International Food Week – Update

Last time I did a menu I promised an international theme so how did it go?

We had:

Mexican

Spanish

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Then it all went a bit off plan because of holidays… think we did manage pasta on the Thursday and we were on course for a Fish and Chip tea until we got stuck in traffic on the way to Giggleswick for our holiday and we stopped for McDonalds instead!

Too Hot for Monday Meal Planning

I’m pretty rubbish at keeping up with meal planning at the best of times but today is just too hot to think about food – can they live on sandwiches for the week? Its’s a funny sort of week as well as being hot as the end of term has happened for a lot of activities so we have less running around to do but we have lots of tired children!

Monday: Pasta and sauce

Tuesday: Pizza for them, Tuna salad for me

Wednesday: Chicken salad?

Thursday: Omelette and salad?

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Saturday / Sunday: BBQ if the children get their way and it stays hot

Next week it’s school holidays!

Back to School Meal Planning

I neglected to post the Bank Holiday Meal plan as we didn’t really have a plan last week as it was the holidays and different children were going to be in different places at different times – but it was pretty much a typical week although being only with Middle and Miss Littlesheep on Friday we had Fish and Chips from the Chip Shop as a treat.

Recapping on the week before… things more or less went to plan – we didn’t go out on Thursday in the end so had Hunters Chicken then and we raided the freezer on Saturday for leftovers!

IMG_3116Chicken and Sesame Pasta Bake (NEW!)

This was really simple – cook tin of condensed soup (diluted with milk), stir in tin of sweetcorn and cooked chicken breast pieces, mix with cooked pasta and top with a mix of cheese and (the sneaky sesame bit) sesame seed breadsticks (left over from Christmas as *no-one* likes sesame seeds) whizzed up.

Verdict – everyone ate it without complaint except biggest Littlesheep who said the topping was yucky… he had his reheated later and the pasta had gone a big stodgy so I think maybe the soup needs to be a bit more diluted if I was to make it again.

Last week…was pretty much a typical week of meals (although we did have Fish and Chips takeaway on Driday

  • Monday: Meatball Pasta Bake
  • Tuesday: Pizza
  • Wednesday: Tuna Risotto
  • Thursday: Cheesy Peasy Pasta
  • Friday: Fish fingers, chips and beans
  • Saturday: Eat out (still have those vouchers to use!)
  • Sunday: Something NEW!… off in search of inspiration

School Holiday Meals

Oh dear – I neglected to write a meal plan for last week and neglected to write about very much at all – I’ll have to catch up with all the things that happened… You can tell from the number of trips to Tesco last week that I hadn’t planned properly so I think focussing each Monday on what we are going to eat has helped us be slightly more organised.

The Littlesheeps are now all on Easter holidays so I asked them what they wanted to eat over the holidays to see if I could find out what their favourites from our new meals are… Hunters Chicken came up but apart from that it was pretty much the usual.

So a plan for this week:

  • Monday: Chicken and Sesame Pasta Bake (NEW!)
  • Tuesday: Pizza
  • Wednesday: Lasagne
  • Thursday: Eating out
  • Friday: Fish Fingers, Chips & Beans
  • Saturday: Hunters Chicken
  • Sunday: Family bring and share buffet

Mummy Guilt…

Catching up with Sherry’s Confident Mother interviews and listening to Emily Thorpe from HappyWorkingMum.com about Ditching the Mummy Guilt…

Someone once said to me that mummy guilt is a natural part of parenting and that it comes with the placenta and I think that’s partly true – it’s natural to want to do the best for your child and the media has lots of opinions on what it means to be of ‘what we need to do to be a good mum’ – natural birth, breastfeeding, home made organic baby food, staying at home or going to work and if this is different to our choices or how it works out for us it undermines our confidence and can make us feel guilty. However, I’ve also heard this said… 

I think that is quite a valid argument and as Sherry said in last year’s conference…

…good enough really is good enough…  …none of us needs to be the perfect mother

So how can we ‘ditch the guilt’ how can we stop believing that the choices we make or situations we find ourselves in aren’t the best ones we can manage:

  • get rid of un-achievable ‘to be a good mum I need to…’ rules – don’t beat yourself I up about what you can’t do celebrate what you can manage.
  • take the positives from the choices you make.
  • take time for yourself to recharge your energy levels – you can’t be the best mum you want to be if you are exhausted.
  • be thankful for what you have and identify the triggers for guilt (and rewrite the rules – see above).
  • celebrate your compromises and the choices you make.

Guilt can be useful as a compass to highlight where you want to go – if you feel guilty think “why am I feeling this and is it serving me” and change your rules or use it as a catalyst for change so you don’t keep feeling guilty.