Wednesday, 24 April 2019

A walk around Ashington Community Woods! #CountryKids

Last week I needed to get out of the house. We all did. Becky had been at a lot of revision classes at school and Ellie and I hadn't got out much! We had a touch of cabin fever. I decided we would go for a walk and the only place I could think of was Ashington Community Woods.

Ashington Community Woodland is a large woodland on the former Ashington Colliery site. This fantastic green space covers approximately 135 hectares, lying immediately to the north of the centre of Ashington.

There are set walks which are signposted but we just made our own way. When we got to a junction we voted left, right or straight on. We went on a total wander and it was lovely!

After crossing the railway lines into the woodland area you would never have guessed there was a main road, it was hard to hear the sound of the cars.

It was such a lovely day and it wasn't long before I took my hoodie off.

We saw plenty of nature. Plants, flowers and lots of bugs and critters. I don't think I've seen as many butterflies in one day than I did last week! 

It was fantastic to spend some time out of the house, away from GCSE revision and being together as a family!

Ashington Community Woods was somewhere we've never visited before but I think we will again!

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

What to do with the extra Easter eggs.

No matter how hard you try, there always seems to be a surplus of chocolate left over after Easter. The kids got quite a few on Sunday and to be honest I think it will take a few weeks to eat them all. There is also the case of the shops are trying to get rid of all their Easter-themed stock. Meaning: loads of chocolate is really, really cheap, just because it’s in the shape of an egg.

Here's a few idea's of what you can do with those left over eggs!

Rice Krispie or Cornflake cakes.
An oldie but a goldie. Simple melt a couple of Easter eggs down and mix with cereals such as Rice Krispies or Corn Flakes. It’s a great, easy recipe to get young children ‘baking’ in the kitchen for the first time. You can also decorate with smaller eggs for a double chocolate fix!

Packed with biscuits, sultanas, puffed rice and lots of chocolate, these refrigerator bars are ideal for a kids' party.

Chocolate lollipops.
Lollipop moulds are always useful to have in the cupboard. Simply melt the chocolate, pour it into the mould, and leave to set in the fridge for around 30 minutes. Once set, remove the lollipops and dip them into melted chocolate, followed by sprinkles or edible glitter for a great effect.

You don’t need much to make this treat, just some Creme Eggs, some ice cream and milk and you’re ready to go.

Chocolate mousse.
Whip up a pot of Double Cream and add melted chocolate to the mixture, carefully folding it in before allowing it to settle in the fridge for thirty to forty minutes.

Double cream, muffins, milk chocolate! YUM!

A Fun Fondue.
Melt down the eggs, add a teaspoon of vegetable oil and melt in a bowl over a gently simmering pan. Cut up some yummy fruit. Strawberries, kiwi fruit, mango and bananas, marshmallows too. Stab them with some toothpicks or a fork and dip them in the chocolate. 

This dessert treat combines the healthy benefits of bananas and chocolate. It's a great way to get some fruit into the kids.

Chocolate Drizzled Popcorn
Have a family movie night tradition? Surprise them with a chocolate drizzle on their bowl of popcorn! Sometimes the best thing to do with excess chocolate is melt it and put it on everything!!

Do you have many left over Easter eggs?

Monday, 22 April 2019

Our weekly meal plan! 22nd - 28th April. #MealPlanningMonday

Last weeks meal plan did not to go plan! We ate two of the meals. The Chinese chicken thighs with noodles and the pizza.

It turns out we didn't have leftover bolognese in the freezer to go over jacket potatoes but I did empty the freezer a little and we had corn dogs, onion rings, chicken nuggets and corn on the cobs. On Wednesday we were not feeling great and we had chip butties for lunch and no one felt like much for tea so we had cereal. Thursday we went out for the afternoon and had McDonalds for tea. On the way home we called in Lidl and I saw some Bramley Apple sausages which I love which we had on Saturday and on Sunday we had a big fry up.

So those who are amazed that I meal plan every week, here's the proof that it doesn't work out every week! The upside to the meal plan going wrong is that this week I didn't have to spend much on the grocery shop. It came to just under £70 which included 2 bottles of wine and the Iceland meat deal where you get 4 meat joints for £10. I got 2 chicken, pork and a gammon which I will be using this week.

This week on the menu we have:

Monday - A roast dinner. Chicken, pork and a whole heap of veg.
Tuesday - Bubble and Squeak with poached eggs.
Wednesday - Gammon and salad.
 Thursday - Baked beans on toast.
Friday - Pizza.
Saturday - Leftover pork roast ragu with rice.
Sunday - Toad in the hole, mash & veg.

What are you eating this week?

Sunday, 21 April 2019

We're Easter ready! #MySundaySnapshot

I hope you are all having a wonderful Easter weekend! The kids have been spoilt rotten with their Easter eggs and my fella and I even have a couple too! Yum! Yum!