#35 Meal Plan Monday 2017

This Sunday is Father’s Day in Australia. Is anyone surprised that my husband has requested we have some sort of beef for dinner? What have you got planned for Father’s Day? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

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Monday – Lamb Curry with leftover roast lamb
Tuesday – Burritos
Wednesday – Teriyaki Chicken
Thursday – Spinach and Ricotta Agnolotti
Friday – Pizza Party Friday Night
Saturday – Dinner at my Mum’s for an early Father’s Day celebration with Opa
Sunday – Corned Beef with Cheese Sauce

What’s on your menu this week?

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Father’s Day on a Budget

Father’s Day is coming up in Australia so this week I thought I would put together a list of budget friendly gift ideas. These are just little things that I think my husband or Dad would love to receive that don’t cost an absolute fortune.

Father's Day Gift Ideas 1An Awesome Mug – Coffee mugs are always a welcome gift in our house. We seem to go through quite a few of them. It may have something to do with the fact that I am incredibly clumsy and have a gift for breaking crockery. Maybe.

BBQ Tools – Father’s Day means Spring is here and as the weather warms up we will start to use the BBQ more again. A nice set of BBQ Tools (Kmart have some great ones) will set your Dad or partner up for the coming months (and maybe give you the night off from cooking dinner!).

A Gift Card – The trick with gift cards is to pick the right store for the recipient. Opa loves home improvement projects, so a Bunnings Gift Card always makes him happy. Similarly, if your Dad/partner is into games or cars, I’m sure he’d love one from EB Games or Autobarn.

Homemade Fudge – Fudge is a great treat that you can also personalise to cater to the preferences of whoever Father's Day Gift Ideas 2you are giving it to. My Dad loves Cherry Ripe chocolate bars, so I’ve been tweaking my recipe for Cherry Ripe fudge. I think I’ve just about perfected it (if you’d like the recipe let me know).

Breakfast in Bed – This is usually at the top of my Husband’s wish list for any special occasion. Who doesn’t love waking up to the smell of bacon being cooked just for them?

What are you gifting the Dad’s in your life this Father’s Day?

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#30 Meal Plan Monday 2017

This week is a special one in my house because it is my husbands 30th birthday on Saturday! I let him pick our meals for the week and you will notice there is a lot of beef! We’re going out for lunch on Sunday to celebrate, so dinner (if anyone is actually hungry) will just be simple.

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Monday – Beef Ravioli
Tuesday – Beef Stroganoff
Wednesday – Corned Beef
Thursday – Curried Sausages
Friday – Pizza Party Friday Night!
Saturday – Lasagna
Sunday – Eggs on Toast

What’s on your menu this week?

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Budget Friendly Winter School Holidays Ideas

Yesterday was the last day of term 2 in NSW. This post was supposed to go up then but apparently I was already in holiday mode and it just didn’t happen. Better late than never though right?

Be sure to have a look at some of the school holidays activities I have posted previously.

  1. Whale Watching – If you are fortunate enough to live on the East Coast of NSW (or you somehow find yourself there these holidays), make sure you spend some time whale watching. Rug up warm, check out this website for the top spots in your area and enjoy a great day out.
  2. Play ‘The Floor is Lava’ – Some days it is just too cold to venture outside but the kids still need a way to get their sillies out. Tell them that the floor is now lava so everyone has to stay off it for the day. This seems to be everywhere on the Internet right now, but it’s also a great way to amuse the kids. Spread some pillows around so that there are safe areas to jump between and spend the day hopping around the house. Make sure to have a good giggle when someone inevitable forgets and “melts” in the lava.
  3. Make hot chocolate – Hot chocolate is a great way to warm up when it’s chilly outside, and is a great treat to enjoy for morning or afternoon tea. Whip up some cream, get out the sprinkles, and let the kids go to town.
  4. Have a pyjama day – These are my son’s favourite days. The days when he gets to wear his jammies ALL day, no matter what we do. I don’t always participate but some days it is just too tempting to stay snuggly and warm in my pyjamas and slippers.
  5. Make soup – Soup is another great way to warm up when it’s cold. Add it to your meal plan one night and then get the kids to help measure ingredients and chop vegetables. They’re more likely to eat it if they helped make it!

What do you have planned for the school holidays? I’d love to hear some more ideas in the comments.

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#23 Meal Plan Monday 2017

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Monday – Chicken Soup
Tuesday – Beef ravioli
Wednesday – Satay Chicken
Thursday – Curried Sausages
Friday – Pizza Party Friday Night!
Saturday – Dinner at my Mum’s
Sunday -Sushi

What’s on your menu this week?

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