• One Grand Family Challenge

    It’s a wrap!

    The #OneGrandFamilyChallenge is over! The month really flew by and I can’t believe I’m typing up the final post. What an eye opening experience this has been. Before I get into it though, here’s a quick recap of this weeks meals: Day 29 – Monday – Beans on toast This was such a busy day. I went grocery shopping that morning and took over the Food Lovers Market Instagram account for the day. It was a ton of fun but I was pooped and needed something quick and easy for supper. Instead of making the usual butter beans curry and rice, I made toasted garlic rolls to go with the…

  • The beginning of the end

    I reached a turning point today. It happened while I was at gym because what else is there to do while on a treadmill but re-evaluate your life am I right?? There I was, suffering but enjoying the workout and wondering why I wait so long between gym visits (I didn’t even make my 36 swipes last year. Bye bye 75% discount!) Lately I’v been feeling as if I am spreading myself too thin. By trying to do too much, I have been putting a half assed effort into everything. And that’s not me. I love my life. I have a husband who adores me, two kids who fill my…

  • Week Four – The #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

    This budgeting business is definitely getting easier. It also helps to shop at the same store because I know more or less the cost of groceries at Food Lovers Market now so when I plan the meals I can balance out the cost of ingredients through the week. Here is my Meal Plan for Week 4 I spent a total of R991,10 on groceries today and this is what it looked like You really can get a TON of fresh produce and ingredients for R1,000. All it takes is about half an hour of planning a week. Here’s is a list of what I bought: In case you missed it,…

  • Loaded Mac and Cheese

    Week Three Recap of the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

    I can (almost) confidently say that meal planning is now a habit for me. I love having a list of what to cook instead of standing in front of the fridge and tying to come up with a balanced meal every day. Besides saving money, this whole process is really saving me time. If you ignore the time it takes to take pics and upload it all to social media that is, haha! Here’s a recap of the weeks meals: Day 15 – Monday – Lentil & Mushroom Quesadillas This was the first time I have ever cooked with lentils and I really don’t know why! The Quesadillas were delicious.…

  • Week Three – The #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

    We are heading into Week 3 of the challenge and I am attempting to balance out my more expensive ingredients with more cost effective meals on other days. Monday’s Lentil Quesadillas is balancing out Fridays Prawn Thai Curry for instance. Here is the Meal Plan for this week: And this is the shopping list: Rolling over ingredients from previous weeks, such as the wasabi, is adding more flavor to my meals. The girls are also getting used to snacking on fruit and veggies which is a lovely healthy spin off. In case you missed it, here’s the Week Two recap. And don’t forget, Food Lovers Market is giving away R1,000…

  • An open letter to my mum in anticipation of Mother’s Day

    I am not an emotionally demonstrative person. For me personally, it is much easier to show someone how I feel through my actions as opposed to my words. However, if anyone deserves a public display of affection, it’s my mum. So I will attempt to put into words what I know I could never articulate in person. Mum, this is for you… I see you You have always been Mum. With the blindness and self centeredness of a child, I wasn’t truly able to see you as more than my parent until I myself became a mother. Now I see you; as a woman with a husband that you love…

  • Week Two – The #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

    Week Two has rolled around and I’m feeling more confident in terms of meal planning as well as grocery shopping. I did the shop this morning and came back with a few treats over and above the groceries. I planned on doing some baking this week because we pretty much just snacked on Marie Biscuits last week (they were lovely but still). The Bakery section beckoned and it worked out WAY cheaper to buy a few baked goods as opposed to making them. I came home with 5 croissants, 3 doughnuts and a Malva pudding all for the grand total of R60! Score!! It’s actually a test of my willpower…

  • Week One – The #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

    I know I said that I would have this out on Sunday but since I havn’t gone to bed yet (01:52), I’m going to say I met my deadline! Here is the Week One – Meal Plan As I mentioned in my previous post , there are no recipes, because the Meal Plan is supposed to serve as cooking inspiration more than a hard and fast menu. There is a very good chance that I will chop and change a few meals within the constraints of my ingredients during the week. Every evening I will post pics of our dinner on Instagram and Facebook together with my recipe for the meal.…

  • What’s for dinner?

    If you have been following me on Instagram and Facebook, you would have seen my What’s for dinner? posts. This is something new that I started this week as a way for me to reconnect with my love of cooking. As a by-product, I will be giving you meal ideas that are really simple, quick, (usually) healthy and most importantly tasty. Monday night This was an Asian inspired, pork stir fry. And it was amazing!!!! So good in fact, that we ate it all and I had no leftovers for lunch the next day! I try to cook big meals for supper so that I only cook once a day.…

  • Back in my day…

    Tomorrow is my 34th birthday and I thought that now is as good a time as any to start acting like an old lady and list a few things that my kids will either laugh at or not believe from my childhood. Girls if you’re reading this, this is for you! Back in my day kids would walk to school Yep. They really did. From the age of 5, many kids would walk to school without adult supervision. No pepper spray. No gps tracking watch. Just a school bag and some friends. I knew of kids who would even carry a set of house keys because when they walked back…