Friday, 29 August 2014

Mamas Slow Cooker Chilli

I love making a Chilli in the slow cooker, it is so easy to put together and smells lovely all day long plus I am guaranteed to have empty plates. So much nicer than a jar version, Seb calls this Mamas Chilli.
This serves the 4 of us with leftovers. It's pretty mild but of course you can add more spice to it if you prefer.
500g beef mince
1 carton of passata
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 clove of garlic
1 onion
1 green pepper
1 400g tin of kidney beans
1 beef stock cube
1 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin

Brown off your mince. Chop up your garlic, onion and pepper and add to the mince for a few minutes. Transfer to the slow cooker and add the passata, tomato puree, kidney beans(drained and rinsed), stock cube(crumbled), chilli powder and cumin. Give it a good stir and cook on low for around 6 hours.
Serve on jacket potatoes or with rice. 

Thursday, 28 August 2014

A winter coat and some old favourites

I haven't taken part in Trendy Thursday for a while but that doesn't mean I haven't been thinking about kids fashion!

In fact, I have managed to get Seb a winter coat that I love this year! Last year I was never fully happy with his coat so this year I went back to what I know and ordered him a navy coat from Zara. Needless to say it is beautiful! I need a find a hat now. 
We've dragged out our old favourite jumper from last year which still happily fits and the Hunters are back out for splashing in puddles.
Alex has had a few new bits too. This fab top from Zara makes me smile

As does this Superhero tee from River Islands baby range.

I am waiting for these fab music leggings to be delivered from Daisy Chain Baby at the moment, I think they'll be fab with Converse and a long sleeved top.
I am so excited about all the new ranges coming out,n especially the new Slugs N Snails. I can't decide which ones to buy though!

Linking up with the ever lovely Alex over at Medicated Follower of Fashion, if you have a Trendy Tot head over and link up :)


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Crushed Healthy Fruit Snacks

If your house is anything like mine then you will regularly hear the phrase "mummy, i'm hunngrrryyyy". Having two boys with seemingly bottomless stomaches, I am always on the lookout for healthy snacks  so i was pretty excited to try out Crushed Fruit Pouches.
Available in 2 flavours(more coming soon) Apple and Strawberry and Apple and Banana, these 100% fruit pouches are designed to be eaten anywhere. They contain 1 of your daily servings of fruit and veg, making them an ideal healthy snack for on the move.
 
 We tried ours both straight from the pouch as a snack and with yogurt and fruit as part of a breakfast. In winter they would also be lovely in porridge. They went down really well with Seb who LOVED them straight up from the pouch and wanted another right away, Alex preferred them squeezed for him but he always likes to see what he is eating!
I had a try too of course and they are really lovely and at less then 70 calories a pouch are great for anyone looking for a low calorie snack.

Crushed are available in large Waitrose stores and online, WHSmith Travel and will soon be available from Ocado. You can get more information from the Crushed Website.

***We were sent these products to review but all opinions are my own***

Meal Planning Monday(on a Tuesday)

We did pretty well with our plan last week though we didn't end up having the macaroni cheese. I have been poorly over the weekend so haven't felt overly in the mood to cook or meal plan so this week is pretty basic, hopefully i'll be more up for it next week.

Pepperoni pasta bake
Quiche with jacket potato and salad
Macaroni cheese
Freezer dinner(Phil is on a late shift)
Sausage casserole with herbed sweet potato cubes

Linking up with Mrs M's Meal Planning Monday linky

Thursday, 21 August 2014

National Crisp Sandwich Week!

Did you know that there was such a thing as National Crisp Sarnie week?
 I certainly didn't until I saw that Tots100 and Seabrook crisps have come together to get us sharing our favourite recipe for the humble crisp sandwich!

Reminiscent of school packed lunches, a crisp sandwich is a guilty pleasure that I rarely partake in these days.

My sandwich is simple and to the point, a fish finger and crisp combo. I used Seabrooks Beefy crisps, but you can use whatever flavour appeals. 
Simply pop your fish fingers into the oven. Butter your bread(I like seeded) and once cooked pop your fish fingers in along with a generous amount of crisps. Push lightly on of the sandwich to crush the crisps a little and there you have it!
"This recipe is an entry into the National Crisp Sarnie Week competition with Seabrook crisps”

***I was sent some Seabrook's crisps to help create my sandwich***