My best friend growing up, and her family, always always always went skiing on New Years Day.
Today, we put all things aside, pulled ourselves together and rode as a family, the 189km to Mt. Washington. The first time we’ve been there since moving here 20 months ago. Here is the lodge, which apparently was not built when I was last here in 1989:
This outing turns out to be a great way to introduce my new blogging theme… how to feed a family wholesome food on a budget! I packed up food for our family of 5 last night, at 10pm, using what remained from our last shop which was… boxing day. 6 days ago. Our family of 5 needed food to last for 12 hours. What to do?
Our family’s budget really does not include buying food “out”. Feeding 5 on $11 sandwiches is really kind of a lot of spending… and there are various other reasons we don’t look for food “along the way” too much (namely, our kids often won’t eat it!!). So… every outing is another adventure in food preparation and packing.
I am sure I am not alone in being daunted by this endeavor at times? Crazily enough, at times, it almost makes me give up experiences like this:
Today, our food bag was quite solid. Started off with 2 cups each of baby carrots and snap peas, 5 kiwis and 4 pears, an avocado (all from COSTCO)… a big tub of our homemade granola, raisins, a jar of fresh farm milk (plus bowls and spoons!). Oh, and not to mention the 4 individual packs of yogurt (a divine treat for our kids!)… almost as good as snow!
Ah, I added trail mixes (from Rancho Vignola nuts and seeds and dried fruit), chickpea crackers (COSTCO), rice crackers, rice cakes… but those are kind of just “fillers” for our energy-burning kids…
So then there was the grilled cheese sandwiches (optional mustard, thinly sliced onion) which I cooked this morning at 6:30am… plus 2 large salads filled with kale, lemon arugula, organic spinach, feta, pomegranate… and my favorite dressing “The Herbalizer” (recipe below). This dressing made the last of the snow peas palatable to little d on the last leg of our car ride today… and makes various other leftovers palatable on a regular basis in our home!
I nearly forgot the last picnic item… a container of homemade oatmeal raisin cookies which I mixed up after 11pm and baked before 7am… at my husband’s dire request.
hmmmmm…. am I a little food nuts? Yes, I think it is time I shared this gift with you all again. The food train is back!
The Herbalizer: 1/4c apple cider vinegar, 1/4c avocado oil, 4 Tbsp nutritional yeast, 1 clove minced garlic, 1 tsp basil, 2Tbsp (or less) maple syrup or honey. Salt if you like. Shake in a jar. Yummmmmmmmm on soooo many things! Plain rice, dip for veggies, on salads, on eggs… you name it.