Monday, 16 January 2017

Weekly Meal Plan

Last weeks meal plan didn't go very well. The problem wasn't not having the food in it was due to the fact that our second new fridge freezer that was delivered last Sunday was broke. Can you believe that I ordered two fridge freezer both different makes and from difference places and both were broken on arrival. I would like to just point out I don't horde kitchen appliances, the first was ordered arrived and we used it for a day then noticed the seal around the fridge was broken. I bought a new one the next day as returning the other one was proving difficult (thanks Littlewoods!!) so then the other new one came it was broke and I had to wait for a replacement.

Anyway on to what we are planning to eat this week.

Monday - Sausage casserole with mashed potato, sweetcorn and peas.
Tuesday - Beef ragu pasta bake
Wednesday - Jacket potato with beans and cheese
Thursday - Cajun chicken with home-made wedges
Friday - Takeaway
Saturday - Cheesy ham and potato hash
Sunday - Roast beef with potatoes roasted in goose fat, vegetables, yorkshire puddings and gravy

Recipe For Home-made Wedges

900g of baking potatoes cut into wedges
2 egg whites

In a bowl beat the egg whites until they are lightly frothy add salt and pepper to your required taste then cover the wedges. I find it easier to add wedges to the bowl and mix then place them on a tray. You can also add some of cajun coating if you wanted to give the wedges a bit of a spice.

Cook the wedges for 25-30 mins turn them over halfway through cooking.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

My Design For A Window Blind

When it comes to decorating rooms I normally get an idea in my head of exactly what I want. However finding what I want is easier said than done. So when I read that there was a competition with order blinds CollectivEdge to design your own print I was so excited. If I'm lucky enough to win I will win a blind with my design on and it will also be featured on their website.

So my idea for the blind came to me straight away as the design has to be for a children's room. Brilliant!! as we will be decorating Eryn-Rose's bedroom this year. I have planned the whole room and after hours of searching found the wallpaper that I wanted. Ok not exactly how I wanted but it will suffice. Having found the wallpaper and planned the colours I was stuck in finding curtains or blinds that would match. The only ones I could find were just a plain colour and that is not what I want.

I'm Van Gough. I can draw pretty well but my drawing style is normally anime so this was out of my comfort zone. As you may be able to tell my daughters room will be a Woodland theme. I was always brought up around the beauty of woodlands and nature, as we live in a town with the view of a big power plant I want to create a lovely bedroom where she can feel like a fairy princess roaming through enchanted woodlands. 

I chose animals that you would normally come across in the woods. Here we have a Badger and a Bunny the toad-stalls were just to break it up a bit and add that magically element. Most fairy tales contain a toad-stall. 

 I then originally planned to draw a fox but somehow created a squirrel who I actually prefer and think is rather cute (even if the face is wonky) then we have a Deer who I have really struggled to draw, the antlers were the easy bit the rest was rubbed out and re-drawn several times. I settled with this hopefully if I'm lucky enough to win the artist who re creates my design is a lot better at drawing Deer's.

So that is my design and my entry if you have also entered I would love to see your design.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Weekly Meal Plan

The hustle and bustle of Christmas and New Year is over so it's back to normal. Although we are in the process of changing our diets we are realistic and know that it's going to take some time to find recipes and meals that are healthier which we all like.

Monday: Meatballs in a home made sauce and spaghetti
Tuesday: Home made chicken curry (I found an amazing recipe and just made it more of my own with a tweak)
Wednesday: Slow cooked beef brisket with mash potato, veg served in a giant Yorkshire pudding
Thursday: Pasta bake with garlic bread slices
Friday: Fanta chicken with rice
Saturday: Pizza (It's family film night)
Sunday: Sunday roast with chicken being the choice this week

If you have any suggestions for next week I'd love to hear them.