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I’m writing this late on Sunday evening. It has been a great day! I took the kids out running with me whilst my husband went on a mega bike ride this morning. After that I went to Aldi for the food shop. The best bit, however, was spending the afternoon at our friends’ house. They have children similar ages to ours and are kind and generous hosts. We love hanging with them. We spent this afternoon eating, drinking and chilling in their hot tub. So after the surprisingly beautiful afternoon, I’m sat here thinking “Yay” It’s soup season!” I love soup! I know I’m odd.
As I said in last week’s post: “The Normal Week” this was to be our first week with all jobs and activities back up and running. I was quite excited and rightly so! This week has been great! Everything ran like clockwork. Despite feeling a bit busy at times the structure and routine actually gave us more time together. Being organised was a key part of the week and meal planning was a huge contributor. Not needing to think about food meant that it was one less thing to worry about.
This coming week is particularly dull on paper. It is essentially the same as last week but without forest school on Wednesday morning. We are expecting Nanny and Grandad to visit on Saturday though, which will be nice. And I’ve planned extra food for them. Aside from that though, it’s business as usual.
I am very excited to start including soup back on my menus! We had soup multiple times a week throughout last winter and it was amazing! I am kicking soup season off this week with Spiced Parsnip Soup which is an absolute favourite of mine. The recipe is one that I stole from a friend who first made this for us. It is a simple parsnip soup with a little bit of shop bought curry paste stirred in. And oh goodness! It is proper yummy!
It has been ages since I have done American pancakes. With no forest school happening this Wednesday I’ve decided that we are going to have a lazy morning that includes pancakes, blueberries and a decent amount of maple syrup. I’m actually quite excited about it! Rest of the week will be “the usuals”.
Jacket potatoes with beans and cheese
Spiced parsnip soup
Satay chicken with brown rice
Sausage and chips
Lemon & thyme chicken with baby potatoes
Steak & ale pie and mash
Chilli & jacket potatoes
Another big one this week (although exactly £1 less than last week)! This time it comes with a plan though! I have officially made the decision to only do a Tesco delivery shop once a fortnight. After shopping at Aldi for the last couple of weeks I have realised that the things I buy at Tesco are not costing me enough to avoid the pick and pack charge. Therefore, this week I’ve bought double of all the stuff that I HAVE to buy at Tesco.
There are some things that I do not need to buy at Tesco but they are cheaper from there. A whole chicken for example. I figured that those foods I will just have fortnightly rather than weekly so that they stay fresh long enough. If it is a product that will last or can be frozen then I will just buy it two weeks in advance. Time to get more organised!
I think next week is going to be even more boring than this one. I guess it is time to fully embrace autumn though and get the pumpkins out. And soup! More soup!
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