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#Review: Jack Daniels Honey BBQ Sauce

Jack Daniels Honey BBQ SauceOne of my favourite dishes of late has to be pulled pork, it’s so easy and always a winner. We vary it up so depending on what we have in the house is how we serve it. It is excellent with brioche and homemade coleslaw, but it’s equally tasty with some brown rice and salad on the side.

Pulled Pork Recipe

Pulled Pork
Shoulder of pork
Jack Daniels Honey BBQ sauce

1. Put your pork into your slow cooker, fat side up, and cover with the sauce
2. Put slow cooker on low for 5/6 hours – I usually wait until the fat is starting to come off the meat
3. Remove all of the fat and discard
4. Take two forks and pull apart from each other
5. Stir round in the sauce to coat all of the meat
6. Serve

We also made Hunter’s Chicken with this sauce. Again this is a great weeknight meal as it’s so easy.

Hunter’s Chicken

Chicken breast – 1 per person
2 rashers of streaky bacon per person
Half a bottle of Jack Daniels Honey BBQ sauce
Grated cheese

1. Take each chicken breast and wrap with two rashers of streaky bacon
2. Place in a baking tray and sprinkle over some grated cheese
3. Put in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees
3. Cook for 20 minutes then remove from oven and pour over the Jack Daniels Honey BBQ Sauce
4. Cook for a further 10 minutes
5. Serve with potatoes and side salad or veg

Disclaimer: We were sent the Jack Daniels Honey BBQ sauce in return for this review – all opinions are my own.

Meal Planning Monday – 28th September 2015

Meal Planning Monday

I’ve not been in my walks with friends for a couple of weeks and feeling it! I have found that no matter how good I am with food, the only way for me to lose weight is to continue with the walking. So I’m going walking this week. Shout if you’d like to join me!

This week as our meal plan for part of the Meal Planning Monday linky, here is our plan:

Monday – Mushroom Pasta It’s meat free Monday so today we are having our mushroom pasta. A proper favourite in this house

Tuesday – Ragu We make our Ragu just after pay day every month and it loads us for a once a week meal. Absolutely fabulous

Wednesday – Tuna baked potatoes I love baked potatoes, they are so yummy. This week we are planning them with tuna but I have baked beans and cheese just in case I change my mind

Thursday – Tacos I had never been that into tacos but a few years back I went to my brother’s and his wife made them for us. Oh my goodness, I didn’t realise what I was missing. I generally make double amount of mince and freeze half for a later date.

Friday – Chicken Paella We got a Schwartz pot for paella and I found some paella rice in the cupboard. Looking forward to this as I’ve got some marinated artichokes which I plan to put in it too

Saturday – Pot luck dinner Not sure what we are going to have – I bet it ends up a take away. We’ve found an amazing new Chinese take away called Your Kitchen in Dalkeith and very impressed!

Sunday – Hunter’s Chicken I bought this for £1.49 at Lidl – what a bargain

And that’s us for this week. If you have any suggestions on other things we should try, comment below and let us know, I love hearing what other people have it gives me real inspiration.

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Meal Planning Monday – 7th September 2015

Meal Planning Monday

I know, I know, it’s already Wednesday and I’m just getting round to my Meal Plan Monday Blog. Thing is it’s on the board, I just haven’t managed to get it down in my blog yet. So after an interesting week of pot luck meals that actually lasted is two, I now have an overflowing cupboard with plastic food containers. Time for a batch cook, hoping to get some time this weekend – we’ll see!

This week as our meal plan for part of the Meal Planning Monday linky, here is our plan:

Ragu – As always our trusted raging makes it in at the top spot!

Fish pie – I usually make my own but this time I bought Morrisons one from fish counter. It was really disappointing so will go back to making my own. Interestingly theirs was too watery which is what I realised when I made my own last time and Hairy Bikers have got some fab tips for this in that you use a thick sauce and the water from the seafood will make it into your normal sauce.

Chicken Balti – I was sent some Schwartz cooking sauces a while back and I’m working my way through them. We’ve really enjoyed the ones so far. Blog coming out next week.

Pulled Pork in Jack Daniels BBQ sauce – Made this in slow cooker last week and it’s fab. Will serve with wholegrain rice & salad.

Turkey in breadcrumbs with salad – another Hairy Dieters recipe, well they use chicken but I thought I would try turkey as it’s cheaper and I just need to feed myself as Grim is at band.

And that’s us for this week. If you have any suggestions on other things we should try, comment below and let us know, I love hearing what other people have it gives me real inspiration.

#Review: DK Carol Vorderman Workbooks

DK Carol Vorderman WorkbooksBuddy loves school and learning – I’ve never met a child that when he goes to the childminder, he asks if he can do his homework. I am so lucky! It’s never really chore!

I suppose he’s like me and loves learning – every day’s a school day, isn’t it?

These new DK Carol Vorderman workbooks are fabulous, some of them at the even have a timer at the top that you can time them for 10 minutes to help bring on their maths and spelling.  To find out more about 10 Minutes A Day Spelling Fun and 10 Minutes A Day Vocabulary and further education titles by Carol Vorderman, visit

The ones that we reviewed were these ones and I thought it was really easy for Buddy who is 6 to work through and enjoys that it is 10 minutes:

– 10 Minutes A Day Spelling Fun (ages 5-7) (DK, £5.99)
– 10 Minutes A Day Maths (ages 5-7) (DK, £5.99)
– Made Easy Spelling Punctuation and Grammar (ages 5-7) (DK, £3.99)

I thought that the timer would be a bit of a gimmick, but he enjoyed the fact that he had to start the timer and try to work through it in a set time, this kept him focussed on the task in hand, I think also it means that you are not leaving them to work through the book endlessly – he probably would finish it given the chance.

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Disclaimer: We were sent these workbooks for the purpose of this review – all opinions are our own.


Top 5 Parenting Hacks

Family PortraitTop 5 Parenting Hacks
You can read various parenting guides from a bookstore, but nothing can ever fully prepare you for what’s to come when you actually become a parent. Luckily, plenty of us have figured out a few things that made the toughest job in the world a little easier. Here are five useful hacks for raising your child.

Bring the kids’ inflatable pool indoors
Popsugar found a new use for your inflatable kiddie pool by taking it indoors and using it as a playpen. Turn it into a ball pit, or simply place blankets and toys in there to keep the young ones entertained. This is especially handy in keeping your kids busy while you finish up that last bit of laundry, have one more room to vacuum, or briefly step away for a phone call.

Pair medicine with a strong-flavoured drink
Trying to convince your children to take medicine is a nightmare. To help wash down the gross taste of cough syrup or whatever they have to take, chocolate-y drinks or Kool-Aid work well according to Babble. As they said in Mary Poppins, a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down!

Teach your kids the value of money
Giving your kids monthly allowances and rewarding them with money for completing a chore are just a couple ways that you can teach your children about money management. By doing so, they’ll learn that earning money requires hard work and feel the satisfaction from having the means to pay for something, especially when they use their allowances on other people, whether that be through a present, a tip jar or a small donation to a charity. If they ever complain about not having enough money, you can put things into perspective by mentioning that there are children who live off one euro a day which is enough to pay for their school fees and basic health care in third world countries.

Harness their creativity
Children are much more imaginative than adults, so before you hand them your iPad when they are bored, give them an arts and crafts project to work on. Provide them with the supplies and your kids will create something out of nothing. Paper boxes, origami, crayons with paper, and even kitchen activities can open up their imaginations. Lifehacker shares with its readers, “one of the best parts of being young it the freedom to experiment. It’s how we learn who we are and what we love.”

Make fridge magnet cups
After a while, it’ll get annoying when your kids keep asking you to grab for their cups in the cupboard. One solution would be to move their cups to a lower shelf that’s within their reach or place a small stool in the kitchen. But one mother eventually got tired of her daughters constantly using a new cup every time they wanted a drink, so the blogger of Dana Made It fashioned a DIY magnet cup that kids could stick on the fridge and reuse whenever they want to hydrate. Check out the extremely easy tutorial here.

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Meal Planning Monday – 3rd August 2015

Meal Planning Monday

This week I am doing a pot luck meal every evening. Both of my freezers are packed full with different tupperware boxes and I haven’t labelled them, so every morning Grim and I will have a look at what is there and decide which box takes our fancy. This could be disastrous, but equally something quite nice about it. This week as our meal plan for part of the Meal Planning Monday linky, here is our plan:

Here are some of the things I know are in the freezer, that might just make it to the table for either one of us this week:

Ragu – This is a staple in our house, I make a massive batch once a month and we have this weekly, so I know this is definitely in there (somewhere)

Fish pie – I made a Hairy Bikers’ recipe for fish pie after seeing one of their shows recently and you don’t make the sauce the normal thin consistency, after you make it into a roux you ad some milk, but it’s still thick, the fish let’s out some water when cooking and this is what makes it perfect – Who knew?

Lasagne – The boys love this too and I made a big one recently and froze half of it, so we’ll enjoy this one night, I’m sure

Aldi Meatloaf – this is so tasty, so looking forward to that dinner!

Pork in BBQ sauce – This was the end of some Jack Daniels BBQ sauce that I’ve been testing and I made it in the slow cooker and we ended up heading out that day so I froze it – I plan to have this this week so that I can also make my blog live about that – It was amazing!

Chicken & Chorizo stew – I have a confession to make, this is actually just chicken stew as the chorizo is still in the fridge as I forgot to add it – I will reheat this in the oven adding the chorizo to the bottom and then stir half way through to maximise the flavours.

And that’s us for this week. If you have any suggestions on other things we should try, comment below and let us know, I love hearing what other people have it gives me real inspiration.