Menu Plan 26th November - 2nd December

This menu plan moves us into December which I'm still trying to get my head around.  I think I'll be in November for a little while longer before it sinks in.  

Due to many appointments during the week and a busy, busy weekend I've used quite a few freezer meals and leftovers where possible.  It made things so much easier and dinner was always organised and ready to go each night.

Sunday kicked us off with our Veggie Loaded Bolognese which was from the freezer.  Having the sauce already made was perfect as we had a lot of other things to do that day.  Turned out to be a very satisfying and Productive Sunday.

During the afternoon I also made these Wholesome Banana Sultana Cookies which are very tasty.

Wholesome Banana Sultana Cookies

I used Best Recipes From the Backs of Boxes, Bottles, Cans & Jars for dinner on Monday  and made Hunt's 7 Layer Casserole.  So easy to just layer everything into a casserole dish and let the oven do the rest.  A complete meal in one as it has everything.  

7 Layer Casserole.

I won't be making this again however.  It was tasty enough, filling and economical however just didn't have the wow factor. 

Plenty of leftovers on Tuesday.  Extra pasta from Sunday night which the kids just love on its own.  On top of that the 7 Layer Casserole was finished.  Best part of all was Mum's Bread & Butter Pudding.  So good.

Mum's Bread & Butter Pudding.

Wednesday evening was a very busy one so another freezer meal was used.  A Slow Cooker Lentil and Sausage Stew was simply reheated and served.

Another freezer meal on Thursday.  Our Chicken Noodle Soup is a favourite now and so, so good for you.    A No Knead Raisin Pecan Artisan Bread came out of the oven just in time for a snack later that evening.

No Knead Raisin Pecan Bread.

That brings us to Friday and a little change from the traditional pizza night.  We have a small shop in town which has always intrigued me.  I finally ventured inside and found this amazing Scottish food.  The business is owned by a husband and wife who moved from Glasgow in 2001.  He makes his products just as he would back home.  I picked up some Cornish Pasties and a Pork Sausage Roll for dinner.  They were just so good.  Will be going back there again.

Our daughter loves her sauce.

Cornish Pastie.

Cook on leave Saturday however kitchen is always open for DIY.  Well I did help a little bit this time.  As I was cooking a big batch of bolognese sauce I put a little aside which our son enjoyed on toast.  Our daughter very happily finished off the chicken noodle soup and my husband made toasted cheese sandwiches.  Once again all food used and no waste.  Happy with that.

Freezer meals certainly came to the rescue this week.   As per my post about A Quiet Blogging Week our menu plans will have a little rest however be back within the next few weeks.


A Quiet Blogging Week

Just a quick little post about the week ahead.  I have a two night stay in hospital during the week and then a 4-6 week recovery to look forward to.  All is well and the procedure is fairly routine however my blog will be a little quieter.  

Our Christmas Tree.

Friday and a fresh new month

A very happy day today for so many reasons.  Waking up ready for a productive Friday, knowing that today is the last day of school for the year and best of all it's Christmas decoration day in our home.  We really love setting up and decorating whilst having those carols playing.  Wearing a Santa hat or reindeer ears, reminiscing about previous years and seeing those tree decorations the kids have made when they were younger.

To kick it all off I purchased three Cadbury Advent Calendars whilst food shopping yesterday and surprised everyone last night.  Yes, I did say three not two.  I picked one up each for the kids and then added an extra for my husband.  Today they can open their first window and enjoy a delicious chocolate.  Our son couldn't wait so had his straight after his Weetbix this morning. 

One down, plenty to go.

No Knead Raisin Pecan Bread

This bread is very similar to Five Minute Bread however uses raisins, pecans and cinnamon.  Life Made Simple Recipes for Real Life is where I found this wonderful version.  

We love our raisin bread here and you just can't beat the smell of it cooking or toasting especially of a morning.  Our favourite is without a doubt our Fruit Loaf Bread which is truly scrumptious however we now have the option of this quicker version for those times when you really want some homemade bread however time is not on your side.  You can have this homemade raisin bread the next day with hardly any work on your part.

No Knead Raisin Pecan Bread.

Mum's Bread & Butter Pudding

I've always loved Bread and Butter Pudding.  With so many recipes out there which all have slight variations I've yet to find one which matches Mum's.

I'm sure we've all said things like 'mmmm it's good but not as good as Mum's.'   That's how I feel about this recipe I'm sharing with you.

As per usual the recipe from Mum doesn't come with many instructions and certainly no measurements.  It was all done by look and feel.  I've given rough measurements to give you an idea. 

Mum's Bread & Butter Pudding.

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