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.....
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.
Noel came downstairs today with a lean and hungry look and said “Well, I'll have a pot noodle then. There's nothing else to eat. You've got nothing to snack on”. This was said in his usual downward inflection whilst I am unpacking yet another three bags of shopping with food in. I then looked in the cupboard and pulled out an empty bread-stick packet, two empty egg boxes and a biscuit box with a wrapper in. In the fridge was an empty grated cheese bag and a juice bottle with a thimble full of liquid in it. “So, I'm supposed to be a mind reader am I Noel? I'm supposed to guess when the bags and boxes are empty.” he said “Well, all you've got to do is look inside and you'd see they were empty. I left them there to remind you.” I suppose he had a point.
The question is.......would it be cheaper to do a big shop? Or is it easier and more cost effective to shop by the day and just buy the basics like pasta, rice and sauces etc from Aldi? I've given up on a meal plan. We all eat different things and sometimes we eat at different times.
Do you know what? I don't really care. I hate unpacking it anyway, I only eat vegetables and the dog eats the leftovers and the the guinea pigs are eating the grass. I must be making a saving somewhere.