I knew that this year would be one of changes, and boy, we have had changes, and perhaps more to come. Today, the 1st of September, is still just within the school holidays, but this week will take the EFG to Aberdeen, and the YFG back to school. Gymnastics won't resume for another two weeks, so we have a little lee way with that, and piano lessons probably not until next week.
I have given the EFG a couple of "student" cookbooks to take on her journey, but it did occur to me that they might be very useful for the YFG and I too. I will be cooking for two now, instead of four, and it feels strange already. I have been preparing for it through the summer: whenever I bought meat, I packaged in one or two-person portions before I froze it, and the apple sauce has been bottled in smaller jars this year.
The YFG does love a bit of junk now and again [pizza and chips with her friend last night, for example] but she will eat most things [apart from courgettes and mushrooms, she would shout] so I am not thinking that there will be any major dramas. I just have to think about things more carefully - freezing bread for her in smaller packages than whole loaves, for example, because a whole loaf would go off before she could manage to eat it. We may not have roast dinners with joints of meat unless we have guests, perhaps, or we could cook a joint and freeze extra portions....we're going to have to have a go at this one and see what feels right.
I'm going to join in with Sue's storecupboard challenge once everyone is back in a routine - there are still some things to buy for the journey for the EFG and the YFG needs to think about what she is going to eat in her lunchbox this term - she may not fancy her last staple of cheese and tomato sandwiches this term. We have a new budget to manage, and it will be interesting to see if we can go even lower!
Your comments and advice would be welcomed........
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