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Recipe: Mac and Cheese

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Tonight, in the Kindon household, we have home made mac and cheese. This an old Philadelphia recipe that I’ve changed.

Feeds: 6
Cook time: 25 mins
Prep time: 10 mins

Ingredients

400g Pasta
200ml Semi Skimmed Milk
120g Philadelphia
325g Tinned Sweetcorn (drained)
200g Bacon Lardons (You can use normal bacon and cut it up. Smoked or unsmoked is fine).
200g Medium Cheddar (grated)
150g Red Leicester (grated)
Salt and Pepper to season

Approximate cost: £6.38
Cost per portion: £1.07

Mac and Cheese - Ingred

I also sprinkled the top with crispy bacon and onion bits but these are optional.

  1. Preheat oven to 170C (Fan), 190C or gas mark 5.
  2. Boil you pasta in well-seasoned water.
  3. Cook off the bacon lardons.
  4. While the pasta and bacon are cooking mix together the following
    1. 200mg milk
    2. 120g Philli. This should melt into the milk.
    3. 150g cheddar
    4. 100 red Leicester
  5. Drain pasta when cooked and mix with the sweetcorn, bacon and milk/cheese mixture. Make sure it’s mixed well.
  6. Pour pasta and mix into an oven proof tray and sprinkle with cheese.
  7. Cook for 15 mins or until golden.
  8. Optional: sprinkle with crispy bacon and onion bits
  9. Eat!

This is great for lunches, dinners, groups and budget. All of these can be purchased on the budget, even cheaper than the one listed above.

You can swap and add extra or different veggies, like onion, peppers, garlic. You could even try with mushrooms but I would cook these off first. Another option is add paprika to the milk/cheese mix if you like a little spice.

Of course if you wanted to make it vegetarian you can forgo the bacon. I’d recommend coupling it with a small side salad if budget and/or time allows.

Mac and Cheese - Cooked

Let me know if you try this and how you get on!

Kim x

Well that was fun (!)

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Well that was fun (!)

Today was the first time I had a panic attack in public.

I flew home from a lovely few days in Spain. Flights always give me a little anxiety because I struggle to be around so many people, and these people are strangers. I also have issues with sound and a huge fear of people being sick.

We started to pull away from the gate and guy behind me started vomiting. I went straight into panic mode.

I cupped my ears (thankfully I managed to get headphones in), started crying, rocking. I couldn’t breathe and I just curled as far away as I could which as you can probably imagine isn’t really that easy on a plane. I assume people were looking at me.

Thankfully, Hubby knew what to do. He rubbed my back, and put music on my phone. He explained to those around me who were probably giving me the weirdest looks. He protected me as much as he could. He was perfect. I know that people react differently, but having someone around who knows how to help you is the best thing. I have no idea how I would have coped with him.

It was hugely embarrassing, but having him to help did make it better in the end.

So to everyone on the jet2 flight LS1216 from Alicante, staff included, I’m so sorry you had to see that. Thank you for making me feel normal.

If you only do one thing in the new year, and you’re struggling with anxiety or panic attacks, try and tell someone. They’ll understand more and if anything it might make your panic attack a slightly be easier to deal with.

Happy new year and blessed be

Kim x

Weekly Update #3

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Day 22

No adjustments in medication this week. We are keeping to 150mg extended release and 25mg immediate.

I’ve discovered a new side effect! Memory loss. I forget things very quickly, usually within minutes of being told them or thinking of them, and now need reminders for everything. Like yesterday and today I tried to constantly remind myself to put medication in my work bag. I set reminders on my phone. I still managed to forget and only remembered that I didn’t have them until it was time to take them.

I still have a loss of appetite and have lost some weight but I think more inches. Some clothes and parts of my body are feeling different, but my weight has only decreased by 2kgs.

I still think I’ve been doing well with mood changes. I’m still noticing some but nothing I can’t cope with, or cant pull myself out of. Until today.

I have a mini-breakdown (for lack of a better word). I called the doctors at the beginning of the week to get my next months tablets and was told they know nothing of the change. After a lot of ringing around I finally managed to speak to the medical secretary who ensured that the letter confirming the change was to be fax over urgently yesterday.

I called them today and was told I would get a call back from the doctor. I did (shock) and was told that he would try to get my medications issued early next week. The thing is, he advise that they probably had the letter and that it just hadn’t been processed at the surgery.

He also couldn’t tell me how long it will take for them to completely process it… So… what do I do? Do I just go without? My consultant explicitly told me not too because of how long I’d been on them. Do I skip doses to make them last longer? Do I go down there to beg and plead? Am I going to have to do this every month when I need a change?

So this triggered an awful spiral down; I’ll just hurt myself and go to A&E. I’ll force them to help me. It’s my fault for being so broken and it would be so much easier if no one had to deal with this. I mean, the doctors surely think so.

I know these thought are bad, and I’m probably overwhelmed by Christmas but I just couldn’t help me. So I cried and Adam talked to me. I probably worried him which I feel awful for but I just can’t fight like this every month. And no one can fight for me.

I’m hoping this get resolved and I get to continue on my journey to get off my medication. I’m putting this all down to just being overwhelmed.

I blame Christmas.

Kim x