Weekly Meal Plan #22

Monday, December 05, 2016

Budget Family Meal Plan
Another week has flown by and Christmas is going to be here before we know it! This week is going to be a long one though, I can already sense it, we've got builders in to fix the endless list of issues our house has at the minute. I feel awful every time I email  the letting agents with a new problem. But oh well, let's look for the positives. I've got a lot of new blog posts coming your way this week, lots of exciting collaborations and hopefully a Christmas recipe too. 

We had another busy weekend. We took Edith to the emergency Dr's (she always seems to get ill at the weekends), luckily it's nothing serious so we decided to take a trip to get our Christmas tree (see what we choose here), decorated it and then had a cosy night.

Yesterday I had my last two photoshoots of the year so my husband did the shopping again. I think I might send him every week. Another week under budget. The man did good!

I'm hopefully going to be getting a newsletter out to you lovely subscribers today but it will be tomorrow if not. If you'd like to see a copy make sure you subscribe here. 

The shop this week was Tesco again and the total food shop was £26.73.

This week we are eating:

Tuna pasta bake.

Chicken & bacon salad.

Festive burger & chips (inspired by McDonalds)

Toad in the hole

Slow cooker chilli

Whats on your menu this week?

If you'd like to see my inspiration behind this weeks meals please head over to my Meal Plan Pinterest Board.

Food-Tastic Ways To Make Your Wedding Stand Out From The Rest

Friday, December 02, 2016

When you are planning your wedding, one thing that you should be doing is thinking about the food. After all, your guests will love food treats during the day. And it’s one of the best things about the wedding. However, it’s hard to make your food unique from everyone else's big day. After all, venues often bring out the same dishes for weddings. And chicken soup gets old quick! Therefore, here are some food-tastic ways to make your wedding stand out from the rest!

Choose a sweetie cart for the reception

Everyone has a sweet tooth. In fact, you will find people can’t help but get a bag of pic ‘n’ mix when they head to the movies. Therefore, to make your wedding stand out, you should consider getting a sweetie card for the reception. That way, people can chew on the sweets while enjoying the evening reception. You can either hire a company who can bring a sweetie cart and serve it to guests. Or you could buy one which you can use for your big day. And a cart isn’t the only possibility; you could opt for a sweetie table which will have an array of treats for everyone to enjoy. You can easily buy some tubs off the net which you can fill with sweets and let people help themselves!

Opt for sweet canapes during the wedding photos

When wedding photos are being taken, it’s a lot of standing around for guests. In fact, if they are in limited pictures, it can often be quite boring. Therefore, you should get some canapes to be handed out for your guests to enjoy. And rather than traditional options such as quiches, you should go for sweet treats. For example, you could make some salted caramel filo pastries; check out my blog for the recipe. Or you might want to go for some white chocolate covered strawberries. It will thrill your guests and ensure they don’t get bored waiting around!

Canapés, Strawberry, Whipped Cream, Snacks, Snack
Go for a unique wedding cake

A lot of people go for a traditional fruit cake for their wedding. And although it’s a classic, it’s not that interesting. In fact, I don’t know many people who actually enjoy a fruit cake! Therefore, you should go for something more unique for your wedding. For example, you might want to go for chocolate cupcakes which will leave people drooling. Or you could go for something even more unique such as a wedding cheese cake. It’s great if you both love cheese; just don’t choose anything too stinky!

Get people to bring a dish for the evening buffet

It’s always a challenge to thrill everyone when it comes to the buffet in the evening. After all, cold sandwiches might be okay, but they are bound to be leftover at the end of the night. Therefore, to thrill everyone, you should get everyone to bring a dish for the evening buffet. Who knows what fabulous creations you might get for everyone to enjoy. It’s a lot more fun than cold snacks that no one will consume. And it will save you some money too!

And remember to opt for a fun cuisine for your wedding breakfast. Choose something which is memorable to you both and will thrill your guest’s taste buds.

Make Merry With Your Mother-In-Law

How To Have A Good Relationship With The Other Woman In Your Husbands Life!

(Pixabay) No matter how liberated we like to think we are, mention the mother-in-law and most of us understand our relationship, even if amicable, still needs careful handling.

As women, our relationship with our mums is quite distinct from any other relationship we'll ever have. Even if we fight, we can't avoid being close: it is our first relationship and we're so similar, yet different.

Jealousy puts up barriers in these relationships. Daughters-in-law often envy the relationship between mother and son and want to replace that relationship with themselves. Meanwhile, mother-in-law wants her son looked after in the way only she can, which is of course impossible, unless the daughter in law is her clone.

These differences can soon cause a bitter stalemate. The main problem with the mother and daughter-in-law relationship is the feeling of inferiority it causes. If Mum won't give up mothering her son even though he's married, daughter-in-law is made to feel she's the second woman in his life. Learning to get on better with your mother-in-law is about learning how to feel less of a victim, and deflecting difficult behaviour.

A blessing in disguise

It's worth reminding yourself that your mother-in-law can be a blessing, and it really is worth putting in some work to improve your relationship. Mothers-in-law can be a real source of support. If you start off with a bad relationship, and let her get away with making you feel inadequate, the less likely things are to change. The more confident you are about your position in her son's life, the easier you'll get on.

5 ways to stop in-law wars:

1. Keep talking. Don't clam up and simmer in silence when she says something that upsets you. It's possible to let her know what you don't like, and why, without causing major offence.
For example: 'I realise you're only trying to help, but it makes me feel immature when you give me advice I haven't asked for. There are lots of things I'd really value your advice on, but I'd find it much more helpful if I could ask you first.'

2. Appreciate her good points. Instead of fuming when she's cleaned your kitchen from top to bottom, why not thank her for being so helpful and feel pleased that you didn't have to do it for once? It's amazing how much gentler she'll be if she sees, every so often, that you do value her.

3. Go for thoughtful when it comes to gifts. Anyone can present her with a voucher or pop money into a card. Show her how much you think of her by actually thinking of her. You can find inspiration at's gifts for her collection. By purchasing something unique she will know just how much you care.

4. Ask her advice. She never approves of your cooking? Turn it around by asking her what she thinks your other half would really enjoy. That way she'll still feel involved, but you haven't let her take over.

5. Visit her. If she's in the habit of turning up at your house unannounced, it's often easily solved by calling on her instead. Pop in for a coffee every so often, which shows her you're thinking of her but takes away her need to drop in on you unexpectedly.

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