Sunday 7 November 2021

Back to work


I'm well enough to go back to school tomorrow.  Not 100% but good enough to handle my class for a day.  Tuesday morning is my non contact time so I can have a long lie and go in at lunchtime.  I'll be upfront with my Headteacher and tell her if I'm not up to it I'll be off again.  My long term health is more important!

Thanks for all your supportive comments on yesterday's post.  I try very hard to live well within my means and feel a wee bit guilty at spending all that precious money on something I don't actually like much.  But I'll make it work in the end! 

So, I decided to just crack on this morning in the kitchen and get meal prepping for the week again.  I had 2 pots of soup on the go.  Lentil on the left (all with grated veg) and a sort of tomato and carrot on the right (made with all sorts of leftover veggies hanging about!)  The tomato and carrot was amazing once it was blitzed with Alpro cream.  

The 2 pots yielded 14 soup mugs and were added to the freezer alongside 2 butternut and apple soup filled mugs already there.  Total 16 mugs of soup, enough for all 3 of us (me, DS and his GF who now lives with us) to have soup every day for lunch if we want.

I made a veggie lasagne that's actually vegan as I used non dairy milk/spread/cheese.  It was delicious and made 6 generous portions.

I baked some potatoes as the oven was already on.

I made sheet pan pancakes.  This is the second batch I've made.  These are a game changer as they're quicker than making a huge batch of them individually.!! They freeze beautifully and are great for breakfast/snack/dessert.  I'm putting the recipe below so I can find it again!  The first time I made them they weren't gluten or dairy free.  This batch were as I used soya milk and gf flour.  They worked just the same!

Everything is portioned up and in the freezer.  I feel very organised!  I am determined to eat healthily ie back on a strict gluten and dairy free eating plan and to stay vegetarian.

While I am looking forward to seeing my kiddos and (some of) my colleagues, there is a bit of me that wishes I didn't have to go back to work 😕

Sheet pan pancakes

Wet ingredients:
4 large eggs
zest and juice of 2 lemons
2tsp vanilla extract
1 cup milk
3/4 cup sugar

Dry ingredients:
2 and 1/4 cup SR flour
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt

1 cup of fresh or frozen fruit

Mix wet ingredients and add sifted dry ingredients, mix gently to a batter.
Pour onto a greased sheet pan/baking tray.
Sprinkle fruit on top.
Bake for 10 to 15 mins at 200C.
Cool and cut into squares.



  1. You have been busy in your kitchen! I don't do too much pre-cooking but today I made the Christmas plum pudding so that's one less chore to do.

    1. I gave the kitchen a good workout, it seemed to be ok. If I don't have a quick easy meal ready for me after work I tend to snack and eat rubbish. Thinking ahead!

  2. Morning - back to school for me today too. I miss half term already! It is my favourite favourite half term though and it’ll zoom by. I have kitchen smugness this morning because I made the effort to clean up yesterday properly! I have never made the pancake dish bake you made and I’m definitely going to try it out for sure. Have a lovely Monday.

    1. They're lovely reheated with a drizzle of maple syrup!

  3. I'm sorry to hear your lovely kitchen is less than perfect. When you pay that kind of money you really should get perfection. It's a shame you're having to rethink lots of things however as you say, you'll get there in the end. You've clearly been very busy in it though, that's a good amount of soup you've got there! I hope you survived your first day back. x

    1. Survived but knackered!! So pleased that I didn't have to think what to have for tea. Just popped some lasagne and a baked potato in the microwave. Done in 7 mins!!

  4. Those sheet pancakes look and sound amazing. I am copying the recipe and will give it a try.

    God bless.

    1. I kept seeing them on meal prep vlogs so thought I'd give them a try. So easy and they freeze well!!


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