Water fights and Caterpillars – Living Arrows Week 26 2020

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”

Each week I like to (try and) link up to a series called Living arrows which is about celebrating childhood. You can find out more here

My first photo this week was taken during a really hot day. We are still trying to learn at home but the temperature hit 86 degrees (I always use Fahrenheit during the summer and Celsius over the winter, it’s more dramatic) and I made the executive decision to stop “homeschool” for the day in favour of an old fashioned water fight. Every single one of us was utterly drenched! It was so much fun though, which, in my opinion, is just as important for Moose and Bess as school.

A little while ago I decided that it was about time we made use of the Butterfly Garden we got at last years STEM fair. We ordered the caterpillars but there was a super long wait. Now that we have them we are making Butterflies our summer project! Moose will be learning all about their life cycle. I am on the lookout for activities to do with him which ties in with the Butterflies theme. Feel free to comment with your ideas if you have any!

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Recipe – Sticky Sesame Pork with Egg Fried Rice

Don’t you hate those blog post recipes where you have to trawl through the writers life story and inane ramblings to get to the good stuff? Yeah, me too. All you need to know about this recipe is that it takes next to no time at all (especially if you prepare the sauce in advance) and it has saved me a ton of money on nights where I needed that Chinese takeaway taste or I wanted to stay on plan. You might have to buy things for this recipe but once you have them it makes for a budget friendly, super easy meal.

sticky pork with egg fried rice

Egg Fried Rice

Ingredients

Rice. Either basmati or long grain. Cook it the day before for optimum results. Seriously, do this. Yes, it’s a bit of planning but it takes 10 mins and will make or break your fried rice game.

half a tsp of salt

half a tsp of MSG. Some bad press about MSG. I wouldn’t eat it everyday but I like the flavour and it does make a world of difference. If you are against it then just use a little extra salt. You can purchase it for very little money at your local Chinese supermarket. I shop at Janson Hong which I believe has an online shop too.

A slug of dark soy sauce. Dark is richer and the amount you use is really down to personal preference

1 egg (or 2 if you are hungry)

Peas/beansprouts if you want to add some veg.

Method

Take your day old rice out of the fridge around half hour before using it and tip into a mixing bowl. Add the soy sauce, MSG and salt and mix the rice well.  Set it aside.

Beat your egg/s in a bowl, I like to add a pinch of MSG to my egg, again, you can use salt if you prefer.

Fry your egg in your wok or large pan. You don’t really want an omelette so break it up as it cooks. Add the veg if you are adding it. Once the veg is hot and the egg is set, chuck the rice into the wok too. Keep it moving so that it doesn’t stick and cook for around 5 minutes. You will know when the rice is hot enough because the individual grains kind of move a little bit like maggots. If anyone has a better analogy then let me know! That is what they look like though!

Anyway, that’s it. It’s so easy and obviously you can add meat and extra veg if you want to turn it from a side dish into something a bit more substantial.

chinese meal

Sticky Sesame Pork

Ingredients

500g Pork

6 Tbsp Honey

2 cloves of garlic (or you could use puree or the jarred stuff) smushed or finely chopped

2 tbsp Chinese rice wine vinegar (white wine vinegar will work if you have this instead)

2tbsp Ketchup

4tbsp Brown Sugar

4 Tbsp Dark Soy Sauce

Sesame seeds

Spring onions

Method

Mix everything in a bowl except the spring onions and the meat together. Chop the pork into bite sized chunks, I use Pork belly strips because they are cheap and full of flavour. Fry it. Once the pork is cooked pour over the sauce mix, lower the heat and stir. It will need just a few minutes to cook down into that sticky loveliness you are craving. Serve over egg fried rice and top with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and sliced spring onion.

 

Meal plan – Sticky pork with egg fried rice and a new job for Mum

I am so bored with cooking. A couple of weeks ago MrG was unfortunately made redundant. I decided that I should probably have a reliable income just in case it takes a while for the whole recruitment world to open back up. So, I got a job. Within about 30 mins of deciding to look. It was crazy fast! I am now a contact tracer.

Luckily I am still working from home but having to put in 40 hours per week means that pretty much everything else has gone to the dogs – including our meals! I cannot remember the last time Moose ate a proper vegetable but he is eating plenty of fruit so I’m not panicking just yet.

In my defence, it has been a LONG time since I was anything other than self employed and it is going to take a little getting used to. On the upside all I’m doing at work is training, it’s just a little difficult to meal prep and cook while attending meetings and trying to make sure the kids aren’t at each others throats. Yeah, you in the back, you are right. My husband could be cooking. He could be, but he’s not.. so here we are.

There is no way we can afford to slip back into bad habits though. With that in mind we are doubling down on the meal planning and I have even written an actual shopping list! Things are going to be tight for a while but that shouldn’t mean we can’t eat well.

Our week in food

Saturday: Chinese chicken curry with boiled rice

Sunday: Roast lamb with roasted veg and roasted potatoes

Monday: Pulled pork with mac & cheese

Tuesday:  Chicken flatbreads with Mediterranean rice

Wednesday: Spaghetti carbonara

Thursday: Sticky pork with egg fried rice

Friday: Hot dogs with corn on the cob & sweet potato fries

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SuperZings Series 5 collectibles and SuperZings – Mission playsets

Disclaimer: We were sent these SuperZings products for the purpose of this free of charge review. All opinions remain honest and our own.

Moose loves Superheroes and is also very partial to a blind bag not mention his passion for collectables. So, when a huge bundle of a toy ticking all of those boxes landed on our doorstep he was thrilled!

excited boy with superzings toys

What are SuperZings

SuperZings are everyday objects and items transformed into Super Heroes and Dastardly Super Villains. They can be bought in several ways;

superzings blind bags

  • Single figure blind bags priced at just 80p each making them the cheapest blind bags on the market! There are 80 figures to collect in the season 5 series. As with past series, there are hero SuperZings (Sky Runners, Air Wings or Flying Surfers) and there are villainous SuperZings (Lightning Raiders, Black Comets or Rocket Gang).

  • SuperZing Skyracers. Each of these £4 blind bags contains a SuperZings character as well as a vehicle – each of these has it’s own cool features.

  • SuperZings Mission Playsets. With an RRP of £15 they are a little pricier but you really get a lot of play value here. We received the Bank Assault Mission play set which comes with Agent Silverstar and villain Gold Hands. Moose loved the bank vault which you can blow open at the push of a button to reveal gold bars inside! We also received the Fire Strike set which comes with a fire engine and a helicopter which shoots “water”.

What did we think?

SuperZings seems to have really done their homework. Every single aspect of this collectable toy is appealing to my 5 yr old – and the price point is very appealing to me!

Moose loved the Hero Vs Villains game play so much. He’s spent hours playing out scenarios with the little figures. He even got some dice and created his own little battle game! He has returned to his SuperZings sets again and again since he received them and for the price they are I would be more than happy to buy more.

Getting outdoors and tempting fate – Living Arrows Week 17 2020

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”

Each week I like to (try and) link up to a series called Living arrows which is about celebrating childhood. You can find out more here

The first photo this week is from one of our walks this week. We haven’t been getting out as much as we really ought to. I am trying a bit harder to make the most of our local area. It’s hard though, when you have 1 child at primary school and another at secondary. Their workloads are completely different and it makes finding a time to get out as a family a bit tricky.

We did manage to get out though and the children and I explored a local woodland. We are quite lucky to live so near to such a space. Inside the wood, Moose found a great little den that another family had started creating so we added some branches to it.

The second photo this week is of my beautiful Bess. I am so proud of how she is conducting herself throughout this lock down. She is 14 and I know she is missing her friends like crazy but she hasn’t complained about having to stay at home even once. She has lent a hand by occasionally watching her little brother so I could get work finished and making up games for them to play together. We have had the occasional day of bad moods but frankly, I think we are all allowed those at the moment and children/teens really are no different. As a treat and to tempt fate I said yes to her dying her hair with an Ultra Violet packet dye we found in a cupboard. She LOVES it!

 

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