The beginning of September always seems more like a new year to me than any other time of year. The air starts to get a bit cooler, the rain starts to fall, the leaves start to turn and the kids go back to school. Even when I didn’t have any children September was always a new beginning. I love buying school supplies, starting a new notebook, or sharpening a brand new pencil and uncapping a new favourite pen.
Since September is my new year, I thought I would try to make some resolutions, the first being meal planning. I hope that by making menu plans I might start hating dinner time a little less. I also spent some time making a list of meals both boys like, meal they each like separately and meals they would like to try. I also hope that each of them will start to make some of the meals every week. Both Aidan and Quinlan like to cook and I want them to be able to feed themselves.
Monday 31 August: Since we had roast chicken last night, today we have homemade chicken soup. I made the stock this morning, and tonight I will add potatoes, carrots and turnipÂ and onion to half and chicken and noodles to the rest. I like that this soup stock can be so versatile.
Tuesday 1 September: Since we have leftover mashed potatoes I will make Shepherds Pie or Cottage Pie with lots of veggies mixed into the hamburger mixture. This is the only way Aidan eats mashed potatoes and both will eat more vegetables than they would otherwise. The funny thing is that both Quinlan and Aidan know what vegetables go into the meat mixture.
Wednesday 2 September: This is Aidan’s day to start learning to cook and we are starting with Macaroni and Cheese. I want to also make something homemade that they like better.
Thursday 3 September: I asked the boys to help me with the list of meals they would eat and baked chicken fingers made the list. This is the day for Quinlan to help me make the meal.
Friday 4 September: Since we will be getting ready for Evan’s Lake it will either be leftovers or pizza.
Saturday, Sunday 5-6 September: For the weekend we will be at the annual family camp for L’ecole Bilingue.