#25 Meal Plan Monday

This week we have a few different things on. Thursday is my Poppy’s Birthday, so we will be having dinner with the family. Then this weekend one of my best friends is coming down and we are taking our boys to the Lismore Lantern Parade. Fingers crossed the rain stays away! We’ve decided to go out for pizza before hand so this week I have moved Pizza Party Friday Night to Saturday. Crazy I know!

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Monday – Tuna Pasta Bake
Tuesday – Teriyaki Chicken
Wednesday – Beef Stroganoff
Thursday – Dinner for Poppy’s Birthday
Friday – Mexican Lasagna
Saturday – Pizza Party Saturday Night!
Sunday – Honey Soy Chicken

What’s on your menu this week?

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Basic Fritter Recipe

I’ve written about different things you can make with leftover roast meat before but one of my favourite things to make with left over corned beef is fritters.  Fritters is one of those simple recipes that is great because you can add whatever you’d like to them to mix it up. I’m quite fond of corn and zucchini fritters but my son’s favourite are what he likes to call “Meat Pikelets”.

Basic Fritter Recipe

You will need:
1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt & Pepper

You can add to this whatever mix-ins you would like. To make these “Meat Pikelets” I added:
1/2 cup grated cheese
Leftover corned beef

  1. Whisk eggs and milk together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add flour and stir to combine.
  3. Mix in any add-ins.
  4. Heat olive oil in fry pan over a medium heat.
  5. Once the pan is hot, add spoonfuls of mixture and spread out slightly with the spoon.
  6. Flip after 3-4 minutes. They are ready to turn when bubbles appear on the surface.
  7. Continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes until both sides are golden brown.

basic fritter recipe 2

You can serve them immediately with a salad or veggies. Any leftovers are great cold. My son likes to take 1 or 2 for lunch the next day.

So there you have my basic fritter recipe. What type of fritters are your favourite? I’d love to hear about them in the comments 🙂

 

#24 Meal Plan Monday 2017

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Monday – Spaghetti Bolognese
Tuesday – Chicken Curry
Wednesday – Corned Beef
Thursday – Fritters
Friday – Pizza Party Friday Night
Saturday – Creamy Chicken and Bacon
Sunday – Eggs on Toast

What’s on your menu this week?

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#23 Meal Plan Monday 2017

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Monday – Chicken Soup
Tuesday – Beef ravioli
Wednesday – Satay Chicken
Thursday – Curried Sausages
Friday – Pizza Party Friday Night!
Saturday – Dinner at my Mum’s
Sunday -Sushi

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5 Ways to Save This Winter

Yesterday marked the start of winter. Does anyone else feel like this year is disappearing at an alarming rate? I swear I only just wrote my 5 Ways to Save This Autumn post! I’m not sure how we made it here but the weather is definitely getting colder, so today I am sharing 5 Ways to Save This Winter. To see my other posts with ways to save click here.

  1. Set your ceiling fans to turn the opposite direction. I am one of those strange (wonderful) people that can only sleep with a fan on, even in the middle of winter. There’s something about the noise I find soothing. So we don’t freeze, when the weather cools down my husband switches our ceiling fan to blow the other way. This means that instead of blowing cold air down on us, it blows the warm air above it out. This helps circulate the warm air around the room, allowing me to sleep to the sound of it’s gentle hum while we stay toasty and snug.
  2. Set your heating to 18 degrees and only heat rooms you are using. Setting your heating to this temperature will help keep your power bill from skyrocketing. Just as paying to cool an empty house in Summer is a waste, so too is paying to warm areas of your home you aren’t using in Winter.  Keep the warm air in by shutting doors.
  3. Turn your heater off 20 minutes before you leave the house. I know some days it’s a win just making sure the heater actually does get turned off before you leave the house (no, just me?). However if you remember, turning the heater off in advance means that you still get to enjoy the toasty warmth before you head out, but you’re not leaving a super warm house empty.
  4. Only fill the kettle with what you need. I mentioned in my 5 Simple Ways to De-Stress post that I love a good cuppa, especially when it’s cold outside. Save energy, and money, by only filling the kettle with the amount of water you need. Heating 4 cups of water is a waste if you are only making one cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate. It’s only a small thing but it adds up over time.
  5. Utilise your blinds/curtains. Open your blinds/curtains during the day to let the sun in to warm the house. Just make sure to close them before it cools down in the evening, to keep the chill out. Thick curtains will also help keep warmth in.

So there you have 5 Ways to Save This Winter. What are your best tips for saving money as the weather cools down? I’d love to hear them in the comments below!

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#22 Meal Plan Monday 2017

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Monday – Pumpkin soup
Tuesday – Fajita stack
Wednesday -Meat pies and chips for Origin!
Thursday – Chicken Carbonara
Friday – Pizza Party Friday Night
Saturday – Homemade burgers
Sunday – Chicken Schnitzel

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5 Simple Ways to De-stress

The last few weeks have been a bit stressful around here.  Nothing major has happened (touch wood) but I just feel a tad wiped out. I’ve had assignments due, exams to study for, homework to help with, a husband to deal with, and eventually it all starts to pile up. When this happens, I find it’s important to do a little something for myself to help me relax. As busy Mums we all know how difficult it can be to take time for ourselves, thanks to that charming monster that is “Mum Guilt”. So I thought today I would share 5 things I do when I feel my stress levels rising, that don’t take a lot of time or money, but that help me unwind.

Have a cup of tea. 5 Ways to de-stress on a budget 2I know this sounds ridiculously simple, but when life is just getting way too much and it feels like things are coming at me from all sides, the best thing I can do is turn the kettle on. Just taking a few moments to take a break and do something for myself can give me that little recharge I need to get back on with life. If tea isn’t your drink of choice, find something that takes a moment to prepare that you can just sit quietly and enjoy. Don’t forget to make sure to use your favourite cup, it really helps, trust me!

Take a bath. Sometimes a cup of tea just isn’t enough. Sometimes I need more. Soaking in a warm bath can do wonders for bringing back my sanity. I like to light a candle or two and add some bubbles or Epsom salt to the water. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just a little something extra to make myself feel special. I might even pop on some Norah Jones, to really set the mood. It doesn’t have to be a long bath, 15 minutes later and I’m ready to face the world again.

Give yourself a manicure/pedicure. This is  just another little thing I can do to take care of myself that helps me relax. Again, it doesn’t have to be fancy, a simple coat of nail polish will do the trick. But if I have time, soaking my hands and/or feet (depending on how much time I have) and giving myself a massage and my nails a file help soothes my soul. As an added bonus bright, shiny toenails  can keep me feeling on top of it for days to come!

5 ways to de-stress on a budget 3Write it out.  When I feel my stress level starts building I often find myself getting caught up in my own head. With all those thoughts going round and round sometimes I just need to get them out. For me, writing them down seems to be the best way to do this. Once I’m done, I can rip it up and throw it away if I feel like I really need to be rid of them, or I can simply just turn the page. I also find it helpful afterwards to take a moment and think of 5 good things in my life right now and write them down. This gives me a positive vibe to move forward with.

Go for a walk. If all else fails get outside and get those endorphin’s pumping. You’ll be feeling better in no time!

So there you have my 5 simple ways to de-stress. What do you do to relax and unwind? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

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#21 Meal Plan Monday 2017

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Monday – Pork Curry
Tuesday – Beef Enchiladas
Wednesday – Chicken Cordon Bleu
Thursday – Beef ravioli
Friday – Pizza Party Friday Night
Saturday – Sushi
Sunday – Honey Soy Chicken

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#20 Meal Plan Monday

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Monday – Savoury mince
Tuesday – Chicken Carbonara
Wednesday – Corned Beef
Thursday – Fritters
Friday – Pizza Party Friday Night!
Saturday – Fried rice and dumplings
Sunday – Roast Pork

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#19 Meal Plan Monday 2017

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Monday – Spaghetti Bolognese
Tuesday – Satay Chicken
Wednesday – Lamb Korma
Thursday – Creamy Chicken and Bacon
Friday – Pizza Party Friday Night!
Saturday – Red wine garlic beef
Sunday – Dinner out for Mother’s Day

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