Monday, 14 September 2015

Meal Plan Monday

This week is all about comfort, comfort, comfort. I've got some shop bought pastry to make a Chicken Pot Pie and Lyra loved her baked potato last week so that's making a return this week with some baked beans. 

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Eating out in Edinburgh: Filament Coffee

We finally got around to checking out Filament Coffee on Clerk Street last week. We walk by often and I always make a mental note to go back and take a look inside...but of course it has taken us a while to actually make that happen. 

It was quiet when we visited on Monday morning, which gave Lyra the run of the place. She loved her babyccino (warmed milk with chocolate shavings) and mini Pinnies and Poppyseeds shortbread. She also loved the tunes and danced away while I enjoyed my flat white and peanut butter blondie. 

The staff were friendly, the coffee was exactly what I needed on a Monday morning and the sweet treats were fresh. 

Filament Coffee 

38 Clerk Street


Saturday, 5 September 2015

Meal Plan Monday

It is starting to get chillier here in Edinburgh and I have definitely noticed that it is getting darker earlier too. Here's a meal plan full of comforting autumnal dishes. 

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Meal Plan Monday

I can't believe it is September already! We are really looking forward to more casseroles and eating loads of squash and sweet potatoes over the next few months. I'm making an awesome sausage, red pepper and butternut squash bake this week (this recipe without the onions) and a batch of bolognese sauce for our meat meals this week...both are totally comforting as the evenings get darker and chillier. 

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Meal Plan Monday

Almost all of our activities start back this week, meaning that I don't have to plan as many snacks for Lyra. I always have a box of raisins and a package of oatcakes in my bag when we are out and about though because even after eating her weight in fruit at playgroup she will often beg for a snack on our way home. 

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Eating out in Edinburgh: Pavilion Cafe, The Meadows

We love sitting and enjoying our morning snack at The Pavilion Café on the Meadows, especially when the sun is shining and there are lots of people around to watch. Lyra and I have started a little routine where once a week we wander over to the Meadows and have a good session running up, down, and all around the play park and then walk across to The Pavilion Cafe on Jawbone Walk to refuel. 

I love this place for the coffee, the date squares, and the relaxed (and very child friendly) atmosphere. Lyra loves this place for the toys. It is the perfect place to meet up with pals so the little ones have the freedom to wander around playing with bikes, scooters and toys while the bigger ones can sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee while it is still hot. 

During the nice weather there are tables and chairs set up on the grass, but there is also plenty of outside shelter for those unpredictable days as well as a cosy seating area inside. The menu is great, with loads of choices of sandwiches and salad plates, as well as soups. We usually stick to the baked goods and coffees, but have also been known to indulge in a cheeky ice cream treat (yum)! 

If you are hanging out or meeting people in The Meadows while the weather is still nice make The Pavillion Café your meeting place. 

The Pavilion Café

Jawbone Walk 
The Meadows 

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Sunday, 16 August 2015

Meal Plan Monday

Here is a look at what we are eating this week. Next week all of our activities start again, which means that I won't have to plan snacks for Lyra. It also means that I will have to work her daily portion of yoghurt into lunch or dinner.