We're almost halfway through our summer holidays. How are you enjoying summer this year? One of my favorite things about this summer is our serious lack of mosquitoes. I don't know if it's just in my city or if it's all over our province, but this is the first year I haven't had to wear the perfume of summer- insect repellant.
Given how wonderfully bug-free we've had it so far, I've spent a lot of time outside. After-dinner glass of wine on the deck, BBQ'ing, even just spending time reading a novel and drinking a cup of coffee or a glass of iced-tea outside- it has been marvelous.
For me, meal planning is pretty different during the dog days of summer. I don't plan for the month, for one thing. It's still planned, but loosely, and looks more generic than specific. For example, tonight I was thinking of having chicken. My planner says "chicken?", instead of specific "curry coconut chicken". We might have a stirfry, or sandwiches, or kabobs, or a wrap...or maybe curry coconut chicken. I found a great-sounding recipe online here, and I have some potatoes that need using.
I've purchased my grocery items as I need them, this month, as well. Partly because I've been trying to clean out my freezer and fridge (in preparation for a major defrosting), and partly because my brain seems to need a vacation too. We might be out doing things more (given that it's summer) and I try to keep our options for mealtimes open so that we don't have to rush home if we're having a good time somewhere else.
I do have to say, though, that buying a little here and there adds up quite significantly compared to my usual Costco shop. For example, our local No Frills has blueberries on sale this week- 2 pints for $3. I spent less than $4 at Costco a week ago for twice that amount of blueberries. The takeaway for me is to keep an eye on how much I've spent already and to make sure I allocate enough to get us through to the end of the month.
How are your summer meals working out for you?