This last week has, as always, been busy. Too busy for my liking! I want to start focusing a bit more on the kids with some scheduled family time that we all desperately need. So often, on a Saturday afternoon (the only time of the week, we are all home without other commitments), we are home, relaxing together, but I look around and see the house in a mess, and then start cleaning up instead of enjoying my family. To change this, I need to get a bit more organised during the week with my cleaning schedule. I’ve already started some serious decluttering and that is making a huge difference! So the aim this week is to finish ‘decluttering’ the living areas and then move on to the dreaded laundry (our dumping room).
Today, Melbourne saw some late winter sun which was glorious. It re-energised the kids (perhaps a bit too much!!) and certainly re-energised me. On to the meal plan…
I seem to have lost my mojo for meal planning lately. I always do this after the school holidays, because I don’t plan anything on the school holidays. I am not naturally a planner, so it’s like time off for me. But, we are back to school, which means I need to get back into it.
I sat for an hour or so, googling different things. Family food, healthy dinner ideas etc, and I just couldn’t get inspired. So, I put it to my wonderful facebook community, who gave me some inspiration by sharing their own meals planned for the week.
We don’t eat enough fish. We try, but realistically, I probably only cook it once a fortnight, if that. Part of the issue is buying fresh fish locally to me is difficult, and expensive, so we tend to avoid it, but with good planning, I’m hoping to be able to pull off two weeks of fish based meals. Continue reading
This week’s meal plan is a budget friendly one. That’s not to mean that we will be eating pasta or rice all week. Ways that I keep my food costs down is by buying seasonal fruit and vegetables and buying budget cuts of meat, that are still high quality. On to the meal plan… Continue reading
Pumpkin is a vegetable that my kids and husband are a bit resistant to. They only tolerate it in very small quantities (if at all), so I am always looking for ways to integrate (read:hide) it in different things I cook. There’s only so many vegful meatballs they’ll eat, so this week I turned to chocolate to help me out 🙂
Today, I am sharing a chocolate brownie recipe, which is loaded with pumpkin and the kids gobbled it up! It’s low in fat too (if you’re worried about that type of thing 😉 ).