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Meal planning

November 25th, 2012 at 08:41 pm

This week we will have:

-toastie and tomato soup
-baked potatoes with either tuna or baked beans
-beef casserole
-fish and chips
-leftovers for me when hubby is at work

I made tomato soup today while I was making SG's food. I also made chicken stock for the first time. I've got a tub in the freezer and one in the fridge. I better make more soup this week then to use up the stock.

We went to the baby market again today. We got a baby walker for SG for 15 (RRP 50) and some books for Christmas.

Quick Update

November 23rd, 2012 at 03:56 pm

What a week it has been! I meant to do my usual meal planning update at the start of the week but I just didn't have time.

I've got my receipts in front of me so I want to keep track of that first. It was mostly little shopping trips, they all add up though:

19/11: SCOTMID 8.06 (reduced fresh meat)
20/11: ASDA 82.28, only 12.14 out of pocket due to savings cards (xmas shopping)
21/11: MORRISONS 7.88
22/11: ASDA 13.69

I have a lot of food in the house. The only things I should need to buy soon are formula and nappies. Plus bread and milk too when we run out.

This week we got all of our belongings from my mum and MIL. It's amazing how much we have, I feel like we have moved in again. We're actually getting to use wedding presents that we hadn't opened yet, so it feels like Christmas has come early in a way.

Meal planning has went out of the window this week. I cooked the chicken a couple of days ago so we had that last night with some microwave rice last night for a quick meal. There's some left so I'm going to make chicken stock for the first time. Hubby wants a chicken sandwich tonight so I will make that.

I spent my 5 free gift card yesterday. I got a cook book, 200 slow cooker recipes.

On the way home from dropping hubby off today I heard on the radio that some stores in the UK are starting to have Black Friday sales. Anything to get more sales I suppose.

I need to start thinking about my 2013 goals since I was unrealistic about this year's, especially with having a newborn and being on maternity leave. I will try and make them realistic and manageable this time.

Today's spending

November 16th, 2012 at 05:36 pm

So, today I had to drop my hubby off at work. Afterwards I was supposed to meet my cousin but she cancelled. Since I was at the shopping centre, I spent some money:

ASDA: 11.99 (formula,milk,white wine,potatoes,mango,greek yoghurt)
parking: 1
Scotmid: 1 (multipack of mars caramel, bought to get change for parking)

I withdrew 10 from the ATM today. I have 8 cash left after buying sweets and paying for parking.

MIL gave us half a dozen frozen burgers from her work, so my whole chicken is still in the freezer. I bought some potatoes today to go with the chicken when we have it. Tonight I will have a burger on a roll, hubby might have the same when he comes in. Tomorrow possibly tuna and sweetcorn pasta, or macaroni. Normally I would have bought more since we got paid today but we have stuff here that needs used up.

A little Christmas shopping

November 16th, 2012 at 03:38 pm

Yesterday I done some more Christmas shopping. I bought children's books. They were on offer, 3 for 2. Also, spend 15 and a get a 5 gift card. I spent 15 exactly. I was going to use the gift card for some more Christmas shopping until I decided that I deserve a treat, so I will buy myself something.

I have 40 of my high street vouchers left. There is also 30 on an ASDA savings card. I need to get my little cousin's pyjamas and birthday present with those. Also need to get another gift for the grans, most likely a photo book.

Meal planning and other stuff

November 11th, 2012 at 04:09 pm

I seem to only update with meal plans. Boring but it makes me feel organised. Here's this week's:

- roast chicken with potatoes and veg
- steak fajitas
- something with leftover chicken
- macaroni (i always end up making something else so I want to make it soon)

Our flat is very slowly coming together. It seems to be at a snail's pace though. I'm going to have to order a carpet for our livingroom soon. SG can crawl backwards, and a little forwards. Right now we have tiled floors, so she hasn't been able to crawl on the floors. I read the children should spend as much time as possible on floors etc. I don't want to hinder her development, and it's not safe right now for her. That reminds me, we also need a stair gate too.

We've decided not to spend a lot on SG for Christmas (my mum took this to mean that we weren't getting her anything!) We don't have a Christmas tree or decorations so we have to buy those first. For SG we are just going to get her a few things that she needs, a few books too. My mum has spent far too much on her already, and she said she still wants to get her more. I told her not to bother but she's determined. I told her that lately SG is happy with the remote! (with the batteries taken out, of course)

Meal Planning

November 4th, 2012 at 02:17 pm

I am going to make:

honey and mustard chicken (never had it last week)
smoked sausage pasta
hot dogs with french fries
omelette and chips (we have a lot of eggs)

As usual I will have leftovers when hubby is at work. I don't need to buy anything for these meals.

Two weeks to go

November 2nd, 2012 at 07:44 pm

Until payday. I'm counting down now. No reason to stress though. I plan to do as little food shopping as possible between now and then.

I had baked potato and some leftover sausage casserole with it. I sprinkled some cheese on top. There wasn't any sausages left so it was really just sauce. I've never had that for dinner before. However, I didn't need to do any prep so it was good. Quick and easy.

Hubby has got overtime for tomorrow morning. I think he has had three or four extra shifts so far.

Hello November

November 1st, 2012 at 08:42 am

Last night was our first Halloween in our own place. I made up bags of sweets to hand out to the trick-or-treaters. Well, we didnt get any so I now have sweets that I can easily take with me when I leave the house.

My meal planning is going ok, although I have more leftovers than I thought I would. I had to make vegetable soup a few days ago because I had so much fresh veg that needed to be used up. Also MIL gave us a dozen rolls so we had some with our soup.