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August Bank Holiday weekend has been and gone, and true to itself, it rained! A lot! My husband got fairly soaked on more than one occasion this week cycling home from work so has had a complete overhaul of his cycling gear. I have found myself craving hot chocolate rather than ice cream and it definitely feels like autumn has arrived. Cooking delicious autumn foods is one of the best bits about this time of year, so I’m actually quite excited. Hello September!
This week has felt a bit unsettled food wise. Both my husband and I have exercised a lot this week and I think we have just been hungry. I feel like all I have done this week is eat and eat and eat. Also when I checked the weather forecast this time last week, it said it was going to be nicer than it turned out to be. Luckily we decided to have another BBQ on Tuesday. It really has been a great summer for BBQs. I only hope we can fit in another one or two before we put our BBQ away for winter.
This week is the last full week of my summer holidays. It means that after this week we will return to our busy lives of working, nursery and all the kiddies’ activities. Although I’m looking forward to this next phase of our lives (it will be my first time working part time since I left school), I want to enjoy every last moment of this summer. It has been beautiful! We have had excellent weather and some amazing times together as a family. With this remaining week, I’m going to try and spend as much time with my children and husband as possible. Doing all the things we love. And of course, eating yummy foods!
With the temperature dropping, I’m feeling the need to start including more cooked breakfast options on the menu. Therefore, I will be stocking up on porridge oats and eggs this week. That way if it stays dry we will still be able to eat our breakfast outside as we will having lovely warm food to keep us snug.
Ham and Cheese Pinwheels
Homemade Sausage Rolls
Leftover Chicken Wraps
Sweet tomato pasta
Porc Carbonnade and mash
Sausage and chips
Roast chicken and new potatoes
Spaghetti and meatballs
This week I took a different tactic with my shopping. I did my usual food shop on Tesco on Sunday evening for a Tuesday delivery. Then wrote down everything including its unit price. Monday morning I went to Aldi and did the whole shop except I only bought it if it was cheaper. Doing this knocked £6 off my shopping bill and I even bought some extra bits in Aldi that I had forgotten I needed. Doing it this way means I will slowly build up a list of what to buy and it will get easier each week. This week though I am just happy with that saving.
It is back to work and nursery for us all next week so it is going to feel a bit strange. I’ll be up and out of the house early and preparing packed lunches, so it is going to take a bit of extra planning. I’m hoping that I will get back into my stride quickly enough and the return of routine will help me lose some more weight too.
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