Meal Plans

Meal Plan #82

 

I have struggled for many years to feel grounded and at peace with my life. I constantly question decisions I’ve made and I worry every day that I am not living up to my potential. These fears and general self doubt have been a source of serious anxiety in my life and I am exhausted by worries that I don’t have enough, that I don’t do enough, that I am not enough. And then another tragedy makes the news and everything seems so grim.  Continue Reading…

Meal Plans

Meal Plan #80

Meal Planning Challenge!!

I am challenging you all to meal plan for the entire month of February. Whether that is planning for all seven days each week, or simply two or three days per week, it is up to you; I just want you to commit to doing it! Meal planning will help you and your family eat better foods, eat out less (saving you money!), and helps make evenings less stressful. I have been a weekly meal planner for the last five years, and I am convinced that once you try it, you’ll love it.♡ Continue Reading…

Vegetarian Meals

Mushroom Bourguignon with Brussel Sprout Mash

I saw a recipe for mushroom bourguignon on my “Hungermama Meal Planning” Facebook group and knew I had to give it a go. We are big fans of beef bourguignon around our house and this vegetarian version was the first one I had seen that worth a try.

The original recipe was a bit too fussy for my (lazy) tastes, so I did what I could to simplify things. I also added more veg via the brussel sprouts in the mash. The most time consuming bit is washing and cutting all the mushrooms, but if you’re really pressed for time, you can always buy them chopped! (Or just have the kids do it earlier in the week when they are bored.) Continue Reading…

Meal Plans

Meal Plan #79

I decided last week to cut out alcohol and sugar for the remainder of January. I did lots of over indulging in December and cutting back this month has been a challenge, but it feels good to be doing it!

The alcohol has been more difficult than the sweets I have to say. Mostly, I am missing my glass of wine in the evenings. There is really no decent replacement for that. I have been drinking sparkling water with a splash of juice in it instead. While it tastes nice enough (and is keeping me hydrated!), I definitely prefer a big, fruity glass of red wine on a rainy evening. Continue Reading…

Vegetarian Meals

Coconut Lentil Soup

Big news for The Hungerfords this week: our applications for British citizenship were approved. When Jason told me I nearly started to cry. Not out of excitement or sadness, but I’m pretty sure it was just pure anxiety. Our swearing in ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday. That is just a handful of days from today.

I have incredibly mixed feelings about becoming British and for a while I considered not doing it at all. What hit me when I found out that we were imminently becoming British citizens is that it just seems so unfair that we even get the choice at all. I think about the Syrian families desperate for a safe place to live. Families who would love to be given the choice between two (relatively) safe countries, and here I am feeling so conflicted about the luxury. It is pretty last minute, but I am considering having a happy hour soon to celebrate our new citizenship and simultaneously raise awareness (and money) for the refugee crisis our world is currently facing.

Gosh, that was a very serious introduction to this soup.

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Chatter

Chatter: Mrs. Man

I met my husband when I was twenty-one-years-old. We had a whirlwind romance and were married when I was only twenty-three. It wasn’t a very difficult decision for me to change my surname to his as it was more important to me that we present as a family than for me to keep my given surname. I did, however, request that if we ever had a boy baby that we name him “Peter” after my maiden name, “Peterka”. When our son was born in 2014, we did exactly that. Continue Reading…

Meal Plans

Meal Plan #78

[Thank you to all of you who participated in my survey! The feedback is so very helpful and I will be using it as I make plans for the blog in 2018!]

Our guests have gone, as are nearly all the mince pies: that must mean that Christmas 2017 is slowly coming to a close. We still have our Christmas decorations up, but they’ll come down this weekend. In the meantime, I am trying to get back into a groove and am working on a general list of goals for 2018. I am not one for New Year’s resolutions, but I am definitely one for flushing out and listing goals in general. Here is what I have so far: Continue Reading…

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Hungermama Survey 2018

 

Dear Friends,

Since re-commiting to the blog at the beginning of 2017, Hungermama has seen a lovely, steady flow of traffic. Even with slightly sporadic posting, we’ve still received well over 100K visits this year with an average of 350 of you visiting the blog every day. Your interest and participation give us the motivation to continue putting in the hours, and we truly appreciate each and every one of you.

Goals for the blog this year include better organisation of recipes and posts, more regular posting, firing up the newsletter, and perhaps a bit of branching out from recipe posts (depending on how the survey goes! Ha!). I am also planning to add adverts to the blog. (I know . . . ) But if we are going to put more effort into regular posts, it only makes sense to be compensated for that time.

It would be enormously helpful to get some feedback from you (the good and the bad!) so we can know where to focus our attention in 2018. The survey below is only five questions long, and shouldn’t take more than a minute or so to complete. (You may need to scroll down on the survey itself to see all five questions or click here to be taken directly to the survey.)

Lots of love,

Bethie

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