Meal Inspiration Monday- Smoked Haddock Curry

Smoked Haddock is something which Joe and I love. We tend to pick up a lot of the fish which we consume get reduced. This does mean that we are able to add a lot more fish to our diet. This is something which we do actually love. I wanted to get some of it used from the freezer and I knew we had some smoked haddock in. I searched Pinterest and actually found a recipe for Smoked Haddock Curry. This would be great even in the summer months because it is a lot lighter than an normal curry. For sure this is one which I would make again and I know a couple of my friends are dying to try it as well.

Ingredient – Serves 4

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 large chopped onion

3 chopped garlic cloves

1 thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped

1 chilli finely chopped

2 teaspoons ground turmeric

1 teaspoon coriander seeds

1 sweet potato peeled and chopped into 1cm cubes

2 teaspoons fish sauce

400ml coconut milk

250ml white wine

500g skinless smoked haddock cut into large chunks

A handful of spinach

Method

  1. Heat the coconut oil in a large pan then add the onion and garlic. Fry these for a couple of moments over a medium heat.
  2. Add the chilli, coriander seeds, turmeric and continue to fry for another 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the sweet potato, fish sauce, white wine and coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Continue for 12-15 minutes until the sweet potato becomes soft.
  4. Add the haddock to the pan, stir carefully and cook for 4–5 minutes, then add the spinach and season.
  5. Serve with rice or nan bread.

The smoked haddock curry is that simple to make. With all of the prep which you may need to do you can have this done in under 30 minutes. This does mean that you can have it during the week after work. For sure this is a meal which you would be looking forward to coming home to cook.

Have you ever had a smoked haddock curry?

Charlotte xx

Glasses Repair Kit- Snapit Review and Giveaway

Recently I was give the opportunity to try out a glasses repair kit called Snapit. As someone who wears prescription glasses all the time even sunglasses’s. I know how easy glasses can become broken even more so when you have a bouncy three year old. Put the fact that Joe also wears glasses this increase the risk of there been a broken pair of glasses.

I need something which allows me to repair glasses fast. I now don’t have a spare pair and it can take days to get them fixed. You can not always wear sunglasses because everyone knows Yorkshire is not always sunny.  So Snapit is ideal for me. I have had similar kits before in the past they have usually contained small screws which I have ended up losing. This usually means that my glasses are not properly fixed. Over the years I have had to have them fixed a lot and a lot of DIY jobs. I have been wearing glasses since I was 4 which is nearly 20 years now.

Snapit are different they have 1.5cm long screws with a snappable end. This means  you do not have to hunt for small screwdrivers. Usually the only way you can get one small enough is if you get them in a Christmas cracker.  Usually you have to hunt through the random draw in the kitchen where all the junk is stored to find them well you do if your anything like us.

The snapit is so simple after a couple of seconds your glasses will be as good as new. All you need to do is insert the screw into the part which is missing. Screw in with the provided screwdriver, tighten the screw and snap off the end.The screws can easily be inserted from the top or bottom this means it is even easier to use right. Then the job is done which is always a bonus because it take longer to get to go out and get them fixed. I like that these are so small you could have the packet in your junk draw. Ready in case your glasses do break because you never plan on this happening.

The Snapit Kit comes with 5 screws of varying lengths & thickness this means that it is compatible with over 99% of glasses and sunglasses. This is a huge bonus for us because we have several pairs so no matter which one should become broken we can get them fixed. They are all kept together in a small container which is ideal because this means it is harder to lose in the junk draw.

Snapit kit is available to purchase on Amazon, It’s really affordable. They are lower than the amount you would spend on a meal deal for your lunch. Considering the cost of new frames, this fab little glasses repair kit is a great buy and worth having. I am actually giving away some snapit kit to a lucky winner this means your going to be sorted should you have a glasses emergency.

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Do you have something to hand should your glasses break?

 

Charlotte xxx

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Meal Plan 19th April

Today we are going to be sharing the meals which we are going to be consuming this Easter Weekend. Of course, this week is not a normal one. We are actually having to feed Jess 4 times this week.This is double the amount of meals we normally have to do due to Easter.  There is also a day when she is not going to be at Nursery because we are in York for an event. I would like to think that there is a wide range of different meals this week. Hopefully some of them will give you inspiration for some meals which you want to consuming yourself in the future.

Monday- Chicken Parmigianna and Jacket Potato. I saw someone unfortunately I can not remember who it was in Katy’s Linky have this meal. I had some chicken which needed to be used up and also some mozzarella. i thought that this was a great way to use both up. This is a meal which is a little bit different to something which we would normally make which is always a bonus. I do like to keep things fresh when it comes to meal planning.

Tuesday- Bacon and Sausage Casserole. This again is a meal which has come around due to us having things in the freezer which I wanted to use up. We had some bacon and sausage alongside some parsnip and swede. So I decided to have a google and see what kind of meals I could make using these items. This is how I came up with the bacon and sausage casserole. I am looking forward to this meal because it is something different and not something which we would have normally thought about making.  I think this is one of the reasons I love pinterest so much.

Wednesday- Prawn Curry, recently I purchase a large number of prawns reduced and froze them. I am going to get one of the packets out and make then into a prawn curry. This is such a simple meal we are going to be doing this as we will have been in York all day. Jess and I for an event which means that when we get home we want something quick because she does have nursery the next day after all. I will be serving this with rice and of course, I am not going to make it too hot as it is also for Jess.

Thursday- Chicken Pad Thai,I think this is one of my favourite meals at the moment. You may remember we made a simple shrimp pad thai. I fancied making something along this lines I had some more chicken to use. So this is where the idea of a Chicken Pad Thai came from. We also had all of the ingredient nearly in for this meal so I thought it would be a good meal. Of course, this is the last meal of the week where we do not have Jess. This is why we have chosen a meal which Jess may not actually eat.

Friday- Chilli and Lime Cod Fillets, this is a meal which Joe and I will consume. Jess is going to have some fish fingers and chips. This is going to be a split meal which is not something we would normally do. However, we wanted to have a traditional good Friday Meal of fish. We had the Cod in the freezer from when we had purchased i the reduced section. I am unsure if we will have these with wedges or chips. This is hopefully going to be a healthier option instead of having traditional fish and chips.

Saturday- Takeaway, we are actually going out on Saturday.  I have a feeling that we could end up home late so we want something simple to be able to have. This is our monthly takeaway treat because we are trying to cut down on the number which we consume. I could not tell you which takeaway we are going to consume yet as we have not decided. I am unsure which one I fancy at the moment. In all honesty this could end up with us having a slow cooker meal instead.

Sunday- BBQ, fingers crossed. If the weather is as nice as it is meant to be this is what we are thinking about doing. I am unsure if we will actually end up having one or not. We are thinking about having my parents over and doing an Easter egg hunt for Jess. I am unsure if this is something which we will end up doing or not. I guess I should have a meal on standby in case the weather does turn and become horrible again.

Of course, like every meal plan this is linked up with the amazing Katy. I get a lot of the inspiration from her and the linky which she runs. If you are struggling consuming the same meals I would recommend checking it out. You may find a meal which you love.

What meals are you planning on consuming this week?

Charlotte xxx

Baby and Bump Expo Review

Bump and Baby Expo has been running for 3 years now. It is held at York Racecourse and it celebrates all thing baby whether your expecting or your baby is already here.It is a great chance to meet local business and get an up close feel for their fantastic products and services. You may be wondering why I attended since Jess is 3 clearly not a baby. We attending because we were invited and also we wanted to see what was on offer should we have another child.  There was plenty which was suitable for Jess as well which is always a bonus.

I wish we had attended an event like the York Bump  and Baby expo when we were expecting. I feel like I would have felt more prepared for my journey into parenthood. There is so much to be learnt even after nearly 4 years as a mum. There is so much I would do differently should we have another child. I can not believe how much certain elements have changed.

There was a wide range of handmade clothing and accessories everything you could need for your little one. You could actually purchase the items as well which is always a bonus. I fell in love with some handmade blankets which I will be ordering from should we have any more babies.  Another brand I loved was Snugglz I think I may order Jess a memory box from this company. They are a super local company to me. As you may know if you have read my blog for a while I love to support small business.

Another brand which caught my eye was the beautiful imagination creation as you can see the balloon display is amazing. I can totally see this at a baby shower if you are going all out. This would also look amazing at a wedding or any other event . You for sure do not need to be having a child to be checking these guys out. I was told that some of these balloons can last for up to 6 weeks. This is something which is amazing. They are Yorkshire based as well. They also have doughnut walls, candy carts and soon a processo wall. I know if we host a big party for sure they are a company who we will be using.

There was a few companies who were looking after mums post partum when it comes to exercise. Now this is something which interest me having a sports injury background. Highton Physiotherapy clinic offer a post natal MOT for mums which I think is amazing. For sure this is something which I will be looking into. They also help return to sport plans and accelerating c section scars. Now if you have had a c section you will know you just want it to heal. For sure there a company to check out if you are in the York area, I would even travel to see Victoria.

Another company who I found very interesting is Custom Fit this is a company ran by Claire. Who is a former midwife and now a personal trainer. She comes into your house and does PT sessions with you this is a huge bonus not having to leave the house with a newborn. She even allows you to stop if they need feeding. I know should we have another one this is something I would look into.

I also had a good chat with the lovely lady from Puddleduck swimming lessons is something which we want to start with Jess. We never have been able to find any in our area which are suitable however, Puddleducks have put us in contact with our local team. Hopefully we are going to be able to start very soon because it is a vital skill. It is a shame that the lady we met did not cover our area she covered Hull and York both places we have lived in the past.

There was a number of companies who were offering first aid course. For sure this is something which I should look into if you know Jess she is accident prone. I even have to have an extended first aid kit in the car in case she hurt herself on a day out. I think Joe and I are thinking about doing one of the course in order to be able to help if someone does become injured. As child first aid is slightly different to normal adult first aid. No matter how old your child is it is always worth while looking at these course.

The final company I am going to share is the reading fairy they are a class which meet in York. The classes are designed to develop the crucial building blocks for reading and language development from 1-5 years. They believe in learning through play and nurturing a love of reading. Jess spent a very long time at this stall because they had one of her favourite books We are going on an Easter Egg Hunt. We have actually been invited to one of there classes. I can not wait to be able to give you a full review of these classes because for sure they look like something Jess is going to enjoy.

There were also talks, Q&A sessions and meet and greets with Sally from Mum’s Back and Vicki from Honest Mum blog which were really interesting. This year Baby and Bump was held on the 7th April. Tickets cost £5 and the first 100 guests got a free goodie bag.

Have you ever attended a bump and baby expo?

Charlotte xx

This review was written in exchange for attending this event.  As always my honest opinions are my own. I would like to say thank you to Bump and Baby expo for having me and for the generous goody bag of treats I received. Some of the products I will be reviewing in the future.

Meal Inspiration Monday – Chicken, Leek and Brie Pie

A pie is something which I have been fancying for a long time. I wanted to make something a little bit different to the ones which you can pick up in the stores. I was browsing on pinterest and I found one which was Chicken, Leek and Brie. Brie is something which I love and rarely cook with I do not think I have done since we moved. This is a meal which we loved actually and we can not wait to make again. I know this is properly not going to happen until the autumn/ winter months. It is an amazing comfortable food which I is something which you sometime need. For sure this is for sure something which we will make again in the future. It was pretty easy to make as well.

Ingredient – Serves 4

2 Large squares of puff pastry

25g Butter

1 Leek thinly sliced

3 Crushed garlic cloves

400g Chicken diced into 1 inch cubes

125ml White Wine

125ml Chicken Stock

2 Tablespoons Cornflour

60ml Cold Water

100g Brie thinly sliced

60g Parsley Chopped

1 Egg lightly beaten

Salt and Pepper

Method

  1. In a medium sized saucepan over a medium heat, melt the butter and cook down the garlic and leek until soft. Add chicken and cook through.
  2. Add the wine and Chicken Stock and cook for a further 5 Minutes. Season with Salt and Pepper.
  3. In a small bowl mix together the cornflour and water to create a paste. Add this to the chicken mixture along with the chopped parsley.
  4. Mix through the whole mixture and remove from the heat.
  5. Take the first sheet of the puff pastry.  Leave a 1 ½ inch border around all sides make about 8 evenly spaced slits along the width of the pastry sheet.
  6. Place the second sheet on the baking tray and spoon the chicken mixture into the center. Spread the mixture out, leaving a 1 ½ inch border.
  7. Place the slices of brie on top. With a pastry brush (or your finger), brush some of the beaten egg around this border.
  8. Put the first sheet on top of the second, press down the border with your fingers and brush the egg over the top of the pie.
  9. Cook for 20 minutes on 200c until the Chicken, Leek and Brie Pie is golden brown. Wait 5 minutes for it too cool otherwise you may burn your mouth.

I am so glad that I made the Chicken, Leek and Brie pie. For sure this is a new comfort food which I can not wait t make again in the future. It only took around 40 minutes to make. I know this is going to be one which Joe is going to demand we make again. It was so simple as well.

What is your favourite pie filling?

Charlotte xxx

Baby Driver

 

Driving with a baby in the car can sometimes be the most stressful thing ever, especially when they’re newborn. Other times it can be easy when the motion puts the baby to sleep leaving you to be able to fully concentrate on the road. Regardless of how it goes for you – driving can often be unavoidable. This means that a decent car and a car seat are essential purchases. Recently, I was searching how to handle this situation better and discovered a study by a UK contract hire and leasing firm All Car Leasing titled ‘Baby Driver’.  Which looks at the behaviours and habits of parents who drive or have driven with babies in the vehicle.

I noticed straight away from the study is if you’re a person who gets anxious about driving with a baby in tow you’re definitely not alone. Most respondents worry about getting lost if it was their first baby and the second worry is ‘other drivers’. This makes sense and I feel the same when travelling in the car.

Anxiety

Shockingly, 37% of the 1,200 parents All Car Leasing surveyed said they had been in an accident while the baby was in the car. This is a number which actually shocked me. It seems a lot higher than what I thought it would be. I wonder where this is due to having a baby in the car causing more anxiety for the driver. I know we used to be worried that Jess would throw up in the car. She used to suffer from travel sickness on shorter journeys rather than longer ones. Or was it the baby causing distractions which ultimately lead to the driver making an mistake and an accident occurring.

Distractions

I was looking to see how people keep babies occupied in the car. Sometimes we do actually find it hard to keep Jess occupied in the car. Obviously she has travelled a lot in the car from a very young age. From the respondents to All Car Leasing it sees that talking its the most used form of distraction. I still use distraction whether this is talking to her or also singing. This is for sure the techniques which other parents use. This was followed by toys which is something which we do not use often in the car. We always found that Jess would drop them and then this would mean she cried. We used to have to stop and give it to her. 89% of parents use distraction so it shows that babies in general usually were not happy just been in the car in the first place. They need someone or something to keep them calm.#

I would recommend having a look at the study and finding out more. I have only selected a small part to comment on.  Whether you are a first time parent or you have a child already. I love to find out more if I am effectively normal when it comes to parenting. I do worry sometimes even now about having Jess in the car and of course, she is 3 1/2.  Another element I found shocking is that 2 in 3 new parents purchase a new car as a result of having a new bundle of joy. This is not something which we have done but we know a number of people who have done this.

For sure I will be checking this article out again should we have an additional child. The reason behind this is because, I think that I have forgotten a lot which I knew when Jess was a newborn and we did a lot of travelling.

How do you feel about travelling with a baby or newborn in the car?

Charlotte xx

This is a sponsored post by All Car Leasing

 

Meal Plan 12th April

Another week has managed to speed past us. I am unsure how the hell this has happened for some reason since February time seems to have whizzed by. We have managed to meal plan every single week and some of these have been harder than others. This week we have had to make meals which we can use in the slow cooker because we was unsure what hours Joe was going to be working. We have been able to eat meals together which is something that is important to us. Today there is a wide range of different meals. The majority is because we can use the slow cooker to cook these meals.  So with further ado we are going to share with you the meals we have been consuming.

Monday-  Salmon Noodles, this is a meal which Joe choose as a result of loving noodles. We did manage to pick up some Salmon reduced in the supermarket. This is the way we manage to keep the meal plan of our weekly shop to under £30 per week. This is a meal which we would not have done before. It is one which we managed to get from a pinch of nom again. I would recommend checking out this website and book if you are looking to eat a little bit more healthy.

Tuesday- Piri Piri Chicken and Rice again this is a meal which Joe has picked for this week. Peri Peri is something which we actually love it is something which I would not have thought of cooking in the slow cooker. We are using chicken thighs which is something we never have. Instead we usually cook with the breast so I am looking forward to cooking with something different. We are actually going to be serving this with rice for something a little bit different.

Wednesday- Mexican Three Bean Taco Bowl, this is something which I decided to choose. This is a meal which does have no meat. As you may remember in January we had a couple of meals which did not feature any meat. I would love to have more of this. We also have some nachos which we need to use up so this will be served with this meal. For sure I think this is going to be one which I am looking forward to the most.  If this is a meal which we enjoy of course, I will be sharing this recipe with you.

Thursday- BBQ Pulled Gammon, you have heard of BBQ pulled pork. However, when I was looking through Pinterest I found this recipe. Gammon is a piece of meat which Joe loves so of course, this is something which we had to try. This is something which we are going to serve with either wedges or chips. I am hoping that this is going to be so tasty because it is a fraction of the price of making pulled pork and we love gammon more.

Friday- Donner Kebab, Fridays we love making fakeaway. Which is a fake takeaway so this week we have opted to make a donner kebab from a pinch of nom of course.This has a lot less calories than a donner kebab would and is not going to feel as greasy.  Making your own of course, is fun and also the fraction of the price a meal from the takeaway would cost you. So this is win win in our eyes.

Saturday- Meatballs and Pasta, we picked up some meatballs a few weeks ago reduced. I also made some and froze them. So I am thinking of getting them out of the freezer and then throwing them together with some pasta and a sauce. I know that this is a meal which Jess will eat without having to be asked twice. I may even throw the boat out and have a garlic bread with it as well. This is going to be a simple meal yet very effective.

Sunday- Pork Steaks In Mushroom Sauce. This is another slow cooker meal because we are in Derby at the Mama Meet Market. So we want something simple and effortless when we get in. I know that no doubt I will be tired because I will have done a lot of walking and talking. This is going to simple and I feel like I am going to serve it with some for of Potato however, I have not decided what yet.

Of course, this is linked up with the lovely Katy. If you are ever looking for meal inspiration she runs a lovely linky. Where a number of bloggers share what meals they are going to be consuming that week. I sometimes get some amazing ideas from it as well.

What meals are you going to be consuming this week?

Charlotte xx

Days Out- White Post Farm

You may remember just before Christmas which seems like a long time ago now. We went on holiday to a log cabin in Derbyshire I will be reviewing this at some point don’t worry. We ended up having a day between checking out of the cabin and some other plans. So we found ourselves looking for things to do in the area. Between our cabin and where we was heading and then we came across White Post Farm. This is somewhere which Joe has visited as a child a number of years ago.

I think it cost us around the £30 mark for all which I thought was a little pricey for a farm. I seem to remember that this is more expensive than Cannon Hall Farm. Due to us visiting very close to Christmas they had themed the farm for the occasion. The painted hay bales were one of my favourites. You could also visit the big man himself for a small fee I seem to remember. However, Jess was going to see him in a few days so we opted out of this.

I could not believe how spread out the animals are this is something to keep in mind. If you have little legs with you it can take a while to walk around all of the outdoor animals. I know this is something which took us a while with Jess. This could also be to do with the fact that she is a huge animal fan. She did get scared at a few points because the goats kept following us thinking that we had some food.. You can purchase some animal food from the shop at the entrance I think it was 50p or £1. However, this is something that this time we opted out of doing. There is a wide array of animals on the trail including chickens, goats, pigs, deer, wallabies, cows, llamas, donkeys, and ponies.

The outdoor animals are on a trail and we went in December.  Of course, this is a period when it was wet. This did mean that it was pretty muddy we had Jess in her waterproof bottoms. If when you are planning a visit it has been pretty wet I would recommend taking wellies for your child at least. If you still have to take a pram you will still be able to go around the outdoor area. It is very pram friendly and we saw at least a couple of families doing this.

If you manage to go when the weather is not great there is also the silver barn. This is home to a wide selection of animals and looked like it had just been revamped. From memory this has some reindeers, donkeys, goats, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens I think they may have been some spiders. You could get very close to the animals again of course you can feed them. You could even handle to the spiders and the snakes.  This is something which we all chicken out on doing. But the option is there as long as there is a member of staff on hand.

There is also a large reptile room which you can purchase some of the animals from. I could not believe how expensive some of them are. There was animals such as snakes, spiders, fish, frogs and all other kinds of reptiles. I did find it amazing that White Post Farm do have little steps which allows smaller children to see because otherwise we end up having to lift Jess. She can be heavy at periods so this is something I try and avoid doing. I thought this section looked a little bit dated and to be honest reminded me of a local park at home. This is an area which Jess was not too interested in once she has found all of the animals. This is something which older children may enjoy.

Because we went when we did it did mean that we had to explore more of the indoor areas as well which there are two play areas.  I seem to believe that there is actually three however, one was closed due to it been Christmas and them having the grotto. There was a small soft play area next to this which is somewhere which Jess visited for a period of time. For me I thought this looked very dated and not somewhere that did not think had the greatest selection. Jess did manage to play in the soft play but this is more due to the fact this is something which she enjoys doing anyway.  It did say that it was suitable up to the ages of 8 but I am sure that some of them would not be. I know that Jess thought that some of it was a bit small. I know she is on the bigger side of 3 because she is so tall.

There is some outdoor areas but of course, we went in December. It looked like there was a large climbing frame which if the weather has been nicer we would have allowed Jess to play on. There is also sand pits but because it had been raining these are no good to be played in either. If we visited another time of the year for sure I know Jess would have been all over them. We did however, play crazy golf even thought parts of the course were water logged. That was part of the fun. We only played in order to spend some more time at White Post Farm as we felt like we had not got our money’s worth. This may just be us because we have been to similar places which have been a fraction of the price but White Post Farm seemed expensive.

There is another indoor area towards the bottom of the farm. This is home to ride on tractors, skuttle bugs, big sand pit with toys, slides, funnels, etc., and it’s all covered. Even though it is covered it can be be very cold in this area. Jess was a little bit too small for the ride on tractors and is too big for skuttle bugs. It was cold when we was in there which means that the time she may have spent in their was actually cut short. She was too busy complaining about how cold she was.

We did take our own picnic because we had just checked out of our cabin. If it had been the summer there was plenty of benches around outside to eat. Instead we had to go to the covered picnic area next to the reptile house. This again was not the warmest place and it was dirty when we ate there. It did look like it needed a bit of love because it did look a bit aged. There is also a couple places which you can purchase a range of hot and cold food from. I think there was only one open when we visited however, it did look very busy. We did also have our own food so this does mean I can not comment on the food element of White Post Farm.

Overall Thoughts

I do not think that I would actually go back to White Post Farm despite it been not that fair from my In Laws. I think it was pretty expensive for the quality of the farm. It looked very run down compared to what I thought it would for £30. We did not managed to spend all day there I think we spent around 4/5 hours which less time than we usually would at a farm. I feel like they needed a little bit more to do some of the play areas where only good for the child in the family.Some of them looked very old and dirty I did not want her to play in them for too long. I am glad we visited though.

 

Have you ever visited White Post Farm? If so what did you think?

 

Charlotte xxx

 

Meal Inspiration Monday- Shrimp Pad Thai

As you may have seen a few weeks back in my meal plan I made Shrimp Pad Thai.  In this house, we are a huge fan of oriental food. I know the far east is somewhere where Joe would like to visit and I wouldn’t say no to going back.  We have noticed that Thai food can be a pain to get hold of. When it comes to things like takeaways and restaurants. I wanted to be able to consume this food more often so I decided that I was going to look online and see if I could find any recipes.  I managed to hunt down one which made shrimp pad thai. This was something different because we always seem to have a lot of chicken in our meal. This for sure made a change and something which I loved is that it could be made in as little as 25 mins.  And there is not a lot of washing up which I think everyone will agree is a bonus. More so when your cooking from scratch.

Ingredients – Serves 3

For the Pad Thai Stir Fry

110g dry brown rice noodles (I had to use white Asda didn’t stock brown)

2 teaspoons olive oil

225g Shrimp/ Small Prawns

2 Crushed Garlic Cloves

3 Large Eggs

65g Beansprouts

65g Freshly Grated Carrot

2 Large Spring Onions finely chopped

For the Sauce

2 tablespoons fish sauce

1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar

1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce

2 tablespoons water

1 tablespoon honey

1-3 teaspoons chilli garlic sauce

Method

  1. Cook the rice noodles according to package instructions. They should be soft but not mushy. Drain and rinse under cool water.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the sauce ingredients: fish sauce, rice vinegar, soy sauce, water, 1 tablespoon honey, and 1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce.
  3. Heat the oil in a large wok and cook shrimp until just before they turn pink this should be around 2 minutes
  4.  Add the garlic and noodles. Stir continuously to coat the noodles and shrimp with the garlic.
  5. Move the mixture to the side of the pan.  Crack the eggs into the empty side. Break apart the yolk with the spatula and let cook for 30 seconds, until just beginning to set
  6. Stir the egg in with the noodles then in the sauce.
  7. Add the bean sprouts, carrots, and chopped green onions and let cook until the bean sprouts are crisp-tender, about 1 minute.
  8. Serve and enjoy your shrimp pad thai

Have you ever had or made pad thai before?

 

Charlotte xx

 

Preloved Finds March 2019

As you may remember I am trying to be conscious to purchase more preloved items. I think that people do not realise how much we do waste. Jess grows out of toys and clothes very quickly I do sell a lot of her clothes which are in good condition. Sometimes I do manage to sell toys as well if I think that they are worth it. Usually, I sell on eBay then things which are not perfect end up in the charity shop. Usually when in there we look if there is anything else we would like. We have had toys and games for a fraction of their RRP.  EBay is somewhere were I get items which I think are going to be perfect for nursery. As we need clothes we do not mind getting a little bit ruined. Shopping preloved for us is to save items ending up in landfill and to save us some pennies.

If you did not see what we have picked up in January and February I have linked them here for you. We only visited one charity shop in our town this month. I think we did go a couple of times though due to the amount of stuff I had to donate. I have been trying to have a bit of a clearout. Passing on some clothes which we no longer wear and things like that. We did, however, manage to find some really nice pieces while we were in there for Jess.  I hope you enjoy seeing what we managed to pick up in this preloved month.

The first item which you may notice is a toaster. As you may know, Jess got a kitchen for Christmas and has been using it ever since. There was a toaster in there and this is something which Jess does not have. To be honest, as soon as she saw it she picked it up and wanted it.  I knew she would get a lot of use out of it. She makes us a lot of food so I could not say no.  It was only 50p which is super cheap after all I can now have eggs on toast. Playstyle of course, when we got it home we found out it originally was from B&M.  She has used this so much and we will be keeping an eye out for more play food and toys to go with her kitchen.

The next few items which I picked up are all Disney related books. I purchased Jess some books for Christmas because we do read to her every single night. Recently I have donated some books which have been too babyish for her. I first picked up this Wall-E book which is a film Jess watched around Christmas time. So she knows who the characters in it. I picked up a range of different Disney books for her at Christmas. They are a little bit longer and it is something which she is starting to get into. Of course, this is a book which I am going to have to read her. It may actually take her a couple of bedtimes to get the whole story due to its length. I will be keeping my eye out for anymore preloved Disney books because they are a classic and will last.  They can always be passed down if we should have more children as well this Wall-E book was only 50p.

The next Disney book is one which is from the Disney Fairies. It may have come from the same people as we purchase the last ones which came with the CD and Book. I thought that this would be amazing to add to Jess’ collection of this kind of books because they will last. It is actually the story of Tinkerbell and this is not something which I even know the story of.  The artwork in this book is actually amazing I could not believe how amazing it is. I think this is one which I am going to keep back from Jess’ collection until I get rid of a few more books. Her bookshelf at the moment is very full.  I do like being able to put the CD’s on while she is playing in her room. This book was only £1 I am going to keep my eye out for more of these preloved  Disney CD and Books.

The final book which I picked up is the Disney Read me a story this has 24 different stories.  For sure, this is going to be lasting us a long time as you can see it is very thick. I will only be reading one story a night even when we do get around to starting this book.  It seems to have all of the classics in as well as some newer things.  You can tell by the back of this book that it is one which has been loved very much but this is one which we are going to end up loving even more. Again there are stories which I do not even know in this book which means I get to hear new stories. I am sure for a little Disney fan like Jess she is going to love this. It was only £2 which I do not think is that expensive considering how much this would have been new.  But we are going to give it a good home for a while.

Of course, it would not be one of these updates without having jigsaws in them. Jess is still in love with them so we are always needing some more.  So this we picked up this one which is a little miss one which is part of the mister men series. We actually choose this one because we think it may be a little bit harder for her because it does have 45 pieces. This is a little bit more than the ones which she has been doing. This is one which is actually in her collection at the moment but I do not think that she has had time to play it yet. I am hoping that this is one which she is going to be able to do for a while. Even if it doesn’t I am sure she will have a lot of fun playing it, to be honest.  For 50p I could not leave this behind for our jigsaw fan.

We picked up another one which is actually Cars which is a film which she has now seen. She got some lightening McQueen toys for Christmas and seems to have been on about it since. So when we saw this we had to pick it up. It may not be as hard for her because this is actually only 35 pieces. I know she can complete this many because we actually have sent a Peppa one which was of the same size back to the charity shop. She saw lightning McQueen and with the background, I do think this could be a little bit harder than the Peppa one. Again for the small sum of 50p and helping a charity, it did have to come home with us.  Once she can do it very easily without any help and quickly I think I will redonate it back.

Games are something which we have been playing on a night after nursery and we had started to get bored with the same ones. We needed some more in order to be able to rotate them. When we were in the charity shop we noticed that there was this box of Thomas toys which when we got home found had never been played with. This is always a bonus. It does actually have two games however, they are back to back on the board. The first one is like snakes and ladders a game we already own and love to play.  The other is one which we have not played before it is almost like Ludo because you have to go around the board and go from the start and get back to a point. However, you do have to collect 4 pieces in order to be able to get back to the start. You can only get them if you actually land on the space. This is a fun game which we have been playing and I am sure we will get more love out of.  These two games were actually £1.50 which is great when they are not preloved they are brand new in a charity shop.

The final thing which we picked up this month is Tumble Tower. Since looking at this more we have found that it is a B&M version of Kerplunk which I am sure most of us played when we were a child. We decided that it was a game which Jess may enjoy because this is something which she has never played before. We have only played this a couple of times because it is a bit of a pain to set up. I think this is a game which we will play more when the weather is rubbish. Because it does take a little bit of time to set up and we do not have much time after doing nursery before bed.  For sure this is one which is going to last us a long time as well. This is something I look at when picking up games. This game as you may be able to see cost us £1.75 my limit is around £2.

What have you picked up preloved this month?

 

Charlotte xx