After wards we went to see mum and dad. Its a rare occasion for them to have both their children there at the same time.
This Blog is meant to be a light-hearted look at how a parent as to navigate his or her way through life whilst bringing up two teenagers on a very limited income. We want to share what we have learnt and hopefully help anyone else out there struggling to make things work in a seemingly chaotic world. I don't always get it right and I am certainly not perfect.....
morning and I'm trying to drink my coffee in peace and check emails
on my phone. I thought you would be interested to see my
up-close-and- personal friend who had his eye on a few bits of
Carbonara pasta left on the kitchen table. “Come on mum. I'm
starving”. I caved in for the simple reason Ollie salivates like
Niagra and its only a matter of time before one of us slips on the
stuff and ends up at A & E.
As usual I was lured in by the “reduced” shelf at the local supermarket on Sunday and came home with a few items for teenage snacking. The Lizi's On The Go Granola packets looked really interesting and at 50p a shot it was worth buying a couple. I could have bought a large 500g packet of own-brand Granola for not much more but – every time I've bought cereal in the past half of it gets left in the cupboard and 8 months later ends up in the bin. Cereal would rot the dogs teeth and vets bills are expensive. I can still get human fillings for kids on the NHS. Anyway, Lizi's (whoever she is) On The Go was found by Hayley when she surfaced from her stink-pit at 11.00am. Her idea of being On The Go was to stand at the sink reading the instructions: 1. Open Packet by pressing down along the dotted line 2. Pull packet open 3. Put in 2 tablespoons of water 3. Mix thoroughly 4. Consume. It took her 30 seconds to fulfil the last instruction because there was only about 3 tablespoons in the packet. “A bit sweet” was the verdict, followed by “Mum what can I have for breakfast?”
Ok, so, let's go through Lizi's (whoever she is) On-The-Go theory, taking a moment to review it with a normal packet of cereal..... 1.Walk to cupboard. 2 .Open cupboard, bend down and get a bowl. 3. Close cupboard. 4. Walk to opposite cupboard. 5. Open cupboard and take out cereal packet. 6. Shut cupboard. 7. Open cereal packet, lift and pour required amount into bowl. 8. Walk or jog to fridge. 9. Open fridge and get milk. 10. Walk or jog back to bowl (really getting into this!) 11. Lift milk carton and pour onto cereal. 12. Pick up spoon. 13. Consume. ….. Phew! I'm tuckered out!
I had a near epiphany with the Mug Shot. This flew into my trolley with Noel in mind. And it's Guilt Free! Wow! I am a parent..... a woman..... a mother! Guilt is my middle name. Oh yes! I'm a Catholic as well! ….... Can I bulk- buy? …..........
Oh, hang on.......I think it's talking about the fat content. It's only got 2.3g of fat in it....
Amongst the ingredients are:- Sugar, Dipotassium Phosphate, Trisodium Citratel, Dried Glucose Syrup, Maltodextrin and Stabilisers.........but hey ho, I can feel guilt free giving it to my teenage (skinny) son because it contains hardly any fat.
Noel said it wasn't as nice as the Pot Noodle.
“Isn't a Mugshot one of those photos you have when you go to prison? Noel asked.
“Yeah....and I'm feeling a bit like one now”.
I'll live with the guilt.
I don't really want this blog to be all about food. It's just that
purchasing food seems to be what I do the most and it is my biggest
bill. The chips are down financially (no pun intended) and, when
that has been the case in the past, food shopping is always the first
to get hit. I am a little tired of TV programmes promoting the
“cooking-from-scratch” and “shop well for less” idea and,
much as I like Jamie Oliver, his thirty minute meals cook book
required me to buy a load of equipment that I couldn't afford. To
prove my point I went out and bought the ingredients to make my own
pizza bases and toppings. I quite enjoyed the process of making them
with Hayley and, as the photo suggests, they were full of
promise.....but when they came out of the oven they had ballooned,
the mozzarella was a river and there was no taste there at all. Now
there are massive slices of the stuff taking up most of the fridge.
I'm vegan but tried the dough and it was a bitter disappointment.
“If you are going to experiment Mum can you do it at lunch time and not at dinner. And if you do, can you warn me.” Noel suggested.
Hayley patted me on the arm “It's OK mum, you tried your best, you always do...it's just this time you didn't succeed.
Noel was bothered about the waste and said he would eat it cold later on in the evening........It's still in the fridge. I suppose I shall have to filter bits to Ollie over the next few days. He already had his eyes on it last night and wouldn't go for a pee until I'd given him a taste. He can sniff out a leftover from miles off. He's easy to please.
The home made baked beans were amazing though. Although it is
cheaper to buy a tin from Aldi and, next time I shall just pop over
the road to Asda and get two Pizzas for a quid each because, at least
I know they will be eaten.
Now I need to find a use for a large bag of bread flour and some left
over yeast. I can't even give it to my ex-husband, who is an artisan
baker. He only uses organic, locally milled flour. The kids are too
old for me to turn it into Play-dough.
Cutting corners is difficult. Cheaper toilet roll is useless as well.