Saturday, January 28, 2012

Meal Plan Week #5

Our weather is still crazy here. This morning dh and I had short sleeve shirts on and no coats. Wow !! This week I only have $30 for food so we are using mostly what we have on hand.

Went to the grocery store this morning and got the following:

1/2 gallon of skim milk
2 bags of salad mix
1 bag of pretzels
2 pkgs of sliced cheese
2 pkgs of pepperoni
1 pkg hot dogs
3 baking potatoes
2.1 lbs of bananas
1 bag of kiwis

Total after coupons: $20.39 I saved 29%. Not as good as some weeks but I just didn't get things that had coupons. One pkg of pepperoni and one pkg of sliced cheese went into the freezer.

Here is what I have planned to fix this week:

Breakfast: choice of cold cereal, muffins, oatmeal or toast

Lunch: choice of sandwiches, grilled cheese or leftovers

Dinners: -meatball subs
-chicken, baked potatoes, veggie
-spaghetti and salad
-date night

Snacks: pumpkin bread, pretzels and popcorn, bananas

Simple meals for a yo yo week of weather. The chicken and the chili will be cooked in the crockpot. I love my crockpot !!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Meal Plan Week #4

I have made it through the first full month January. Is it just me or is this year flying already? :) I have been trying different ways to list my meals for the week as they don't always land on the days that I have planned for. The saying in Tennessee is "if you don't like the weather, just wait, it will change real soon." We have already had some strange weather for January and we try to eat different things in different temps. I guess most people do - lighter things on warmer days. I can't remember when we had a chance of tornadoes in January, but last night we did. Really strange .....

Well on to my menu for the week ...


choice of: oatmeal, cold cereal, muffins, pancakes or toast


choice of: sandwiches, leftovers


baked pasta and salad
chicken, stuffing and veggie
spaghetti and meatballs
tacos and spanish rice
chicken, mashed potatoes and veggie
white fish, peas and veggie
pizza night


choice of: popcorn, pretzels or chips and salsa

You might notice that we eat very little rice or mac and cheese. Thing is as much as I love both dh will not eat either. Every so often I make it for me and fix him something different. I guess the good thing is both of my kids will eat both. ~smile~ Same goes for cooked cabbage, I love cabbage rolls but dh will not eat cooked cabbage. I have had to give up eating some foods now that it is just dh and I because it doesn't make sense just to make it for me.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Meal Plan Week #3

This week I am behind because I was in a car accident on Saturday. So I am running behind. This week's menu plan:

Sunday, Jan 15

b. cereal
l. pizza
d. grilled cheese and soup

Monday, Jan 16

b. cereal
l. hot dogs and soup
d. baked pasta and salad

Tuesday, Jan 17

b. cereal
l. sandwiches
d. turkey sausage, mashed potato and broccoli

Wednesday, Jan 18

b. toast with peanut butter and hot tea
l. sandwiches
d. sloppy joes

Thursday, Jan 19

b. toast with peanut butter and hot tea
l. sandwiches
d. chicken, stuffing and veggie

Friday, Jan 20

b. cereal
l. sandwiches
d. date night

Saturday, Jan 21

b. eggs, toast and sausage
l. grilled cheese and soup
d. pizza night

Grocery shopping was done Saturday morning and I went over. I can't find my reciept but I will post when I do find it.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Book Review: 66 Love Letters

I have recently finished reading a book by Dr. Larry Crabb called "66 Love Letters". It takes each book of the Bible and looks at it in a different way. You are encouraged to read each chapter and then wait a week before reading the next chapter in order to better understand how each chapter is written.

As much as I enjoyed this book, it is a time consuming read. For the everyday reader I truly believe that this book may be a challenge.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Meal Plan week #2

Here we are at week #2 of the year with this week's meals. I did a little food shopping and added a little bit to food storage. Here is what I bought:


1 pkg Charmin toilet paper
2 pkg instant mashed potatoes
2 candy bars (I went shopping hungry)
2 pkgs shredded Italian blend cheese
2 boxes thin spaghetti (for food storage)
1 pkg chicken sausage
2 bags of baby carrots
1 can organic tomato paste
1 can organic tomato sauce
1 can mushrroms
2 pkgs salad mix

total after coupons: $30.75
left for the week:19.75


4 cans chicken noodle soup
1 bag potato chips
1 bottle mild salsa
2 loaves of bread

total: $8.79
left for the week: $10.96

Here is what I plan to fix this week:

Sunday, 8th - breakfast: donuts
lunch: fried chicken, cole slaw and potato salad
dinner: hot dogs, cole slaw and potato salad

Monday, 9th - breakfast: dh McD; me I have a fasting blood test @9:30
lunch: sandwiches
dinner: eating out with friends to exchange gifts

Tuesday, 10th - breakfast: cold cereal or oatmeal
lunch: sandwiches or leftovers
dinner: meatloaf, mashed potatoes and carrots

Wednesday, 11th - breakfast: pancakes
lunch: sandwiches or leftovers
dinner: chicken sausage, noodles and veggie

Thursday, 12th - breakfast: muffins
lunch: sandwiches or leftovers
dinner: chili with cheese

Friday, 13th - breakfast: oatmeal
lunch: sandwich or leftovers
dinner: chicken cacciatorie

Saturday, 14th - breakfast: eggs, bacon and toast
lunch: soup and grilled cheese
dinner: pizza night

Snacks: choice of popcorn, chips and salsa or pretzels
Dinner: choice of ice tea, hot tea, lemonade or diet soda

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Meal Plan Week #1

This year I am going to try and post my menus and grocery trips each week. I have $50 budgeted for two adults and the occasional adult child. We are hoping to entertain once or twice a month also. My goal is to eliminate soda from our diet and junk foods. This week we are still using what is in the house but consuming far less of it than we used to. I normally plan on Fridays and shop on Saturdays for the next week as I don't have a car during the week.

Week #1 of the new year and I have a plan for dinners.

Sunday - turkey sausage, mashed potatoes, salad
Monday - Spaghetti
Tuesday - eat out at Olive Garden (gift card)
Wednesday - baked chicken, stuffing and carrots
Thursday - sloppy joes and broccoli slaw
Friday - date night (payday) or leftovers
Saturday - homemade pizza

breakfasts will be a choice of: eggs, oatmeal, cold cereal or toast

lunches will be a choice of: sandwiches, leftovers or mac and cheese

drinks: diet soda, ice tea, hot tea or lemonade

snacks: popcorn, pretzels or chips and salsa

I did not have to go to the grocery store as I had all items at the house already.