesticides. The main ingredient on every tin is love!

I was sent two of their best selling candles to have a look at and I must say I am impressed. They arrived packaged well using eco-friendly supplies: shipped in boxes made from recycled cardboard, all wrapped in recycled paper and the extra touches are lovely. The parcels are decorated with locally sourced dried flowers and are sealed with their signature motivational paper tape.

Chai Latte Soy Candle.


Chai Latte is Vegan Bunny's ultimate signature candle. A wild selection of natural oils blended in-house to recreate a warm, sweet and spiced cup of Chai.

This scent is strongly spiced and yet sweet enough to hit every note expected from a Chai latte cup with notes of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, vanilla and black pepper. 

Mulled Wine - Christmas candle.


The Mulled Wine Christmas candle has a fruity and spiced scent to replicate the Christmas special cocktail. It is a handcrafted soy wax candle infused with essential oils.

Both of the candles come in really pretty tins and they both smell amazing! If I had to pick a favourite it would have to be the Mulled Wine one but that is just because I am getting in the Christmas mood. 

The candles come in two sizes. The smaller one's burning for about 25 hours and that costs around seven or eight pounds depending on which you buy and larger candles which I received which burn for about 50 hours and they are around £15 each. 

All of the products from Vegan Bunny are approved vegan and cruelty free by PETA. They are a completely plastic-free company and instead of investing money in social marketing strategies such as Facebook/Instagram ads they use their social platforms to promote tree planting! For each candle sold one tree is planted in the Eden Projects, Madagascar. I think that is a fantastic idea and really good for our planet.

Tree planting

As well as the trees Vegan Bunny donates 5% of their profits to Viva! Charity - the UK’s leading vegan campaigning charity and their charitable contributions don’t stop there, their first charity candle was launched this year for the charity Rise which supports women in situations of abuse.

I think Vegan Bunny is an brilliant company with the most amazing smelling candles. Now is a great time to think about Christmas gifts and I think these would be fantastic for someone who loves candles and buying these candles does a little bit to help our planet.

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Tuesday, 12 October 2021

How I have been getting fit & losing weight.

I want to say that over the lockdowns I have put on weight but it's not true. I have been putting on weight for years, probably since having Ellie. Clothes have been feeling tighter so I bought bigger sizes. I was happy at a size 18 before the pandemic hit. I probably wasn't as thin as I should be but I was comfortable. I was walking and riding my bike. 

I have put more weight on over the last year and am now in a size 20 clothing. A few of months ago I weighed myself in the first time in years. I was just over 15 stone. That is not a good weight to be. I wasn't happy with it and I certainly wasn't happy with weighing more than Stu.

My weight on the scales. 15st 1.

I haven't felt great about my weight and lacked motivation. I didn't like how I looked and knew I had to do something about it but didn't have the motivation until a cross trainer came up for sale in our local auction. I had gone to the auction to buy a couple of different things but didn't win them and had money burning a hole in my pocket. I bid on the cross trainer and got it for £15 which seemed such a bargain. It was 2nd hand but worked perfectly.

That was the kick up the bum I needed. I went on it every other day working my way up from huffing, puffing and sweating on the first day to easily doing more than 15 minutes. 15 minutes doesn't sound like long but going from doing no exercise to that was pretty good. Then I got my 2nd piece of fitness equipment, the treadmill, also from the local auction and also for £15.

Crosstrainer & treadmill

I started eating better. Porridge and fruit or banana and yoghurt for breakfast then for lunch I decided to go with a meal replacement drink, one of those that you add the powder to skimmed milk to then I would eat a normal tea but a smaller portion. I cut out snacks and pop and drank juice. I now eat like this Monday to Friday and I go easy on myself over the weekend. I did try calorie counting but it became a bit of an obsession. I know when things are good for me and when they are not and this wasn't good for me. Eating well is not easy, especially when the kids were on their summer holidays. I didn't do well throughout August with 3 birthdays but I am back on track now that the kids are back at school.

I had a good idea of downloading the Couch to 5K app and I stupidly thought that I would breeze at least through the first day, well that didn't happen even with the encouragement from Sarah Millican who is one of the voices you can pick to tell you when to walk and when to run. I made it halfway through the first day before I thought I was either going to throw up or pass out, on Monday. It didn't put me off though, it made me even more determined. I tried again on the Tuesday and on the Thursday I had to give up on the run before the final walk but that isn't bad considering I'd been out all morning, walking.

Couch to 5K

Since then I have learned to set the treadmill to a running pace and when it's my time to walk, I walk around the garden and when it's time to run I jump back on the treadmill. Going on the treadmill stopped for a while, my knee was sore. I don't know what I did to it, maybe over doing it on the cross trainer and treadmill but I have decided to just use it once a week for the time being.

I have been using the Wii a lot with my fitness and weight loss. I have a few Just Dance games and some of the songs are quite the work out when you put the effort in. I have also been following various work outs on YouTube. There is lots on there for all abilities and you can even get various one's with your favourite songs. I have found Dirty Dancing, The Greatest Showman, TikTok, and rock work outs.



It hasn't been easy going from doing barely any exercise at all to what I am doing now. I spent the first 2 or 3 weeks aching but I pushed through. I hated exercising and running more but now I am liking it or at least liking the feeling afterwards.

Oh and after all the exercising and eating better I am losing weight. I am now under 15 stone and I'm heading in the right direction despite all the meals out and birthday cake in August.

Do you like exercising? What are your tips for losing weight?

Monday, 11 October 2021

Our weekly meal plan! 11th - 17th October. #MealPlanningMonday

Our Weekly Meal plan

Last weeks meal plan went OK. The Bolognese sausage roll. didn't go too well, it was too soggy and the pastry turned into mush. We still ate it though and it was something different. lol We skipped the roast dinner yesterday, I just couldn't be bothered to cook it, for no reason apart from the fact I was having a lazy Sunday and didn't feel like spending time in the kitchen cooking. We're having it today and I am looking forward to it. I am going all out we're having everything. All the veg, stuffing, pigs in blankets and Yorkshire puddings.

I have been busy preparing for Christmas. I ordered quite a few presents late last week and they have started to be delivered. Stu and I went to town over the weekend and got some more presents and last week I sorted out the freezers to make room to start filling with Christmas food. I'm thinking pigs in blankets, party food and stuffing.

I don't think we have much on this week, well not much that I can think of. I am going to find some time to dye my hair. The purple is starting to wash out and it is all different shades with blonde showing through. I am thinking of putting a blue over the top, it should be OK.

On the menu this week we have:

Monday - A roast chicken dinner with all of the trimmings including pigs in blankets.
Tuesday - Leftover roast dinner pie but I will just be using the veg and the stuffing and saving the chicken for the next day.
Wednesday - Slow Cooker Irn Bru Chicken and rice.
Thursday - Tuna and sweetcorn pasta.
Friday - Pizza.
Saturday - Scampi, chips and peas. 
Sunday - Sausage, mash and veg.

What are you eating this week?

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Sunday, 10 October 2021

An afternoon snack. #MySundayPhoto

Yesterday Stu and I went out and did a bit of Christmas shopping. We left the kids at home, had lunch out and stopped for a snack and drink from Costa. The black forest hot chocolate & cream was so good but I couldn't finish it as it was so sweet. Stu and I got a muffin each too, me the lemon and him the gingerbread one. It was a lovely treat!

black forest hot chocolate & cream
Muffins

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Saturday, 9 October 2021

Week 40 of #Project365. 2nd - 8th October. A photo every day for a year!

Week 40 sounds so close to the end of the year, I know I keep saying it but where has this year gone? I have started preparing for Christmas buying some presents, the kids advent calendars and next week I am starting the food shopping, stuff to go in the freezer.

Becky did her first night shift at the care home this week and survived. She spent most of the night watching people sleep. She came in full of energy and wide awake but within 10 minutes of getting into bed she was sound asleep. lol I am so proud of her. She has another night shift tonight and is looking forward to it.

Now for a photo every day!

Crisps and Christmas music on the TV
A win on Fortnite
My eldest & packed lunch boxes
The sun in the sky & pears

268/365 - 2nd October
Ready salted crisps are the simplest flavour but I always fancy a packet after a glass of wine.

269/365 - 3rd October
It's that time of year, Christmas music is back on the TV on one of the music channels. I love it but will of course be sick of it by Christmas.

270/365 - 4th October
A win on Fortnite! Hiding still works for me. hehehe

271/365 - 5th October
Becky was off to college for half a day and to pick up a laptop. They have plenty going spare and asked if anyone would like to borrow one while they are doing their course to save taking theirs backwards and forwards to college. I would rather the college one gets damaged than Becky's.

272/365 - 6th October
Packed lunches all round. I wish the kids would stick to either packed lunches or school/college dinners instead of swapping and changing.

273/365 - 7th October
After a wet couple of days the sun came back and I got some washing out on the line.

274/365 - 8th October
I went to my dad's and picked some pears of his pear tree. I will be making something with them over the next few days. 

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Friday, 8 October 2021

This week my Word of the Week is: Preparing! #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is: 

Preparing

As I am writing this yesterday afternoon Becky is in bed, she's not ill or anything she's preparing for her first night shift at work. She went to bed late on Wednesday night, slept until about 10am and then went back to bed at 2pm. Hopefully that will be enough to get through the night shift. It would be easier if her two night shifts were on 2 consecutive days but her next one is on Saturday night. Ugh. Next week is better they're on Thursday and Friday.

I have started preparing for Christmas. I have ordered the advent calendars to come with the food shop later today. I want to get them before they sell out and if they don't deliver I still have chance to keep ordering them. I have also bought the first of the presents for the girls making an order from Amazon and Home Bargains. I could have gone to our local Home Bargains and picked the stuff up but they don't have half of the stuff in our shop that they have online and plus I would have to carry it all home. I would rather save my arms to carry stuff from shops which don't deliver like Primark. Becky was in there early this week and said they have a lot of new things in, all of the winter stock. I am going to start buying Christmas things for the freezer next week. There has been so much talk about food shortages, I really don't want to be without the pigs in blankets or the party food. I might even buy the turkey.

I have started working on the dressing table and stool that I got from our local auction for £5. I found one of the kids old hoodies that was due to be thrown out which is the same colour as the paint in my bedroom to put on the top of the stool and I have given the legs their first coat of paint. It's not going to be finished anytime soon but it's a start.

The stool before and after painting

This weekend we are off to town. If there's on thing the kids love more than Christmas it's Halloween, Ellie especially. We have a box of decorations upstairs but we always want more so we're going to have a look in the pound shop and see what we can pick up. I did think about going to Hull, the big town near us but after spending all the money for the kids Christmas presents cheap and cheerful is the way forward. Hull will have to wait until next month.

Usually I write my blog posts over the weekend for the following week, well up until Thursday. My WotW post is always a Thursday job but over the last 6 weeks or so our weekends seem to be getting busier. We are either at the auction most of Saturday or out and then on a Sunday I try to stay off my laptop until late afternoon. I am now trying to write one blog post every afternoon so I have plenty to fall back on when things are busy, especially in the run up to Christmas.

How has your week been?

Word of the Week

Thursday, 7 October 2021

My youngest girls poem. #NationalPoetryDay

Today is National Poetry Day and most years I have nothing to write about. I like poetry but I wouldn't say I am a huge fan, I don't write my own but I really admire those who do. 

This year I thought I would share Ellie's poem which she wrote earlier on in the year when she was home from school doing her home learning. In English her class did a lot of work about poetry and she really enjoyed it. She isn't a big fan of English lessons but the poetry one's really did keep her interested.

There was one day where some of the Zoom lessons were cancelled because of it snowing, the kids were told to go out and enjoy it. There was of course some teachers who set work but it was snow related and fun. During the English lesson they were told to write a poem about the snow. Ellie is quite good at poetry and said it was easier to do at home when she can go on Google and find words that rhyme with other words. hehehe


The soft, sleek snowflakes settle on the ground.
So gentle and graceful they don’t make a sound.
It looks like a blanket covering our town.
There certainly isn’t any reason to frown

Zoom lessons are cancelled for the day.
For once I can go outside and play!
Throwing snowballs at their friend.
I don’t want the fun to ever end.

Rolling the snow into a ball.
I’m going to build a snowman fat and tall.
Rolling and rolling the ball is getting bigger.
Working hard with plenty of vigor.

Stones for eyes and a peg for a nose.
I’m starting to get cold, I can’t feel my toes.
Back inside, into the warm.
Just as it starts snowing again, blowing a storm.

Do you like poetry, do you write your own?

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

(Ad - Gifted) Children’s snacks and treats from Fruit Bowl!

 My girls both have packed lunches, Ellie for school and Becky for work. As well as sandwiches and crisps I do still like them to eat fruit but sometimes they don't want to take a banana or apple as they say they stink their lunchboxes out. Fair enough and that's where Fruit Bowl comes in.

Fruit bowl products

Fruit Bowl are all about making sure the snacks that end up in little hands are packed with fruity goodness, and not an ounce of anything else. They have put together a tasty range of goodies bursting with flavourful fruitiness which count as one of your five a day. The individually wrapped portions are perfect for between meals, you can take them anywhere, are great for packed lunches as well as tasting so good too! 

Fruit Bowl peelers

The Fruit Bowl Peelers are fun little things. The kids have always said they look like dog chews but once you start peeling them they are tasty treats! 

The raspberry one's are squish apples and raspberries squished together and the Strawberry one's are squished apples and strawberries. 

Strawberry and raspberry peelers

Fruit Bowl have a fantastic range of fruit flakes. We love the strawberry one's but the raspberry one's are very tasty too. They are soft, chewy fruit pieces which are perfect for tiny fingers and they are gluten-free and have no added sugar. 

The Unicorn Fruit Flakes are an exciting mixture of Fruit Bowl’s top selling delicious flake flavours. Tangy Raspberry, sweet Strawberry and moreish blackcurrant.

fruit flakes from fruit bowl

Our favourite ever Fruit Bowl snack is the Blackcurrant Yogurt Flakes! They squish fruit with a little fruit juice then coat them in delicious creamy yogurt. They are gluten-free and also come in strawberry and raspberry flavours as well as yoghurt covered raisins.

Fruit Bowl Yogurt Flakes

What is new to us is the Fruit Bowl Dino Eggs!! When you want to put a rrroarrr into your day you need a fruity bite with a juice-rassic punch. Bursting with raisin yumminess encased in a creamy yogurt shell, the cracking snacks are just the thing to perk up hungry herbivores and ravenous raptors alike.

I know I have just said that the Blackcurrant Yogurt Flakes are our favourites but they come a close second. The kids have already argued over the last bag. It just goes to show they are not just for little kids!! 

Dino eggs from Fruit Bowl

Fruit Bowl makes fruit fun. It is perfect for lunchboxes for little one's and bigger kids too, an afternoon snack and I am thinking with Christmas coming a treat in the kids stockings. It certainly beats a tangerine. hehehe

At this time of year Fruit Bowl products are great for baking too!! The Halloween spider jellies and Halloween cupcakes are a lot of fun for later in the month and as the weather has changed they can be used to make a nice warming pudding, Jam Roly Poly using the raspberry Fruit flakes.

Fruit Bowl products can be bought from most supermarkets and I have even seen them in shops like Home Bargains, B&M and Poundland.

Do you and your kids like Fruit Bowl treats?

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Tuesday, 5 October 2021

My plans for October.

I do love this time of year, especially October. It's getting chilly but not too cold, it's Halloween and we're usually in a good routine. I am starting to have more and more days home alone with the kids at school and college, Stu at work and Becky working so it feels like I can actually make some plans.

To Do list

These are my plans for October:

Spend less than £400 on the food shop this month - Our spending seems to have been sneaking up over the last few months and it's not good in the run up to Christmas. I have cut down on eating snacks and the kids are out at school, college and work more so they should be eating less, the bill should be going down.

Buy things from Amazon - I have Ellie a few things to get for Christmas off Amazon and some of the things will take a while to be delivered so it's sensible to order them this month. Plus if I get the things I have saved in my Amazon basket that is all of the main presents bought.

Plan something for my birthday - It's my birthday next month and I want to do something special. Last year was OK but it wasn't the greatest, it was filled with worry. My dad had Covid and wasn't in a good way. Thankfully he has recovered now so I am hoping to go out for a nice meal.

Start work on the dressing table - I got a dressing table out of the auction a few weeks ago and I am going to sand it down, repaint it and the stool too. I am fancying changing the material on the top of the stool to something to match the purple in my bedroom. 

Dressing table

Get back on the treadmill - My knee became sore just after I started exercising. I think I overdid it on the cross trainer and treadmill. I have rested it for about a month and now it feels fine so I'm going to give the treadmill another go. It feels like it was doing more for me than aerobic workouts. I'll take things easy and see how it goes.

Try some new recipes - Now I have some more time home alone I can get back into the kitchen and experiment. The kids are always coming in hungry so I think they will eat just about anything that I serve up.

Sort out all of the winter clothes - At the moment all the winter clothes are at the backs of wardrobes and I am betting some of Ellie's winter warmers don't even fit her. I need to see what is what and if Ellie needs anything buying.

Get Becky some driving lessons booked - We have found a driving instructor with spaces and now that Becky knows when she will be working she can have some driving lessons on her days off work and college.

Decorate for Halloween!

What do you have planned for October?

Monday, 4 October 2021

Our weekly meal plan! 4th - 10th October. #MealPlanningMonday

Our weekly meal plan

Last weeks meal plan went pretty well. We did get a takeaway on Saturday night which wasn't in our budget but it's only a few days until pay day. My excuse was that it was a treat to celebrate Becky starting work. I am so proud of her. She did a 12 hour shift on her first day and loved every minute. (She's working in a care home.) She said it feels wrong to be paid for something which feels like fun. I don't know how she'll feel in a few weeks especially after the night shifts this week.

I got the shopping delivered from Sainsbury's on Friday and the substitutions were interesting. They sent peppers instead of onions, chocolate popcorn bars instead of salted caramel bars and salted caramel bars instead of brownie bars It made no sense. How can they substitute something and then sent the sub as a replacement for something else? lol There was also the washing liquid instead of fabric conditioner. All was forgiven though when my 2 bottles of wine were refunded, something in someone else's shopping had burst and spilled on mine. hehehe

We don't have much planned this week. With Becky working I am having more time home alone and I am finding it quite lonely. I can pop out to my dad's or have a coffee with a friend but some days I do just want to stay at home. I used to manage OK when both the kids were at school, being home alone but after the lockdowns I am finding it hard to get used to again. I have decided that I need to fill my time and I am going to by doing some cross stitch, sanding down the dressing table I got and sorting out the garden if the weather is nice. 

On the menu this week we have:

Monday - Spaghetti bolognese and garlic bread.
Tuesday - Bologese sausage rolls using the leftover bolognese with potato wedges.
Wednesday - Chicken kiev's with new potatoes.
Thursday - Corned Beef Crispbakes with mashed potato and baked beans.
Friday - Pizza.
Saturday - A fry up. Sausages, bacon, eggs, mushrooms, black pudding, baked beans and toast. 
Sunday - A roast dinner of some sort.

What are you eating this week?

Meal planning linky