Sunday, 22 January 2017

Budget Meals with Aldi: Smolked Salmon Pasta

One of my favourite foods is pasta, so being able to put together a pasta meal for under £5 is my idea of heaven. My second budget meal using all Aldi ingredients is Smoked Salmon Pasta.

- 400g Penne Pasta (or other shape) 50p
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil £1.39
- 2 Garlic Cloves, crushed 85p
- 5 Spring Onions, trimmed and thinly sliced 43p
- 300ml Reduced Fat Crème Fraîche 89p
- 110g pack Salmon Flakes £1.50
- 100g Frozen Garden Peas 95p
- 1 tbsp Freshly Parsley, chopped 89p
- Salt

Bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil and add the pasta.

Stir and cook at a rolling boil for around 8 minutes until al dente.

Heat the oil in a small saucepan and sauté the garlic for 30 seconds.

Cook garden peas for time specified and drain.

Add the spring onions and continue cooking until softened. Stir in the crème fraîche and peas and then the salmon flakes, heating very gently.

Drain the cooked pasta, return to the pan and add the sauce. Stir gently to mix through.

Sprinkle with parsley and some Parmesan cheese.
Typically when i go to Italian restaurants i will order a creamy pasta dish. This smoled salmon pasta was so good, i added 2 packs of salmon flakes as i really love salmon. Instead of peas next time i might add asparagus to make it a bit different. Not only is this meal afforable and feeds a family of 4, it's quick to make aswell. Now that i work full time, it's important that i can make my own meals in around 30 minutes. So if like me you love your pasta AND want a quick meal then this one is for you. 

Keep your eyes out for two more budget meal recipes next week on the blog.

*Disclaimer: I was given Aldi vouchers in order to buy ingredients to prepare these meals. As always all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Budget Meals with Aldi: Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers

In January it's normal for many families to cut back shopping costs after the christmas period. I'm one of those people that like to set a budget per meal when I'm doing the foodshop and it really does help to save money. I have been asked to make a few meals with Aldi ingredients for under £5. My first budget meal is Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers.

These Mediterranean stuffed peppers are the ideal meal for vegetarians but can also be adapted for meat eaters too. I have gone for a more vegetarian option this time and you really can add a wide range of ingredients. 

- 1 pack of Mixed Peppers 89p
- 1 x 100g pack of World Foods Hot & Spicy Cous Cous 39p
- 1 x 100g pack of World Foods Roasted Veg Cous Cous 39p
- Feta Cheese 95p

Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas mark 6.
Cut the peppers in half lengthways and remove seeds.
Chop the feta cheese into cubes.
Cook the two types of cous cous separately, as per pack instructions.
Divide the feta cheese equally between the cous cous.
Put the peppers on a baking tray, cover loosely with some tin foil and bake for 20 minutes.

Stuffed peppers are not only a real cheap dish but also pretty healthy aswell. In future i will probably add more ingredients  and even make some with chilli inside. These were really tasty, I'm a huge fan of cous cous. I will definitely be making these again. 

Do you have a favourite budget meal you like to make?

*Disclaimer: I was given Aldi vouchers in order to buy ingredients to prepare these meals. As always all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Bedroom Ideas

This year we have decided that we want to decorate our house, when it comes to being creative i am really bad. But i have found a few bits for our bedroom that i really love...

Cafe Mocha Lamp - £7.99

You may be able to spot a bit of a theme, i want to go for a really clean white theme with some dusty pinks and greys. At the moment our bedroom has some black and white floral wallpaper and our furniture is a dark wood shade. I really want to brighten the room up and make it more up to date and homely.
I have started to use Pinterest to bring together some ideas for each room we plan to decorate. The ikea chest of drawers and bedside tables i plan on putting marble effect adhesive film to the tops for a more on trend look. I can't wait to start decorating and buying stuff for our bedroom!

Monday, 16 January 2017

First week back at work

Last week was my first week back at work full time and Joey has been at nursery full time aswell. Its been a really tiring week but it's been all about settling in.

So for the next 3 week's I'm actually training for my new job and working Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm. It has been a bit tough trying to get into a routine which we know will change in another 2 weeks when we get given shifts. My biggest worry though at the start of the week was how Joey was going to settle in at nursery. I've been dropping him off at 7.30am every morning and then Chris picks him up at 4.30pm. As this was his first full week, I wasn't expecting any miracles that he wouldn't be upset.

The morning drop off is obviously still very new to him and he has been getting upset but then he settles down. I don't really have a clue what he's been doing at nursery all week as his daily diary hasn't been getting filled in. But Chris tells me that the nursery staff have told him that Joey has been quite good at mealtimes which was something else i was worried about because of him being a fussy eater at home.
So even though it's been a hectic week, it's been a pretty successful one. I imagine that as the weeks go on, we will settle into a routine.

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Going back to work after being a SAHM

This time last year i was working part-time in retail and it was a struggle.  My husband works full time and without any family to help with childcare we had to rely completely on nursery. It soon became apparent that it wasn't worth me working because of the cost of childcare and i left in February 2016. I've been a SAHM for 11 months and finally i am starting a full time job this week.

Going back to work after you've had kids is a difficult decision to make, a lot needs to be considered before even applying for jobs. In our situation of having no family to help with childcare, we know that i would have to work full time to make it worth having a job and paying for childcare. I never planned to be a SAHM for as long as i have been but honestly i feel like there is no help or encouragment from our government to get parents back into work. From this week both me and my husband will be working full time so Joey will go to nursery full time at a cost of £700 per month.

But being stuck at home most days not doing anything has taken it's toll. Joey has desperately needed to be in nursery in order to improve his speech and development. Now that I'll be earning money I'm looking forward to treating myself now and again and to be able to start decorating our house. Being a SAHM has had it's ups and it's downs, I'm glad I've been able to spend time watching Joey grow up but it's now time for a new chapter. 

I'm really excited to be getting back into work though, and I can't wait to see Joey improve by going to nursery. I will keep you all updated on how life is being a full time working mum and Joey's development.

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Monday, 9 January 2017

January Wishlist

As of today i am starting a new job full-time and i am so excited that I'll be able to treat myself now and then. I've decided to a monthly wishlist of things I'd like to buy over the course of each month. Here are some faves this month...
Dot Creates Ultimate Blog Planner - £12.50
New year means that it's timeto crack open the new calenders and planners. I desperately need a planner for my blogging and will also come in handy with my new job.
Zoella Stationary Book- £10
In December, i became quite a fan of watching Zoella vlogs, her Zoella Lifestyle range looks amazing. This stationary book would be a great addition to use with a new planner.
Molly Star Loungesuit - £22
I've always had my eye on loungesuits, they are nicer to wear during the day instead of pj's when you can't be bothered to get dressed. If you were brave enough you could wear it out to nip to the shops.

HD Brows - £24
My brows are in desperate need of some TLC, i haven't had them done since eyebrows are currently NOT on fleek.

Do you have anything on your wishlist for this month? 

Friday, 6 January 2017

Hello 2017

I want to start off by wishing all of my readers a Happy New Year and I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas.

We're now in 2017, a new year and a clean slate. I've already posted about the things i hope to achieve during this year, you can check it out here, i just wanted to check in with you all. Over the past 2 years this blog has been my hobby, something that I've been excited to contribute to. Then recently, I've been concentrating on my YouTube channel which has been something I'd wanted to achieve last year.

Over Christmas I've been waiting to hear back about a job i was interviewed for and while writing this it's been confirmed that i have the job. Things are goiing to change massively, as I'll be working full time i may not be able to post on the blog or YouTube as much as i have been doing. But i definitely won't be neglecting my blog especially since I've come so far, and if anything I'll be able to afford to do more things to document on here and YouTube.

So i just wanted to let you know that things might go quiet for a bit but not for long. This new chapter in our life feels a bit scary but exciting as well and i can't wait to share how life changes. I really appreciate all of the continued love and support i get from my readers.

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