Meal Plan Monday: Week #8

Wow! Nearly two months of meal planning! I have to admit, I’ve been pretty bad at it, and have done meals from different days and missed some, but I’m getting better! I hope you are getting some good recipes and ideas for your table here! Let me know what sort of meals you are looking for, and I will try to find some!

This week, along with SEVEN new recipes for dinner, I am adding a Soup, Salad & Dessert of the Week! Even more goodness! Be sure to share with everyone you know so they can get some delicious ideas, too!

Featuring  Biscuits and Grading, Miss Food Fairy, My Fussy Eater, Good Food Week, Easy Peasy Foodie, and Family Capers!

Tag #CookingwithMPM if you use these, so we can see your tasty creations! Enjoy!

Steak and Mushroom Risotto; Photo Credit: Bicuits and Grading

Monday: Steak and Mushroom Risotto from Biscuits and Grading

Vietnamese Pork Skewers; Photo Credit: Miss Food Fairy

Tuesday: Vietnamese Pork Skewers from Miss Food Fairy

Spicy Asian Chicken Tacos ; Photo Credit: Miss Food Fairy

Wednesday: Spicy Asian Chicken Tacos from Miss Food Fairy

Sausage & Butterbean Casserole; Photo Credit: My Fussy Eater

Thursday: Sausage and Butterbean Casserole from My Fussy Eater

Baked Barramundi with Potatoes and Cherry Tomatoes; Photo Credit: Good Food Week

Friday: Baked Barramundi with Potatoes and Cherry Tomatoes from Good Food Week

Hungarian Beef Goulash; Photo Credit: Easy Peasy Foodie

Saturday: Hungarian Beef Goulash from Easy Peasy Foodie

Chicken Pot Pie with Leek and Mushrooms; Photo Credit: Family Capers

Sunday: Chicken Pot Pie with Leek and Mushrooms from Family Capers

Soup, Salad &a Dessert of the Week:

Healing Chicken Noodle Soup; Photo Credit: Miss Food Fairy

Soup of the Week: Healing Chicken Noodle Soup from Miss Food Fairy

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Brown Rice Salad; Photo Credit: Good Food Week

Salad of the Week: Brown Rice Salad from Good Food Week

Apple and Cinnamom Cake; Photo Credit: Easy Peasy Foodie

Dessert of the Week: Apple and Cinnamon Cake from Easy Peasy Foodie

Meal Plan Monday: Week #7

Another yummy week ahead, and I am really enjoying finding and collaborating with some great Food Bloggers! Check out these tasty recipes this week! Feel free to share, and tag #CookingwithMPM if you do cook these! I would love to see how you plate these delicious dishes!

Now, I know I’ve asked repeatedly, but if you have any recipes you want featured, feel free to contact me and show off your yummy meal! We could all use some inspiration at times!

This week, I’m featuring recipes from My Gluten Free Miami, Easy Peasy Foodie, Bites of Flavor, Family Capers, Good Food Week, Miss Food Fairy, and Kidgredients! Be sure to check out their pages for even more great recipes!

In case you’ve missed any of the weeks before, be sure to check out Weeks weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6!

So here’s this week!

Monday: One Pot Creamy Smoked Salmon Penne from Miss Food Fairy

One Pot Creamy Smoked Salmon Penne from Miss Food Fairy

Tuesday: Gluten free Philly Cheesesteak Burger from My Gluten Free Miami

Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Burger; Photo Credit: My Gluten Free Miami

Wednesday: Butternut Squash, Cauliflower and Red Lentil Dahl from Easy Peasy Foodie

Butternut Squash, Cauliflower, and Red Lentil Dahl; Photo Credit: Easy Peasy Foodie

Thursday: Lasagna Stuffed Chicken from Bites of Flavor

Lasagna Stuffed Chicken; Photo Credit: Bites of Flavor

Friday: Slow Cooker Beef and Noodles from Family Capers

Slow Cooker Beef and Noodles; Photo Credit: Family Capers

Saturday: Lamb and Havarti Gozleme from Good Food Week

Lamb and Havarti Gozleme; Photo Credit: Good Food Week

Sunday: Slow Cooker Pineapple and Lime Pulled Pork from Kidgredients

Pineapple and Lime Pulled Pork; Photo Credit: Kidgredients


My Laundry Room: The Vortex of Doom

Mummy Confession: This is my Laundry Room. The never ending vortex of doom.

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It just keeps piling up. The job that’s never done. And it’s funny. All of the kids are sick now, plus one teething (ie “don’t you dare put me down or leave me alone, and you can forget about an easy sleep.”) and one toilet training (ie. “I’m big and I won’t thoroughly soak my bed linens every night…”). This means the laundry is constantly piling up and never-ending.

As a matter of fact, just after waking this morning, my baby coughed quite a bit and then threw up all over my face and chest. He did the same yesterday. What does that mean? More laundry.

Rather than look at this insane pile and be completely overwhelmed (which I am every time I open that door), I’ve decided to try to think positively about what this room means.

Here are three reasons why  when my laundry room is overflowing, it’s a good thing:

1. It means I can take care of my family. My kids. My husband. I am so thankful for them all. And doing their laundry means they are (other than the minor cold) healthy and home. Safe and secure.

2. We have.  We have clothes. We have towels. We have blankets. We have a roof over our head. We have a sanitary place with clean water to wash clothes. We have what we need.

3. My kids are learning, reaching milestones, and growing. Yes, there will be some set backs and wet bets, but soon enough she will be accomplishing far more than I can imagine.

So regardless of the laundry that just keeps growing, I can be thankful, grateful for the things we have. And hopefully this thankfulness will stay with me until the sickness passes, and I conquer the vortex of doom.

How can you look at seemingly negative events or things in your life right now and be thankful?

Meal Plan Monday: Week #6

Another week, another Meal Plan! This week I am featuring recipes from Easy Peasy Foodie, Good Food Week, The Healthful Ideas, Daisies and Pie, and Family Capers.

Enjoy these and feel free to share this post and the recipes! If you cook with them and take photos, tag #CookingwithMPM so we can see your tasty meals!

As always, if you want to feature a recipe or just share one you love, contact me! I am always on the lookout for great food!

If you need further inspiration, see them here at Meal Plan Mondays

Monday- Creamy Chicken, Broccoli, and Sweet Corn Pasta from Easy Peasy Foodie

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Photo Credit: Easy Peasy Foodie

Tuesday- Pork Cutlets with Couscous and Fig from Good Food Week

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Photo Credit: Good Food Week

Wednesday- Arugula Basil Pesto Pasta with Roasted Beets from The Heathful Ideas

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Photo Credit: The Healthful Ideas

Thursday- Beef and Mushroom One Pot Wonder from Good Food Week

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Photo Credit: Good Food Week

Friday- Chilli and Lime Mackerel with Homemade Mushy Peas from Daisies and Pie

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Photo Credit: Daisies and Pie

Saturday- Lamb Tacos with Avocado, Feta, and Pomegranate from Easy Peasy Foodie

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Photo Credit: Easy Peasy Foodie

Sunday-  Chicken & Vegetable Pie from Family Capers

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Photo Credit: Family Capers

Great Apps for Baby Development

Mummy Confession: When I was a new mum especially, I was always curious to keep up with what skills my baby was developing. I often felt the need to see their progress and keep track of their milestones.

Disclosure: This post is not sponsored by any of the following companies or apps and is purely my honest opinion. This post contains affiliate links.

Now, hear me out, not every baby develops the same skills at the same time. Just like every child isn’t the same height, weight, or build, development varies from baby to baby. But, I like the reassurance of seeing how my child was coming along with milestones, as any mum would. I also like seeing what sort of activities help in their age group as well.

There are three great Apps that help mum to keep up with skills and developmental milestones that coincide with the age of their baby, toddler, and child. Below, I have outlined a few that have come in handy for me as a mother.

Many baby websites offer newsletters as well to help keep track of baby’s development and various things to expect as they grow. Some of these are  listed here with my Pregnancy and Parenting Communities  post.

The Wonder Weeks

The Wonder Weeks app has some great information on development and fussy periods

Each baby has times where they seem to be more sleepless, fussy, and all around grouchy, and I have found a lot of the time, it is because they are going through developmental leaps. The Wonder Weeks app is based on a book written about this. It allows you to enter your baby’s due date and it predicts when these “leaps” occur. So much is happening in their little world that you can’t see, and this helps me to be aware of what my baby could possibly be working on, or trying to figure out. As stated in the app, though, every baby isn’t doing everything listed by those time frames, but it is a great guide as you look out for things they are achieving!

You can also set up an alert to let you know when baby is entering a fussy stage, so maybe you will be that one step ahead, being prepared.

Download Wonder Weeks here:
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So many places to keep track of various baby things!

Do you like writing down what your bubs is up to?  Keep track of medications, immunisations, feedings, diaper changes, sleep, teeth, and more. Digitally store tons of developmental and growth information as well as photos and videos. Keep track of one child or more, and a daily bit of information on their age group.

If you want to have is information saved for a hard copy scrapbook later, get this app. It is so helpful when you feel like there is no time to write anything down. Plus, there are great communities online to ask your parenting and baby questions (and Baby Bump, their sister app, has one as well).

Download Kidfolio here:

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Kinedu is a great resource for developmental activities!

I just got this one, but I’m already impressed! This one offers an evaluation of baby’s skills and development and helps with some activities to develop their skills.

It has videos that show how to do certain activities with your baby to aid development, and has in-app purchases for further things. It also offers articles on baby’s development. You can opt in for various categories to receive information and activities for children through the age of two. There is so much I haven’t seen yet, so I will need to check it out more before I can write about it, but I was impressed already in the short time I’ve had it!

Download Kinedu here:
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I hope these come in handy like they have with me!

What apps have you found to be useful as a parent, or helpful for baby’s first years or after?

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