So I’m really trying to become better at life in general. I work from home and have Max most of the time so sometimes the days just get away from me. I keep having this feeling of overwhelming guilt and I know that I shouldn’t. I always feel like I should be doing better and I’m always making excuses for myself – does anyone else feel that way? Is it just a feeling that every mom has?
Either way, I want to do better. I want to be more organised, tidy, debt free & happy. I went through a stage of looking at what other people had and being upset that I didn’t have it myself – that is a terrible way of looking at life! I have finally got over that and have decided to be grateful for every single thing I have. I started with my house; it didn’t feel big enough and I had started looking for new places to live. Looking back I am so so so glad that I didn’t move as there are so many things I love about this house! It feels like my first proper home and it’s where Max has had the first stage of his life – it is an important place filled with so many amazing memories.
I work as a dressmaker and my business had basically taken over the whole of downstairs. I felt as though I couldn’t breathe some days because of all of the clutter & I felt as though I could never get away from work. I have a little two bedroom house, Max has his own room as he has never slept well sharing with me and the other room was mine. I decided to make a crazy decision and move my office into my bedroom and turn my long living room into a kind of studio flat using a room divider. Let me tell you now that this is the best thing I could have done. It sounds a little weird and some of you reading this might think what the hell? But honestly I have never felt happier. My house feels massive and clear – Max can use the whole of the downstairs area now. It feels like more of a family home and the best thing is that I can lock the clutter of work away every night when I’m finished. Also, the bed is a cool little area for me and Max to chill and watch films. Super cute!
Anyway, after the house was sorted I knew that the next thing I needed to do was sort out our food situation. Do you know how hard it is to eat healthily without wasting food when it’s just you and a one year old? I kept wasting so much food and it was so frustrating. There aren’t many things made for just one/two people so I decided to try to start prepping all of our meals in one go and freezing them. Now this is something I have only just started so I haven’t got too far yet! But today I made all of our breakfast pancakes and thought I’d share how I got on.
I’m meal prepping so used a large mixture – I made about 20 medium pancakes, so you can make them larger or smaller if you wish! Or half/double the mixture if you want more or less.
The recipe I used was:
4 eggs, 100g caster sugar, 400g self raising flour, 500ml whole milk.
Basically I just threw it all in a bowl and used my electric hand whisk to blend it all together until it was smooth. I heated up a large frying pan on a medium heat and used some kitchen towel to rub some oil round the pan. Then I used a ladle to measure out how much mixture I would use to make each pancake even.
The top of the pancake will start to bubble when it’s ready to flip – like this:
Then the second side doesn’t take long, only about 10 seconds. But you can flip it to check and always cook it longer if you need to.
I cooked them one at a time as I haven’t got an amazing selection of frying pans right now haha! But it didn’t take me long. I left them to cool and then froze them in threes (Max has one and I have two for breakfast). Once you’re ready to have them, defrost them in the microwave for about 20 seconds to separate them and then put them in the oven for about 5 minutes at gas mark 6, flipping them halfway through.
I have to say, these were actually the nicest pancakes that I’ve ever made. Max likes to have his with blueberries but you can use loads of different toppings.
I’ll be doing this every couple of weeks! It’s super easy and is going to save me so much time in the mornings – you should totally give it a try too!