This week’s meal plan

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…

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Chocolate pumpkin brownies and this week’s meal plan

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 🙂

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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 😉 ).

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Fried rice and how to cook salmon perfectly

It was father’s day here on Sunday. I was woken when I heard the kids rustling about, getting their hidden gifts out, and discussing if it was still too early to wake us up or not. I love fathers and mothers day. I love seeing what the kids choose to spend their money on and they are always so proud of what they have chosen.

As well as bought gifts, they always have cards and craft as well.

My son bought a medal that said ‘Australia’s no. 1 DAD’. He was so proud of his gift. He said, ‘it’s a real gold medal, it cost me $5 but it was worth it!’. My son is nearly 11 years old, but in that moment, he seemed like a 5 year old boy. No attitude, just love and pride for his dad. It also reminded me of those Peppa Pig episodes when they go to Mr Fox’s shop to buy something and Mr Fox says it’s real gold plastic! lol.

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What’s cooking Thursday?

It’s nearly Friday! I start to get into weekend mode today, start switching off a little bit and thinking about what activities are happening over the weekend. Our weekends start with early Saturday morning sports until about lunch time, where I pull out whatever leftovers are lurking in the fridge, a bit of this, a bit of that and we have a meal. If I haven’t planned my meals properly for Thursday to allow leftovers (for Saturday) I find myself picking up takeaway or stopping past a bakery, which is high in cost and calories but low in nutrition.

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