At Home With Mrs M for Meal Planning Monday
and Darling Downs Diaries for Good Morning Mondays.
After reading Living The Good Life last week, where the family live only on what their backyard will produce or can be bartered for, for six months, I am a bit inspired to at least partly adopt this philosophy. It would be so wonderful to reduce our reliance on the supermarket as much as possible. So let's call this a trial run, even though really it is just using up food I have already bought from the supermarket! Sort of the same?!
Hopefully the kids will survive! We have heaps of food in the house - even though teenagers (and nearly teenagers) are known to open the full fridge or cupboards and bemoan the fact that there is never any food in this house!
|This is what I feel like making dinner sometime! How about you?|
Roast beef (freezer), roast potatoes (stores) and carrot, steamed broccoli, gravy and mint jelly (canning)
Peach crumble (canned peach pie filling)
Legoman's 11th birthday and we promised him a pub meal. He thinks it is the height of grownupness to have a meal at the pub and play pool!
Spaghetti bolognaise (beef mince from freezer, tinned tomatoes and spaghetti in pantry)
Lemon delicious pudding (lots of lemons on our tree still)
Vegetable soup (use up whatever veggies are still lurking in fridge!)
Strawberry shortcake (strawberries from freezer)
Ooey Gooey Cheesy Meatballs (freezer)
This recipe comes from Tania at One Contented Homebody One Contented Homebody. It was on the menu last week at her house and I know my boys would just LOVE them. With a freezer full of beef, recipes like this are always welcome!
Pear Butter (canning) cake
Little Bacon and Egg Pies (pastry already in freezer, ham in fridge, lots of eggs!) with green salad and potato wedges (stores)
Jelly for the kids (pantry)
BBQ - rump steak (freezer), mince to make burgers (freezer), potato salad with hard boiled egg (stores and chickens), green salad
Rhubarb crumble (first rhubarb from the garden this year)
I'll let you know next week how I go and how much I do need to buy. I know I will need to buy fruit for lunches and snacks. Fruit seems to be where a lot of the grocery money actually goes, which is why I am so keen to get my trees in! I will be growing melons this year, so hopefully that will make a little dent.
Whirlwind has requested Jelly Slice for this week's baking.
|Although I will only be making one colour!|
There will also be:
Legoman's birthday cake x 2 - one for his actual birthday on Tuesday and one for his party on Friday
Choc chip cookies
Monte Cream biscuits
Someone commented last week on the prodigious amount of baking I do each week. It is a matter of having to do that much or else buying baked goods from the supermarket. I try to only use the supermarket baked products as a last resort. Recently when I was sick, they definitely had bought biscuits! But I simply do not trust a biscuit that has a use by date that is into next year! I am still adjusting to just how much food boys consume compared to the girls. It is unbelievable. I buy what to me is an enormous amount of fruit, turn around and it is gone in seconds. When I do baking, I am seriously considering hiding some of it from view.
And breakfast cereal - don't get me started on that! Crazy expensive for what you get and try as I might to wean everyone off it, it is still being purchased.
Weet Bix is the true Aussie cereal. Basic, cheap, no added nasties, super filling. There have been a number of ads with sporting heros on the number of Weet Bix they eat for breakfast.
I am wondering when Legoman will become a 'true' Weet-Bix kid and get up to eating 10 or more at a time!
And being a true Australian myself, this was funny - this actually is the saying I used to remember compass points!
A few vintage ads for Weet Bix as we know my love of all things vintage.
Have a lovely week and I look forward to some more inspiration for other menus!