2019 Housekeeping Challenge




Hi folks - I hope the new year is panning out OK for you all.

With January half gone it is probably time to smooth down the proverbial pinny and look 2019 squarely in the face.

Basil and mint flourishing in the courtyard


Yesterday we were talking about food and food budgeting and menu planning and Mrs HM said " I think this year you can take charge of the food budget and shopping".  Boom.  There it is.  I know this is going to be much more challenging than it looks on the surface, but I am ready to give it my best.  I know I'll be asking a zillion questions of Mrs HM during the year and I might just need to up the ante with my plain fare cooking. Anyway, it will be fun to share with you my failures, success and realisations during 2019 on this front. Any excuse for more food photos!


We are off for a family holiday soon so there will be very little (read zero) activity here till early February.

In the meantime here are some random pictures from around our place recently.


Cherry tomatoes ripening on the kitchen window sill

Challah bread - beautiful honey flavoured and great for breakfasts

$2.99 per kg for chicken thigh fillets  -  frugal much!

Cherry tomatoes growing in the courtyard.
We pick them as soon as the first hint of pink shows
and ripen them inside away from birds, possums and grubs.

The laterals I pinched off the main tomato bush
and replanted have all taken off like a shot.

Fried crumbed chicken and mango salad

Chilis beginning to ripen


So, I'll have a couple of weeks while we are away to think and plan this year's shopping, menu's, stockpiling, specials hunting, food research and nutrition approach. I know Mrs HM does all this with ease and I hope after 12 months to have gathered some of this amazing skill. I'm not sure I'll be able to just memorise unit prices like she does nor be able to cook every meal without a recipe like she does or look in the cupboard and just invent a meal with 'whatever is there' ..... but here's to learning how.

See you all early Feb!

Take care  ..... and stay nice.

Mr HM

Comments

  1. I'll look forward to following your progress and hope it will inspire my husband. The only thing he can cook is pizza!

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    1. Pizza is a fabulous start. Once upon a time could only cook shepherds pie

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  2. Looking forward to your following your housekeeping challenge Mr HM. I always use a menu plan and shopping list for my grocery shopping. I did an overhaul of my menu plan in November when Don mentioned it felt to him that we seemed to be eating a lot of the same meals. We weren't but I had been slack when it came to side dishes. So I have improved by menu plan by adding some new meals and adding different side-dishes to most of the meals listed on the plan. I hope you enjoy your holidays.

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    1. I am still unsure if I am going to let 'specials' sopping dictate the menu or not .....

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  3. Good luck with the house keeping challenge Phil! I look forward to reading about your new cooking adventures.

    Have a nice vacation!

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  4. sounds like you will have even more fun!
    have a wonderful holiday, see you in Feb
    thanx for sharing

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  5. Have a great holiday, Phil. I look forward to seeing what you come up with in the kitchen this year. Sounds like it will be 'interesting'. LOL!

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    1. No doubt there will be some interesting learning curves and some spectacular fails to share with you all.

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  6. Looking forward to reading about your challenge.
    Have a lovely break.

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    1. We are back home as of yesterday - getting organised now we are back to reality

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  7. This is quite a challenge Mr HM, but I feel sure you will do a great job! I look forward to reading your posts on budgeting, cooking and menu planning. Sometimes it takes a good challenge like this to bring out the best in us.

    Enjoy your time away, see you when you get back :)

    xTania

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    1. Thanks Tania - As I finish work earlier than Mrs HM I am better placed to shop and prep the evening meal - we'll see how that goes.

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  8. Enjoy your time away. Look forward to reading on your progress.

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    1. Arrived home yesterday - working through the holiday washing as we speak!

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  9. Phil I am sure you will handle the new food budgeting and shopping well :).

    A few hints in case you haven't noticed the supermarket tricks is always look at the bottom shelves for the bargain prices as they tend to put the most expensive things at eye level. Also take your time shopping and compare the unit prices, check all sales flyers before leaving home and circle the ones you want. Keep your previous receipts and you can get the usual pricing of staples off that for future reference and check on the online prices too. Also run a perpetual shopping list and mark off what you have used as you use it and you will be up to date on starting your next shopping list.

    Look forward to seeing what you can do Phil.

    Sewingcreations15 (Lorna).

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    1. Thanks Lorna. We are very fortunate as I drive past an Aldi, Coles and Woolworths on the way home from work every day. I'll be picking the eyes out of the specials I think

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  10. Good luck Phil.

    My husband is a also a cook of plain fare but sometimes that is all you need. As long as it is nourishing, tastes good and you don’t have to mortgage the house to make it, there is nothing wrong with basic meals.

    My parents lived quite happily without jus, they called it gravy ��

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  11. You enjoy a challenge, MrHM, as you seem to schedule quite a few for yourself! Summer should be easy as there are all kinds of salads, green/pulse/pasta/rice, that one can make variations to. Looking forward to seeing what the Winter menu provides :).

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    1. I find winter cooking far easier RobynLouise - summer 'cooking' I find fiddly. Much to be learned.

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  12. It will be interesting to see what new flavour, you can contribute to the family food budget. I may even glean a few ideas. :)

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    1. I fear the flavour 'burnt' may feature from time to time - :-/

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