Monday, 8 February 2016

Weekly Meal Plan - Week Commencing 8th February 2016

Last weeks meal plan did not go exactly to plan. I had planned for three meat free meals, one meat and one fish dish. But when it came to deciding if we really wanted the venison cottage pie we found that we didn't. Last week we ended up having 6 meat free, vegan meals. We only had fish when we went to my mum and dads for Sunday dinner.

I guess that this means we are now a meat free family and are really enjoying it. I have found a new love for flavours and foods that I have had for a while.

This week I am planning a totally meat free week and am really looking forward to these meals!

This is what we will be enjoying this week...

Week Commencing 8th February 2016

Monday - Chinese New Year Stir Fry

I have been sent some of Tilda's latest rices which I will be using to make us a stir fry.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Win a Crepe Pan from ProCook Kitchenware

On Tuesday it is pancake day. I don't know about you, but we enjoy pancakes at any time of the year and not just on Shrove Tuesday. Pancakes are such a versatile food and can be made both savoury and sweet. I recently share some ways that we enjoy our pancakes.

ProCook Kitchenware are offering Hijacked By Twins readers that chance to win their own crepe pan as shown below. With this pan you are guaranteed to make perfect pancakes that the whole family will enjoy!

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Harvester Clifton Moor, York - Restaurant Review

The other weekend we took a little drive up to York to go out for lunch as a family. When it comes to finding a restaurant that we all like can sometimes be a little tricky and we tend to stick to our well know regulars. So when we were asked if we would like to try a family lunch out at Harvester in York we could not wait to try it.

We always love a day out in York so this was the perfect opportunity. Harvester in York is based at Clifton Moor which is a shopping and leisure area which is just north of the city and just off the ring road. So it is really easy to access and there are plenty of great shops about and even a cinema so you can certainly make a day of it.

When we arrived at the Harvester we were pleased to see that there was plenty of parking. We were slightly worried as there are other restaurants in that part and we did not know if parking would be a problem, thankfully it wasn't.

When we went into the restaurant we noticed that there were plenty of staff about so we did not have to wait long until we were shown to our table. The waiting staff were all friendly and helpful and always made sure that we had enough drinks and that we were ok. When it came to ordering drinks we did find that a couple of drinks that were on the menu were not available at that site. This was not a huge inconvenience but I do believe that if you have items listed on a menu as available they should be. This was maybe one down side of having a generic menu for all sites instead of site specific ones. The children enjoyed having their own menu and were pleased with their pack of crayons and colouring in place mats. Having these little added extras really do mean a lot when dining out with children.

31st January - 6th February 2016 - One Picture Everyday For One Year

This week has been a bit of a funny week. My mood has not been great due to running out of my regular tablets and having to double up on some old ones it really did knock me a bit. To say that I am pleased that the week is over is a bit of an understatement. Now on to a new week and a better week!

This week there has been foodie pictures, exciting holiday plans and the heart warming twins.

Here is my week in pictures...

Sunday 31st January 2016

Sunday was our usual relax and potter about day. On Sunday I thought that I would plan a few posts but when I got to this page I found that a little someone, Isabella, had added some plans of her own.

Monday 1st February 2016

You may remember that I mentioned that I tried having a cleaner, vegan week last week. Well I am delighted to say that it has continued on! I am not going to be 100% vegan as I do like cheese and eggs but I have not missed meat so am not eating it at the moment. On Monday I decided to make the twins some baked beans instead of using a tin of beans. My Full of Goodness Baked Beans were a success and will definitely be enjoyed again.

Tuesday 2nd February 2016

On Tuesday Laura from Tired Mummy of Two, who are Carnival's Funseeker Family, informed us that there are under 200 days to go until we set sail on their new ship Vista. This got the holiday excitement going so I sat and looked at all of the different excursions. I am in a process of writing an excursions post but it is taking me longer than I thought to select a few favourites!

Wednesday 3rd February 2016

To get the holiday excitement going even more, Wednesday was time to go and get the twins their first passport photographs taken.

Thursday 4th February 2016

Thursday was a dark day. I will admit that I even struggled to get motivated to get dress and do the school run. But I did push myself and even walked the school run. I am pleased to say that days like Thursday are few and far between these days but when they do hit I really do notice and I remember that the depression and anxiety is never far away.

Friday 5th February 2016

On Friday the twins enjoyed trying these delicious new snacks from Cow and Gate.

Saturday 6th February 2016

On Saturday if felt like we did not stop all day. It was manic! After a visit to see the Hubby's mum and dad we went to my mum and dads to celebrate my lovely nieces 3rd birthday. She is such a little treasure and the twins love playing with her.

As always I am sharing with...

TheBoyandMe's 366 Linky
What Katy Said
Running in Lavender

Friday, 5 February 2016

Yorkshire Pudding Day with Welsh Beef

A few weeks ago, before we changed our diets, we received a lovely piece of Welsh beef to try for the preparation of Yorkshire Pudding Day!

Who doesn't love a good Yorkshire Pudding? They simply go hand in hand with roast Welsh beef.

To celebrate Yorkshire pudding day on Sunday 6th February, I thought that I would share with you a deliciously roasted with mustard seeds Welsh beef joint.

This is what I did...

Pancake Day is Coming!

Next Tuesday is one of the children's favourite foodie days. Next Tuesday is Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day!

So when Aldi asked me if I would like to share our favourite fillings I knew that I wanted to make this years pancakes healthier than normal. We usually have pancakes with chocolate spread or lemon juice and sugar. I know it is only once a year, but we have hugely reduced our sugar intake and do not want to have pancakes filled with sugar this year!

This year I want to move away from the usual lemon juice and sugar and go for a healthier sweet filling. I have also made a savoury pancake topping which the twins loved! I am going to show you how you can still enjoy pancakes without all of the added refined sugars and still have incredibly tasty pancakes that the kids will love!

When it comes to making the all important batter the easiest way to remember the amount of flour, eggs and milk that you need is to remember the 1, 2, 3 rule. 100g of flour, 2 eggs and 300mls semi skimmed milk or dairy free milk.

This is what I did...