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About dyspraxicdomesticatedmummy

My name is Emma, I am Mummy to three boys in total. I am Step Mum to William born February 2005, then I had my first born son Ethan June 2014, sadly born at 21 weeks and passed away aged 28mins old. I then went on to have my rainbow baby Alfie born October 2015. I love all my boys and will talk about each of them more in my coming blogs. I work part time for the NHS and constantly juggle home and work life. I found out I had dyslexia and dyspraxia in 2011, and diagnosed with FND in November 2018. Hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing about life as a mummy to three different boys, step mum, angel mummy and rainbow mummy. Also about living with dyspraxia. Much love. Emma **everything I write and talk about is my own opinion

Dyspraxia update

It’s been a long time since I wrote about my dyspraxia so I thought I would let you know how I’m getting on with that at the moment.

The truth is even after all these years it still gets me down.i just really bloody hate it and. It’s so frustrating. I still sometimes wonder even now how I ended up with all these bloody neurological conditions. It’s just not fair lol. It makes things so difficult and I would love to know what it’s like to not have all these conditions. My dyspraxia has got worse recently, I’ve no idea why but my FND has flared up again so I’m guessing that might have something to do with it.

I haven’t broken anything that I can remember anyway, however I have dropped so many things. I’ve spilt peas all over the floor, tea all over myself and even managed to catch my top on a door handle which meant I ended up with a really horrible cut on my arm. These things are never just a one off accident though it’s every day things like this!

Then there’s my hearing, that’s getting worse. I mean I can hear, it’s the fact that if there’s a few conversations going on I can’t filter them out too the one I should be listening too. Oh and background noise, that’s a nightmare!

I recently bought an adapter for my pen as that’s really starting to bug me now. I just find holding a pen so flipping difficult. I just can’t grip it properly to write with it.

What’s really fun now is having Dyspraxia and FND! Sometimes it’s hard to know the difference between them. Both gave speech problems and getting confused with words. My memory is getting worse and I’ll be honest it’s white embarrassing now.

You know what’s worse though? I worry that Alfie has it. I see traits of me in him, the dyspraxia side of me. In the grand scheme of life having dyspraxia isn’t the end of the word and if that’s all he has then compared to how poorly my first son was it’s a bonus. However that being said, it can make life hard work sometimes and I just don’t want them for him. Like most parents I want him to be 100% healthy, but we all know life doesn’t turn out that way.

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Emma’s Bites – Meal Plan

So after that really long post on my Indian fake-away I figured I would write my meal plan separate!

Breakfasts this week will just be cereal or poached eggs on toast. Lunches just up a soups, picky plates or jacket potato and cheese.

This week I’ve tried to be more money savvy and eat things like leftovers and using what’s already in the freezer.

Monday – leftover beef from yesterday’s roast dinner, home made chips and some gravy.

Tuesday – pitta bread pizza and chips (I have some pittas in the freezer already)

Wednesday – jacket potato and leftover curry or spaghetti hoops and cheese

Thursday – sausage and mash (I have sausages left over in the freezer)

Friday – pasta and garlic bread

Saturday – prawn noodle stir fry (I already have prawns in the freezer and noodles in the cupboard)

Sunday – pie and chips (well it’s Father’s Day so it’s his treat lol)

I hope it helps with your meal planning. I would love to know what your having this week.

Much love

Emma xx

Emma’s Bites – Indian Fakeaway

So here we are again back on Emma Bites! How are we all enjoying it? Have you tried anything yet? I would love to know. I treated my lot to an Indian Fakeaway on Friday last week just so I could write it up for you lovely lot lol! God aren’t I nice to you lol!

So it’s going to be a long one so I’ll put headers up so you can find everything.

As I’ve said before I haven’t created any of these recipes these are just ones I have collected over time.

Chicken Marinade

Tikka

Get a pack of diced chicken. Empty into a bowl and add:

3 tablespoons Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon tikka curry powder

1 tablespoon paprika

1 tablespoon garlic granules

1 tablespoon onion granules

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon Garam masala

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 tablespoon tomato purée

2 tablespoon lemon juice

Now I prefer to cook from scratch but if you can’t by all means get a jar of sauce for ease! I did the marinade first and left it all afternoon while I cooked the rest.

With the second pack of diced chicken pop it into another bowl.

Tandoori:

3 tablespoon Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon Tandoori curry powder

1 teaspoon garlic

1 tablespoon garlic

1 tablespoon onion granules

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon chilli powder

1 tablespoon tomato purée

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Leave these as long as you can before cooking.

Sauces.

To make the sauces, for the Tikka Sauce you need;

4 cloves of garlic

1 white onion diced

1 tablespoon cumin

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon paprika

1 tablespoon tikka curry powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon tumeric

500g passata

100g coconut fat free yogurt

Fry onions and garlic.

Add spices and passata. Let it bubble then simmer for 10 mins. Leave to thicken. Add the yogurt. Done.

For the other sauce I made a korma.

2 white onions

1 teaspoon ginger

2 garlic cloves

2 carrots

1 tablespoon coconut flour (I’ll be honest I used coconut 🤷🏻‍♀️)

1 tablespoon turmeric

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon curry powder

1 teaspoon cumin

1 tablespoon tomato purée

1/2 teaspoon almond essence

250ml coconut yogurt

300ml stock

Stick the onion, garlic, ginger and carrot in a food processor or chop finely. Fry for a minute. Then add the tumeric, paprika, coriander, cumin and curry powder. Stir. Add stock. Simmer and leave until reduced. Then add the rest of the ingredients and it’s done.

We all know how to make rice by now so I won’t go into that. If however you don’t buy microwave rice. Sorted lol 😂

Moving on to my favourite dishes….

Onion Bhajis 😍

Large white onion and red onion, chop up and stick it in a bowl. Then add 60g of gram flour, a teaspoon of lemon juice, 2 teaspoon of ground cumin, 1 tablespoon coriander seeds, a green chilli, and some coriander and 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder. Add a bit of water to make a paste and mix with your fingers. Season with salt then leave for 15 minutes before you then shapes to small mounds and place in baking paper then cook for 15-20 minutes.

Ok stick with it we are nearly done! The last one is vegetable samosas.

So boil 400g of potatoes and mash when cooked. I won’t tell you how to make mash as you should be able to make mash by now! If you can’t then let’s face it a fakeaway probably isn’t your best starting point!

When that’s done, get a large frying Ian and add the potatoes. 1 tablespoon of curry powder, and 110g of frozen peas. Stir fry for 5 mins. Take off the heat and add 4 tablespoon choppy coriander, 1 red chilli and season well with salt.

Get your filo pastry and layer three sheets together, cut in half width-ways, then into strips. Spray with fry light wither side to make it easier to work with. Stick some

Mixture at the bottom and fold into triangles. Stick them on a tray with baking paper and cook for 15-20 minutes.

Now the last thing I made was a risk. We hadn’t made it before so Ste was suspicious! Turn out nice though. Chilli spiced squid.

Get however much squid you want and cut into rings. Add; 2 teaspoon salt, the juice of two lemons, 1 teaspoon ground coriander, 1 teaspoon ground cumin. 1 teaspoon chilli powder. 1 teaspoon tomato purée, 1 red chilli, 1 teaspoon ginger, 1 garlic clove. Mix and coat the squid evenly then stand for 15 mins. When your ready to serve, stick in a hot pan for 3 minutes and then serve.

You can garnish with mint and raw red onion if you want.

I realise it’s been a really really long blog but I hope it’s given you the get up and go to make a feast for your family. Plus it’s healthy so it’s a win all round!

Much love

Emma

Disclaimer – these are not my recipes. As always they are ones that I have collected over the years from various places xx

Unused birthday

Shoes never worn

Birthday hat never used.

Invites lay un-written and your birthday cake you never got to try.

As I look around the room, I wonder what would have been

Pen in my hand and birthday card in front of me.

What do I write to the boy who had nothing and never was. Never lived.

Nothing but pure love and yet such a broken heart.

Do I wish for a party, or cake, do I wish for presents in heaven. Or do I hope your heart was fixed, that you can feel me hug you. Oh what to write in your birthday card?

No friends to invite, no excited face. No memories or pictures to look on with delight.

Just an unused birthday.

Just a day of memories and scars. Heart break and hurt. A party for two, no invites or smiles. Just a loving memory, a small picture-less cake with a candle. Mantelpiece empty. Wondering what would have been. Just an unused birthday.

I love you with all my heart and more Ethan.

Much love xx

Emma’s Bites – Pie!

Pie!!!

So I don’t know about you but I bloody love pie!

I love making cheese pie and this one is healthy and quick and easy to make.

You need a bag of grated cheese, potatoes and some wraps.

First of all peel and chop two small ish jacket potatoes and cook until soft then mash up.

While they cook, chop and dice an onion then fry in a pan with butter. It has

to be butter tho not fry light or oil.

Grab a bowl. Add the mash, onion and cheese. Now as always, don’t ask for amounts……ha ha. I used half a bag of cheese and one onion. I have to taste to see decide if it’s the right balance.

Get your wraps and some milk or an egg whisked up. Brush some along the edge on one half.

Then fill your wrap with a few tablespoons of your mixture and press the edges together. stick it in the oven for like 5/8 minutes until browns and then serve. I usually serve with hoops. Cheap. Cheerful. Tasty. Sorted!

As for my menu for this week. This week consists of;

Monday:

Breakfast – Cereal

Lunch – Rice salad

Dinner – Cheese and onion pie wraps

Tuesday:

Breakfast – Poached Egg on toast

Lunch – Rice salad

Dinner – Leftover beef sandwiches and carrot chips

Wednesday:

Breakfast – Poached Egg on toast

Lunch – Picky plate

Dinner – Burger and chips

Thursday:

Breakfast – French toast and berries

Lunch – Rice salad

Dinner – Chicken wraps with wedges

Friday:

Breakfast – Cereal

Lunch – Rice salad

Dinner – Indian fakeaway

Saturday:

Breakfast – Cereal

Lunch – Leftovers

Dinner – Afternoon tea (Ethan’s birthday)

Sunday:

Breakfast – Pancakes and berries

Lunch – Toasties

Dinner – Roast beef dinner

If you’ve seen something on my meal plan you like the sound of just let me know and I’ll write about that for you.

Much love. Emma x

Bedtime routine

I couldn’t decide today what to write for my blog post. I feel a bit lost in my thoughts at the moment as Ethan’s birthday creeps closer and only weeks to go.

I thought about a few subjects but instead I decided to write about something a little more light hearted. As the ones that came to mind where potentially heavy hearted.

I’m going to touch on two small subjects, both on the subject of toddlers! The first being routine. We got Alfie onto a routine when he was first about two months old and I’ll be honest, my first thought was , why didn’t I do this sooner? Truth is looking back now I know it was because I was enjoying squishy baby cuddles and I was tired from the night feeds and couldn’t think straight. Obviously our routine has adapted over the years depending on circumstances and of course Alfie’s needs. The routine we have at the moment for him though works really well. So let me tell you our nighttime routine. Three days a week Alfie goes to nurser, I pick him up around 5 pm and take him home. I let him watch tv as he’s been playing all day and using his brain which gives me chance to make some tea. Ste normally gets home about 6pm so I try and make sure tea is ready for them just because I don’t want Alfie eating too late as then he won’t eat. Which I’ll go into later.

After we’ve had tea we let Alfie sit and relax and watch t.v.i don’t really want him playing with toys at the rate as then he just gets giddy and silly. We all know that silly behaviour before bed time is a big no no!

Now on nursery days, because it’s late and we don’t have long before bedtime, unless he’s super messy I won’t bath him on nursery days. He’ll sit and chill until about 7:20 when I give him some warm milk and then we go upstairs and get him ready for bed after his milk. We read him a story although it’s been known for him to bribe us for about 3 or 4 stories ha ha.

It’s usually about 8pm by the time we’ve done everything and then we give him kisses, cuddles and tuck him in.

He might not always go straight to sleep but he’s used to the routine now so he will talk to himself until he wants to sleep.

As for who puts him to bed that depends on how I feel and if Ste is working. It really works for us though this routine, we don’t have any messing now and it gives us a nice peaceful evening.

Just another subject I will touch on is eating. I really struggle with Alfie and food. He will try everything but actually getting him to eat is really hard. I recently bought a new plate from Aldi and I have to say it’s worked really really well. He eats from each section and eventually when he’s eaten everything he gets his treat from the castle at the end well worth the money if you ask me.

I would love to know if you have any tips or how you manage with your little one and eating.

I’d also love to know your bedtime routine with your children xx

Emma’s Bites – Lunches

Lets talk lunches. I don’t know about you but it’s the one meal I really struggle with. I try and avoid too much bread which means I them get stuck on what to have.

One of the most recent things I like to have is what I call a picky plate. I got some fabulous boxes from B&M I think which separates all the food out. In it I put; crackers, two types of cheeses (I use cheddar and Wensleydale), nuts, pepperarmi, red grapes, peppers, cucumber and bits of cooked meat. It’s really really tasty and healthy too! It’s also great for taking to work for lunch.

The other one that’s a bit different and tasty is homemade pot noodle.

Get some noodles and cook as per packet instructions. I use egg noodles which take 4 mins in a pan. When that’s cooked, drain and add, beef or vegetable stock, soy sauce, any herbs and spices. I got some pre cooked veggie kebab pieces and added that in, pan fried some frozen peppers, mushrooms and onion then mixed that with the noodles and sauce. Pop it in a mug and enjoy!

I love a good crispy jacket potato sometimes and also mug shots with those gluten free ciabatta rolls crisped up.

We also recently got a Toastie maker which can also make paninis so we are enjoying trying different fillings with that.

I recently got back into pasta salads too. Cook some pasta, add raw peppers, cucumber, red grapes, feta cheese, pepparami and top with croutons. Seriously really tasty.

I hope that helps give you some ideas. I would love to know what you enjoy for your lunches.