Food Waste Friday / Leaving It Till The Last Minute

Each week since March 2008, in order to motivate her to waste less food, Kristen The Frugal Girl, has posted a picture of any food that has gone bad over the last seven days. She found this embarrassing practice so helpful, to her, that she invited other bloggers to post their own photos, and Food Waste Friday was born.

FoodWasteFriday I started participating in October 2010 and have found, 3-years on, the amount of food I waste is minimal. Every Friday, as part of my No Waste Tastes Great routine, I account for all my potential food waste as well as confessing to any items that I failed to save.

Kristen kindly asked me to host Food Waste Friday, alternate weeks and her initial invite for everyone to join in is cordially extended here!
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I did something I shouldn’t do when writing this Food Waste Friday post.

I left it as the last job to do before I downed tools and headed off for a much needed break with the family. And I’m pretty sure asking the house-sitters to film the fridge is a favour too far.

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Imagine Julia Roberts (from Pretty Woman’ as I type this:

It was a ‘big mistake’ ‘HUGE’.

There were plans to talk about generally reducing food waste and also a shout out for Zero Waste Week in the UK.

I’ll admit defeat. I’ve run out of time. This isn’t my style. I like to be organised. Things usually run to schedule.

Not today.

But that doesn’t mean Food Waste Friday shouldn’t run to schedule.

So here we are for a link up with sincere apologies for my lack of an actual Food Waste post. Although if we do track down Wifi I will video my holiday fridge and upload it to my YouTube channel on Friday. This was my last video while on holiday.
As always I’ll leave the last word to Kristen…

“How did you do this week? If you blogged about your food waste, link us up by entering your blog link into the comments section below. You’ll save money, reduce your trash output, and get a little publicity for your blog! And if you don’t blog, you can still share about your food waste by leaving a comment without a link.

Those of you who participate in Food Waste Friday can now grab a fancy-schmancy button to perk up your posts. If you copy and paste the following code into your Food Waste Friday post, this little graphic will appear.”

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If you blog on WordPress, just make sure you’re in html mode when you copy and paste the code, or it won’t work

School’s Out For Summer

School’s finally out for us in the UK.

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It’s time to kick back and get some much needed family-time.

So that’s what we are doing this week.

We do schedule the holidays to get the most out of them as possible.

Read this post – it explains why and how I started scheduling.

This year the schedule will start from next Monday. And I’ll be posting about what activities we have planned.

But for now, it’s time out for us this week. In real life fun and frolics, and very little virtual world.

See you back here for Food Waste Friday. Because even when I down digital tools temporairly I’m always around for Food Waste Friday.

Have a great week y’all!

 

No Waste Tastes Great / I Wasted A Watermelon

It’s Friday Guys – time for No Waste Tastes Great as part of Food Waste Friday

Have you seen Dirty Dancing?

Of course you have.

Well, as you know Baby carries a watermelon. Unfortunately I wasted a watermelon. But more on that later…

Simply Being Mum’s Friday Fridge

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My Friday fridge is looking okay today. There’s salad which will easily go with the pre-cooked salmon. And the strawberries and blueberries will be topped with the Greek yogurt.

However, there is waste to confess.

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Can you see the pool of juice at the bottom? The watermelon inside was inedible.

This was the very first time ‘I wasted a watermelon’. And just like Baby, I had to repeat to myself what I just said – ‘I wasted a watermelon?’ – in disbelief.

Not my finest hour.

In my defence I did make a souper save this week.

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I made nail soup.

Pretty sure that butternut squash, beetroot, potatoes and onion will end up in my next batch.

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After all #nowastetastesgreat

How about you? How is your fridge looking this Friday? Any waste to declare?

Thanks as always to Kristen, The Frugal Girl, (the founder of Food Waste Friday and the inspiration behind No Waste Tastes Great)…Don’t forget to head on over to her’s to link up your Food Waste Friday post!

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How To Make Nail Soup

A bedtime story is the perfect way to end a day.

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If my mind ever wanders, while sharing a story, I try to bring myself back to the present. I remind myself to be mindful. There may be dishes stacked up downstairs, waiting to be put away, but the Kids’ won’t want a story from Mom indefinitely.

There’ll always be more dishes to put away.

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Food Waste Friday / Feeling Inspired

Each week since March 2008, in order to motivate her to waste less food, Kristen The Frugal Girl, has posted a picture of any food that has gone bad over the last seven days. She found this embarrassing practice so helpful, to her, that she invited other bloggers to post their own photos, and Food Waste Friday was born.

FoodWasteFriday I started participating in October 2010 and have found, 3-years on, the amount of food I waste is minimal. Every Friday, as part of my No Waste Tastes Great routine, I account for all my potential food waste as well as confessing to any items that I failed to save.

Kristen kindly asked me to host Food Waste Friday, alternate weeks and her initial invite for everyone to join in is cordially extended here!
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Do you know it really is simpler to video my Friday fridge rather than type up my No Waste Tastes Great inventory?

So here is this weeks:

Simply Being Mum’s Friday Fridge

It hasn’t been fully emptied and cleaned yet. I’m guessing the baked beans (there’s about 5 large spoonfuls still left) will go to waste.

There was also a small block of cheddar cheese which has started to go mouldy.

I didn’t photograph the cheese as it really didn’t look very nice, and it spoiled the ambiance of this colourful post.

Because the photographs this week are quite vibrant.

Firstly these are left over from an event I helped with last night.

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I haven’t eaten cocktail cherries in years! But I’ll munch my way through today.

And there’s a nice shot of some potatoes and red onions. Homegrown (by a friend) none the less.

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But there’s something not quite right about this image.

It’s the plastic packaging that the mushrooms are contained within.

4 years have passed since I started participating in Food Waste Friday. The amount I now waste is minimal. I’m still not at zero waste each week, but I do try. And really that’s all I can do. Nobody’s perfect (are they Jessie J? This video has vibrant food also!)

But that ‘one more thing’ I can do to reduce our homes waste output further is to look at ways of reducing the un-recyclable packaging that is wrapped around our groceries.

I’ve tried previously, and then things have slipped again. But since be introduced to Trashed I am feeling inspired once more.

My pledge for Zero-Waste Week 2014 is to reduce food packaging waste.

What’s yours?

(If you haven’t signed up yet, please do head on over to the website and check it out)

And if you’re missing the No Waste Tastes Great plan this week, it’ll be on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter later today. Guess who hasn’t done it yet? ;)

Oh and there’ll be a slow cooked soup recipe soon. I’m thinking maybe potato and onion?

As always I’ll leave the last word to Kristen…

“How did you do this week? If you blogged about your food waste, link us up by entering your blog link into the comments section below. You’ll save money, reduce your trash output, and get a little publicity for your blog! And if you don’t blog, you can still share about your food waste by leaving a comment without a link.

Those of you who participate in Food Waste Friday can now grab a fancy-schmancy button to perk up your posts. If you copy and paste the following code into your Food Waste Friday post, this little graphic will appear.”

Simply Being Mum
Simply Being Mum

If you blog on WordPress, just make sure you’re in html mode when you copy and paste the code, or it won’t work

Don’t Walk By

Every so often the voice inside my head will replay the same few words over and over.

This month it’s repeating:

‘Don’t walk by’

Fortunately I’ve started hearing it when the lil’-ole-procrastination-devil (nicely attired in ruby-red from head to toe) encourages me to stroll on past the laundry basket rather than grab the handles and carry it downstairs to the utility room.

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With most chores I find it really tempting to walk on by.

Or to delay the inevitable and ‘go do something less boring instead’.

(Thank you ‘Why Don’t You’ for many happy memories (the inspiration behind the above quote). Click on this link for a real trip down memory lane for us 70′s and 80′s Brit Kids – even the BBC globe is a treat! and I knew every word to the public information film off by heart).

But the chores have to be done. And to do them immediately means that not only is it a job ticked off the list, it’s also a weight of the mind.

(here’s how I’ve simplified my laundry routine to make it less of a chore!)

A little strategy I’ve employed, to keep clutter at bay, is whenever I walk past something, if it’s not in its correct place I pick it up and walk it there. Now I know this is not the most efficient use of time – but it’s certainly effective in getting the misplaced item re-homed and not forgotten about.

When you are compiling a list of things that you will get around to in your mind then your mind becomes cluttered too. The more cluttered your mind is with what you have to do, the less clear it is as to what you should do next. It can create inertia, and frustration.

And while we are on the subject of the mind (I’m feeling very philosophical since last Thursdays post) the three word saying of ‘Don’t walk by’ relates to mental clutter also.

Not dealing with something? Don’t walk by. Meet it head on. In fact, why not walk on right through it? Quicker and more effective than circumnavigating. And then it’s done and in the past.

“If you’re going through hell, keep going” – Winston Churchill

And doing laundry is definitely my idea of hell.

What’s yours?

No Waste Tastes Great / Back On Track

It’s Friday Guys – time for No Waste Tastes Great

Click here to learn about my simple Friday routine

Simply Being Mum’s Friday Fridge

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Top Shelf – Spreads and cheeses

Top Middle Shelf – Strawberries, Grapes, Kiwi, Tomatoes and Cucumber

Bottom Middle Shelf – Ready-rolled puff pastry and pre-cooked salmon and mackerel

Bottom Shelf – Broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, shallots and Greek yoghurt

There isn’t any waste this week. It’s a Zero Waste Week for me. But more on the official Zero Waste Week later.

The success of this week, is attributable mainly to the fact that I have kept my eye on the prize. A lot of perishables have been blitzed into smoothies. My Instagram this week has been all about how I am #backontrack (with healthy eating). Apart from this Instagram post. Oops how did I manage to eat 2 Mr Kipling French Fancies? One after another? I’m not even very partial to French fancies.

The No Waste tastes Great plan this Friday is to use up the remaining fruit and salad over the weekend. We have an exciting day tomorrow, where a picnic is required.

The pastry is headed for this pie.

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(not this actual pie of course! From the date on the top you can see it’s been well and truly consumed by now!)

I’ll be slow cooking the chicken today (once I have done my grocery shop) and topping with pastry after school. We’ve had a bit of a switch around with this weeks meal plan. The usual Friday fish and chip supper happened last night instead.

Want to start effectively meal-planning? Check this out.

The bottom shelf veggies will accompany the pie.

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This just leaves the pre-cooked fish. It’ll be salad tomorrow, for us olds, to accompany the Kids pizza.

Yoghurt is easily used up at the moment. If it’s not topping up smoothies, it’s adorning fruit.

The futures bright. The futures zero waste!

Talking about zero waste, the official Zero Waste Week this year will be 1-7 September.

In my quest to reduce my wasteful habits further I am an ambassador this year

The theme is ‘One More Thing’. What’s that one more thing you could do to reduce your waste output further? I know what mine is. What’s yours? Please go take a look, and consider signing up?

And even if you don’t sign up, check out Rachelle’s blog. You may even see her taking Jeremy Irons for a naked shop - and hear her explaining to Jeremy how to reduce your potential for waste when out shopping.

How about you? How is your fridge looking this Friday? Any waste to declare?

Thanks as always to Kristen, The Frugal Girl, (the founder of Food Waste Friday and the inspiration behind No Waste Tastes Great)…Don’t forget to head on over to her’s to link up your Food Waste Friday post!

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