LAST DAY OF HOLIDAYS

Yesterday was the last day of the school holidays.
I can’t complain. We have had an amazing time. We have been in Spain for most of the summer and before that in beautiful West Cork with friends. But it has gone too fast. Way too fast.
The boys are ready to go back to school, they are even looking forward to it. They can’t wait to catch up with all their friends and tell them all about the summer. I think they are even looking forward to some routine.
Last Day of Holidays - lunch & cinema
I am also looking forward to school starting. I am really going to miss the boys deeply but it is going to be good to have some time for projects, for crafting, for meditation, for the blog, for me.
Last Day of Holidays
To mark the last day of the holidays, we decided to have a lunch and cinema date. It was lovely.
Last Day of Holidays - lunch & cinema
They picked their favorite coffee shop for lunch and we took a sit by the window.
While Big Monkey was in playful mood for the photos, Chaotic Monkey kept posing. They really got into it. I like that they are taking an interest in photography. These silly moments and random dates are about making memories but also about capturing them, no matter how silly or normal they are.
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We then went on to the cinema to see AntMan. The boys and I really enjoyed it (although it may not look like that in the photo). It’s Marvel and it’s Paul Rudd, all good.
Last Day of holidays - cinema date
After dinner, we made sure the uniforms fitted. They went to bed at a reasonable time. School lunches are ready. School bag is ready. Everything is ready to go back to normality. Bittersweet.

What about you? Are you ready for routine?
Chaotic Itzi
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MAKE YOUR OWN FLAVOURED WATER

It looks like the good weather has finally arrived to Ireland! I am nervous about getting excited about the heat as we don’t know if it is here to stay but we are totally embracing the summer with open arms.

Organising Chaos - Easy Flavoured Water

With the heat comes more thirst. Although I am happy to use carbonated drinks as mixers in my cocktails, I have never been able to drinks them on their own, I just never enjoyed the fizz sensation in my mouth.  I have always been a water person. It is actually the only thing that will get rid of thirst for me. But water can get a bit boring and to drink the infamous 2.5 lts of water a day can be a challenge, so I decided to  gather all the empty bottles at home to infuse some water with different flavors for different moods or times of the day in order to encourage me to drink more water.

RASPBERRY WATER

Organising Chaos - Raspberry infused water
Frozen berries are ideal for this. This is one the quickest infusions to do as the second you add the water to the raspberries you will see the color changing and the sweetness infusing the water (you won’t see that though). The kids have even requested it for their school lunches!

LEMON WATER

Organising Chaos - lemon infused water
Lemon water is so fresh and probably the best way of crunching your thirst in those hot days or after exercise. It is also great for detoxing and generally good for the system. It is energizing and great to drink during the morning.

MINT AND BLUEBERRY WATER

Organising Chaos - mint and blueberry infused water
If you don’t have a mint plant, I will strongly advise you to get one. There is minimum maintenance and it is a plant that keeps on giving. We use mint  a lot for tea, cocktails, food… and it will bring your plain water to a different dimension. I combined it with some frozen blueberries to get the mixture of sweetness and freshness, ideal to have between meals.

ORANGE AND CLOVE WATER

Organising Chaos - Orange and clove infused water
Orange and cloves are a great combination with hot or cold water. The orange peel gives the water a subtle citrus flavor without been too strong while the cloves gives it a hint of spice that will make your feel comfy and warm in those summer evenings.
Organising Chaos - Make your own flavoured water

So go on, there is no reason not to drink water any more. Give it a go!
Chaotic Itzi
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HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCHES : MAKE YOUR OWN SANDWICH

The end of the school year is close, I can nearly see it. The boys keep asking when school is finishing, when we are going to Spain (in August), when is their birthday. They are tired. They are looking forward to the summer holidays, the freedom, the heat (hopefully), the late evenings and sleep ins. And so do I.
School lunch - Make your own sandwich - Full school lunch
At this point in the year, they are also tired of the same school lunches so I am trying to freshen it up a little bit.

This lunch is all about kids building the sandwich themselves. It is just a bit of fun as it can be eaten as a sandwich all together, they can eat the little bits separate or combine them as they want, but it always gets eaten in its entirety.

If you don’t have a lunch box with loads of different compartments and you don’t feel like buying one at this stage of the year, silicone cupcakes cases are ideal to keep all the different ingredients separate, they are easy to wash and reusable.
School lunch - Make your own sandwich
Today I used bacon, rocket, tomatoes, cheese and crackers, but I want to share with you some other suggestions for this DIY LUNCH that work very well in our house.
Bread : crackers, savory rice cakes, brown bread, mini bagels, small roll, panini…
Vegetables : rocket, spinach leaves, cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, lettuce, spring onion
Meat : cooked bacon, sausages, ham, turkey, pastrami, salami, smoked salmon, tuna, roasted chicken
Other : cheese, hummus, mayo, cream cheese, gherkins, relish, mayo mustard.
School lunch - Make your own sandwich - rocket and tomatos
School lunch - Make your own sandwich - fruit and treat
In our house, getting the my kids involved in the planning and making of their lunch works a treat – not only do they eat it better, but it is also lovely to see how much they grow feeling responsible and part of the decision-making process, it is very special.

What is your kids’ favorite lunch? Go on, share!
Chaotic Itzi

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HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCH : HAM KABOBS

Every Sunday evening, or Monday morning, I make our weekly menu. As you know our breakfast menu is already sorted, so I plan our weekly dinners, the school lunches and the weekend lunches.

Planning the weekly meals not only helps me save money and avoid wasting food (#nofoodwasteproject) but it helps me to know what I am preparing for the school lunches in the morning before that all-important cup of coffee.
Healthy school lunches - OrganisingChaosBlog
My boys love these kabobs  in their lunch boxes. They are great alternative to sandwiches and you can have as many ingredients as you want.
School lunches - kabobs - OrganisingChaosBlog
I made these kabobs with ham but you can also make them with sausages and they are delicious.
I like to add some crackers and slices of cucumber for extra crunch.
Healthy kabobs for school lunches - OrganisingChaosBlog
Do your kids have any favorite school lunches?

Chaotic Itzi

COUSCOUS AND SPINACH FRITTERS

I love food and I love cooking. I love planning meals, sometimes even when I am having a meal, looking at recipe books, watching cooking programs… you get the idea…
Couscous and spinach fritters - so good - OrganisingChaosBlog
I am always on the lookout for new recipes.  I came across this recipe on a magazine recently and I knew that I had to try it. I love all the ingredients and we always have them.

COUSCOUS AND SPINACH FRITTERS
175grs couscous
200ml hot vegetable stock
1 free range egg
3 tbsp fat free organic yogurt
100gr crumbled feta cheese
1 handful of fresh baby spinach
2tbsp black olives
salt & pepper
2tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil

METHOD
Measure the couscous into a large heatproof bowl, pour over the hot stock and cover with cling film. Leave to stand for 5 mins or until the couscous has absorbed the stock and is soft. Add the beaten egg and yogurt and mix well. Season and then fold through the cheese, chopped spinach and black olives and mix well with your hands.
Wet your hands slightly and make 4 patties if you want them as burger size, or make 12 small ones.
Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan and cook the fritters over a medium heat for 3 mins on each side until golden.
You can serve them with a green salad and some guacamole. Simply amazing
Couscous and spinach fritters - OrganisingChaosBlog
Couscous and spinach patties - OrganisingChaosBlog
I love that they are very versatile. They can be burgers as a main or smaller as a lovely school lunch or a snack. You could also add some sun-dried tomatoes to the mix and they would probably be fabulous.
Delicious Couscous and spinach fritters - OrganisingChaosBlog
Have you come across any new recipes recently? Share them!
Chaotic Itzi

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