Monthly Archives: February 2019

Meal Planning Monday 18/02/19

Well I failed at this last week and I was doing so well since starting back with it.  I think with having a poorly boy, looking after him was our main priority but luckily he is back to normal now.

Last weekend I went on my friends hen do to Nottingham, it was lovely and a nice catch up with our friends.  We did so much from Friday – Sunday and I am exhausted now writing this, before heading back to work tomorrow.

So this week I am cooking:

Chicken stir fry with egg noodles

Lasagna & garlic bread

Jacket potatoes, Tuna/cheese/beans & salad

Quiche, beef rice & Salad

Fish cakes, vegetables & cheese sauce

Tuna Pasta Bake

Roast dinner with all the trimmings

What’s on your plate?

Making Butternut Squash Soup at home | Recipe

I love cooking and baking but never imagined making my own soup, I think the fact of just picking up a tin is way more convenient sometimes.

Then one Sunday a few weeks ago I looked in the cupboards and found a butternut squash so decided to make some soup.  I googled what I needed and I had everything in the cupboards/fridge to make it.

So here’s how I did it.

Butternut squash soup

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash – peeled and deseeded, cut into 3cm/1¼in cubes
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 large onions (roughly chopped)
  • 2 medium carrots (peeled & roughly chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (optional)
  • 5cm/2in piece fresh root ginger, peeled and chopped (I’ve used garlic too)
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1.5 litres/2½ pints of vegetable stock

Recipe

  • Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6.

  • Tip the prepared squash, onions, carrots and red pepper into a large, resealable freezer bag.   Add half the oil, salt and pepper and toss everything together until the vegetables are evenly coated. Tip into a large roasting tin and spread out to form a single layer.

  • Roast in the oven for approx 40–45 minutes, or until tender and tinged brown. Drizzle over the honey, if using, 5 minutes before the end of cooking.

  • Place the large, deep-sided saucepan over a medium heat, add the remaining oil and when it is hot, add the ginger or garlic and fry for a minute. Pour in the stock and bring to the boil, then stir in the roasted vegetables and add more salt and pepper.

  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and, using a hand blender, blend the mixture until smooth. Return to the heat to warm through and serve hot with crusty bread.

So there you have it, homemade butternut squash soup

Your Home As A Creative Space

Creativity should have a place in every home, even if it is only a small or limited one. Being creative will mean that you are looking after your brain, that you are allowing the chance to truly express yourself, and will act as a very effective means of home therapy. If you have a family, you will also find that encouraging them to be as creative as possible is something that you want to do if you are to keep them on the right track, as it will lead to them having a much fuller understanding of themselves and way of being. In order to make sure of all that, it helps if you make a point of allowing the home to be a strongly creative space. In this post, we will look at what you can do to make that happen.

Photo of Multicolored Abstract Painting

Carve Out A Space

First things first, find some place in the home which you can dedicate to creativity in all its forms. In most cases, this could probably be a corner of a room, or it might even be that you can use the dining table for such purposes. Wherever it is, even if you can’t find a space which you can dedicate solely to creativity, you will want to make it as easy to use as possible. The idea is that you will find it easy to just sit down there and get creating, and that everyone else in your family will find that too. By carving out a specific space, ideally one which is not too affected by the rest of the household and its daily comings and goings, you will be able to champion creativity much more easily and effectively.

Stock Up On Supplies

Depending on what kind of creative ventures you might have planned for yourself or your family, you will want to make a point of finding some particular supplies to stock up on. If you want to really make it worthwhile, you will make a point of finding some supplies for everything – meaning not only will you find some decent Fountain Pens, but also paintbrushes, glue guns, glitter, notepads and whatever else you might feel is necessary. By having as many creative supplies in that space as you can, you will then be able to turn to whatever you want as a means of being creative, and you will find it much easier to be creative in general.

Close-up of Hand over White Background

Make It A Part Of The Schedule

Making time for your creative efforts is hugely important. If you don’t allow time in your schedule for these pursuits, then it means you simply won’t find yourself engaging in them to quite the same degree, so it is essential to ensure that you do whatever you can to do just that. By making your arts a part of your daily schedule, you will be putting the hours in, and that will mean that you can expect to get much more out of it in the long run.

Meal Planning Monday 04/02/2019

Well hello there February, nice to see you again.

This month is going to be very busy as we’ve got hen do’s & the husband is away at a festival in Amsterdam,  Our 10 year anniversary and not to mention Valentines Day.  

This week we are having:

Pan fried pork with homemade wedges

Spaghetti bolognese

Burgers & Chips

Chicken Curry & Rice

Shepherds pie, veg & gravy

Chicken, cheese & Bacon Tagliatelle

Roast Dinner with all the trimmings

What’s on your meal plan this week?

Valentines Gift Guide | 2019

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching now and many of us are now thinking about gifts for that special person in our life.

Not everyone celebrates Valentines Day, We don’t really as we’ve been together 10 years this year and know we are in it for the long haul now.  Saying that though I still like to buy my husband something little to mark the day.

To Share

The Ned Rosé 2017 Waihopai River, Marlborough – From £12.99 per bottle

Nothing I like more than snuggles on the sofa with a bottle of wine and a decent film, my perfect kind of evening brought all together.

The Ned Rosé 2017 Waihopai River, Marlborough

Where to buy: Majestics Wine

Personalised Jelly Sweet Hamper –£35.00

My husband and I have been semi healthy eating recently, so Valentine’s Day is a great time for a hamper of sweets! This hamper retails for £35.00 and contains a large array of nostalgic sweets including fizzy bottles, rings, snakes, Jelly Babies and more.  It also comes presented in wicker hamper basket.

Where to buy: The personalised gift shop

 

For Her

The Devotion Gift Set – £42.99

You can’t beat a beautiful bunch of flowers, so this gorgeous “devotion gift set” comprising of flowers, chocolate & prosecco you just can’t go wrong.

Image of The Devotion Gift Set

Where to Buy: Bunches 

Seams Hand Cream 75ml – £14.00

Delightfully fragranced with Fragonia Oil, Shea Butter and Macadamia Nut Oil to mend, moisturize and protect your hands.

Where to Buy:  Seams Beauty

Where Have You Gin All My Life Bottle – £22.99

Where to Buy: Giftpup

Anma Massage Oil Passion – £9.99

Love a bit of relaxation time, how about these massage oils, great for both partners and are available to buy from Super drug.  They smell devine and the bottles are 100% recyclable.

Where to buy: Superdrug

For Him

Personalised Budweiser Beer – £11.99

What man doesn’t like beer? Personalised with an extra special message make the perfect gift for that special man in your life on any occasion.

Where to Buy: Personalised Bottle Labels

Jack Willis Sambourne Knit Bobble Hat – £30.00

Where to Buy: Mainline Men’s Wear

Personalised Wooden Tie Hanger – £12.99

The man in your life wear ties on a daily basis like my husband, lovely little gift with a personalised message on it.  No more saying they have lost or can’t find there ties.

Where to Buy: The Personalised Gift Shop

I hope this post has given you some inspiration this Valentine’s Day for that love in your life!

Have a good one!