Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Menu Planning & Mother's HoT Tips

7 Mother's HoT Tips - flip a coin LOL

1.The Perfect Mother's way:
Stuff miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice-cream drips.

The Busy Mum's way: Just suck the ice-cream out of the bottom of the cone for Pete's sake. You are probably lying on the couch with your feet up eating it anyway!!

2.The Perfect Mother's:
To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.

Busy Mum's: Buy a packet of DEB (instant potato flakes) and keep it in the cupboard for up to a year.

3.The Perfect Mother's:
When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking tin, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won't be any white mess on the outside of the cake.

Busy Mum's: Woolworth sell cakes. They even do decorated versions.

4.The Perfect Mother's:
If you accidentally over salt a dish while it's still cooking, drop in a potato slice.

Busy Mum's: If you over salt a dish while you are cooking, tough! Recite the working Mum's motto: "I made it and you will eat it and I don't care how bad it tastes!"

5.The Perfect Mother's:
Wrap celery in aluminium foil when putting it in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.

Busy Mum's: It could keep forever. Who eats it??

6.The Perfect Mother's:
Cure for headaches. Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.

Busy Mother's: Cure for headaches. Take a lime, cut it in half and drop it in a double vodka. Drink the vodka. You might still have the headache, but you won't care!

7. Perfect Mother's:
Freeze leftover wine into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.

Busy Mum's: Left over wine??? HELLO!!!????

I like the Busy Mum's headache and casserole tips best!!

My hot tip ... go and buy a bottle of South Eastern Australian Shiraz tomorrow and there won't be any left for the casserole. Cheers!!!

(ps this is not original but I adapted it to suit from an email - feel free to steal and share)

see more HoT's at Skittles Place

I was in a sombre mood yesterday after posting about Randy. Gosh, I want to live life to the full but also be mindful of using my time & money wisely.

Yesterday was

No that's not my Menu Plan ...wish they were my desserts though!

Last week we pretty much stuck to the menu plan but we did eat out one night -when the teen had a sleep over ( that saves a lot of money LOL and the Brothers had leftover Bolognaise and shared some of our dinner). Sunday~ we got Roast Beef at my Brother's house.

Tuesday : BBQ Satay Marinated Chicken Thighs in Satay Sauce and Jasmine Rice, steamed beans & peas (for J) (it was delicious)

Wednesday: Spaghetti Bolognaise one of my family's favorite meal - everyone eats this (complete with hidden grated carrots/zucchini/mushrooms and red Lentils -I am really sneaky.)

Thursday:Chicken Schnitzel, steamed potato and vegetable (plus rice side dish and peas for J - he likes peas)

Friday:Cellobella's Favourite Pasta (Toddler version leftover Bolognaise sauce)

Saturday: Takeaway Pizza ... using $4.95 coupons ??? or I might try making my own pizza dough and my own

Sunday : Roast Lamb,mint jelly & gravy , roast potatoes/pumpkin and lots of steamed vegetables .We will have a family dinner with my brother, his family and my Mother - it's our turn!

Monday :I am hoping to buy some fresh fish ...grill or crumb and shallow fry to have with oven wedges and salad.

see more Menus and even some recipes @ I am an Organising Junkie.
Hooray - she has homemade Chicken pizza recipe ...I just discovered .


maggie said...

I might have to start coming over your house for dinner.

CelloBella said...

Loved the best mother/busy mother h&t - definitely agree with ALL of them.

And oooh - now the pressure's on! Hope the pasta works for you.


Robyn Jones said...

Love the list! It was hilarious-and usable...I might even try one and two....LOL!

Misty Dawn said...

Ahahahahaha I LOVE your HoT post! That was hilarious!

Skittles said...

I can really identify with the busy mom! LOL.. funny, funny stuff!!! :)

Hey it's Amy Shipp said...

I smiled and giggled at your list! That is very cute. :) Also, your dinners sound deliteful!

maggie's mind said...

Such a great list! So much fun to read. What time did you say you usually serve dinner? I might be in the neighborhood ;)

Meleah the Mommy said...

I love Australian Shiraz. YUMMY!

baby~amore' said...

maggie and maggie's mind it is supposed to be 6pm according to my DH's new plan ...

Meleah - I didn't list my wines yet ... I only have a little because I am still nursing the Brothers and they prefer Daddy's beer LOL

The Shiraz might go well with the Pasta tonight and later in the week... Cellobella -what do you recommend ?

just jamie said...

Menu plan? Huh? I thought cereal for dinner 7 nights was totally acceptable.

I know "Busy Mom" wouldn't mind. :)

P.S. My family is envious. Maybe I'll plagiarize your menu.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love your HoT!! Especially the headache and casserole suggestions! LOL! They're all great, though! :)

Tasina said...

I'm seriously trying to decide if a the price of a plane ticket to Australia is worth all that food. I'm leaning towards YES INDEED!!!!

Oh but I guess it's rude to just invite myself over. HINT HINT HINT

JaniceNW said...

I am the busy mum and a bad wife! Makes me sound more fun, don't ya think? I need more pics of those adorable boys of yours! All 3, even the one who challenges your mental acuity on a daily basis. (grins)

Andrée said...

I love the Busy Mom list. I laughed and laughed. thank you! http://meeyauw.blogspot.com/2008/03/heads-or-tails-243-map-of-republic-of.html

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