I am determined to have a good old clean and declutter. Decluttering is an ongoing project here at Shoestring Cottage. As fast as I get rid of stuff, more seems to appear. Oh well, I find it therapeutic anyway.
Last night I went through the linen cupboard and the shelves in the bedroom. I am gathering suitable items for a boot sale in a couple of weeks. It’s hard to find time for major blitzing when you work full time and have hobbies you want to dedicate some hours to as well – like my blog!
As well as the boot sale, another reason for a deep clean is that I am advertising for a new lodger. Our current one is finishing her masters in a month and will be disappearing back off to Nottingham. I am going to miss her and hope we can find such an easy going person as a replacement.
As I am busy, it is even more important to plan our meals to save time and money. I am going for easy options this week.
This week’s meal plan
Ratatouille with rice plus a pork loin steak for Mr S. I will have grated cheese on mine. Yes, we are still eating donated courgettes. I am almost glad we are not growing them this year!
Spaghetti cheese casserole. We haven’t had this for ages and it’s one of my fave vegetarian dinners.
Veggie burgers from the freezer with fries made in the air fryer and salad. A ‘junk food’ dinner that is actually low fat and nutritious.
As we have a lot of potatoes (I bought some but didn’t realise my daughter also had) and they don’t last in the heat, I need to use them up! I am going to try this recipe from Delia Smith, baked fish and potatoes. This looks lovely!
Cheese and courgette quiche with new potatoes and salad. Need to use up the salad ingredients!
Baked salmon with whatever veg we have lying around.
Vegetable curry and rice. I generally make this up as I go with a vegetable selection such as potatoes, peas, celery, broccoli, peas and carrots, a pot of paste and a tin of tomatoes. There are a couple of naans in the freezer that need to be eaten with this.
A bit of balance
I want to make sure we are eating lots of fruit and vegetables and getting at least our five a day. On the other hand, I don’t want to be slaving over a hot stove! My daughter is an excellent cook and she helps a lot, so these are all meals she will happily join in with. Mr S, on the other hand, is terrified of cooking. Definitely a can’t cook, won’t cook sort o person. Luckily, he is otherwise the most handy and practical person I know so we keep him busy anyway.
What’s going on in your kitchen this week? Anything exciting on your meal plan?
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