Live Below The Line – Day 4 #livebelowtheline

Day 4 of the challenge. Nearly there now! I didn’t go to bed too hungry last night, as I had a slice of bread not long before. I was SO tired though and was in bed way before hubby; I was freezing too so went to get little man out of his bed to snuggle as he radiates heat! No waking in the middle of the night either, and I wasn’t very hungry when I woke up – I think I’m getting used to the hunger now as I haven’t actually felt it much today. I have been shattered though. I also cannot stress enough, just how sad I feel that I don’t have to do this permanently, when so many do.


Breakfast – 11am:

  • 2 slices brown bread = 4p
  • 20g cheese spread = 8p
  • TOTAL = 12p
Breakfast

To be honest, I wasn’t in much of a rush for this, this morning, as like I said above I didn’t feel that hungry. It still satisfied me though. 

Lunch – 2.30pm:

  • 2 slices brown bread = 4p
  • 1 piece of chicken = 17p
  • TOTAL = 21p
Lunch

Fancied something different today other than cheese spread, so decided to have some chicken. Bit strange without any butter though, plus the chicken kept falling out! 


Dinner – 6.30pm
  • vegetable cup soup =  5p
  • 2 slices brown bread = 4p
  • 1 piece of chicken = 17p
  • TOTAL = 26p
Dinner

I’m out of tomatoes now, and I’m saving the rest of my curry sauce until tomorrow! So it was a cup soup for dinner today, with some bread, and some chicken to add a bit more protein and bulk it out. 

I haven’t had a snack today, if I do it’ll probably be a slice of cheese spread on toast, or a piece of chicken (and I’ll update this post with the new total)


TOTAL for the day = 59p


One day to go! 


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Live Below The Line – Day 3 #livebelowtheline

Day 3 of the challenge! I went to bed on an empty, hungry stomach last night, again. I woke up again, around 1.30am with heartburn and hunger. again, I managed to get back to sleep, after getting comfy from the pain. I didn’t have a headache when I woke up this morning though, but I feel so tired. 


Breakfast – 10.45am:

  • 30g porridge = 3p
  • 1/4 pint tap water = free
  • 1/3 banana = 4p
  • TOTAL = 7p
Breakfast
To be honest it tasted better than Monday’s! That could have been because I used less oats, so could taste the banana more, or it could simply be the fact I was so hungry this morning! 

Lunch – 2.30pm:

  • 3 slices brown bread = 6p
  • 15g cheese spread = 6p
  • TOTAL = 12p
Lunch
Something similar to what I’d normally have anyway. Had 3 slices of bread to fill me up a bit more. 

Dinner – 6.30pm
  • 100g pasta = 6p
  • 1/2 tin of tomatoes =  16p
  • 50g cheese spread = 20p
  • pepper = 1p
  • TOTAL = 43p
Dinner

I’m having pasta again today as we’re going to my Mum’s for dinner tonight, and they’ll be having pasta, so I won’t feel TOO left out. They’re having cheesy garlic bread though – argh! 



Snack – 10pm

  • 1 slice brown bread = 2p
  • TOTAL = 2p

TOTAL for the day = 64p


I’m getting used to living on so little now, but it’s still not easy, and I couldn’t do it forever. I am so much more appreciative of good food now. 


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Live Below The Line – Day 2 #livebelowtheline

Day 2 of the challenge. I went to bed on an empty, hungry stomach last night. Remember me saying that this is the way billions of people go to bed – it is really not a nice feeling. Usually I would grab a quick biscuit or something, but I don’t have any in my budget this week! I woke up around 2.30am with a mega rumbling belly. I eventually managed to get back to sleep. When I woke up for the day though, I had a pounding headache. I’m guessing this is from the lack of food, though I am drinking plenty of water. 

Breakfast – 10.15am:

  • 2 slices brown bread = 4p
  • 20g cheese spread = 8p
  • TOTAL = 12p
Breakfast

This is probably similar to what I’d normally have anyway, other than cereal with milk. 

Lunch – 3pm:

  •  vegetable cup soup = 5p
  • 1 slice brown bread =2p
  • TOTAL = 7p
Lunch
I was actually very surprised, the soup was rather quite tasty! I think I’ll buy some of these for future when I want something quick. 


Dinner – 6pm
  • 1/2 jar curry sauce = 9p
  • 100g rice =  4p
  • 2 chicken portions = 34p
  • TOTAL = 47p
Dinner

I had been looking forward to this ALL day! It tasted like the best meal ever! The cheap curry sauce is actually quite nice, tastes a bit like the chip shop stuff. I tend to make my own curry sauces usually though. 



I haven’t had a snack today, if I do it’ll probably be a slice of cheese spread on toast (and I’ll update this post with the new total)


TOTAL for the day = 66p


Today has been a little easier than yesterday, now I knew what to expect. I could not do this every day though, and it makes me extremely sad for the billions of people who have no choice. 


Tomorrow will be the hardest day yet, when we are elsewhere for dinner, and the others will be having cheesy garlic bread – one of my favourites! I’ll be taking some cheesy pasta with me though. 


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#foodiepenpals – April reveal

This month my penpal was the lovely fellow baking addict Rachel over at Jaques, it rhymes with cakes (I love the blog name!). 


I was delighted to open my parcel, once again filled with baking goodies! There were a couple of savoury bits in there too but will go into a little more detail further down.



First thing I noticed were some recipe sheets, all sweet things! One of these was for marshmallow cupcakes from the Hummingbird Bakery Book – now I thought I had this one, but I don’t – it’s Cake Days which I have, so no wonder I didn’t remember coming across it! Of course I know the vanilla frosting one though, one of the other recipes! There was also one for raspberry & amaretti crunch cake – now this sounds delicious! I think it might have to be my first bake after this week’s challenge is over!

So for the baking related stuff – first up some cupcake cases – you can never have too many cupcake cases! And I didn’t actually have these ones, so they were perfect. Also a single cupcake box – she sent this as she thought a single cupcake gift was a lovely idea – indeed it is, now I have to find someone special to use it for! (Teehee). A heart shaped biscuit cutter – these are great too; another thing which I have many of, but not a heart shaped one! Now for the edible sweet things – some pearl decorations – once again, you can never have too many cake decorations! (In actual fact, can you ever have too much of anything cake related?!).


Some yogurt raisins – these are for the little man to enjoy whilst I’m eating a yummy creation, very thoughtful of Rachel! A  big pack of marshmallows – these were obviously for the marshmallow cupcakes! Now, I did attempt these, but I think I must have done something wrong, as they looked nothing like Rachel’s over on her blog! They were still yummy though – apart from the rock hard melted marshmallow – think I need to attempt that one again… Some ground almonds – these are for the crunch cake (my mouth is watering just thinking about even making it!). 
And then for the couple of savoury bits – some Nando’s BBQ chicken seasoning – to go with my love of spice. Can’t wait to try this, think it will be nice on some chicken in a deli wrap, with some salad. And some somaq spice – I’ve never heard of this before, but Rachel says it is nice sprinkled in casserole, so I will have to be trying that.

Thank you to Rachel for another great foodie penpals parcel! 

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Live Below The Line – Day 1 #livebelowtheline

So today is the first day of my challenge. I’m feeling quite good about it at the minute, not sure how that will change throughout the week though! 


Breakfast – 10.15am:

  • 50g porridge = 4p
  • 1/2 pint tap water = free
  • 1/3 banana = 4p
  • TOTAL = 8p


I usually always make porridge with milk, or half milk half water, but today I had to make it all with water. I am going to be honest, I couldn’t finish it. Towards the end the taste of water was just too much and I started feeling sick. 1/3 of a banana doesn’t really mask the taste that much. Already I have realised just how lucky we are to be able to afford milk! (I’ve cut the rest of the banana up and frozen it, to take out as & when during the week).

Breakfast
Breakfast

Lunch – 1.50pm:

  •  2 slices brown bread = 4p
  • 10g cheese spread = 4p
  • TOTAL = 8p

Today’s lunch wasn’t too bad. It’s something like what I’d normally have anyway. Except I’d be using more expensive cheese spread! Hasn’t really filled me up though and I could do with a bag of crisps or something!

Lunch

Just worked out the cost of meals throughout the week though, and I can fit snacks into my daily budget, from the food which I’ve bought within my £5 – for example a piece of chicken, or a slice of toast, either with cheese spread or dry – I need to make the spread last throughout the week!



Snack – 4.40pm
  • 1 slice brown bread = 2p
  • TOTAL = 2p


I had to have something to eat, I had a headache coming on and felt so hungry! So just a slice of bread it was, to keep me going until dinner. 



Dinner – 7.15pm
  • 1/2 tin tomatoes = 16p
  • 100g pasta =  6p
  • 2 chicken portions = 34p
  • dash of pepper = 1p
  • TOTAL = 57p

I was so much looking forward to this, and it was yummy! I’m so glad I bought pepper in my budget, as it gave it a bit of flavour, which I needed!

Dinner


TOTAL for the day = 75p


All in all, I haven’t found today as hard as I expected it to be! I am looking forward to dinner tomorrow though! 


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Live Below The Line – T minus 1

Today I did my shopping and planned my meals for the week. This is what I bought:

And I managed it with 2p to spare!

I will be blogging every evening what I have eaten during the day, and how I am feeling.


I know this is going to be a tough, tough challenge, and I’m fully prepared to be longing for snacks but I know I can’t have them – so there will be plenty of water on standby! It’s all for a good cause, and I’m hoping I can reach my fundraising target by the end of the week.


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Recipe – Chicken chow mein

I made this for the first time a couple of weeks ago, and it is quick & easy to make with ingredients you would usually have in, so I made it again tonight as I was in a ‘can’t be bothered’ kind of mood. Both my boys love it, so do I of course! 


Chicken chow mein

Serves 3


Ingredients

350g chicken breast, diced
140g garden peas (frozen or tinned, I use frozen) 
75g button mushrooms, washed
1.5 blocks dried egg noodles
1.5 tbsp low salt soy sauce
1 tbsp oil


These are all optional amounts/vegetable ingredients, they can of course be changed to suit your tastes.


Method

  • In a large frying pan over a medium heat, heat the oil then fry the chicken and mushrooms until cooked through.
  • At the same time, boil the egg noodles for approximately 4 minutes. You can of course use fresh noodles too.
  • Cook the peas in a separate pan until heated through, then add to the chicken and mushrooms.
  • Drain the noodles and add to the large pan with the other ingredients. Mix thoroughly.
  • Add the soy sauce and mix again, cooking for another 1-2 minutes whilst mixing.
  • Serve & enjoy! 
Chicken chow mein
Chicken chow mein

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#foodiepenpals – March reveal

Firstly, I must apologise for being late with this post. Little man has an ear infection, and has been clingy & grumpy, and I just totally forgot… Oops.


Anyway, my penpal who sent my parcel this month was the lovely Kerys from Little Bo Blab (definitely checkout her blog, it’s fab, even on the first look!). 


Big smiles straight away when I opened up my package as it arrived in this gorgeous box: 

It was all a bit like a Russian doll as I had the outer layer, then the box, then my little note in an envelope, and then tissue paper to open up and discover my goodies!: 


So what did I find? 

Some bits & pieces for baking that were picked around an Easter theme, including some cupcake cases, the cute fluffy chicks (love these!), and the sugar flowers. We are visiting friends on Monday so I’m going to be using the chicks tomorrow! 

I also found a Caramel egg and a mini Lindt bunny – both demolished! I love Caramel eggs and could eat them every day so very good choice there! 

There were some chilli peanuts. I keep meaning to open these to snack on but with a 1 year old currently keeping me on my toes I just grab the first thing I see! I also received some Fudges cheddar wafers, also not tried yet but I am very much looking forward to trying them. But again, two of the things I love, chilli & cheese! 


Finally, there was some Moroccan spiced chutney from The English Provender Co. Now this, this is just gorgeous. It is yummy enough to eat straight from the jar! It tastes a little like one of my favourite Indian curries (totally different cuisine, I know…), an achari. It has a similar sweet taste. 

So once again, thank you very much! 
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#foodiepenpals – February reveal

This month I was paired with the lovely Jessi from Doctorate Housewife, who revealed that she resides in Brussels, Belgium, so I was looking forward to some yummy Belgian treats! Well my wishes came true:



Crisps! I love crisps. These are a new pesto & mozzarella flavour, I haven’t got around to trying them yet but I think I’m going to tonight. The crackers I’m going to try some sprinkled over a potato & bacon casserole like Jessi suggested, and then the rest I will snack on! I had the hazelnut bar of chocolate last night – yum! I’m looking forward to snacking on the chocolate & cranberry flakes, though I can imagine once I open them I might want to eat the whole pack!… The butter vanilla flavouring I think I’m going to use for little man’s birthday cupcakes. And the speculoos biscuits, I’m resisting opening them because I want to try some of the recipes on Jessi’s blog!


Once again another awesome parcel, I can’t wait to see what next month brings! 

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Problem eater

Up until recently, little man has been a really good eater. When we first started weaning we went the traditional route with spoon feeding & purees and a little bit of him feeding himself, then I realised it was much easier to BLW so mostly turned to that. The first few weeks he would usually only eat the sweet things that were offered to him but now he loves allsorts, and usually attempts stealing our food too! His favourite food seems to be cheese! 


The last week or two though, he has been really fussy. Practically everything you give him or put on his tray, 95% ends up on the floor. He has a good mix of foods – fruit, veg, dairy etc. (but usually the same things, if that makes sense – I run out of ideas for meals!) – but even his favourite fruit (banana), when he would usually scoff the whole lot, 3/4 of it now ends up on the floor… Sigh. Also when I try giving him yoghurt from a spoon, he takes it at first but will move his head from side to side and eventually not have any at all. It’s not like he eats some and then throws it away, he will just grab it and slide it to the edge of his high chair tray then throw it in the floor, not even attempt to put it in his mouth. 


Now I’m not sure if it’s just phase (he’s nearly 11 months), or if it’s his teeth as he has just had his top two come through (he has 4 in total now!) and is full of cold and has a cough at the moment. He had teeth coming at Christmas and then had a cough and was fussy then, but he wouldn’t just automatically throw food on the floor, he would just leave it. He is a little fussy with his bottles too, but is mainly taking those at the minute. 


So do I just let it pass and hope it’s a phase, give him something new/different (suggestions?), or try something else to help him eat?


HELP!

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