Back to reality
On our last day in Rushton, we ate at the local pub. The picture at the top was the decoration on the ceiling. It was so striking I felt that I wanted to take a picture of it. I’m not sure I would want the dusting of it, but I really liked it!
We had tagliatelle this evening with some sun dried tomatoes from a jar, and artichoke hearts, topped with Parmesan, with a bit of salad. The cheese was a new pack, so I grated all of it and stashed the rest in a bag in the freezer to keep it fresh. The pasta was from an opened bag that had a use by date of 2013 . I cooked it up and tested a bit and it was fine, not stale or anything, so I used it. That’s another bag used up from the enormous stash of groceries in cupboards and freezer. I’m making inroads now. When I meal plan, I always think of what I already have now and make sure I incorporate something from stores in as many meals as possible.
A plant was delivered on the day we went away and I never did get round to ringing a neighbour to rescue it from the doorstep. On opening it today I was prepared for the worst, but it is actually green and springy and seemingly perfectly happy, so that was a bit of relief.
There is a mountain of post to sort out. I’ve opened it all and flicked through it. There was nothing important that I had to do immediately, so I’ve piled it all up to be sorted later on this week. Got rid of the usual load of junk mail included in the pile.
Had to get some milk and bread and was in the right place right time to get three packs of carrots reduced to 30p, not very often I get reduced stuff So tomorrow I’ll be making some carrot soup, and I think I might make some sparkling water bread to go with it. I’m going to try making it in muffin tins to see if it works, and maybe mix in some tomato purée to flavour.
Take care of your family and your budget
Before putting together the meal planners, Lesley surveyed what was needed. Of the existing 14 budget meal plans, most are cheap meals for 2 people so can be sized up or down. Others are cheap family meals for 4 people, or meals for one