Friday, 31 January 2014

Thoughts For The Weekend


I don't have to say anything else really do I? This video really says it all. 

'Don't be reckless with peoples hearts and don't put up with people that are reckless with yours!'

I hope this video and it's wonderful message sets you up right for the weekend. 

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Mommy Recipe #4

This sure is a wonderful midweek meal. Yummy and super simple to prepare and enjoy. You know, I don't often make soups. I'm not sure why. I just don't. I should. But, I don't. However, when I do, this is sure my soup of choice.
I have taken my inspiration for this soup from none other than a Waitrose cookery card.
As ever, you don't have to stick to this recipe exactly as I write it. You can add more of something or less. That is fine. Be free and easy with it.

Pea and Ham Hock Soup 
Ingredients
  • 1 small pack of either ham hock, bacon lardons or pancetta. (If not a pack then roughly 140g)
  • 1 large diced potato
  • A good pour of frozen peas (Roughly 350g)
  • 600ml Vegetable stock
  • Creme Fraiche or yogurt
What to do? What to do?
  1. Dry fry your ham hock (bacon or pancetta) until it begins to colour.
  2. Dice your potato and add it to the pan.
  3. Add your peas to the pan.
  4. Add your vegetable stock to the pan.
  5. Cover and cook for roughly 15 minutes.
  6. Once the potato is softened along with the peas, get mashing with a masher.  Don't completely mash it though. It is nice with a little bite.
  7. Pop into your bowls and stir in a little Creme Fraiche
Voila! There you have it folks. Enjoy, enjoy greatly! I know I do.


If you enjoy my recipes and wish to talk to other readers about food and cooking. Please visit 'Moms the words' facebook cooking page - 'Cookings the Word'

Oh, and please don't forget the 'RESPECT PARENTING' Campaign and Calender 2015 that I am hosting. Moms the Word needs you. Please get involved to show the world that you support other parents. Click the image below to join the event.

https://www.facebook.com/events/262837750548468/

 
 

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

RESPECT PARENTING Campaign Calender 2015



RESPECT PARENTING CAMPAIGN
 
Right, after much deliberation and chit chats here there and everywhere, I am finally ready to put this out there. Yeah! That's right I've been talking to him, talking to her, emailing them and calling those. All of this communication and I have finally come up with something wonderful for every single one of you to get involved with.
I am very excited and cannot wait to tell you.
What am I talking about? That's what you're asking aren't you? Well, I don't blame you. I'm ranting on here without baring a clue to my rant. So, here we go. 

Moms the Word will be designing a calender for 2015. And, I very much need your help. How? Well, it's not going to be just any calender. Not one full of photographs from My last holiday or of romantic scenery. No. It's going to be full of YOU! 
I have named both this project and the calender 'RESPECT PARENTING' and that is exactly what I want the calender is going to show.
So, for January we may have a young parent and an older parent or a breast feeder and a bottle feeder etc: do you get the drift? The idea is to showcase all different styles of parenting and help with the understanding that neither is right nor wrong. You do what works for you as a parent and as a family. It's not only going to share different ways of parenting, it's also going to be a way of showing parents that if we respect one an others parenting we can be a source of support for one another. Too many parents feel the need to compare with others. It's very easy to feel that you aren't doing the best for your child due to being pressurised into a particular way of raising them. But, why? Why should we feel like that? Why as parents can we not understand and support one another on the decisions we make. For example: I sleep trained Montgomery and that meant some nights he had to cry it out. Does that make me a bad parent? I don't think so.  But, I do question whether I should tell people I did that with him. Why? Because too many people are quick to judge. I did not do this to be cruel to my son. I did it because it worked. It worked for us as a family. But, I completely understand and appreciate that others would choose not to do this with their children and would rather tend to every one of their cries. I understand that. But, most of all I respect that.
So, that is the whole point of the 'RESPECT PARENTING' 2015 Calender and campaign. Let's join together as parents, Grandparents, carers. Guardian, mothers and fathers to embrace our ways of parenting, share them and respect them.

How can you get involved?

Funds raised from the 'RESPECT PARENTING' 2015 calender and campaign will be going to charity. 3 charities infact. 3 charities that you will be able to nominate.
I am going to be creating a charity bank and within that bank will be a collection of charities that you will have suggested. 3 will be chosen. That's right, you can nominate any charity with a reason why and it will be wittled down to 3. I would love to give to all charities. But, that is a little impractical. So, I will only be choosing 3.  I feel this is the fairest way to get charities involved and a great way of getting you all involved. 

Not only do we have to choose charities. But, we also have to choose photographs. Please share your ideas with me. Obviously, there will be a minimum of 12 photographs used through out the calender. But, the more ideas we have the greater the impact these images will have.
I also need parents to get involved. Yes! I want you to be in my calender and why not? It's you, the parents that this calender is aimed at. So, why not join together, work with one an other and get the message out there.
I need breastfeederrs, bottle feeders, baby led weaners, jar feeders, co sleepers, A.P parents, home schoolers, single parents. Same sex parents, parents with large families, parents with small families, parents that weaned early, parents that weaned late, pram pushers, baby wearers, parents that chose to have 1 child, parents that chose to adopt or foster etc etc etc I need you all.
It would be wonderful to get as many of you involved in this calender as possible. 

LETS GET THE RESPECT PARENTING MESSAGE GOING VIRAL!

The date and location of the photo shoot for the calender is still to be confirmed. But, we have got quite a lot of time to play with. However, I would like it complete and ready for sale by the beginning of November. This way we can push the sale on Christmas shoppers and really get the the word out for the start of 2015.
Although this project/campaign will be spoken about a lot on the blog, I have set up an events page within Moms the Words Facebook page. This way it will be a lot easier to communicate with one another. This is now live. Please feel free to join and share the page with as many people as you can.

RESPECT PARENTING Facebook Events Page <-- Click this link to join in.

I really hope all of the above makes sense and you are as excited by the calender as much as I am. I cannot wait to get the message out there and share our experiences with the world and the world Will respect them.
Please join the Facebook page to get chatting to all involved in this project/campaign.

I NEED YOU!!!

Please feel free to use the image above to help me promote this project/campaign across the internet. Why not pop it on your blog, website, social media site etc. Please get involved.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Babywearers Audition for Britains Got talent

Some of you may be aware that my baby wearing buddies from Wolverhampton did the bravest of brave things ever last weekend and auditioned for 'Britains Got Talent'. I know, I know! How amazing is that!?! Very amazing if I do say so myself.

So, it's true, last Saturday saw the 'Sling swingers' slinging their way through to the 2nd round of auditions in front of the producers. They did it! They made it through the first round and hit the producers with their babywearing boogying skills. Very proud! All they have to do now is wait. That's right, they come home and they wait. But, wait for what? Well, a letter, I believe, with a yay or a no. I sure hope it's a yay. It would be such a wonderful thing if it was a yay. It would mean that the producers of 'Britains Got Talent' have taken the whole babywearing thing seriously and are willing to help spread the sling word. How fantastic would that be?


Here are the sling swingers posing for press photograph before boarding the train on Saturday morning. Let's get as much support as we can behind these guys. I'm sure you would like to join me in saying a huge weldone to this group of babywearers. You did it! And, now to just wait to see if you are going to be performing infront of those lovely judges. I really hope you do it guys. If I were Simon Cowell you would have won it already. Seriously, weldone each and every one of you!

Check out the slingers showing Wolverhampton what they are made of!



Monday, 27 January 2014

Handmade Burger Company Review

"Beautifully handmade, chargrilled burgers, using traditionally reared, grass fed, 100% fully traceable prime scotch beef, made from scratch here everyday."

Saturday saw myself and my little family - Montgomery and the husband take a trip to the well known restaurant - 'Handmade Burger Company' And, what a lovely trip it was. We have eaten here before and I just knew that you guys, my readers would love to hear about it. As it's customer service where families with young children are concerned is wonderful.

I booked my table for 3pm and explained that there was a littlie with us that would require a high chair. Upon our arrival we were allowed to leave our pushchair safely on the top floor of the restaurant and were told to watch our step as we made our way down the stairs. Once at the bottom of the stairs we were greeted by a waitress who showed us to our already prepared table. The table was laid appropriately for the 3 of us. The highchair was already there. So, there was no need to ask about for one. They had even left crayons and activity sheets on the table for Montgomery to enjoy. And, enjoy them he did! :-)


Once settled and seated the waitress began to explain the menu to us. She gave us her opinion on the food and was happy to share recommendations. She also went on to explain that if the 'Junior Menu' meals were a little too large for Montgomery they would be happy to shrink them (in effect) for him. She explained that if he just wanted a fish finger or a piece of chicken that would be fine and to let them know. To me that is wonderful customer service. Being able to change your menu to cater to your customers needs is wonderful. I thanked her, she thanked me and we went on to browse the menu.
The menu although extensive with lots to choose from is simple and easy to follow. There is a choice of beef, chicken, lam and veggie burgers through out the menu with heaps of toppings to enjoy. There literally is something for everyone. They offer a minimum of 51 burgers. Now, that is alot of burgers and a great variety to choose from is it not?
When ordering your meal, you have to order your burger separately and your sides separately. Chips, onion rings, coleslaw, salad, corn on the cob, gherkins, dips and jalapenos are not included in the price of the burger. These are sides and have an additional cost. The menu explains this and you are made aware from the go ahead.

"At handmade Burger co, we are passionate about food, that is why we freshly prepare our burgers in the restaurant everyday.
To make and hand press the tastiest burgers, we regularly visit our suppliers to make sure that we get our produce from the best farms and source on the freshest, finest tasting, traceable ingredients for our chefs to work with.
We apply the same attention to detail to everything we make. From our freshly peeled and cut chips to the relishes we hand make in our kitchens,we're proud to say that the food we serve tastes great.
And why do we do this? Because we want to make sure that you enjoy the widest variety of the finest handmade burgers every time you visit."
 After much deliberation, we finally decided on our meals. The restaurant does not offer table service. I would imagine this is down to the high volume of customers. The place was full to the brim and it did seem alot easier to make your way to the till yourself rather than wait for someone to come to you. It's always great to see a busy restaurant I think. So, to the till I went and ordered the following: 1 chicken, bacon and cheese burger (for the Mr) 1 chicken, bacon, brie and cranberry burger (for my self) 1piri chips, 1 cajun chips, 1 coleslaw, 2 diet cokes and 1 junior vegetable and bean burger meal (comes with a side and a drink). I asked if it was possible to have a glass of milk with the junior meal, there wasn't a problem with this. I also asked if Montgomery could have a bowl of tomatoes with his meal and this didn't cause a problem either. Wonderful!
The lady that served us (Sara .B) was really lovely. She took time to chat to me as I ordered and was more than happy to share her recommendations with me. She told me the restaurant offered wifi if I needed it and continued to bring the drinks to the table. At the table she spoke to Montgomery and continued to be polite. She was really well mannered and a pleasure to talk to. I'm very glad Sara served us as her customer service was great.





Our meals were also great. Both our burgers were oozing with toppings, hot and really well seasoned. I thoroughly enjoyed every single mouthful and knowing that the meat was sourced locally just made things even better. Our sides were also spilling over the edge of their bowls. The generosity that 'Handmade Burger Co' show with their portions sizes is appreciated. Granted we couldn't eat all of our chips. But, we sure gave them a good go. I urge you on your visit to try the peri chips. The little kick of chilli makes them something very special. They are now a favourite of mine and I wish to recreate them at home. :-)


After about 5 minutes of eating the waitress's gave us a check back and made sure everything was okay with our meals. Believe me our meals were fine! More than fine. They were full on lush. 'Handmade Burger Co' offer really tasty food. We could not have faulted our meals in anyway. Our burgers were jam packed full of flavor with juicy toppings. Montgomery's junior meal was larger than expected (which is always a good thing) and he seemed to enjoy it all. The fact that they were able to offer to the tomatoes I asked for equates to great service.

I took a little wander to the bathroom as well folks, to see what facilities they offer to those with nappy wearers. Well, I was not let down or disappointed in anyway. Their baby changing unit is placed in a separate toilet with a lock. The unit it's self was spotless and I could see that it had not long been cleaned when I looked at the cleaning rota on the wall. Montgomery didn't need changing at this particular time. But, believe me I would have been more than happy to have changed him in there. It smelt good and looked good.


Overall as a family, we really rate 'Handmade Burger Company' and would urge all families upon their trips to Birmingham to pay this restaurant a visit also. All three of us had tremendous meals that we thoroughly enjoyed. Yes, the price tag may be a little high. But, the meals are very much worth it. Plus, the portion sizes make that price tag worth while. I am more than happy to pay more for my meal if my meal is as good as it was there. Our table was clean and pre-laid, the staff were lovely and couldn't have catered for us any more efficiently than they did, the care they offer children was lovely and the restaurant it's self was a cool trendy place to eat.
We thank 'Handmade Burger Company' for a great visit on Saturday and wish them all the success in the future.

 Thumbs up from Montgomery.

And, a thumbs up from Moms the Word. 

Fancy paying 'Handmade Burger Company'? Yes? Well, the link below will take you to a wonderful deal that they will be offering until the February the 9th. So, do not miss out!


Saturday, 25 January 2014

Competition Winner

It's here. It's finally here! The winner of my Re-launch competition is finally here! A huge thank you to everyone that entered. A huge apology that not everyone can win. I feel bad about that as every one of you deserves this wonderful prize.

So, who has won I hear you cry? Well, there was a large number of entries and I thank you all for the support. I took all of your entries and gave you and individual number. I popped all of your numbers into a randomiser and this is the number that was chosen.


NUMBER 11. Number 11 being Caterina Thomas. Woo hoo! A huge congratulations to you Caterina. You are the winner of a 1 hour photo shoot for your 2 lovely boys with J.B Photography. Go you! Please await an email from myself shortly passing on all details. Congratulations to you.

Once again thank you to all those that entered. This is not the only competition that Moms the Word will be hosting. So, please keep your eyes peeled for the next one.

Friday, 24 January 2014

Springdale Tots Stay and Play

For all those with littlies in their care living in and around Wolverhampton this may very well be of interest to you.

We have a new 'Stay and Play' group! Yay! You can never have enough of these can you? Sometimes they are hard to come by. I know I was struggling to find somewhere local recently. And, then BAM! As if by magic this little beauty took flight.

So, let me give you all the details:
'This is a new stay and play group for 0-2 year olds from 9.30-11am starting on Monday 20th January at Springdale Methodist Church, Warstones Road, please come along and enjoy a chat and cuppa for 50p'
The above description was taken from the 'Springdale Tots Stay and Play' facebook page. Click on the link to join the page and meet other parents and carers that attend this stay and play.

Where is Springdale Methodist Church?

Warstones Rd,
Wolverhampton,
West Midlands
WV4 4LF


Enjoy this new group folks. If you decide to go along, please let me know how you get on!

Oh and just a quick reminder that this weeks competition will be closing this evening. Please get all of your entires in before 5.00pm this evening. The winner of the photoshoot will be announced tonight at 7.30pm.

See the Competition here:- Re-launch Competition

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Baby Wearers Set To Get BGT Into the Sling of Things

SLING SWING DOES BGT!

So, a good friend of mine and Montgomerys is quite literally going to give that Mr Cowell some pre-baby babywearing lessons. Her and her fantastic group of sling swingers are going to take Britain's Got Talent by storm and show them that wearing your baby isn't to be slated (Katie Hopkins you best be reading and you most definitely best be watching lady!) That's right she is going to show the whole of Britain that wearing your baby is healthy, fun and a great way of bonding. She is going to do that by sling swinging into the lime light. And, go her and her team of sling swingers I say. Yeah!

What is sling swinging you wonder? Well, sling Swing is a fun and exciting baby wearing dance class for parents and carers to do with their little ones.
Simple as. Parents/carers love it and babies love it!

 Sling swingers in action in Wolverhampton.

There will be 17 moms auditioning on Saturday with their babies and if they get to the next stage a further 10-15. How brilliant is that!?! I'm sure you will all join me in supporting these lovely people in their mission to raise babywearing awareness.

I asked Carly Brrchell (The founder of Sling Swing) what was next for her company. She said:
What's next? We hope that we may get through to the televised stages in order to be able to further promote the amazing benefits of baby wearing. We also have the Sling  Swingathon fundraiser in May where we will be doing a sponsored Slingathon to raise money for some wonderful local charities.
Sling Swing is currently starting to franchise and in March will be setting up new classes in other new locations, including Watford, South Wales, Nottingham, Birmingham and other places around the West Midlands.
 Sling Swingers flash mob in Birmingham

I wish Carly, Sling Swing and her team of Moms all the best in their audition this Saturday as I am sure you all do too. I am a huge supporter of baby wearing and am a true believer in it's benefits for our little ones. I wear Montgomery regularly and both him and I gain a lot from it. The thought that Carly may show a lot more people out there why it's all about is wonderful. Please join both myself and Montgomery on wishing them all the very best of luck. We are totally rooting for each and every one of you. Sock it to them sling swingers. Show em what us baby wearers are all about. Grrrr.
We will be following their journey through their BGT audition. So, please do come back to find out how they all got on.

Notes on babywearing from Carly Burchall (founder of Sling Swing): 
Baby wearing means happy, contented babies and confident parents. Caregivers are able to be close to their baby and respond to their needs quickly and efficiently. Slings are a great bonding tool and allow closeness and skin to skin contact between parent and child. Slings are comfortable and convenient and enable new parents to get out and about easily. And to be able to attend Sling Swing classes, exercise, dance and meet other moms. 


Sling swingers flash mob in Wolverhampton

Why not take a look at Sling Swings Facebook page - Sling Swing

Why not take a look at the Charity Swingathon page and get involved - Swingathon

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Soft Play Fun (Albrighton Garden Centre)

Yesterday was both a bad and a good day for my little man Montgomery. Bad due to the nurse giving him a couple of jabs in his chunky trunkies. Good due to Albrighton Garden Centre. Sounds a little odd doesn't it that a garden centre would perk a little 13 month old up? Well, it did! Know why? Know why? Because ..... It has the most fantastic soft play area. It really does. Montgomery and I often spend days out together here, there and everywhere and this is definitely somewhere that we will be coming back to.


A good friend of mine took me here a few weeks ago and I just had to go back. So, off we went with a Grandmother and a Great Grandmother in tow. They both had a lovely time too. You see, it is ideal for the whole family. Not only is there a lovely little Garden Centre full of everything blooming, there is a lovely cafe/restaurant to enjoy. The cafe offers a range of food suitable for both adult and child consumption. They offer specials, hot food and fresh sandwiches. Not to mention a wonderful array of home made cakes. If you choose to, you can take your food and drinks into the soft play area as there are numerous seats and tables surrounding the fun. This makes it an ideal place for yummy mummy coffee mornings or trips out with the Grandparents.
I had a jacket potato yesterday and everything on my plate was completely fresh. Very much enjoyed. You most certainly get what you pay for. The food may be a little pricey. But, you can definitely see and taste why. It is all fresh, home made and prepared in front of your eyes. When I asked about the children's sandwiches they even offered to make me up another if I didn't like what was on offer.



All in all this is a wonderful place to take your little ones too if you can get there. The 2 times that I have took my little man have been super and the customer service is fantastic. All the staff are really friendly and are happy to help.
The soft play is clean, safe and pretty much brand new just waiting to be enjoyed by all of your lovely little ones.



Albrighton Garden Centre

Newport Road
Albrighton
Wolverhampton
West Midlands
WV7 3EE

Tel: 0844 288 5012

http://www.thegardencentregroup.co.uk/garden-centres/Albrighton-Garden-Centre/2O

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

#projectpaintingwithnature

Some of you may have seen on Facebook the happenings of Montgomery and I yesterday. However, some of you may have not. So, please allow me to explain. Basically yesterday saw Montgomery embark on our very own project. A project that we have named ' #projectpaintingwithnature '. And, it was fun. Real good fun. 

#projectpaintingwithnature is really quite easy and something that we can all try our hand at. It really is very simple. Let me tell you how it works folks.

Grab yourself an empty carrier bag and grab your littlies by the hand. Once wrapped up nice and warm, lock up the house and getting your walking feet at the ready. You are about to embark on your very own nature walk. Montgomery and I hit the park (this way we could squeeze in a little swing or two along the way). But, you can walk where ever you wish. All you have to do is fill your carrier bag with as much nature as you can. If collecting leaves try your best to pick dry ones as wet ones really aren't great for painting. You can pop fur cones in your bag, stones, flowers etc.(Please be careful when collecting nature. Remember to be kind to plants and flowers. Don't disturb animal habitats and remember to wash your hands after handling these items). Once your bag is full and your feet get tired, head back to the warmth of the home.




Once home and once ready, GET THE PAINTS OUT and let the fun begin. It really is that simple. Use the nature that you have found on your walk to create beautiful pieces of art. This is such a fun way to paint as your little ones get to interact with new textures and think outside of the painting box. Painting isn't just for paper. Why not paint a handful of leaves and make a lovely leaf garland or some beautiful painted leaf bunting? 
We had suck fun with this project. Montgomery really responded to it. At first he was a little unsure of what to do. But, after a little guidance from myself he was covering the leaves in red, blue, green and yellow. It was so lovely to see him exploring nature in this way. He loved the feel of leaves crunching in his hands and enjoyed popping the twigs in the paint and then painting with them. Very clever. 
I guess the older your littlie is the more inventive you can get with this project. Just give it a bash and see what happens. :-)




 It would be so wonderful to see all of your #projectpaintingwithnature projects. That's if you fancy giving it a go. if you do, please pop your images up on 'Moms the Word Facebook Page' with the title in the post - #projectpaintingwithnature I very much looking forward to seeing how your littlies get on. :-)

Folks, please don't forget to enter my 'Relaunch Competition' to be in with a chance of winning a free photo shoot for your little ones aged 0-16 years. Remember that the competition closes this Friday. so, get your entries is as soon as you can. This is too good a competition to miss out on.

'This is my entry to the Center Parcs and Tots 100 March challenge. If I'm chosen, I would like to visit Sherwood.'

Monday, 20 January 2014

Re-Launch Competition

 
A JB Photography image of Montgomery
 
What a fantastic competition I have in store for you all. It is NOT one to miss out on. Trust me!

You have all heard me to talk about 'JB Photography' and how wonderful her photographs are. She is the only photographer I will use to photograph my little man. As she captures his personality so so well and she completely takes Montgomery's lead. So, everyone feel comfortable with the whole process.
I want to share this wonderful human being with you and give you the chance to win a photo-shoot with her.
So,

A JB Photography image of Montgomery
 
What do you win?
  • A 1 hour photo shoot with 'JB Photography' at a location of your choice for children aged 0-16 years. Her studio is completely portable. So, it literally is a location of your choice. At the end of your shoot you will receive a CD with a minimum of 10 digital images on.
How to enter?
  • You must live in the West Midlands
  • You must like both 'Moms the Word' and 'JB Photography' on Facebook. (Click on the names to be taken to the link).
  • Share this competition post on either Facebook, twitter or Instagram stating that you have entered.
  • FINALLY - You must pop a little comment in the comment box below. The comment should contain the following: Name, email address and age of children in the shoot.
You are more than welcome to enter for someone else ie: Entering for grandchildren or friends children. But, you can only enter once. So, if you have entered your friend can't then enter for you. 

When the winner be announced?
  • Friday 24th January

 A JB Photography image of Montgomery
 
About JB Photography

JB Photography is run by the West Midlands based photographer Joanne Blakemore. Her studio is portable. So, there really is no need to worry about location where this competition is concerned. All Joanne asks for is that you live in the West Midlands. 

Click the link below for JB Photography's Facebook page:
 


If you have any questions regarding this competition please do not hesitate to ask. Please email me at:
jessica-veltman@hotmail.co.uk and I will be sure to get back to you A.S.A.P. 

BEST OF LUCK!
 
 A JB Photography image of Montgomery

 A JB Photography image of Montgomery

 A JB Photography image of Montgomery
 

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Moms the Word-a-gram


So, Moms the Word has got even mote technical it would appear. I know, I know. So much to keep up with. I understand. But, it's simple really. As simple as - Moms the Word has now got Instagram. See how simple and easy was that? And, to make it that bit more simpler for you. All you have to do is search:
momstheword2012
And, then add me. The profile is private. So, you do have to add to view content folks. Got to watch your back an all eh?
Sorry for the short post here folks. I've been without a computer today and ny phone appears to be blogger illiterate.
It would be great to see you all on there. If you do add please say Hi.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Mommy Recipe No.3.

It's chilly out there, it's a little grey and Jack Frost is getting to our toes and fingers. Is he not? He is.

So, I have come up with the perfect winter warmer for all you budding cooks out there. It is one of our favourites here in the Veltman household. Yummy! Let me share it with you.

Spicy Bean, Lentil and Sausage Casserole

Ingredients
(This is a very loose recipe. There are no certain amounts of ingredients as it is so easily adapted to you and your family. You can add so much more veg and perhaps another meat?)
  •  Pack of sausages
  • 1 can of baked beans
  • 1/2 bottle or 1 carton possata
  • A good squeeze of tomato puree
  • Chilli flakes
  • Cracked black pepper
  • Handful of mushrooms
  • 1 pepper
  • 1 large onion
  • 3-4 Garlic cloves
  • Half a cup of poi lentils 
  • Half a cup of risotto rice
What to do? What to do? 
  1. (Pre-heat oven to 120) 
  2. Dice all of your veg including your garlic and fry it for a couple of minutes until soft on the hob in a large oven proof pot..
  3. Add sausages and fry until browned.
  4. Add possata, tomato puree, baked beans, black pepper and chilli flakes.
  5. Let this come to the boil and then add the lentil and rice.
  6. Continue to let this simmer a little.
  7. Once happy, pop in the oven for 1 hour and a half. However, after an hour please make sure that you check your casserole as you may feel it is ready at this point.
Voila!

We like to serve our casserole with crusty bread or flat breads. I have a great easy-peasy recipe for flat breads as well actually. Click HERE to see it!


 Montgomery loves this casserole. If your little one is baby led weaned this recipe is great as they can eat it with their hands and you can manage how spicy you wish it to be.

If you enjoy my recipes and wish to talk to other readers about food and cooking. Please visit 'Moms the words' facebook cooking page - 'Cookings the Word'

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

So Poorly, So quickly.

Some of you may be aware that our little Montgomery has not been a very happy, healthy or well boy this weekend. In fact, he has been really quite poorly.
Okay, I'll start at beginning:-

On a Friday I regularly see my Daddio as he has afternoons off work and loves seeing the little man. So, off we went, met the Grandad and to the park we headed. All was well. Montgomery was well. The day was going well. After our lunch at the parks cafe we headed back to my parents house. That was when my little man became a little ill. He was playing with his train set when he let out a little cry. When I asked him what was wrong, he crawled up onto my legs and fell fast asleep for just over an hour. Which was most out of character for Montgomery.



Once Montgomery woke up, Karl was ready and waiting to take us shopping. So, off we went. Montgomery seemed a little perkier. Not right. But, perkier.
As soon as we hit the shopping Centre things just got a little worse. The usual waving, smiling and giggling little man that we have with us when we go shopping was not there. Instead he was red hot, lethargic and unhappy. He couldn't keep his eyes open and when he could the were rolling into the back of his head. It was at that point that I took him to the in store Pharmacy that instructed me to take him to the walk in centre. We did and it was there that we found out his temperature was at 39.2.We gave the little man some calpol and things seem to be looking up. Until his eyes rolled to the back of his head again. Terrible. The Ambulance was called and off to hospital we went. Very scary and very worrying. He also had low blood sugars. So, they gave him glucose and he seemed to smile again. :-)
We were on the assessment ward until 3am. At this time we found out that he was suffering with tonsillitis and an upper respiratory tract infection. 




As scary as it was we are so glad that it is something we can manage at home, The though of having to stay in hospital with him was horrible. So happy that he is now mending at home. And, mending he is. Today we are smiling, eating and chatting away like his old self. Yay!




I wish to just take a little time to thank 'Newcross Hospital' for looking after our little man on Friday. We are very grateful and we are pleased to say that he is doing really well. Hopefully, he will be fighting fit before we know it!

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