Monthly Archives: October 2010

Lazy Meatball Dinner

When I saw these lean beef meatballs on offer in the supermarket I knew I had to have them!

This ended up being a perfect lazy weeknight dinner.

Easy Meatballs and Pasta

These meatballs had cooking instructions for the oven rather than on the hob so I added them to a dish and placed in the oven for 20 minutes.


In order to keep things speedy I turned to this jar of pasta sauce and added to a pan to heat.


When the meatballs were cooked I added them into the pasta sauce and stirred in some fresh spinach to wilt.


Served over brown pasta with a sprinkle of parmesan and a twist of black pepper.


Voila! Easy pasta and meatballs!



Chilli Nachos

Oh my!

Some days you really need a treat and this serving suggestion really hit the spot! Last night I had planned chilli for dinner (leftovers from the freezer) but at the last minute I really didn’t fancy it.

I usually serve my chilli with rice and sour cream. Yummy but I know I am missing out. There are loads of creative ways to serve a chilli!

At 37 weeks pregnant I am finding that by the evenings I am getting really tired, especially when I have been busy during the day. Yesterday I had lunch out with my friends from my antenatal class (I know, its a hard life!) and then spent a couple of hours on chores around the house. By 6.30 I was tired and not inspired to stand at the cooker – even though reheating chilli and boiling some rice is hardly difficult!

A quick exchange with the husband showed that we both fancied a treat but didn’t fancy the hassle of going out.

And then it came to us… we could make our favourite chilli nachos at home!

Chilli Nachos


  • 1 serving of your favourite chilli recipe
  • Tortilla chips
  • Grated cheddar
  • Sour Cream
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa


  • Add the chilli to a pan and heat over a medium heat.
  • Put the tortilla chips into a bowl and sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese.
  • Place under the grill until the cheese melts.
  • Top the chips with the heated chilli.
  • Top with your favourite toppings (we went for the full restaurant experience and used sour cream, guacamole and salsa).
  • Dig in and enjoy!


Doesn’t this look amazing?? Ok not the healthiest but hey, everything in moderation! I am now inspired to try some other exciting serving suggestions for the rest of my freezer chilli!


Goodies Galore – Emma’s Diary

I recently found out about another pregnancy freebie kit and thought I’d share it with you in case any mums to be in the UK don’t know about it. This one is the Emma’s Diary Bump to Baby pack and I collected mine today while I was out shopping in town.


Emma’s Diary give you vouchers for a couple of these packs through your pregnancy and this one is the preparing for baby pack which can be collected after you are 27 weeks pregnant.

All you need is a voucher which you then take along to Argos or Lloyds Pharmacy to exchange for your pack.

I called in at Argos today and collected mine. All I had to do was hand the voucher over at the till and I was given a collection number to wait for my pack as usual in Argos.

I managed to wait until I got home to break into the pack.


And I could immediately see some goodies!

The content of these packs will always vary so don’t expect your pack to match this completely, but hopefully it gives you an idea of what you might expect.

I got the following samples…


  • Blackcurrant Fruit Flakes
  • 2 Lansinoh Breast Pads
  • 12 Bepanthen wipes
  • Pak of Kleenex tissues
  • Samples of Palmers Cocoa Butter products
  • 16 Huggies Pure wet wipes

Definitely some useful bits in there!

Then there was the usual paperwork…

DSC03684Most of this was adverts and competitions. The highlights were the Baby’s First Year leaflet and a development chart for the first year of baby’s life.

As you may have guessed, most of this headed straight to the recycling box as I had either seen it already or wasn’t interested. Shame there is so much waste in these packs.

So that was my Emma’s Diary Bump to Baby pack. Hope it was useful to see what it contained.