So now we're reevaluating what to do with the other table and the space we've created in the dining room (which was a snug).
The kids have been baking, but I forgot to take photos as I was playing negotiator. Brownies, scones and millionaire shortbread! No diets in this house for now! The kids and Annie had plenty of cuddle time too!
She simply is the kindest natured dog with them. She is the perfect guard dog too, you won't get in the house without being barked at followed by a warm welcome if we tell her it's ok. Can't wish for a better dog.
I also made a tomato soup which turned out to be very bland. Unsure what to do, the next day I made "half the garden soup" from Hugh's River Cottage book and when it called for a kilo of toms and stock I decided to just use the tomato soup instead, plus a bit of my 'souper mix' from Pam Corbin's book and goodness me, it worked out well.
I've also been making slow cooker stews, pulled ham, pork and roasting chickens. A lot will be returned to the freezer once made ready to reheat as evening meals once we are back to work.
The next plan....
So now for the exciting part. The next plan. It's been forming for a year or so, but we've taken the time to formalise it whilst we have been off work. Starting now and until end of May 2019, we are stockpiling a years worth of long life or non perishable goods.
Come June 1st, we're embarking on living off one wage and saving the other. This will allow us to have a years worth of savings in the bank, which leads on to phase 2 of the plan, for another day.
From June 1st we will have an annual grocery budget that equates to £25 a week. This is only for the likes of milk, butter, flour, cheese, kids lunch items. Everything else, literally, will come from our 'stores' as we refer to it, the years worth of supplies we have stockpiled prior to June.
That means we also need to find an additional £1300 cash to have to hand from June 01st, which is the annual budget. Any income after June 01st is being saved. As we're stockpiling, our outgoings are already going to increase so we need to have this cash as additional to what we have now. Time to sell what we don't need and make money where we can.
It's all part of the lifestyle shift that we have bought in to and I can't wait to get started.