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Meal Plan Monday: Week # 14

Welcome to another week of meal plans! As I’ve said before, these are meant to inspire your week, or throw a little different taste into your already loved recipes! I hope you find something (or everything) delicious to cook for your family!

This week I’m featuring meals from Easy Peasy Foodie, My Fussy Eater, Eats Amazing, The Starving Chef, and Miss Food Fairy. Soup, salad and desert recipes brought to you by My Gluten Free Miami, Good Food Week and My Frosted Life.

If you’ve missed some of the Meal Plan posts, Check them out here!!

Feel free to use the tag #CookingwithMPM if you do wind up using a recipe from here, even if it’s not this week! Let me know what you love and what you want to see more! Enjoy your week!

Monday: Chicken Chorizo Paella from Easy Peasy Foodie

Chicken Choriso Paella; Photo Credit: Easy Peasy Foodie

Tuesday: Chilli and Green Olive Taco Bowls from My Fussy Eater

Chilli and Green Olive Taco Bowls; Photo Credit: My Fussy Eater

Wednesday: Aubergine, Tomato & Parmesan Oaty Bake from Eats Amazing

Aubergine, Tomato & Parmesan Oaty Bake; Photo Credit: Eats Amazing

Thursday: Mini Beef Pot Pies from The Starving Chef

Mini Beef Pot Pies; Photo Credit: The Starving Chef

Friday: Greek Style Lamb Kebabs from Easy Peasy Foodie

Greek Style Lamb Kebabs; Photo Credit: Easy Peasy Foodie

Saturday:  Chinese Fried Rice from Miss Food Fairy

Chinese Fried Rice; Photo Credit: Miss Food Fairy

Sunday: Sous Vide Apple Pork Chops from The Starving Chef

Sous Vide Apple Pork Chops; Photo Credit: The Starving Chef

Soup, Salad & Dessert of the Week

Soup: Aguadito de Pavo Peruvian Turkey Soup from My Gluten Free Miami

Aguadito de Pavo Peruvian Turkey and Veggie Soup; Photo Credit: My Gluten Free Miami

Salad: Warm Asparagus Salad from Good Food Week

Warm Asparagus Salad; Photo Credit: Good Food Week

Dessert: Cheesecake Stuffed Banana Bread from My Frosted Life

Cheesecake Stuffed Banana Bread; Photo Credit: My Frosted Life

What I Want For Mother’s Day

Mummy Confession: I’m terrible at giving gift ideas to anyone buying for me.

So I admitted, I didn’t quite know Mother’s Day was coming so soon. But honestly, my list of wants is similar to what I would want for any holiday, or occasion for gift giving, and most of them are free or close to it, and can be done even last minute. I vastly appreciate even just an I Love You (and here are ten ways to say it).
I know not every mum would say she wants these things, but maybe you feel the same? If you are after some real ideas for this coming Mother’s Day, then check out here, where others have graciously let me show you what they have suggested for the celebration!

Here are some things that will always be top choices on my list of “What I want”:

1. Time With My Family: A trip to the park, A Holiday, or just snuggling in front of a movie for everyone. I love my husband and my kids, and I love spending time together. We never get enough!

2. A Nice, Long, and Undisturbed Bath: It’s no secret that time to myself for very long is scarce, so a few hours would be amazing!

3. Pictures of My Kids/Pictures of My Family: I love my family, and cherish those photos taken of my babies, especially that they grow up so quickly. It’s rare to get a photo of our entire family, so that especially is something special. Whether it be a photo session, or some sneaky photos you have taken that I haven’t seen before, I would love it!

4. Crafts Done By My Kids For Me: Knowing that you worked together with my babies to put something together, and took the time to do this is a heartfelt and wonderful gift to receive! Bonus points if it’s a picture frame with a supplementary photo, or hand drawn picture of our family! Extra bonus points if they wrote their own name and “Mum.”

5. Gifts bought By My Kids: Let them go and choose something, no matter what it is. Give them their own money and a budget, and let them go for it. I love seeing things that they think I could use. It’s adorable.

6. Something You Think I Need/Something I Have Said I Need: Is there something I truly need but would never buy for myself? This is the perfect time to get it. For me personally, you can’t go past a good shirt, especially since my fashion sense is less than great. I prefer Kmart cheap basics over spending over $20 on a shirt.

7. Take Me Out: To a restaurant, on a shopping trip, on a date, the choice is up to you! One of the things I remember my husband doing for me was taking me to the shopping centre and basically tell me, “I’m buying you…..but I want you to pick it. This is what we’re getting today.” I’m not a big fan of shopping, especially alone, so to have him take me made all the difference.

So there, that’s what I want. What are you hoping for this Mother’s Day?

Meal Plan Monday: Week #5

It’s week #5 of Meal Plan Monday and I hope you have been getting some tasty additions to your family’s menu for the week! Remember that we are always on the lookout for recipes to feature here, so if you have anything, feel free to submit one with the contact form, or send me an email at MummyConfessions@hotmail.com

If you’ve missed any of the past weeks, check them out here
(Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4)

This week some yummy ideas from Kidgredients, The Butterfly Mother, Easy Peasy Foodie and Good Food Week!

Be sure to tag #CookingwithMPM if you share your food photos on social media, so we can see how delicious it all looks on your plate! Without further ado, here’s this week’s recipes! Have a lovely week and feel free to share and subscribe!

Monday: Pork and Sweet Potato Chilli Con Carne from Easy Peasy Foodie

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Prom and Sweet Potato Chilli Con Carne; Photo Credit: Easy Peasy Foodie

Tuesday: (Almost) Macaroni Cheese from The Butterfly Mother

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Almost Macaroni Cheese; Photo Credit: The Butterfly Mother

Wednesday: Beef Rissoles from Kidgredients

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Beef Rissoles; Photo Credit: Kidgredients

Thursday: Chicken Cutlet Sheet Pan Dinner from Good Food Week

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Chicken Cutlet Sheet Pan Dinner; Photo Credit: Good Food Week

Friday: Trout with Freekah, Silverbeet, and Pine Nuts from Good Food Week

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Trout with Freekah, Silverbeet and Pine Nuts ;Photo Credit: Good Food Week

Saturday: Beef and Ale Stew with Dumplings from Easy Peasy Foodie

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Beef and Ale Stew with Dumplings; Photo Credit: Easy Peasy Foodie

Sunday: Cuban Lamb Chops with Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad from Good Food Week

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Cuban Lamb Chops with Sweet Potato; Photo Credit: Good Food Week


Hope you enjoy  joy all of your meals this week! Yum!

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Ten Ways to Say “I Love You”

Mummy Confession: The words, “I love you” are spoken often in this house. I’ve always wanted my family to be like this, too.

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As a tribute to the day, I have compiled a list (among the many) of ten ways to say, “I love you.” This is not solely for Valentine’s Day or other “special” days. I feel it is important to let those we love know this important message all the time!

10. Take a picture. Together.

Gone are the days where a camera has to be a heavy, expensive object taken out only for special occasions. Use your phone, use a camera, schedule a photo shoot, or go somewhere special and click to your heart’s content. Especially with the little loves, I’ve found that time goes by so quickly, and the kids have grown up, our hairs have greyed, and we wish we had recorded more in times past to reminisce and remember. I have plenty of pictures of the kids, but not enough of us together.

9. Go for a stroll, or a drive.

Walk hand-in-hand. This might be a necessity for those of us with small children, to prevent unwanted chases. Enjoy the scenery, take in the moments. Have a laugh, and catch up on the latest events. Make memories.  The outdoors are not only good for your health, but definitely help in feeling refreshed!

8. Do something nice.

Have you seen the dishes piling up, laundry in need of folding, or something your loved one keeps mentioning needs to get done? Do it for them without any expectations. The without expectations is a must.

7. Leave a note.

Write some kind words, encouraging quote, or just an “I love you” in a place for your loved one to find. Lunches, cars, bathrooms, or on the fridge. Be creative. Draw on the note if you have skills. Make a poem. Put it in a card. The written word is powerful, and so often these days, it seems to be used to hurt. Use your words for good.

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6. Give a gift.

It doesn’t have to be expensive. Just get a little something you know they like when you are doing the shopping. Make something yourself if you are blessed with the ability to create (I’m not good at homemade anything). Bake cookies. Knit a scarf. Anything can be given with love, and it always feels nice to give, as well as to receive something out of love.

5. Have a date. Just the two of you.

No, I’m not just talking husbands and wives. That’s a given, I think. Take your son or daughter out for some one-on-one time. This will look a bit different to an adult “date” but spending time together can be a great way to say I love you! Dress up, bring her flowers, open her door, and take her to her favourite meal. Yes, it may be McDonalds, but she will appreciate it. If your “date” is on the younger side, be sure to bring some entertainment along. (Just a wallet and some cards may even suffice.) You don’t even have to go out of the house!

4. Read together.

Reading isn’t just beneficial for you and your child, but read with your other half. Sappy poetry is a good suggestion but not necessarily all. Read books together. Dramatically recite song lyrics. Cuddle up together and enjoy! Better still, make it a family event!

3. Smile.

This one is so simple, and only requires a few seconds. Best done alongside another suggestion on this list. Look at them the way you did when you first fell in love, and smile. Take in their beauty all over again. (And no, again, I’m not talking only your partner, but also your children. Remember the day you fell head over heels for them.) Soak in and reflect on the moments you’ve made together.

2. Hug.

Hugs are powerful. The end. (Just be sure your love is ok with it.)

1. Just say it.

The most obvious way to say, “I love you” has to be just to say it. Nothing can be more simple than speaking the words to show you care. Words are powerful, so lets use them to build up and encourage, and to tell how much we appreciate the ones we love by just speaking those three words. I love you.

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