Category Archives: Food and Beverage

Why I meal plan and how?

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Planning meals is very important to me, I don’t bother with breakfast or lunch, but focus on dinner time, as that what works for me.

Meal planning for me is essential, as we do end up splurging on food that didn’t get used, and that ends up in the bin. So meal planning to me is very important.

I go by first of all what we already have, so that food gets used up and then go on what else we need for the week ahead. I will do a grocery haul soon.

I have created a meal planning printables so go and check them out below.

Meal planner design Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Meal Planner Dinners for the week in blue

I always meal plan from Saturday onwards, as that’s when we do our shopping, but you can create a meal planner of your own and arrange the days that work for you, these are just some ideas and tools if you too wish to meal plan.

I hope you find this useful and helps you with saving money on food.

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Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

A Trip To Southampton

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It was a brilliant new year, one I shall never forget. We traveled to Southampton to see my husband’s parents.

Firstly when we arrived we took my husbands real mum and her husband for a coffee in a place called Woolston. Not that many shops, but there is the Woolston Cafe there and they do a lovely full English Breakfast, or you can have other meals too and a drink.

As you drive through to Southampton you come across the harbour, with many boats. It is a beautiful place and I get goose bumps whenever we drive to Southampton.

Then we went to see my husbands real dad and step mum, who live in a place called Sholing, which has a few shops, but it is mainly houses. It was a lovely surprise to them as we didn’t say that we were coming down on new years eve, and they loved the surprise.

We had a bite to eat there and then went out to a pub called The Juniper Berry where they had Karaoke, at which my father in-law got up and sang a few songs.

Then went round to one of our friends in Southampton place to celebrate the new year and had a few drinks in doors.

Picture of our friends on New Years Eve

The next day we stayed mainly indoors with my husbands dad and step mum, watching some old films. My husband and I did take a little walk up to the shop, but that was all we did do in terms of going out.

On Wednesday we celebrated my husbands dads birthday, and started off in a pub  called the Heartbreakers, which was a nice little pub round the back of town very quiet but very comfortable.

They do a huge range of drinks and I was drinking Symonds Cider.

My husband on the left of this picture in the blue suit and my father in law who was the birthday boy.

In between visiting the Heartbreakers we went round to Christina’s for a bite to eat, they do a whole range of nice food. I had my favourite, scampi and chips, which I know it is not healthy, but when I am on holiday I like to treat myself a little bit.

Then on from Heartbreakers we walked to another pub called The Angel, which had again wasn’t packed so plenty places to sit and we all each put on some music on the jukebox. There were a good variety, plus they had the football on live aswell.

It was a really brilliant evening and good to play some music and have a drink at the same time.

Southampton is great for shopping aswell and they have a great selection if you like me, like shopping in charity shops, aswell high street stores like Primark, Marks and Spencers and Debenhams.

I also love going down to the Quay but not much was open on this day, and none of the big Cruise ships were in, so we didn’t go down there this time.

In any case we still had a fantastic time and I would totally recommend it.

Many thanks for reading

 

Carrie X

 

 

 

Shop bought Mulled Wine

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Shopping in ASDA last weekend, no I am not sponsored, as I try to avoid the shops as we get nearer to Christmas, as I can’t stand the chaos, I saw that ASDA were doing Mulled Wine for £2.75.

It was delicious, definitely a bargain and worth the price.

The Turkey Breast Joint and Gammon Joint we purchased from Iceland’s was nice too, not dry just lovely and tender.

We haven’t tried our mini Christmas puddings or cakes yet but we will try those in a couple of days.

I did like Tesco Cranberry Sauce was nice with the Turkey, worth a pound, and the vegetables and the potatoes in goose fat were lovely, and all done in the oven, not one item was cooked on the hob.

It was a lovely tasty meal.

I was so stuffed afterwards I couldn’t eat another thing, so waited a bit later to have a mince pie with a cup of tea.

Christmas Day went really well and looking forward to today, as we are off to my mums to see Henry’s cousins and to celebrate Christmas some more.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

Ten Tips To Escape A Hangover

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At Christmas especially at those Christmas parties we can go overboard and get completely drunk, I know I have, and the next morning fill terrible.

Here is a article from Realbuzz.com about how to escape the dreaded hangover.

https://www.realbuzz.com/articles-interests/festive-health-fitness/article/top-10-tips-to-escape-a-hangover/