Thursday 16 April 2020

Abundant Cottage Adventures Wednesday 15th April 2020

Wednesday was a glorious day here in Melbourne.  The sun was out,  the birds were singing and the air was slightly warm.  Here's what we got up to -

*  I volunteered at the local food pantry.  Most people who come in just quietly fill up their bags with whatever food they can get their hands on   Yesterday we had 2 ladies come in ( separately ) who were so grateful for any help we could give.  One lady was so overwhelmed she broke down in tears.  She has no work and no food. I've never seen someone so happy to see vegetables and she couldn't wait to cook them for her children.  It really makes you realise that no matter how tough times are,  there's always room for gratitude and thankfulness when help comes your way.

*  We dried the washing on the line.

*  I picked another small bowl of raspberries and 2 feijoas from the garden.

*  Megan and I did a menu plan for the next 10 days.

*  Chop suey and mashed potato was on the menu for dinner.

Chop suey with lots of veggies

Have you written a menu plan lately ?

Have you had to adjust your meals to reflect lack of groceries in your area ?


  1. I have written a menu plan and a list based on what I needed. But mum came with to the shops and I can hardly blame her. I think she has been out of the house twice since mid March. But mum at the grocery store means many expensive treats pop into the cart. My bill was $72 which is very good for us.

    Yesterday I plodded around the house doing washing and other stuff. In a few minutes I will be doing a free online class and making a pincushion. I am looking forward to that even though mum does not understand how I could be doing a class on line. I am afraid mum is becoming far more"eccentric".

    God bless and stay safe.

  2. I have been making a menu plan since I am doing a grocery pickup once a week. I usually get it either Thur-Fri-Sat.
    Here is the current plan starting with today.
    Sat: Drive-thru Gyro sandwich for lunch, sausages on the grill with macaroni salad for dinner
    Sun: Brunch-Eggs, bacon, toast; Cobb Salads for evening
    Mon: Meat loaf, mashed or baked potatoes
    Tues: Fajitas or Tacos
    Wed: Pancakes and Sausage with smoothies
    Thurs: Baked pork chops with cheesy potatoes
    Fri: Pasta Bake and salad

    The stores here are still out of flour and pasta, canned soups and frozen potato products. Toilet Paper is finally starting to come back on shelves. Eggs are spotty in places. And there are no masks or hand sanitizer anywhere.

    Farmer and I are still working at our jobs (both considered essential). Today it was nice to be home. We did drive in to see the grandbabies and to give our son a break. Our ddil is a nurse and works weekends. After that short visit we had to go to the city and do some farm errands. We pickup lunch and ate in the parking lot. Then we came home and worked hard all afternoon & evening. I got the house cleaned and lots of laundry done. Made an angel food cake and macaroni salad. Farmer fixed pasture fences and worked on equipment. We fed the cattle a big bale and finally came in for the night at 8 p.m. Ate supper and showered and now we are ready for a relaxing Sunday.
    Kay from Nebraska, middle of USA


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