Sunday 30 April 2023

A little ladybird! #MySundaySnapshot

I have been getting out in the garden a lot over the last couple of weeks mostly clearing all the dead plants, weeding and digging. I was about to get rid of the dead sunflowers when I noticed the ladybird, the first one I have seen this year. I left it be. 

A ladybird

My Sunday Snapshot

Saturday 29 April 2023

A photo every day for a year! 22nd - 28th April. Week 17 of #Project365

I have had a nice week, it has been a normal one with not much going on which is good because we have a busy couple of months coming up with the GCSE's starting soon. I have been out in the garden a lot, well as much as I have been able to with all of the rain. I keep telling myself it's just April showers, surely May has to be dryer and warmer. We had a couple of warm days a couple of weeks ago and I thought we won't have to put the heating on again this year, I was wrong. As I am writing this I have my little oil heater on. It's so cold.

Do you have anything planned for the bank holiday weekend? We have no plans at all, I am looking forward to some family time and maybe going to the pub on Monday, our local one has a family day on.

Now for a photo every day!

Flower and bubble bath
Breakfast and watering cans
Greys Anatomy
Sainsbury's vouchers and flowers

112/365 - 22nd April
There was a random plant in my garden which I shared a couple of weeks ago and it has started to bloom and the flowers are so pretty.

113/365 - 23rd April
I have been using Astonish cleaning products around the home for a couple of months now, they all smell so nice and are a decent price. I was surprised to see they now do bath products too. I bought a bottle of the bath soak and it is OK. It smells nice and leaves my skin feeling good but doesn't create enough bubbles.

114/365 - 24th April
Stu and I were going to go out for lunch but we were ready early and saw that it was going to rain in the afternoon so we went out for breakfast to our favourite little cafe. 

115/365 - 25th April
A few weeks ago I couldn't find a watering can and was just using a jug to water my plants, I knew one would turn up eventually. It turns out 3 turned up! 

116/365 - 26th April
I am so close to finishing rewatching Grey's Anatomy and I have most of the latest season to watch!

117/365 - 27th April
I got the weekly shop with Sainsbury's and checked my emails before I ordered and I am glad I did. I found a voucher code for £15 off and free delivery.

118/365 - 28th April
With the £15 off I treated myself to a bunch of flowers. I was not impressed. They were nothing like the picture on the Sainsbury's website. I felt very ripped off so I have complained.

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Friday 28 April 2023

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

This week my Word of the Week is:


We have had a normal week, it has been the first ordinary one after the Easter holidays as Ellie had a teachers training day last week and as much as I like a short school week I felt off with the days. I said on my meal plan post that this is the last normal week for a few weeks with all of the bank holidays. We have one this coming Monday, then the kings coronation and another one and I was planning on getting back to normal after that but then I realised the GCSE's start on what would have been a normal week. It is going to be a far from normal for us from now on.

Just writing this I have realised this last week was our last week of our usual normal. It sounds a bit dramatic but everything changes from now. Ellie will never again have a full week of lessons at school. There's either a bank holiday or GCSE exams to do. There has been rumors that the year 11's will leave on the 26th of May, the last day of the half term and then just go into school for their exams. How is it possible that my baby girl will have left school in less than a month and I will no longer be a parent to school children? Ellie is already making plans for her long summer holidays. She is planning on lie in's every day, going out with her friends and joining in with the fun that Becky and I have when she is usually at school. hehehe

It has been nice to have a normal week with no dramas or much to do, well apart from the usual jobs around the house. In fact I have found time this past week to do something I want to do. I signed up to Duolingo, the language learning app. I always thought you had to pay for it until I saw it on Ellie's phone (she's learning German). I am on with learning French and I've learned more in a few days off the app than I ever did in school. I finally understand un and une. The masculine and the feminine words and I am pretty confident that I could string a few sentences together and have a bit of a conversation. 

I had a text from one of the learning mentors at school during the week asking if was OK if Ellie and her friend went for an extra visit to college next week. The school are amazing and are trying to do everything they can to make the transition to college easy for those with special needs. Ellie is classed as having a special need because of being deaf in one ear. Most of the previous college visits have been on an evening or when the college is closed to students so it is good that the kids are seeing what a normal day is like at college, when it is busy.

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

Word of the week linky

Thursday 27 April 2023

My top 5 favourite action movies!

The lovely Joanne over at My Slices of Life has been doing a series of blog posts all about her favourite movies of different genres and I am so pinching her idea.

I wouldn't say I am a big movie buff but I do have a lot of favourite films and in this post I am sharing my top 5 action movies. I always say I don't like action movies when Stu suggests watching them but I have a select few which I can watch again and again!


Terminator 2: Judgment Day! 

In this sequel set eleven years after "The Terminator," young John Connor, the key to civilization's victory over a future robot uprising, is the target of the shape-shifting T-1000, a Terminator sent from the future to kill him. Another Terminator, the revamped T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger), has been sent back to protect the boy. As John and his mother go on the run with the T-800, the boy forms an unexpected bond with the robot.

When I was in secondary school at the end of the school year we could bring video tapes (remember them) into school and we would watch them. We had 55 minutes to watch it and had planned to use the next couple of lessons to watch the rest but other teachers had different ideas and we were not allowed to watch it! I didn't see the 2nd half of the film until a couple of years later. The wait was worth it! I do love Terminator 2, in fact I love all of the Terminator films apart from the first one.

Con Air!
Just-paroled army ranger Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage) is headed back to his wife, but must fly home aboard a prison transport flight dubbed "Jailbird" with some of the worst criminals living. Along with the genius serial killer Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom (John Malkovich) unleashes a violent escape plot in mid-flight. Secretly working with U.S. Marshall Vince Larkin (John Cusack), Poe tries to foil Grissom's plan.

It was just one of those movies which was just great back in the day. It's full of action from start to finish and has quite a lot of funny moments. Put. The. Bunny. Back. In. The. Box and Define irony: a bunch of idiots dancing around on a plane to a song made famous by a band that died in a plane crash! 

Demolition Man

With innocent victims caught in the crossfire in Los Angeles' intensifying war on crime, both cop John Spartan (Sylvester Stallone) and violent thug Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes) are sentenced to a state of frozen incarceration known as "CryoPrison." When Spartan is finally thawed 36 years later, it's 2032, and Los Angeles is now a pacifist utopia called San Angeles. But with Phoenix again on the loose, Spartan must team up with future cop Lenina (Sandra Bullock) to apprehend the killer.

This is another film that I have watched again and again and know lots of it line for line! Send a maniac to catch one! Wesley Snipes is such a funny bad guy!


Los Angeles police officer Jack (Keanu Reeves) angers retired bomb squad member Howard Payne (Dennis Hopper) by foiling his attempt at taking hostages. In revenge, Payne arms a bus with a bomb that will explode if it drops below 50 miles per hour. With the help of spunky passenger Annie (Sandra Bullock), Jack and his partner Harrytry to save the people on the bus before the bomb goes off, while also trying to figure out how Payne is monitoring them.

I remember the first time that I saw this! I was on the edge of my seat! It was such a clever film at the time! Don't waste your time watching Speed 2. That was such a letdown!

Bad Boys!

Miami-Dade detectives Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) blow a fuse when $100 million worth of heroin they recently confiscated is heisted from station headquarters. Suspecting it was an inside job, Internal Affairs gives them five days to track down the drugs before they shut down the narcotics division. Action meets farce when Marcus is compelled to masquerade as his partner in order to gain the trust of a call girl, a key witness in their investigation.

I am a huge fan of Will Smith, well apart from her dramatics at the Oscars. I love the whole series of the Bad Boys films. I am starting to think I could have done a whole blog post about cop films that I love. hehehe

What action movies are your favourites? 

Friday favourites linky

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Wednesday 26 April 2023

Great things for the garden from B&M.

I love shopping at B&M but I am not too sure my bank account does. I will go in for one thing and come out with a bag full of things that I didn't know I needed. hehehe I especially love B&M at this time of year when they have all of their garden stuff in. Our local one always has a good selection of plants but I do miss the one we had near us in Northumberland, that had a whole garden center on the side.

A garden

I have looked around a couple of B&M stores several times over the last month or so, I've also looked online and have come up with a list of things that I would in my garden.

Milano 4 Piece Garden Sofa Set

Milano 4 Piece Sofa Set - £100.00

Add some stunning furniture to your garden and relax in the sun. This 4 piece set includes 1 sofa, 2 chairs and a coffee table. I think this is a great price and it looks quite comfy. We need some new chairs for our garden so this is something I am really thinking about.

Garden solar lights

10 Solar Floral Lightbulb String Lights - £10.00

These 10 Solar Floral Lightbulb String Lights are perfect for wrapping round trees, hanging from branches and bushes & decorating decking areas. I think they are so pretty.

Solar Powered Stainless Steel Post Lights - Cool White 15 pack. - £16.00

These solar powered post lights are perfect for lighting up patios, pathways, borders and driveways, switching on at dusk automaticaly, creating a gorgeous light show in your garden. These seem such a bargain price.

Welcome Owl Garden Ornament - £10.00

Gonk Garden Gnome - £6.00

Add some bubbly character and vibrant colour to your garden with this fabulous gnome ornament. Gonks are not just for Christmas. hehehe

Stone Effect Tortoise - £8.00

I am so tempted to buy this just because Ellie is in love with it. She has asked for it a couple of times and has tried to convince me to get it.

Wooden planter

Wooden Oblong Folding Planter - Grey - £20.00

This traditionally constructed solid wood planter will add charm and character to any garden or home. Perfect for grpwing all your favourite plants & flowers. Easy self assembly. Folds away for easy storage.

Dimensions: 70 x 30 x 25cm

Fruit Print Plate - Oranges - £1.50 

Add a fruity twist to your picnic basket with these beautiful fruit print plates.

Drinks Dispenser - £8.00

Take your favourite drink to the picnic with this fabulous fruit print drinks dispenser. It comes with three cups and has a tap at the bottom for easy pouring. And with its fold down handle, you can easily carry your refreshments on the go.

Fruit Print Tumbler - £2.00

Are you planning on buying anything new for your garden this year?

Tuesday 25 April 2023

Preparing for the GCSE exams. The stationery!

The GCSE exams will be starting next month. Eek! It's going to be Ellie's time to shine and we think she's ready for them. Even more so after getting lots of information about them while we were at parents evening last month. 

I thought my days of buying school stationery was over until I saw the list of things that Ellie needs for her exams.

Exam stationery

Two Pens (black) - There is a rule about writing in black pen and the pens are not allowed to be the clicky one's. I don't know if it's just our school that have this rule but it does make sense, the clicking could be very off putting. 
Two pencils.
A 30cm ruler.
An eraser. 
A protractor.
A scientific calculator which is just a scientific calculator with no added extras that pupils can use to their advantage.

Everything has to be put into a clear pencil case and I was chuffed to find a long one in Tesco which actually fits the 30cm ruler.

Highlighters can be used to highlight questions but not the answers which is good because Ellie has learned to highlight the key points from the questions and focus on them, especially in maths. It's easier to focus on the numbers instead of the little stories which go with them.

All I have left to get Ellie is a clear bottle, they are allowed water in the exams as long as they are in clear bottles. All the bottles we have are coloured, I am sure I'll find a reusable one but failing that we will just have to buy bottled water.

Obviously Mobile phones are not allowed in the exams but smart watches are on the disallowed list too which I hadn't even thought of. Ellie has a basic smart watch which doesn't receive messages or anything fancy like that but I am going to make sure that she just leaves it at home when she's doing her exams.

I didn't know until recently that if a teenager misses an exam there is a charge for it ranging from £42.00 for science subject all the way up to £70 for Performing Arts. Eek! Ellie has told me a story that her teacher told her class to encourage them not to miss an exam. Apparently a student had a serious operation and left his hospital bed to go to school and do the exam. I think it could just be one of those stories that teachers tell like the boy who swung on his chair, fell and cracked his head open. 

Are your teenagers ready for their exams?

Monday 24 April 2023

Our weekly meal plan! 24th - 30th April. #MealPlanningMonday

Our weekly meal plan

Last weeks meal plan went pretty well. Our favourite meal was the meal out that we had at the all you can eat place. We always take it as a challenge and eat until we can't eat anymore. I had a sandwich at about 8pm on the Monday night and that was because I felt like I should have something to eat not because I was hungry. I ended up not making the meatballs on Friday which meant I had to plan something else for Saturday. It was no worry, I got the weekly food shop from Iceland so we had a ready meal on Friday and home made Chinese takeaway on Saturday with Sweet & sour chicken balls, egg fried rice, chow mein, spring rolls and salt & pepper chips.

We have this week before the country starts getting silly with all of the bank holidays. I am not going to know what day it is. Ellie went back to school on Tuesday after the Easter break last week and it really threw me to what day it was. I don't have anything planned for this week. More gardening and that's about it although I do feel like I am forgetting something.

On the menu this week we have:

Monday - Stu and I are going out for lunch so it will just be something out of the freezer with chips.
Tuesday - Meatballs, spaghetti and garlic bread. I will make them this time.
Wednesday - Chicken Kievs with new potatoes and peas.
ThursdayTuna wraps without the anchovies though.
Friday - Fish, chips and mushy peas. Home made although the kids will beg for from the chip shop but it's so expensive now, especially for fish.
Saturday - Pizza.
Sunday - Cottage pie. Just one of the frozen, family ready meal one's.

What are you eating this week?

Sunday 23 April 2023

All dug up. #MySundaySnapshot

I have been busy over the past week in the garden. Weeding, digging and planting. There is nothing much to see here at the moment but give it a few weeks and I am hoping for it to be full of flowers.

The garden flowerbed

My Sunday Snapshot

Saturday 22 April 2023

A photo every day for a year! 15th - 21st April. Week 16 of #Project365

I have felt so lost with what day it is again this week with Ellie having a teachers training day on Monday and going back to school on Tuesday. It has felt easy to get back into a routine after the Easter break, I think the sun shining has helped although yesterday was grey and damp. Hmmf.

We have had a good week even with a few shocks along the way. I am glad it's the weekend, we don't have anything planned apart from a night in front of the TV tonight. It's Becky's weekend off so we always make the most of it and have some family time.

Now for a photo every day!

Hyacinth and little tree
Me and a new smart meter
Mickey Mouse trainers
GCSE timetable and ice cream

105/365 - 15th April
Some hyacinths have popped up in the garden. I didn't plant them, they're at the other side of the garden where I don't plant things as it gets less sun.

106/365 - 16th April
Years ago I reviewed a little Christmas tree and when Christmas was over I planted it in the back garden. It is a slow grower but it is doing so well, it is about 2ft tall now. 

107/365 - 17th April
I was on the bus and went to take a selfie, I got such a shock when I noticed this man behind me especially since I was sat at the back of the bus. lol

108/365 - 18th April
We finally got our gas meter replaced and an added bonus we have a new electric smart meter and a fancy new display until for in the house. I can now see how much electric and gas we're using. I now know when the kids are not switching things off. hehehe

109/365 - 19th April
I got some new trainers from Primark when I was in town. Mickey Mouse one's. I was going to go for plain white one's but they were just so white. I thought these were something a little bit different.

110/365 - 20th April
Ellie was given the GCSE exam timetable a few weeks ago but it listed every exam, lots of them she wasn't doing like P.E, History and Health & Social care so I condensed it down to just her subjects. It's a lot easier to read and make sense of.

111/365 - 21st April
I got the food shop from Iceland this week and had to buy the Terry's Chocolate Orange ice cream to give it a try.

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Friday 21 April 2023

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

 This week my Word of the Week is:


We have had quite a nice, quiet week with a few shocks along the way. The sun has been shining all week and I have been in such a good mood even with the little shocks that we have had.

On Monday we went for a family day out to Hull. We only ever go during the school holidays so with most of the kids back at school and Ellie having a bonus teachers training day we thought it would be quite, especially in our usual all you can eat place but it was busier than I've ever seen it. I was quite shocked. I am guessing the parents were celebrating surviving the Easter holidays once their kids had gone back to school. hehehe

Ellie went back to school on Tuesday and I had a bit of a shock to get a phone call from her head of year. Ellie got herself involved in a little bit of drama online during the Easter holidays with some of her friends and the teacher wanted to let me know what had been going on. It's all OK and it has all been dealt with.

The gas engineer came on Tuesday and it was a new one and he said he was here to change our smart meters, I asked him if he was sure and explained what had gone on. He said he didn't have a boss with him so he would change the electric one too even though British Gas have repeatedly told me it doesn't need doing. It came as a bit of a shock but it's done now and I am so glad that ordeal is over. Now I have a shiny new Smart Meter thingy in the house telling me how much gas & electric we are using in real time. When it's just Becky and me in we use about 6 pence an hour but when Stu and Ellie come in it jumps up to about 24 pence an hour. I didn't expect it to jump up that much, I am totally blaming their PC's.

Poor Becky had a bit of a shock on Wednesday. She was making her lunch and had opened a tin of beans and cut herself on the top. Eek! Her finger was bleeding quite a bit but the cut wasn't much more than a paper cut. I was chopping some veg, turned around and saw her sat on the floor, she said she felt dizzy and like she was going to faint. She lost all the colour in her face but was laughing about it. She had a little rest and got up. We are putting it down to her having a shock seeing the blood. Her finger was fine after she had slept for her night shift but she did put a new plaster on as she didn't want anything from work getting in it.

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

Word of the Week linky

Thursday 20 April 2023

What I have been loving lately!

It has been a long while since I wrote one of these blog posts, writing about what I have been loving and my favourite things at the moment. I thought it was about time I let you know what I have been loving lately.

Heart drawn with crayon

Getting jobs done around the house.
We have got so many jobs done around the house over the last few months. The biggest was getting insulated plasterboard on the living room wall, it has done it's job and made it so much warmer in here. We've had a shower put in, got my youngest girls bedroom decorated, the garage decluttered and tidied, the garden has been weeded and tidied, bricks around out bedroom windows have been cemented into place as they were coming loose, we borrowed a carpet cleaner and cleaned all the carpets in the house and at the moment I am debating about painting the kitchen cupboards.

GCSE preparation.
My youngest is making me so proud. Her end of school exams are coming up next month and she has been revising hard. She has been working on her weakest subject, geography instead of just writing it off and giving up. She wants to get as many passes as she can.

Shopping locally.

Cakes and jars of chutneys.

During the lockdowns a few years ago I took advantage of the local farm shop, bakers and butchers but then when I could get delivery slots again from the supermarket I stopped using them. Over the last few months I have been venturing out and using these little local shops. The butchers is a little more expensive but the meat is better and their cakes are to die for. Our farm shop is just fantastic. When I couldn't get peppers and tomatoes in the supermarkets they had them. They have a great selection of plants and flowers as well as all the fruit and veg that I can think of, the jars or jam, pickles and chutneys are pretty amazing too.

Grey's Anatomy.

I have been rewatching it again. It's freaky how much I forgot about. Obviously I remember the big things like George but I forgot about his dad and the plane crash but I forgot about the following episodes. Callie and Cristina will always be my favourites and I am still not a fan of Owen but I don't hate him as much as I did. I still have a few episodes to watch for the first time when I have finished rewatching which I am very excited about.



We are having more warmer days than cold here and I couldn't be happier. I hate the cold but I also hate the heat of summer so this type of weather is perfect for me. Warm enough to go out with a light jacket and some days just a t-shirt but cool enough so I'm not sweating. I have things planted in my garden and everything is started to grow. 

The Sims 4.

I got a couple of new expansion packs for the The Sims 4 which has ignited my passion for playing again. I have also realised that you can have roommates which live in your house but you don't have to care for them, they pay rent so it's a good way to make money. I've played it in the past using the money cheat so now I like to play without cheating.

What have you been loving lately?

Friday Favourites

I am linking up with Andrea and Erika for their Friday Favorites.

Wednesday 19 April 2023

Rhubarb Traybake Tart - Recipe!

It is rhubarb season. Rhubarb is one of the first vegetables to show up in the spring. The season starts in late March/April and lasts through until July. 

This Rhubarb Traybake Tart is made with just 8 ingredients and 6 pieces of common kitchen equipment. Crisp shortcrust pastry encases a tasty, tart, hot pink rhubarb filling, covered with a patchwork pastry topping. 

Rhubarb Traybake Tart

Rhubarb Traybake Tart.
Makes one 20x30cm tart.


500g of plain flour.
250g of unsalted butter.
60g of icing sugar.
750g of rhubarb.
200g of caster sugar and extra for sprinkling on top.
40g of cornflour.
Zest of one orange.
Egg for egg washing.


Preheat the oven to 180°c (fan).

In the large mixing bowl rub together the flour, icing sugar and butter with your fingertips until a crumb consistency is achieved. Add 5 tablespoon's of water and bring the mix together with your hand to form a pastry dough.

Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, break off about a quarter and set to one side (this will be the top of the tart) and roll the remainder into a rectangle large enough to line the baking tin.

Roll the pastry back onto the rolling pin to pick it up, then drape over the tin, and tuck into the corners and up the sides. Trim any excess (add this to the reserved quarter of dough) and place the lined tin in the freezer.

Chop the rhubarb into 2cm diagonal pieces and put into the (cleaned) large mixing bowl. Add the 200g of caster sugar, orange zest and cornflour and toss the rhubarb so it’s all coated.

Spread the coated rhubarb into the pastry lined tin, and fold in the pastry around the edge to create a crust.

Roll out the reserved quarter of dough and cut out some different sized circles using cutters/a tumbler/a bottle lid then randomly place them on top of the rhubarb so there are still some gaps where you can see the fruit.

Brush the pastry with egg wash, sprinkle with caster sugar and bake for 30-35 minutes until the rhubarb is soft and the pastry is golden. 

Leave to cool slightly before serving with cream, custard or ice cream.

Recipe from the Easy Peasy Baking campaign, launched by UK Flour Millers, making baking simple. You can find more Easy Peasy Baking recipes and information on the campaign over on the Fab Flour website.

Tuesday 18 April 2023

Planning for the Prom.

Ellie leaves school in May, shortly after her GCSE exams start. Ellie is looking forward to the exams, it's me who's doing all of the stressing. When the exams have finished there will of course be the prom in July!

prom corsage

Up until the end of last year Ellie had no intention of going to the prom and even if she did she certainly wasn't going to wear a dress. Ellie used to love dresses but it has been such a long time since she last wore one, she is more a tracksuit and hoodie person so when she said she had picked a dress out to wear to the prom I was very surprised. There had been talk of her wearing a trouser suit so her even thinking about a dress had me lost for words.

I have read so much about prom dresses over the years and was excepting to pay a small fortune but Ellie is a bargain hunter and found one on Shein. She of course wants accessories to go with it like a necklace, bracelets, tights but she has said she doesn't need any shoes, she's wearing her Doc Martens with it. Here should be the place that I share a picture of the dress that Ellie has chosen and I have ordered but she wants to keep it mostly a secret until the night of the prom. This is all I am allowed to share.

Prom dress

It's not the typical girly, girl prom dress with glitter and sparkles but it's a dress all the same. I think it is gorgeous but I am not telling Ellie that. hehehe If I say that I love it I have a feeling she will fall out of love with it. Ellie has even got into the prom spirit by saying she wants her hair done properly, not just whacked up into a ponytail, there is talk about her wearing nail varnish too, black of course. lol

There is the tradition of the teenagers being dropped off to prom in fancy cars or something a bit different. We live in a pretty rural area so there are always a lot of tractors and farm vehicles but Ellie has asked her Granddad and he has agreed to take her in his kit car, he's even offered to wear his suit which is usually reserved for occasions like weddings and funerals.

My dad's kit car

From what I have read online the school are going all out for this years prom as nearly every year of my girls school year has been disrupted by Covid. They have missed out on so many school trips and opportunities to socialise. We worked it out that Ellie has not done a full year at school since she was at Primary school in year 6. We moved house and she left year 7 at her old school a few weeks early then Covid happened and the first normalish year was year 11 but she finishes early, before the end of the official term finishes.

As well as making the prom special the school are trying to make sure that everyone can go. Proms can be expensive so they have somehow managed to get a selection of dresses and suits donated to them so those who can't afford to pay for a one off dress or suit can borrow one. I thought it was such a thoughtful thing to do.

Have you been through the prom experience with your children? How did it go?

Monday 17 April 2023

Our weekly meal plan! 17th - 23rd April. #MealPlanningMonday

Our weekly meal plan

Last weeks meal plan went pretty well. We ate almost everything, all we didn't eat was the salad. With the weather we've been having we wanted warm food. This week the weather is set to be a bit warmer and dryer. Hooray!

The Easter holidays are almost over, Ellie has a teachers training day today so we're having one last day of fun and we're having a family day out. Then it will be Ellie's last half term at school. Her GCSE's start next month and she leaves school shortly after. Eek! 

On Tuesday we have the gas engineer coming to fix the gas meter. I will believe it when it happens since British Gas have messed me around for the last month or so. I blogged about it in my Word of the Week post a couple of weeks ago. All they have to do is take the old meter out and put a new one in. For the rest of the week I don't have any plans apart from catching up on some blogging things and if the weather is nice getting out in the garden.

On the menu this week we have:

Monday - We will just snack when we get home as we are planning to have lunch out.
Tuesday - Something out of the freezer with chips. The gas man is coming between 1pm and 5pm and the gas & electric is planned to be switched off for at least an hour so we're going for something quick.
Wednesday - A midweek roast dinner! Roast chicken a ton of veg, Yorkshire puddings and lots of gravy.
Thursday - Leftover roast dinner pie with mashed potato.
Friday - Meatballs, spaghetti and garlic bread.
Saturday - Leftover meatballs in buns covered in cheese.
Sunday - Toad in the hole, mash and vegetables.

What are you eating this week?

Sunday 16 April 2023

Treats from the farm shop. #MySundaySnapshot

I find it impossible to go to our local farm shop and buy just what I am actually going for. I went for bedding plants, came away with those and also some chutney, pickles and strawberries.

I love Piccalilli on ham sandwiches but just the juice, not the vegetables in it. The Mango is great as a dip and I have eaten nearly half of this jar in a week and it was my first time trying the beetroot chutney, I will be back for more.

Treats from the farm shop

My Sunday Snapshot linky

Saturday 15 April 2023

A photo every day for a year! 8th - 14th April. Week 15 of #Project365

I love Ellie being home from school but these school holidays seem really long and we seem to have been so busy. I will be glad when she's back at school so I can have a rest and take things at my own pace. hehehe This past week we've been gardening, sorting the garage out, doing things around the house, been to Hull shopping, been to see my dad a couple of times and I've just about managed to keep on top of the housework. 

Now for a photo every day!

Bedding plants in planters
Easter egg and a random plant
My youngest and Mrs Potts the teapot
Growing seeds and blue sky

98/365 - 8th April
Ellie and I dug up the planters in the front garden and weeded them before we went to the farm shop and bought some bedding plants. Seeing this photo has reminded me that Stu never got around to giving the planters a lick of paint.

99/365 - 9th April
Easter and of course we all had Easter eggs. Mine was a Galaxy Ripple one. Galaxy is probably my favourite chocolate.

100/365 - 10th April
I took a photo of a random plant in my garden to identify it on an app. I wanted to see if it was a plant/flower and not a weed. I can't remember what it was called. lol

101/365 - 11th April
Ellie and I went to Hull, mostly to get a birthday present for someone but also to get a McDonalds. hehehe

102/365 - 12th April
While I was in Hull Primark I bought this Mrs Potts teapot, it is a real usable teapot but I will be keeping it as an ornament. 

103/365 - 13th April
My sweetcorn is growing which I am so chuffed about.

104/365 - 14th April
It looked a gorgeous day yesterday with sunshine and blue skies so I got the washer going, got a load on the line and then another load on the washer. Soon enough the grey clouds and rain came so I was stuck with 2 loads of washing on the airers. Grrr! 

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