Meal Planning Monday (7th July 2014)

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Good morning! Hope you’re having a lovely Monday (so far!). Looks set to be another sunny day despite the doom and gloom weather forecast. Honestly. It’s said the past two weekends were going to be horrid and full of rain and not a drop has fallen!

It’s a busy time here now for the next two weeks as we’re coming up to end of term and it’s full of MADNESS. Despite this though, I have managed a pretty decent meal plan this week, even incorporating some new recipes this week along with some baking and desserts! I really should be on a strict diet before my hols as I am a stone overweight but hey-ho. YOLO as the kids says… (I hate that abbreviation, do forgive me, it’s Monday madness).

Here’s my meal plan;

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I feel that’s quite a well-rounded menu this week. The steak and stilton had to get bumped off last week so that’s tonights tea. There were a few comments on that one last week and it really is super simple and delicious. You can see my recipe here.  I actually made (and ate) the duck ragu at the weekend so this is leftovers. Oh my word. It was delicious. It took FOREVER to cook but was totally worth it. Yum. Looking forward to eating that again later!

Now it’s your turn – what are you eating this week?

If you are a newcomer to my blog and Meal Planning Monday then the idea is really quite simple. Read more about Meal Planning Monday HERE.  All you have to do to join in is write a blog post about your meal plans for the week and add it to the Linky below. No blog? No matter! Just leave a comment below with your plans or you can join in with our Facebook group and let us know over there!

We’ve also got a great Pinterest board going on.

Follow At Home With Mrs M’s board Meal Planning Monday’s Family Favourites on Pinterest.

If you want to join this collaborative board then let me know. We’ve currently got over 851 followers so it’s another great way to share your recipes and posts with the masses!

Have a great week everyone!

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Films on Friday – Week 2

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So last week saw my first ever Films on Friday.

It wasn’t exactly a rip-roaring success from the point of people joining in but a couple of you did and I thank you very much. I very much enjoy talking about films so I am going to continue.

This week the theme is

SCHOOL

Doesn’t have to be a film about an actual school per se but could be a film that is primarily set in a school.  Anything that fits in the theme of “school”, feel free to be as creative as you like.

I am going with…

Mean Girls.

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I am such a teenage girl at heart.

I love this film and pretty much know it word for word – I am not sure what that says about me. Let’s move on.

Don’t American high schools just look the best? I mean aside from the whole “mean girl” aspect. You can pretty much think of someone from your own school that fits each character stereotype in this films, proving that all schools are the same. There are certain people that fit into certain roles. And I am sure we all know which one we would have been.

It doesn’t matter how many times I watch it, I never get bored and I totally crave being back at school. I was one of those crazy types who loved school – but not for the education, for the social life. I’d go back in a heartbeat! I’m almost jealous that my children have so much of their school life yet to experience and I hope they enjoy it as much as I did.

Now I would love to hear about yours if you would care to share? There are no rules. Just write about a film that either makes you think of summer or features summer in it and remember to link up your post if you do!

Have a great weekend guys!

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Mrs M’s Top Tips for Camp Bestival

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So we are hurtling towards the end of term now – only two weeks left. What a shocker! Where has the last school year gone? Blimey.

The good news though is that means that we’re also hurtling towards the mega fun-filled family festival that is Camp Bestival. That almost rhymed.

I’ve already booked the sunshine (you can thank me later) and have started putting together my packing list. Got to love a packing list.

Today I wanted to share some of my personal tips based on previous experience. This might be especially useful for anyone attending Camp Bestival this year or thinking about it for future years.

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I’m going to have to to start by talking about the trollies. The dreaded trollies. I think they are more than a bit marmite and I personally hate them but they are very much encouraged so you know, boo yah sucks to be me and you go ahead and fill your boots! People use them to ferry around their children/bags/other assorted paraphernalia and undoubtedly they are super handy for this, especially if you want to stay out late and you want your little cherub to sleep. You can snug your little babies right down in this and make them uber-cosy (don’t forget the ear defenders). Perfecto. Please don’t use them to break people’s ankles and flatten their toes because that’s just rude.  I think they are a blot on the festival landscape, an obstruction and a nuisance but everyone else seems to love them so maybe it’s just me.

On a similar tack to the trollies – and probably what they were originally intended for – the car parks are nowhere near the tent pitches which means you have to lug/drag/cart all of your belongings and camping gear across hill and dale. And believe, it is VERY hilly. A trolley of some sort is pretty invaluable for this I would have thought. We’re campervan dudes so this doesn’t apply to us.

When you’re in need of tea and a sarnie or a piece of cake, head to the WI tent who excel at this. Nothing fancy, just good honest char and tucker. Just what you need sometimes. And very reasonably priced too. Served with a free smile.

Ok, so the inevitable. We’re going to have to talk toilets. I know. Yes, it’s a festival and we’ve all heard the horror stories but it ain’t all that bad at Camp Bestival. Alright, it’s fair to say it’s not always pretty but you know, I’ve seen a lot worse. Three super important things to remember here - open-toe shoes are not your friend when things get a bit soggy (and sometimes they do), carry some tissue with you and always carry your own hand gel as it quite often runs out.  Follow those three golden rules and you’ll be fine and dandy.

Bring your own flower garlands for your hair. I found them quite expensive at the festival but they can be picked up quite cheaply on the high street. Also the thing about fancy dress, there’s always a theme  at Camp Bestival which this year is Circus.  Dress up if you like but certainly don’t feel like you have to as I really don’t remember seeing that many people dressed up last time. It’s a bit of fun but not compulsory by any stretch of the imagination and you definitely won’t be the only one not in costume, if you decide it’s not for you.

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Glowsticks are handy to have with you. They’re great for entertaining children at night when you just want to relax with a glass of wine and pretend you’re not surrounded by thousands of kids. We also used them as little night-lights back at the campsite.

We’ve got one of those fantastic cool-boxes that stay cold for about 5 days. These are ideal and if you’ve got space to bring one, bring it. There are plenty of food and drink options available at the festival of course but if you want to make breakfast or have an evening drink back at your pitch, having one of these cool-boxes will pretty much guarantee  that you still have cold wine by Day 4. Priorities people.

An afternoon siesta never hurt anyone, in fact I recommend it. Take time in the day to head back to your pitch and chill out before getting gussied up for the evening stint. All that walking around, general merriment and fresh air takes it out of you.

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My biggest tip though is to chill out. Relax. Honestly, you’ll get more out of it if you don’t stress about stuff.

Yes, there will be big queues for  the food and toilets at times.

Yes there will be children under your feet for the entire duration of the festival and yes there will be a ton of pushy parents trying to elbow you out the way so their kids can get to the front of shows and activities.

Yes, people on the campsite will be noisy and inconsiderate. Especially if you’re in the campervan field where people like to sit with their engines running all evening.

Give. Me. Strength.

But if you can get past all the annoyances, you’ll have an amazing time, honestly!

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Meal Planning Monday (30th June 2014)

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Good morning and welcome to the last #mealplanningmonday of June! The year is just flying by isn’t it? Only three more weeks before school ends for the summer holidays. (If you’re in Scotland, you’re probably reading this in bed…)

Hope you all had a good weekend? What did you get up to? I spent it at the fabulous Festival of Speed at Goodwood and it was so warm and sunny all weekend, it was a fab camping trip. I’ll be blogging about the trip later this week. I’ve seen the weather forecast for this week and it’s not looking too shabby so I expect will be doing a lot of al fresco eating this week, though I am not really feeling BBQs at the moment.

Here’s what our meal plan looks like this week;

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Ooh I actually can’t wait to eat most of that this week. I am also going out for tapas and cocktails one night so will probably make a macaroni cheese for the family.

Okay, over to you! Let’s see what you have got on the menu this week.

If you are a newcomer to my blog and Meal Planning Monday (and you might well be if you’ve seen me pimping it out this week!) then the idea is simple. Read more about Meal Planning Monday HERE.  All you have to do to join in is write a blog post about your meal plans for the week and add it to the Linky below. No blog? No matter! Just leave a comment below with your plans or you can join in with our Facebook group and let us know over there!

We’ve also got a great Pinterest board going on.

Follow At Home With Mrs M’s board Meal Planning Monday’s Family Favourites on Pinterest.

If you want to join this collaborative board then let me know. We’ve currently got over 845 followers so it’s another great way to share your recipes and posts with the masses!

Have a great week everyone!

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Films on Friday – Week 1

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Good morning and welcome to my new feature – Films on Friday.

I love films. I love watching them, I love reading about them on IMDB, quoting them, I adore soundtracks…I just love everything about films so I thought it might be fun to start a regular series on my blog.

The idea behind the series is quite simple. I am going to pick a theme or word/phrase and then choose a film that I love that best represents that theme for me.

I am kind of hoping that some of you guys might want to join in with this post and for that reason I’ve made it a Linky. I’d love to see others talking about the films they love and hopefully I might discover new ones to watch!  There’s no pressure, it doesn’t have to be high-brow, you’ll realise that from my film choices. Ha! I have the world’s worst film taste in the world but I don’t care.

Does that sound like fun? I hope so! Shall I get started with the first theme?

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So films with a summer theme, seems quite apt, though probably a bit of bad timing given the weather forecast for the weekend. I’ve chosen the first film that came into my head which is….

Mamma Mia.

A bit of a marmite film I think? But one I happen to love! It makes me yearn to spend a lazy summer on a hot sun-scorched Greece island. I love it and the children love it and we listen to the soundtrack A LOT.

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The first song, Honey Honey, I can never keep my eye of the glistening blue sea behind Sophie. The whole place looks absolutely perfect and in fact the whole film just has a great summer vibe. From the fooling around on the beach to the beautiful outdoor wedding reception – it’s the stuff of dreams.

Can you believe I actually took my husband to see Mamma Mia at the cinema? He’s a good man isn’t he? He definitely came through for me there! We saw it whilst on a weekend away in Liverpool (we were going to see Michael Buble – double brownie points for Mr M) and it was the first time I have been to the cinema and wanted to slaughter everyone in there. Now I don’t know if that’s just how they do in Liverpool but everyone and I mean EVERYONE talked the entire way through the film. I felt more than a little stabby when I came out, let me tell you!

So that’s my choice of summer film.

Now I would love to hear about yours if you would care to share? There are no rules. Just write about a film that either makes you think of summer or features summer in it and remember to link up your post if you do!

Have a great weekend guys!

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