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Zucchini Slice Muffins & Toddler Meal Planning Printables.

A bit of a double whammy post today; as I have morphed into full blow crazy lady organising mode. I got a taste for it last week and I have now gone headlong into the zone. My meal planners were crazily well received last week so I thought I’d tie in some planning for the small people in your life. (Big Brother wrapping up for the year is possibly partly responsible for this. Suddenly my evenings are free as we are no longer glued to our TV set watching the antics of a bunch of 20 something crazies. What can I say? It sucks you in. Without it, I have way more time to potter around and get stuff done. Funny that.)

Also, more time to worry; especially about Smushy. She has become super picky with foods again and will only consume brown bread with honey or Vegemite, and grapes dunked in yoghurt. I’ve been giving into this as I’ve really been disorganised of an evening especially and now I feel I’m responsible for her getting all uber fussy. I decided to create some meal plans for her dinner times too. Mostly they encompass what we eat, but there are a bunch of kid type recipes that I make especially for her too, so it’s good to have it all written down in front of me. I have a monthly or weekly printable for your use. And because I’m super nice, there’s one worded for kids also. 

Meal Plan Toddler

 Toddler Meal Plan Printable

Toddler Weekly Meal Plan

Toddler Meal Plan Weekly Printable

Kids' Meal Planner

Kids’ Meal Planner

 The one thing Smush will happily eat besides brown bread at the moment is my Mum’s zucchini slice which I have adapted into muffins. They are so incredibly delish and we have been eating this in slice form for as long as I can remember. It’s such a common recipe and so easy, but it’s yummy and filling to boot. The muffins are easy for little hands to grasp and the hidden veggies are a bonus. The cooking time is less than for a slice, so watch them.

 My Mum’s best ever zucchini slice muffins.

*2 medium zucchinis, grated.

*1 large onion, finely chopped.

*3 rashers of bacon, finely chopped.

*1 cup low fat shredded cheddar cheese.

*1 cup self raising flour, sifted.

*1/4 cup vegetable oil. (Or Olive if you prefer.)

*5 eggs, lightly beaten.

*Salt/Pepper

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Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grate zucchini coarsely; finely chop onions and bacon.
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Combine zucchini, onion, bacon and sifted flour.zs3

Add lightly beaten eggs.

zs4Add cheese; season with salt and pepper and stir to combine.

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Spoon into a well greased muffin tin. (I used canola spray and they slid out perfectly.) I had enough for 12 muffin cups. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for approximately 20-25 minutes or when a skewer comes out clean.zs6

 Eat and enjoy! I froze a whole bunch for later. An easy meal for toddlers and kids; and you too!

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Lists & Notes & Check-Boxes, oh my! {Meal Planning Printables}

Before I had Smushy and lost my mind (as in my ability for coherent thought and speech, not mental capacity) I was quite the organised lady. The truth is, I love being organised and I miss it. I love having lists and notes and check-boxes. (I love having Stationery for it too, expensive habit.) I need things in places and boxes and compartments. It drives Spouse mad, but at least he knows where things are. Maybe it’s being a teacher, or maybe it’s just me, but being organised calms my mind. It’s a good space to be in. Literally.

As part of my getting healthy pledge, I’ve decided to work on getting some order back into our lives. I’ve done a huge declutter and Spring Clean and I’ve started meal planning again. This has been so helpful, not only in actually getting us organised but in letting me see what we’re eating and the breakdown of meal types. (We are eating way toooo much pasta and not enough green.) It’s especially helpful on the 2 days I work and need a freezer meal. Meal Planning is the easiest way to save money by avoiding needless groceries and through the elimination of constant take out. Everyone knows that, mmmmkay?

I wanted to spruce up my Meal Planning sheets though, so being the geek I am, I created two cute spotty planners. Please feel free to download and print. I love them.

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I don’t want to get too deep on what is essentially a post about meal planning, but I’m finding it helpful to just stop putting stuff off. Getting stuck into things and having projects and plans is helping me avoid eating twenty Mars Bars at 3pm. (What is up with that time and the need for sugar?!) I’m not waiting for the mood to strike, for me to cook a healthy meal or do what needs to be done around here or even go for a run. The truth is, the mood will never strike for those things. (Watching TV and eating Magnums? Sign me up!) So may as well just do what’s gotta be done.

Git ‘ir done.

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The Nap Time Spring Clean {Clearing the Crap}

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It’s very nice and Spring-y outside. I’m quite enjoying it actually. There is no humidity and I like the sunshine. It’s a good time to clear the crap from life and start afresh. I feel all weighed down at home, so I’ve been throwing stuff away for weeks. Bits and pieces, bits and pieces…. How the hell do we have so much stuff??  When we got back from Los Angeles, we had nothing. Now we have redonculous amounts. Granted, the small person has her own truckload, but we are both still just as loaded down. The truth is, I hate clutter. Hate it. I can’t breathe from it. And didn’t some psychologist type person say that clutter creates chaos emotionally and physically? One viewing of Hoarders: Buried Alive is enough to back up that claim frankly.

The thing is though, cleaning with a toddler around is basically pointless. As soon as you pick up one thing, something else is down. It’s like a small hurricane that goes off intermittently, leaving a trail of quite focused destruction.  (My child can destroy a room in 2 minutes flat. Swear. One afternoon she pulled every wipe from the box in the time it took for me to get a glass of water.) So, I want to do a Spring Clean but I don’t have the time, or patience to spend hours on it. I have nap time or nighttime, and to be honest, nighttime is for wine and chillaxin’. So I decided to create a Nap Time Spring Clean printable list to work off. I need instructions in front of me these days. My brain is fried so lists are my friend.

Listen Sookie Naptime Spring Clean

Feel free to print off a copy for yourself. It’s pretty basic but it’s a perfect list for that nap time frame. If you have a lot to de-clutter; spend a week or so clearing beforehand. A clean slate is a lot easier to tidy up than one that’s covered in junk! You’ll just end up frustrated if you attempt to do it all at once.

Happy clearing out the cobwebs….

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