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Meal Plan 2nd - 8th January 2017 (+ Blogging Goals for 2017)

Blogging Goals for 2017

Christmas is over for another year and I'm just a bit relieved to be returning to normality. I thrive on routine and organisation and Christmas seems to throw all of that out of the window. I usually have a good clean and sort out when the decorations come down (30th December without fail!) and when my house looks clean and tidy, my mind is too! I really like this time of year - although I know I'm in a minority!

We had a quiet New Years Eve in the +Jam and Clotted Cream household, my favourite kind if I'm honest (I was actually in bed before the clock struck 12)! I couldn't bear the thought of waking up on New Years Day with a raging hangover and three kids to look after (how times have changed), so we played games, ate some nice food and the adults drank some nice wine but it was all very civilised. What did everyone else get up to?


Blogging with 3 children (as well as working a full time day job) is never easy but I'm hoping that with some ultra organisation, planning and A LOT of focus, I can fit everything in and do it well! Hubby has made me a DIY Lowell Ego Light (it's amazing!) so I can start taking food photo's in the evenings when the kids are in bed. This will make an enormous difference to me as currently I'm squeezing photo sessions into a few hours at the weekends (whilst the kids are running around me kicking footballs or trying to eat the food I'm trying to shoot). I'm really hoping I see a difference in my photo quality as I get to spend more time practising. I've already noticed that more of my photo's are being accepted by Foodgawker since I purchased a Canon 50mm f1.8 II Prime lens.

The photo's below are ones I've taken in the evening with my new light! I've got plenty to learn but I'm pleased with these first attempts.

Apple Loaf



Apart from the food photography, I'm going to try and focus on being more engaged on my social platforms this year. This is going to be difficult when I work all week but I'm hoping to utilise Buffer a bit more to help schedule posts, tweets and updates to make my presence more constant, rather than have a mad dash of updates first thing in the morning and last thing at night. I've already signed up to Boardbooster and have seen my Pinterest traffic more than double in the last couple of months, so it's all going in the right direction. There might even be some vlogging on my You Tube channel in the near future.... problem with that is I can't stand the sound of my own voice so I'm not sure how I'm going to get around that one yet.

My final goal this year is all about the recipes! I'm not a very technical cook and my cake decorating skills leave a lot to be desired (try and look at this without laughing), so this year I'm going to take the bull by the horns and raise the difficulty level in the kitchen. I want to experiment with new techniques, master the piping bag (my nemesis) and learn how to fillet a fish! I'm hoping a few visits to Philliegh Way Cookery School near Truro will help me on my quest!

So fellow bloggers, what goals have you set yourselves this year?

Right, its about time for the meal plan I think.


Monday 2nd January
Spicy Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Curry

Tuesday 3rd January
Pineapple Spiced Pork with Noodles

Wednesday 4th January
Bacon and Leek Risotto

Thursday 5th January
Chinese Chipshop Curry

Friday 6th January
Beef Koftas

Saturday 7th January
Sausage Noodle Stir Fry

Sunday 8th January
Squash, Chorizo and Pine Nut Spaghetti



  1. Happy New Year Beth. I hope 2017 is a happy and healthy one for you and your family and that you achieve your goals.



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