Here we are, the 29th of December and just over 2 days left of 2017.
My Mum will be spending a while in hospital so any New Year celebrations will be very quiet for her. Mind you, gone are the days when we would phone the Mums and Dads at the stroke of midnight to wish them a Happy New Year. My Dad has been gone 21 years and FIL 14 come Jan 3rd.
I’ve posted off a tiered card to Mum c/o the ward though, which will hopefully arrive tomorrow. It’s the counterpart of the one above though not identical, with a message to say we’re thinking of her, wishing her to get well soon, and telling her I love her. I decided against a Happy New Year greeting, though I wish that for her especially, as so much has changed in her world these past 12 months, I don’t think the time of year would matter.
2018 is going to bring a new set of challenges, especially in the culinary department.
Hubby has been suffering with severe reflux problems over the holidays, and our eating habits are going to have to change again.
Whilst we can continue with the SW fruit, veg and speed foods regime, quantities and mealtimes are going to be different for both of us. I will stick to three meals a day, but he will have to have smaller portions with me, and three snack meals besides as according to the internet, 6 small meals a day will be better for him.
Luckily he likes rice, so I can still cook our usual portion size, just dividing his in half so that he can have rice cakes later or have it cold. We already make our stews last 3 days now, and chilli 2, though the latter will be ‘spiced down’ as will my curries (not that they were ever seasoned hot anyway).
On the subject of food, all the Christmas goodies have nearly gone now, the puds have a 16 month BBD (best before date) so can wait until next year, and I only bought a small slice of Christmas Cake rather than a whole thing, which we had yesterday. The mince pies have all gone, as are the other varieties of cake treats I bought.
Still in the cupboard are chocolate biscuits, again with a long BBD, turkish delight (for me anyway but I shall be strong and not open it…… yet), and a small box of after dinner mints.
My 2017 foodsheet shows a saving of £43 overall on last year. I’ve revamped it a little for 2018 and taken off a lot of the junk food stuff I rarely buy now. The Naughty Sheet has reduced by over 70%, and that includes our Christmas goodies! I’ve put in a separate Christmas sheet for 2018 as I’m curious as to how much we spend on the traditional basics as well as treats.