Hi! I’m Tracy and this is my husband Steven.
I want to help make feeding your family easier and enjoyable whilst keeping you sane!
On this blog you can find my easy meals plans, wholesome recipes and stress free cooking, all from the farmhouse kitchen.
This recipe is our favourite meal in a bowl soup. This recipe calls for 500g (1.1lb) of diced lamb. You can pick a half leg of lamb up from supermarkets at the moment for £8.50 per kilogram and dice your own if they don’t sell it diced. The long, slow cooking of this recipe means […]
I’ve recently just posted the start of my sourdough journey on YouTube! It’s super exciting for me as I tried to create my own sourdough 5 years or so ago when we moved to our smallholding and I failed! We didn’t enjoy the taste and I don’t think I managed to make it particularly active, […]
November sees my husband’s birthday and I can’t wait to taste the pork fillet he has requested. Below is the plan I had made, using up items we have available. However as is life, there was a curveball thrown in that one of our freezers has given up the ghost. Therefore the meals this week […]
My go to bread is normally a basic white loaf which does me well every time. However I recently discovered this Amish bread which I was really impressed with. Ingredients 1.5 tbsp dry yeast 2.5 cups warm water (warm is 110 – 120F or 43 to 49C) 2/3 cup sugar 8 tbsp butter (4 go […]
Halloween is fast approaching and as it falls on a weekend this year and given the kids won’t be out enjoying it, I thought we’d do a themed meal for the day and enjoy it in the farmhouse. Stay tuned for more on that. We have corned beef one pot this week and it was […]
This month has gone by so quickly. My month’s run from 25th until 24th around pay day, just how I’ve always done it. I did the fair size grocery haul last pay day and except for milk, yoghurts and a few fresh items we fancied (didn’t need, just wanted), we’ve not needed anything else. I […]
I do enjoy being in the kitchen, with the warmth of the Aga keeping the cold away and the dogs under my feet seeing who can get closest to the heat, whilst the wind and rain beats down outside. Then I have to go out in the elements to take care of the livestock and […]
This is THE best Autumn dish! I look forward to cooking it each year. Delicious, tender beef, tasty rich sauce all served over creamy mashed potatoes and garden vegetables. Who wouldn’t want this? I cook this on the Aga top and then in the simmering oven however you can use whatever you have to hand. […]
I didn’t even know about Taco Tuesday until I started expanding our meals. We are very rebellious though and have tacos on other days of the week too! I made extra of this recipe and froze it in zip lock bags in the freezer. It defrosted great and lends itself to many varieties. I add […]
I don’t know about you but chicken thighs are marmite in my house. My husband would choose them over any other part of the bird, my daughter would prefer to be vegetarian and it’s too much effort for my son to have an opinion some days 😉 All that said, every week we are blessed […]
I’m getting a little bit obsessed with meal plans and what other people are doing with theirs. I’m even watching YouTube videos showing what people ate in a week for ideas and inspiration. This is all building up to our 2021 challenge of spending as little as possible on groceries and other expenses to allow […]
At the weekend I went to my local Aldi and spent £138.65 on groceries for the coming month. Before I went, I sat down and wrote out 31 main meals along with what I would need to purchase to make those meals based on what I had in the pantry and freezers. I am pretty […]
In my neck of the woods, September and October are the months to be picking elderberries. Sometimes it’s earlier, others it’s later but there is an abundance right now and I’ve been out foraging and thoroughly enjoying myself. A great point to note is that elderberries freeze very well and even better, once they are […]
Well the children are well and truly back to school (how long for is anyone’s guess) and we have taken the time we need to get going again. I have been meal planning even though I haven’t had them on here, but you can find them in my Facebook group if you’d like to join. […]
Well that week went quickly. We’ve have a mix of busy and quiet times here on our smallholding. Our little family has been fortunate enough to have a few day trips out, one of which was to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary. I made a delicious rice pudding in the slow cooker as the weather […]
We have our last Bank Holiday for a while just around the corner and that always signals a shift in seasons, cooking and kitchen tasks for me. More stews and soups and the start of squash season. We have had a good amount of courgettes so far and they will continue to come for a […]
Last week I mentioned that it felt more Autumn that Summer like, well it feels down right Winterish today. That’s ok though, our spirits aren’t dampened as we are off work for the week, yay! That said, our holiday weeks can be a little spontaneous food wise, so this wouldn’t be the best week to […]
I make this soup in my Instant Pot purely because that’s how I did it the first time and it was SO nice that I didn’t want to risk doing it any other way. It is delicious and a very hearty meal for any time of the year as you can chop and change the […]
This recipe is an adapted weight watchers one and great for Autumn. It is silky smooth and very healthy in my opinion. Add extra chilli for a little winter kick and serve with home made bread, yum. Ingredients 2 onions 2 garlic cloves 600g sweet potatoes 1 butternut squash or small pumpkin 100g red lentils […]
This recipe is my go to for everyday white bread. It hasn’t failed me yet. Remember if it browns too quickly when cooking, you can cover with foil and to make the crust soft, if that is your preference, wrap it in a clean tea towel when it comes out for 10 minutes. The steam […]
This soup is my favourite, well I said that about minestrone too, but you get the idea. The kids love this one too – thank the Lord!! Perfect for cold, dark days and also for summer….and spring….and autumn 😉 Ingredients Small smoked gammon joint. 2 peeled potatoes. 2 large white onions. 3 cloves garlic. 1kg […]
I don’t know about you but the weeks are flying by here. I have some much needed time off work next week and cannot wait! The best part is that Steven is off too, meaning we can have some quality family time. We’ll get lots done on the smallholding, have some lovely days out and […]
(adapted from largefamilytable.com) Ingredients 1 lbs minced (ground) beef 1 cups old-fashioned rolled oats 1 large egg 1 cup chopped veggies (I used onions, courgette, and bell peppers) 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp minced garlic 1 tsp onion powder 1 tsp parsley 1 tsp oregano BBQ sauce from a bottle for ease Instructions Mix all […]
As I’m sure is the same for you, we are always busy with something or other. For us, if we are not dashing around to school, work or days out with the kids, we are firmly planted on the smallholding (pun intended) raising our livestock and growing our own food. Oh not to mention doing […]
How exciting! My first actual meal planning post on my new blog. Pull up a chair 😊, it’s great to have you here. I’ve been meal planning on and off for years. I have found certain things either drive you to meal plan or allow you to “ease off the accelerator” and wing it a […]
Welcome to the official second week of recording my meal plans! Can you sense my excitement. It’s the little things 😉 In the coming weeks meal plans will be posted on a Sunday night for the fresh new week on Monday. Although I want to share with you that I don’t wait until the Sunday […]
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