I have been thinking for some time of the difficulties that many new home-makers face, when they have grown up without seeing the basics of house-keeping and home-making around them. These women face an uphill struggle because they don't have a clue where to begin; and that can make them feel so overwhelmed that it prevents them from taking the first steps. Who wants to have to ask " How do I plan my food shopping?" What do I put on a shopping list?" "How do you cook simple meals?" "How do I have money left at the end of the month?", "How do I begin to clear up the chaos in my home and make it nice to be in?" " How can I ever sort out the piles of crumpled laundry all over the place?"
I would like to show here that even if things are in a awful muddle right now, there are small steps you can take which will begin to make sense of the muddle and help you to enjoy your home.
I am hoping to make a shopping list that can be copied and printed out, and taken to the supermarket. This list will have all you need to make a week's worth of meals for two adults, and will be especially geared to those who are on a tight budget for whatever reason.
Next, I would like to turn those ingredients into meals by posting step-by-step photos of how to make them. If you are dyslexic for instance, pictures are much easier to follow than just the written recipes. I also plan to deal with simple batch-cooking and baking to save time, money and stress during the week.
I hope that experienced home-makers will not feel left-out in these posts, as they are especially for beginners who need simple ideas and encouragement to get them going. I also apologise that my supermarket list and the menus will probably be more familiar to ladies in the UK.
If anyone would like to link-up on their blog with a US/Canadian version shopping list and menus, that would be lovely. Please drop me a line - just bearing in mind that this series is for complete beginners, some who have never cooked at home before, or who have a very limited food budget.