Sunday, 3 May 2015

Bye Bye Beef! Hello Turkey!

Im talking mince!

Not sure if its just me or if its just taste but the last few times we have had beef mince its been either really grainy or really fatty!  To the point where we have been put off having homemade burgers, bolognaise, meatballs etc.

I thought i would try the turkey mince to make meatballs yesterday and was very pleasantly surprised.  The recipe is included below and since i made it up as i went along i was delighted that everyone loved them and have asked for them on a regular basis!

Turkey Meatballs 
(with roast veggies and sweet potato mash!) 

Serves 6 (grown up size portions plus 2 littles)

For the meatballs you will need:

1tsp coconut oil
1kg turkey mince
4 cloves of garlic (grated)
1 large sweet white onion
a handful of basil (chopped finely)
1tsp chilli powder
1tsp cumin
salt & pepper
2 eggs


1 jar passata
2 sweet peppers (diced finely)
1 jar chopped tomatoes

Roast Veggies:

1 Aubergine (diced)
2 courgettes  (thichly sliced)
2 large flat mushrooms (quartered)
2 sweet white onions (quartered and seperated)
2 tbsp pure honey
salt & pepper to taste
1/2tsp paprika

Sweet Potato Mash:

8 large sweet potatoes (peeled and diced)
Salt and pepper 

What to do:

Preheat oven to 200 degrees c.

Place the mince, garlic, onion basil, chilli, cumin, salt, pepper and eggs into a bowl and combine with your hands until fully mixed.  Form into balls and refridgerate while you prep the veg.

Line a roasting tin with greaseproof paper and spritz with 1 cal spray.  Mix all of the diced vegetables with the honey, salt, pepper and paprika and empty onto the roasting tray.  Roast for around 40 minutes. 

Whilst this is cooking place the coconut oil into a large frying pan and add the meatballs.  Brown on all sides before adding the passata, peppers and tomatoes.  Place on lid and allow to cook through for at least 15/20 minutes.

Put the sweet potatoes into a pan of boiling salted water and allow to soften before draining and mashing.  Add a little salt and pepper to taste. 

Dish out and enjoy! 

Please let me know if you try this recipe and i would love to see pictures! :) 


Friday, 1 May 2015

Clean eating - part 1!

Its a new one for me but im actually enjoying it!  

I won some book vouchers so bought myself a couple of book, one of which is Get The Glow by Madeline Shaw. I have read lots about lately and comes highly recommended.

Week 1 of clean eating is Ditch the Junk - meaning cut out the sugar .Basically this means read labels, watch what you eat and just take note of how much sugar you add to meals or is in your meals.

Ive cut out morning coffee and switched to hot water and lemon - its actually nice (a little like an un-sweet lemsip) but nice and fresh none the less!

Lunch i have been having rice cakes with a teaspoon of Sweet chilli Philadelphia topped with prawns and sesame seeds.

I think im doing ok so far and have mastered a couple of the recipes so far and created some of my own with ingredients i already had in. 

Dry fried turkey breast with oven roasted veg...

Stir fried beef with courgette noodles! (lots of taste with ginger, garlic, lots of fresh veg and then the sesame seeds - mmmm!  This is from the book above)

Now i just need a spiralizer to get really down with the noodles!! 

Everyone needs a little treat and im loving these 'shots' from Whitworths - not many calories but loads of taste and they do actually feel like youre having a 'treat'.  The chocolate coated coffee beans from Whittards of Chelsea are delicious and because they are so rich you only eat a couple at a time - thus limiting calories and making them last forever!! 

Would you like me to share some of the clean eating recipes?

Happy eating!

This is not a sponsored post! 

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Wow its Sunny!!

Making the most of the sun being out ive taken to the outdoors and started walking! 

I was sent a Step counter to review (4 days ago so hitting the 10000 is a big thing!) lol and i honestly couldnt be happier with it! (review coming soon after ive had more time to work with it)

With the weather being nice its so easy to pop Amelia in her buggy and just go! 

Can you believe this little munchkin is going to be 1 next month! 



Sunday, 19 April 2015

2 weddings and a new me!

This year sees both my god daughter (Abi) and my sister (Kelly) getting married - Abi in July, Kelly in October.

Now you see this poses a problem for me.....

.....Ive had 6 babies....

...Ive had 19 years of excuses.....

...I want to wear pretty dresses and twirl without wobbling...

...I have around 3 stone to lose which i hide quite well with funky angled photos and good lighting! 

I decided that I HAVE to do something...

... and you know what.... I AM!

For once I feel like im on the right path.

Im getting up at 6.30am to do exercise ...

...wahhhaaat - i didnt even know there was more than one 6.30 on the clock! ;) 


Im loving it! 

Im loving focusing on me!

Im watching my calories

Im loving that im making a better me!

Im going to be stronger, inside and out!

*excited to see where this path leads*


Saturday, 18 April 2015

Happy Birthday Evie!

How on earth have 5 years passed so quickly?

Too quickly!

My baby girl is 5!

Yes. Evie!

(cupcakes she took in to school for all her classmates and teachers)

Im sad but also proud that our little girl is a polite, emotional, loving, independent 5 year old!

Did i say independent?!  Sheesh!

Shes growing up way too quick, most little girls want a princess castle cake or their favourite cartoon character....Evie wanted a 'giant chocolate finger cake with chocolate covered strawberries and raspberries please mummy'.  

 Who am i to argue with that kind of request!


Sunday, 12 April 2015

Birthday and Firsts!

First of all March is Jakes birthday and this year he turned 12!  Cant believe that means it was 12 years ago when i started crafting as it was birth announcements i wanted to make!  Time has flown!

He saved his own money and put it together with money from his nana and aunts and bought himself an X box - heres hoping as hes paid for it himself he will be a little more cautious with this one since the last one got the ring of death due to abuse!

Then we have the firsts!

Amelias first easter - and easter egg!  Needless to say she loved it and now has a taste for chocolate! 

Since the weather has been lovely we have spent some of the holidays out and about what with the kids being on holiday too.  This was another first - Amelia on a swing - she took a little getting use to it but then loved it when she saw Evie giggling on hers! 

Back to school tomorrow and im starting 30 day shred!  Week one of the diet has gone well so fingers crossed for week 2!


Wednesday, 11 March 2015

M.I.A catchup!

 OK, so while i have been MIA we have been a busy little house!  

Money is always tight and I am part of a group of moms who sell on their baby items - why not when they fly through clothing like something not right! Saves the pennies and saves the environment too - plus i can pass them on and start on the next sizes up!

One lady said she had 2 bags of 9/12mth clothes and would like £10 so i nabbed them quickly! What i didnt expect was it to be 2 huge black bags full of Next, Monsoon, Debenhams etc dresses, cardigans, tops, pjs.....literally there were around 100 outfits! 

I started a project of taking pictures of Amelia every day in a different outfit as im sure she has enough to not have to wear the same thing each day through to her first birthday!  Ive been popping them on Instagram and although i have a little catch up to do we are still going strong and shes still in a different outfit everyday! lol  

Lots more to come too!  Plus i get to pass them all on when shes 1 and start again with another batch!

As well as lots of housey project too i have been developing recipes for book 2!  This is a teaser of the Tropical Rocky Road - a couple of tweaks and it will be perfect!  

Lookiing forward to getting a little time to spend on some more recipes - i have a ton of ideas and not enough time to execute them lately!