This has been such a great week with lots of family fun. Time spent together as a family is vitally important. It certainly helps with the creation of long-lasting memories and also gives the children insights into how to treat their family later on. This week we were privileged to spend more time together and less time sweating in the kitchen. If you haven’t tried out meal planning yet, you need to. You will see just how much you are saving, how you can make your own takeaway style meals, and how you can spend more time creating special memories with your family.
On Sunday, I spent the longest time in the kitchen, but even then it was not too long. So after a lie in and late breakfast, we went out to get some essentials for the week ahead (including ingredients for a practical lesson at school – the product of which would feature later in the week as part of our meal planning.) By the way, when the kids insist on a lie in, so long as it is not a school morning they are allowed. (It works for our frugal lifestyle perfectly! They wake so late, we get to miss either breakfast or lunch!
When we returned home, I set about making dinner which was a traditional British Sunday roast consisting of roast chicken, roast potatoes, broccoli, carrots, Yorkshire pudding, stuffing, and gravy. It was absolutely delicious! I am saying so myself!
The leftovers were served on Monday with a fresh vegetable salad.
Fast forward to Tuesday! Shrove Tuesday, and it couldn’t come fast enough. Traditionally we make our own pancakes and the kids couldn’t wait! We used THE BEST EVER PANCAKE RECIPE. The kids took turns making their own and topping them with an assortment of berries, golden syrup, cinnamon sugar and lemon. We had a good laugh together as this year they tried coloring the mixture and making various designs, most of which did not turn out as intended.
Love is in the air!
Wednesday was Valentine’s day and we did promise that we would make a meal of it! So we did! We made a Jamaican style curry chicken which we had with rice and peas, mashed potatoes and a crispy salad. For pudding, we had peanut caramel slices which were made in the Food lesson using the ingredients we had bought on Sunday! That too was very tasty. We then spent the rest of the evening liking our gifts and saying thanks, followed by a few games.
On Thursday, we only had to cater for 2 as everyone else was out for the evening. So movie night it was! The two of us who stayed home had cubes of cheese and raisins added to the leftover salad. That’s it! Dinner sorted. Then we sat down with our popcorn and pop for the movie.
The week is almost done and I don’t feel like I have been in the kitchen much at all. Next week, we have a few meals ready prepared and in the freezer. We are looking forward to the fish pies and jerk chicken left.