As soon as January starts each new year, it marks the start for many of us of new resolutions, new beginnings and changes that we challenge ourselves to keep going as the year progresses. January also means that for many of us it is not the best month financially after the extra costs that December brings. I know myself that the start to the new year is always one where I try really hard to keep to my meal plan and budget for food shopping, because money is tight following Christmas.
Towards the end of the week, before I am due another weekly grocery shop, I am trying to find inspiration for a meal for my family, and this requires me to use up what I have left in my fridge and store cupboard. This normally means that it will be a vegetarian meal because I always have some vegetables lefft, and I always ensure that I have some tins of chopped tomatoes in my cupboard (you can never have enough tins of tomatoes!).
So I kind of missed Stir It Up Sunday this year. I really do not know where the weeks have gone to be honest. The weekend that this date took place, I was still recovering from all the preparation I did for the school Christmas fayre, and on the Sunday itself I had family down for a meal and I just ran out of time!