Meal Planning - Who Does It?
I used to like cooking. I had kids. I got a job. I got busy.
We live about 30 minutes out of town. We don't do takeout very often. Really, who can afford it?! It's usually cold by the time I get home with the food. And, surprise! 7/10 times the order is screwed up. You can't just run back and get it fixed. If I stopped by the grocery store every day after work, I don't want to be in town until 7pm every night. Let's face it, I'm not organized enough to plan this all out in advance. Honestly, I really don't want to either.
Did someone take meat out of the freezer for supper tonight? Probably not!
Well, what do you want to eat? I don't know. What's easy? I don't want leftovers.
We don't have the ingredients for that. I'd like to eat tonight, that's going to take too long to make. I'm tired, can't you cook? We've had that already this week. KD, corn and elk steak again?! You need to buy ____ next time your at the grocery store. Why didn't you pick up ____? Did you put it on the grocery list?
It's enough to drive me bonkers! An ongoing fight in our house now. I've tried meal planning before but it didn't stick. Having picky kids didn't help matters. I'm going to try it again this week with the help of an app. I sent the kids and hubby a text with the link to the app so they can download it. Shared the log in info so we can all see what's going on. I chose the first week's suppers. The app created me a grocery list. The kids and hubby can add to it.
The first week went surprisingly well! Everyone in the family took a turn cooking, and I believe most of the meals were a hit and we'd make again. My daughter is a picky eater and there were things that she avoided, but at least she tried a taste (my rule). I was so happy that we didn't eat the same ol' fall back meal. And another surprising outcome from this new experiment... my fridge isn't full of leftovers that will be thrown out. Some of the recipes were increased by a little, a starch side was added, due to the fact that I have a teenage boy and a hungry man in the house. I don't have a bunch of wasted food this week in the fridge that will be tossed. Money saved, if you ask me!
Anyone else out there meal plan?! What do you do?
Because this Amazing Wine is so Affordable!
Even before I owned this business,
I was a wine kit maker!
I can't really remember where I first heard about being able to make wine in town. By this time, I was already enjoying most white wines and a few of the lighter reds I had bought in the liquor store. They were usually a hit or miss - more often than not, I was wasting my money. I was buying them for the design on the label, for the price or for the advertisement I had seen. I had a couple of favorites and I didn't stray too far from those few bottles.
The first time I made wine with my mom and my brother-in-law. We each made a batch of something different so we could trade. A Cheeky Monkey Pinot Gris (white), A Cheeky Monkey Pinot Noir (red) and a Country Fruit Wine (raspberry) were made. After realizing the quality and price per bottle, I was hooked. I was making kits that yielded better tasting wine than some $25+ bottles from the liquor store!
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The next newsletter will be going out in the end of February and it will be focusing on the cost per bottle for many different types of wine/beer/cider we can make here at Harvest Wine Outfitters. Trust me, you will be shocked at the price and amazed at the quality.
Always Keep Learning!
Well, I just finished teaching my first wine making class. I don't know if anyone noticed, but I was a nervous wreck on the inside. I felt so out of my comfort zone! Luckily I kept the class size super-small, only 5 people. And, big thanks to Laurie who stayed a little later than usual to make sure I was going to be alright before she left.
I wanted to start these classes for two reasons:
1) Customers kept asking for them,
2) Because I believe in the saying, "Never stop learning".
Even though I was the class leader today, I really learned a lot from the people who attended. They asked questions and lead me into further discussions. I talked so much that my voice is actually hoarse now!
Hopefully, I can improve in the next few classes. I already have some ideas on where to streamline and where to elaborate and add to the discussion; where I should shut up and where I should ask the attendees to participate more.
Interested in a class? Want us to host something? Let me know! :)