Sunday, 23 March 2014

Project 365: Days 75 - 81

I didn't have the best week last week and took very few photos so didn't do a 365 post, but it made me more determined to do one this week.


Day 75: Enjoying an ice-cream
Day 76: My little book worm
Day 77: Silly hats in the office
Day 78: My cross training workout
Day 79: Enjoying the fine weather and a bit of scooting
Day 80: Ready for Sports Relief
Day 81: Ready for a party (not that you'd think so by the look on his face)

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Sunday, 9 March 2014

Project 365: Days 61 - 67



Day 61: A trip to Cardiff and Hamleys toy shop.
Day 62: Stepping stones using footstools.
Day 63: Pancake Day!
Day 64: Sleeping boy - it's the only way I seem to be able to get a photo of my oldest son these days.
Day 65: his train has to have a sandwich too.
Day 66: Kickboxing grading.
Day 67: Acrobatics.


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Sunday, 2 March 2014

Project 365: Days 54 - 60

It's our half term this week - a week later than most other areas.  It's been a week of guitar practise, lost teeth, Minecraft (that game seems to be taking over our lives) and indoor picnics due to the bad weather.  We've also had the obligatory half term project which involves designing a poster for St Davids Day.


Day 54: Another tooth has come out!
Day 55: The books on my bedside table
Day 56: Guitar lesson
Day 57: Playing Minecraft
Day 58: Indoor picnic
Day 59: This dinosaur seems to be following me today
Day 60: The school project is half done! Happy St Davids Day.

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Sunday, 23 February 2014

Project 365: Days 47 - 53



Day 47: A day at the park (bottom left) - it was a glorious sunny Winters day so we decided to take the boys to Cyfarthfa Park.  We enjoyed a walk around the lake and then went cross country.  I love this photo of hubby with our youngest son. 

Day 48: Vaccinations (top middle) - Today was the day of my youngest sons booster shots, including the MMR booster.  I was anticipating lots of tears but he was so brave and barely whimpered.  We told him that he was having soldiers put in to fight the bad germs and he liked this idea.  

Day 49: Towel boy (top right) - this is E coming out of the shower.  He loves being all wrapped up in his towel.

Day 50: Gymnast (top left) - Z has gymnastic lessons and really enjoys them.  Here he is waiting his turn to practice jumping over the horse.

Day 51: Breakfast (middle left) - coming back from the morning school run and O insisted on stopping in the shop to get some pain au chocolat for breakfast.  He refused to let them go when he was sat in the car. 

Day 52: Numbers (middle right) - we are in Warrington for the weekend to visit friends.  It was a lovely day so we took the children to the park to play.  O found this counting board and we spent ages going through the different numbers as we've been doing number recognition at home.

Day 53: Science (bottom right) - today we got the train into Manchester and took the children to MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry).  We all loved it there; there was so much to do and see.  We even had a ride on a steam train.  It was difficult to choose a photo from the day but I liked this one of E.

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Sunday, 16 February 2014

Project 365: Days 40 - 46



Apologies for the photos being out of order, it was the only way I could get them to fit in the collage.

Day 40: Car trip - I thought it was very sweet that my oldest and youngest were holding hands in the car, though as you can see my middle boy wasn't so happy.  He wanted to get in on the photo but gave me the 'evil eyes' .

Day 41: Weight training - I've got my weights out in the bedroom as I'm supposed to be working out (I haven't managed to start yet), so O thought it would be great fun to do a bit of weight training.

Day 42: Sleeping - I tried out The Boy and Me's trick of using alternative lighting to take a photo at night.  I like the way the torch has lit up the photo without washing the colour out.

Day 43: Sleeping buddies - I couldn't resist taking a photo of O and E asleep together.  They looked so cute.

Day 44 : Journey to school - We were on our way to school and I loved how sweet E looked with his hat on.  I had stopped the car before I took the photo! ;-)

Day 45: Valentines - this is the card that my boys made for me.  I love it.

Day 46: Ukulele - O wouldn't go to bed tonight, instead coming back down to play a little tune on his ukulele.  He might be following his older brother with his love of music.


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Thursday, 13 February 2014

Mexican Chicken and Quinoa salad (Degustabox)

I am always looking for high protein meals for my gym mad hubby, so when my Degustabox arrived I was really excited to find that some of the ingredients would be perfect for him.


It's always a struggle to find something to go with meat that isn't too starchy so when I saw the quinoa I was intrigued.  I have bought dried quinoa in the past as it is supposed to be a superfood, but when I made it I wasn't that impressed.  The Quinola Mothergrain Express that was included in the Degustabox looked very different as it was pearl and black and it was ready to eat.  I wanted to add a bit of flavour so added some cherry tomatoes, cucumber and lemon and black pepper oil.  I've got to admit that when I was making it, I just wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy it as part of my meal.  



I decided to use the Maggi So Juicy Mexican Chicken to go with the quinoa so followed the 3 step instructions on the packet which was extremely simple. 





Ingredients:

2-4 chicken breasts
1 yellow pepper
1 packet Maggi So Juicy Mexican Chicken
1 packet Quinola Mothergrain Express
Cherry Tomatoes
Cucumber, diced
Lemon and Black Pepper Oil

Method:

Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C for fan ovens), Gas Mark 4.

Slice chicken breasts and pepper and add to the bag provided in the top part of the Maggi sachet, then tip the seasoning from the lower part of the sachet into the bag.  Use the tie provided to close the bag and then coat the chicken in the seasoning by turning the bag.  Place in an ovenproof dish.

Cook in the oven for 45-50 minutes.

While the chicken is cooking, add the Quinola Mothergrain Express to a bowl and then add the cherry tomatoes and diced cucumber.  Drizzle some of the oil over and mix well together.

Remove the chicken from the oven and leave to stand for 2-3 minutes before opening the bag.

And there you go.  A perfectly healthy meal, cooked with minimum effort that is super tasty.



Further product information:

Quinola Mothergrain Express is the perfect way to enjoy quinoa and save time! Ready cooked, they can beenjoyed cold as part of a salad or quickly reheated for be included as part of a hot meal. Organic and Fairtrade, Quinola Mothergrain Express have won 4 Great Taste awards. Not only delicious, quinoa is also a super-food, high in nutrients and gluten free! In either Pearl and Black or Pearl and Red, Quinola Mothergrain Express a quick,easy, healthy and delicious way to enjoy quinoa!


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Sunday, 9 February 2014

Project 365: Days 33 - 39


Day 33: Poorly boy - O is suffering with a bad cough and cold so we had a very unsettled night and he ended up in bed with me.  

Day 34: Swimming - this week it's E's turn as he started one-to-one swimming lessons.  He's been having group lessons for a while but has got a bit stuck so he's having these lessons to help him move on.  

Day 35: Mega Bloks - I came home from work to this Mega Blok monster in the house.  E built it and was very proud of it.  We haven't been allowed to move it all week!

Day 36: Trains - O decided that he didn't want to go to bed and he would much rather come down and play with his train set.

Day 37: Music - O had some friends over to play so we got the musical instruments out.  He's really very good on this little trumpet.

Day 38: Numbers - I've put a few different learning apps on the tablet and O loves practising his numbers.  He spent ages tracing the number 2.

Day 39: Wine - After a day of housework I went to see a friend and enjoyed a glass (or three) of wine and a good chat.  

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