Friday, February 10, 2006

Food, Glorious Food!

It has been my total focus this past 24 hours... But not for the reasons you think...

No, I'm not having major cravings and planning on storming Maccas any time soon... I'm trying to figure out if I'm starving my boys - and it seems the answer is unanimously, YES! Well, at least according to them it is... Admittedly, they're probably eating the same quantity of food they were eating two years ago, and well, they are two years older now... So, after a family meeting last night, we agreed to up their food alotment and they agreed not to filch from the fridge anymore...

I feel pretty awful actually, about it all, like I should have already picked up on this ages ago, and I've somehow neglected their needs...

I also feel awful because I know our food bill is about to go up, which in the light of Dave's upcoming redundancy, is not a good thing...

I have to become more ingenius, make the money stretch further... That's a tall order for someone who is really only *just* learning how to eat properly herself, and I feel a tad overwhelmed by it all... We used to rely solely on processed foods, now we are eating a lot more fresh produce, but still we do eat a lot of yogurt, which comes out of plastic containers and therefore isn't cheap - it's our one really treat though, so I can't happily let go of it...

I'm considering taking up baking our own bread, and maybe other stuff like muffins, for snacks... I'm not sure though, is it REALLY cheaper? Would I REALLY be able to do it consistently enough for it to be worthwhile? Homemade bread is said to be denser, that would help with the boys ravenous hunger... They don't eat a lot of bread, I think, used to be 4 slices a day, is about to be 6, at least until I introduce the yogurt pots... Is six slices of bread a day a lot for school aged kids? Do I really want to add other baked goods as well? Or maybe I should go with 2 slices of toast in the morning, 1 sandwich at lunch and piece of fruit then, and a yogurt cup around 3pm? And then, are they having too much dairy, what with milk in their cereal, 1/2 cup with their toast, yogurt in the afternoon, and 1/2 at dinner? I don't really "believe" in bovine milk consumption...

Geez and I thought weaning onto food for babies was complicated... At least dinner is fairly easy... Vegies or a little meat and vegies - oh except for when we have pasta, more starch, and rice too, luckily we've cut way back on pasta and rice dishes...

I'm no Betty Crocker, but looks like baking our own might be the only way to save our food bill from skyrocketing in coming years... I would have to have boys, wouldn't it, LOL...

1 comment:

katef said...

Oh Sif it is such a hard thing balancing the food needs of the family with what you can actually afford to buy! We struggle with it alot as we are on a super tight food budget at the moment. And I am certainly no great cook - but I dabble with muffins and biscuits and I think it really is cheaper and better I think. Anyway all I can say is good luck!

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