23 June 2017

Cath's Meal Plan 25/06/2017 - 01/07/2017

This week we will be eating:

Sunday: Roast Chicken

Monday: Nutmeat loaf, veggies

Tuesday: Vegetable Lasagne

Wednesday: Kransky, hot potato salad

Thursday: MOO Pizza

Friday: Stir-fry

Saturday: Toasted sandwiches, tomato soup

16 June 2017

Cath's Meal Plan 18/06/2017 - 24/06/2017

This week we will be eating:

Sunday: Roast Lamb

Monday: Vegetable Moussaka

Tuesday: Spaghetti Soup

Wednesday: Sweet Curry with left-over lamb & rice

Thursday: MOO Pizza

Friday: Haystacks

Saturday: Stuffed potatoes with cheese, coleslaw, pineapple, sour cream

12 June 2017

Honey Do List Update

Well here it is Monday night and what have we accomplished?  Only one thing on my list!

But it was a big thing. Wayne and I completely emptied, cleaned, sorted and tidied our wardrobe. That may not sound like a big job, but we have a big wardrobe, almost the same size as our bathroom. It took us hours and hours - three all up.

It's so nice now I've been walking into it every few minutes and just standing there.

Other than that, we've done nothing that was on the list and lots of things that weren't. It seems to go like that around here. We've talked to friends via Skype, entertained unexpected visitors, walked down memory lane looking at some photos we found, had lots of cups of tea and coffee and enjoyed brownies Hannah made.

The list is still on the fridge and I'll still cross things off as they get done but I'm not going to stress about the when or how, because in all honesty, in the grand scheme of things, they're just jobs that aren't vital to life, health or well-being, unlike spending time with the people who are important to us.

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11 June 2017

MOO Condensed Milk, Cross it Off Your Shopping List and Save a Fortune

I've just been browsing the Coles catalogue for this week and notice that condensed milk is on sale for $2.50, save 70 cents. I was gobsmacked! It's obviously been a while since I bought condensed milk because the last time (I just checked my notes) it was $1.69!

I do use condensed milk quite often, in baking and to make Russian caramels, but I can assure you I wouldn't be if I had to pay $2.50, let alone $3.20, a can (and those cans are about 30g smaller than they were when they were $1.69!).

MOO condensed milk has been a staple in my pantry for years. It's easy to make, tastes and works exactly like the tinned version and costs less than $2 to make more than double the quantity you'd be paing $3.20 for.

Here's my go to condensed milk recipe - and don't worry about being able to store it before it goes yellow. It will keep in the fridge for at least a week, longer if you turn the container upside down. But it freezes! Yes, put any extra in the freezer until you're ready to use it in another recipe.

MOO Condensed Milk

1 cup hot water
2 cups skim milk powder
2 cups white sugar
6 tbsp butter or margarine

Place all ingredients in a food processor and mix for about 3 minutes. The mixture will be quite thin, but thickens on standing for about an hour. Use immediately or refrigerate for up to one week. Can be frozen, thaw before use.

Makes 3 cups.

Seriously, it is so quick and easy to make and so cheap - why would you ever spend your hard earned dollars on tinned condensed milk?

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09 June 2017

Cath's Meal Plan 11/06/2017 - 17/06/2017

This week we will be eating:

Sunday: Roast Chicken

Monday: Curried tuna Slice, salad

Tuesday: Refrigerator Lasagne

Wednesday: Shredded beef & gravy pan fried sandwiches

Thursday: MOO Pizza

Friday: Hamburgers

Saturday: Fish, chips, salad

The Honey Do List for a Long Weekend

We have a long weekend this weekend (happy birthday Your Majesty) and for the first time in ages Wayne is on call all weekend so we will be home.

That means we'll have time to get some things done (and there are plenty!) so I've made a honey do list and posted it on the fridge.

I know we won't get it all done, but if we get at least half of the things on the list crossed off I'll be doing a happy dance on Monday night.

On the list:

  • Put up the shelves in the laundry
  • Move the  clotheshorse hooks
  • Paint the laundry
  • Hang the hand towel ring in the bathroom (finally!)
  • Move the shelves in our wardrobe to a better, more space efficient layout
  • Add the extra shelf in the cupboard under the oven
  • Finish off the pelmets and drapes in the lounge and diningroom (OK, this is me - I've had the fabric and tape for so long, I just haven't had the motivation to sit at the sewing machine and finish the job)
  • Make the drapes for our bedroom (see above!)
  • Hang the new curtains in the bathroom, toilet and ensuite (they're made, they just need to be put up)
  • Go through the kitchen dresser, donate what we don't need or want and put away the good dishes
  • Defrost and inventory all four freezers 

I'm going to come back and cross things off as they get done. I love seeing things crossed off to do lists so that will keep me motivated, and if I'm motivated then I can keep Wayne and the kids motivated.

What are your plans for the long weekend?

02 June 2017

Cath's Meal Plan 04/06/2017 - 10/06/2017

This week we will be eating:

Sunday: Roast Beef

Monday: Mexican Meatballs

Tuesday: Spag bol

Wednesday: Chicken parmigiana, salad, french fries

Thursday: MOO Pizza

Friday: Tacos

Saturday: Toasted Sandwiches