I cleaned up my kitchen today to get out of my messy kitchen blues- cranked up the tunes and danced my way through a mound of dishes and pantry items that needed to be put away. Then I messed it all up again, because I wanted to make muffins and start dinner.
Que sera, sera.
I decided to spend some time enjoying a cup of tea and a muffin while the kids happily ate theirs. Usually I'm just gulping down out of a travel cup, but today decided to break out the china my husband inherited from his granny and made my moment of tea something to savour.
What have you savoured lately?
Enjoy your moments, friends!
First thing this morning, even before breakfast, I had dinner in our slow cooker- split pea soup. And while I was finishing off dinner- cooking quinoa, adding frozen peas- dessert was cooking in our oven.
Normally we aren't a dessert family. I typically serve it when we have guests, and I prefer to think of it more as a treat, and less of an expected part of a meal. Tonight I thought I'd try something new with classic apple crumble. I cut down on the butter and sugar, added a taste of maple syrup, used some chia and chopped walnuts. I omitted flour completely, which makes this suitable for a GF diet. I also used a ready-made granola- 38g of whole grains per serving- as a shortcut, just because I felt like it.
Truth be told, I don't know if my family will like this since there's no room in the freezer for ice cream, but I do know I will. I suspect this will be my breakfast for a few days this week. Which is ok with me, because who doesn't like dessert for breakfast?
How was your Sunday dinner tonight?
Fort Saskatchewan is blessed with an agency that seeks to better the lives of families. They offer so much support to such a variety of people by offering early childhood services and programming, parenting seminars, and so much more. They're known as Families First Society.
I, myself, have been blessed by Families First countless times over the years. They have outgrown their current location and are fundraising to renovate their new home to make it more useful and family-friendly.
I'm offering my skills to assist them in their efforts. If you've been sitting on the fence about hiring me to meal plan or grocery shop, here's an opportunity to benefit Families First while getting on track with your meals and grocery budget. Purchase a 30-meal Meal Plan plus 2 weekly grocery shops from me and I will donate $25 to the Society. Just 4 clients will give them $100. Small amounts add up to make a big difference!
Enjoy your weekend, friends.
Apparently, today is the saddest day of the year, at least that's what Global Edmonton told me this morning while I was watching the news. I'm not feeling particularly blue, but I am pretty tired, and a little bit sick.
So my meal plan didn't work out as planned last weekend, and that's ok. Today, instead of yesterday, we're having beef stew for dinner. I'm not fussy or complicated. Sometimes all it takes to put a smile on my face is a bowl full of delicious stew and a complimentary glass of wine. Like Fergie from Viva Pinata says, "Mouth, I love you" (check out the video at around 8:33).
Sadly, I'll never be able to exactly recreate this pot of stew. I pulled a bag of bison drippings and beef gravy from the freezer to add to the pot and I think that made all the difference. One of the benefits of using your freezer in this way is to keep leftover almost anything- drippings, vegetables, rice, meat, tomato sauce, etc.- ready to go when you need an easy meal starter. This, in turn, keeps your food budget more trim, as you aren't trying to cook from the bottom up for every meal. Another benefit to keeping small portions of leftovers is to cut down on food waste. With the economy in many parts of the world losing ground, and food prices increasing on a regular basis, it's so important to avoid waste as much as possible. Definitely label your freezer bags. Even when I'm sure I'll remember what's in a particular bag, if I don't label it I usually forget.
When you set up your meal plan, make sure you periodically check your freezer for what you've got ready to use, and make sure you use it. Even frozen food eventually expires.
Enjoy your week, friends!
I am contemplating a client's suggestion of producing a printed cookbook with The Meals Maven exclusive recipes (as found on my website) that includes grocery lists, time-saving techniques, photographs, etc. To sweeten the pot, I am thinking of adding a section of never-before seen recipes exclusively developed and tested by The Meals Maven. These recipes will be exclusively available in the cookbook, and not online.
I'd appreciate your vote and to hear what you'd most like to see added. Please feel free to comment on this post as well as I will take as many suggestions and comments into consideration as possible.
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Enjoy your Thursday,
Although I write everything down in my planner, having this handy magnetic pad on my fridge serves as a great reminder to make sure I pull out of the freezer whatever needs to thaw for dinner tomorrow night. It also serves as a place to point my constantly hungry first son when he walks in the door from school and asks me "what's for dinner?".
One of these days I'll have him fill out the lunches and grab bag sections, too, so there will be an answer for the second most common question I hear from everyone every day: "I'm hungry. What can I eat?"
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Enjoy your day!
Quick! Can you name the movie that quote is featured in? I haven't seen this movie in a number of years, but over the Christmas break I watched it again. I have to say I laughed out loud when the kitchen scene played out.
I'm not making blue soup tonight for dinner, but I am making potato patties that are suspiciously green. Hopefully they taste good :) I'll let you know details once we have them for supper.
Enjoy what's left of Wednesday, my dears!
I'm on a mission to make eggs my husband likes. He finds cooked eggs inedible, but they're such an inexpensive and healthy form of protein I'd really like to change his mind. He loves the flavours found in salsa and santa-fe type of seasoning, so I'm working at developing spice blends to work with that flavour, and juggling the amount of egg, milk, and vegetables cooked together.
Do you have any tried and true recipes with this flavour profile in mind you can lead me to?