Honey, Lemon & Sesame Noodles

Friday, April 28, 2017

Honey Lemon And Sesame Noodles

Honey Lemon And Sesame Noodles

Some nights my husband doesn't get back from work until later so finding time to make dinner is 
difficult. Luckily I've got a few quick and easy recipes up my sleeve that take less than 15 minutes. These noodles are one of them. 

This noodle recipe is one I've been making for years. Over time I have adapted it and tweaked it and when we ate it last week, we fell in love with over again. There was a time when this was on the menu every week we loved it that much. This time round I added in chicken and it's a real game changer. Of course you can keep this vegetarian by leaving the chicken out but I think it makes the noodles even tastier. I fried the chicken in olive oil before stir frying the rest of the ingredients. It's really important to choose the right oil for the job. I swear by the fact olive oil makes my roast chicken taste better but you need to make sure you are buying the right type. Luckily there's this handy guide put together by Jamie's Italian

Jamie's Italian Buyers Guide To Olive Oil

This recipe, much like most of my recipes, is a chop and change one so you can use what you have. I personally love recipes that are like this as it means I can use what's in my fridge and cupboards rather than going and buying ingredients. In fact the total cost of this meal is under £5. So I guess you'll be wanting the recipe then? 

Honey Lemon And Sesame Noodles

Honey Lemon And Sesame Noodles

Honey, Lemon & Sesame Noodles

- Serves 2 - 

2 nests of dried noodles

1 tbsp sesame seeds, lightly toasted

2 carrots, chopped

200g chestnut mushrooms

2 tbsp runny honey

1 lemon, juiced 

1 chicken breast, sliced

salt and pepper to taste

Cook the dried noodles according to pack instructions. 

In a large wok fry the chicken in 1 tbsp of olive oil until fully cooked.

Add in the carrots and mushroom and leave for 1 minute before stirring. Cook until the carrots have softened.

Add the lemon juice and 1 tbsp of the honey. Stir.

Add in the noodles and 3/4 sesame seeds. Stir.

Add the remaining tbsp of honey and stir. 

Serve in bowls and sprinkle the remaining sesame seeds on top.

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Edith's 18 & 19 Month Update

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Edith's 18 & 19 Month Update

Edith's 18 & 19 Month Update

Okay, so I guess I win a bad mum award. I've not yet updated you on my toddlers achievements, likes and dislikes and it's almost time for another. So I thought that I would combine Edith's 18 and 19 month update. So you can see exactly what she's been getting up to. I'll give you a clue, she's very cheeky.

The last two months have been totally random. Some nights she'll sleep through or only wake once other nights she wakes almost every hour. But I think we can explain that one (see further down).

Edith's 18 & 19 Month Update

Edith is so much better at eating. She often clears her plate at dinner but self regulates really well. For example if she has a big meal at lunch she then will eat small amounts for dinner. Edith is still breastfeeding and shows no signs of wanting to stop just yet.

My husband popped her on the scales yesterday in the Dr's waiting room and she roughly weighed around 37lb. Which technically means she's only put on 2lb since September last year but in reality she's lost some of her baby chub. She's probably still way above the percentile but while she is still breastfed she's going to have that extra layer of chub and she eats healthy food. So once again I'm not worried. Edith wears a size 5 nappy and 18-24 months clothing. (Although we have a couple of second hand bits that are a small 2-3).

Edith's 18 & 19 Month Update

Edith's 18 & 19 Month Update

Edith's 18 & 19 Month Update


So much more independent. 

Molars and some of the middle teeth to fill the gaps have erupted. The reason for rough sleep, we think. Luckily we have a new teether called Match Stick Monkey. Who Edith has been loving, she chomps down on him and it soothes those sore gums. What's great is that it has a special brush on the back of his head that you can apply teething granules or gel too to get right in the back of her mouth without risking her biting your finger off. It's also freezable and dishwasher safe too! 

Lots of clear words and sentences.

Signing songs.

The actions to wind the bobbin up.


First cinema trip. 

Her play has become imaginative and independent.

Can say I love you.

Edith Loves

Bishies (Fish) We have to go see them in Pets At Home

Hey Duggee - It's the new Twirlywoos

Choc Choc

Sheddy (Her Auntie Shelly)

Leapfrog with Daddy

Horsey rides with Mama.

Hide & Seek and Peekaboo.


Making me blow bubbles from the bubble bath.


Rearranging the washing on the dryer.

Edith Hates

Other people being upset, there was emotional distress the other day because a cat got stuck up a tree on Charlie & Lola.

Small things on her feet. Stickers, food that she's dropped touching her feet. 

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How To Weekly Meal Plan - Plan #40

Monday, April 24, 2017

I can't believe Monday has come around again. It's been a busy week and this one looks like it's going to be busy too. But I'm looking forward to the weekend already as it's another Bank Holiday! I have exciting plans. Filming all of the lessons for my E-Course. Eeek. You can read all about it here. 

I'm also in shock that I've reached week 40 already. You guys seem to really love my meal plans and there's going to be lots more as well as an E-Book too. Can you tell I like to keep busy? Haha.

As it's Monday you know the drill. Link your meal plan up here and share some blog love. Each week lots of blogger share their meal plans and it's great for inspiration.

Link up here:

As my husband is back at work we are back to shopping on a Sunday. We shopped at Tesco again and it came to a grand total of £33.78.

I'm thinking I'm going to need to change this series as every week it gets harder to keep it below £30, £35 seems to be the amount we spend now. I suppose the cost of food has gone up, so it's hardly surprising.

If you'd like to see how we spent our money, sign up to my weekly newsletter here. You can also visit my Pinterest board for the inspiration behind the weekly meals.

This weeks meals (in no particular order):

Chilli sausage rolls with homemade chips.

Chicken tikka wraps.

Cheesey rice balls with tomato sauce & veg.

Chicken & Mushroom pasta.

Crisp topped fish with wedges and peas.

What's on your menu this week?
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