Monday, 11 August 2014

Oh My Gosh....I Need a Plan...

So last week I sat down with my monthly planner and wrote out all the things happening in August in an attempt to gain back some sort of order!  You can check the blog out here...

The result even scared me a bit!!  The month is full of the usual school days and school stuff as well as after school activities....but it also has a whole heap more thrown the primary school musical, doctor and specialist appointments for Miss 16...and more....

There is one whole week where there is something extra on every day that week so I will be out on the Monday, at Miss 10's netball gala day on the Tuesday, co-ordinating the primary school Dance-a-thon on the Wednesday, assisting at Miss 5's tabloid sports day on the Thursday and doing canteen duty at high school on the Friday....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Once I saw that week filled in I instantly knew that I would not be able to get through the rest of August without a plan...a meal plan.  

I need to sit down and do some serious meal planning.  Meal planning is something I do in a fashion that could only be described as sporadic.  I plan for a fortnight, get most of what I need in the online grocery shop, forget to get the rest and then we get busy and the plan goes out the window!!

But with winter sports coming to an end there should be more evenings at home and more meals eaten together at the dinner table rather than in passing as one comes in the door and another goes out the door!

Starting with the pretty meagre offerings already in the pantry, fridge and freezer I am sitting down now and writing out a list of dinners then I am matching up these meals with the days that they best suit....

This week looks like this so far.... cakes, mash potato and salad
Tuesday..........chicken and cashew nut stir fry with rice
Wednesday.....meat pies, chips and salad
Friday.............chicken burgers

I am hoping to manage to add to our selection of home made freezer meals this week too because with activities scheduled for every day next week there is little chance of me cooking at the end of the day!!  

So I am hoping to make and freeze...
garlic prawn linguine with creamy sauce
beef stroganoff 
spaghetti bolognaise
fried rice

I'll also need to plan afternoon snacks as well....I always forget about afternoon snacks until about 2.59pm when I am on my way to pick up the girls....then I find myself praying to find an unopened packet of biscuits squished up the back of the pantry or a stick of celery and a carrot that haven't completely lost their crunch!!

This weeks snacks look like this so far...
fruit salad
dip and crackers
homemade cookies

So there's the is looking good so to go online and order any other groceries I need...then to start chopping up salad and fruit from my trip to the local fruit n veg shop this morning.....

Here's hoping I can stick to the plan!!!

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