Menu Plan Monday - Week of June 17, 2018

We're eating on a tight budget this week - lots of bills out and not much to spend on groceries.   That's okay - we have a lot of items in the pantry and freezers so we will still be eating just fine.  We bought milk, Smart Balance, spinach, grapes, apricots, and ground beef this week; staying well within our budget.   We are also harvesting rhubarb and lettuce from our garden and I'm hoping the first radishes will be ready this week. 

We have a very, very busy Sunday this week so we decided on a picnic lunch at a nearby park or in the fellowship hall at church if it rains. John asked specifically for the pretzels you see on the menu (I purchased them with our gift money) and I made peanut butter cookies, which are his favorite.  I'm looking forward to a relatively low-key celebration, which is exactly what we need these days!

Here's what we're eating this week:

Sunday, June 17, 2018, Father's Day:
     Breakfast: Toast, Mixed Berry Smoothies
     Lunch: …

Frugal Friday - Week 24 of 52 - Mid June 2018

My goodness, my flowers have been making me super happy this summer!  I think I say this every single year, but it definitely is something that I enjoy so much.  I've had peonies and iris on my kitchen table for the last three weeks. The scent of the peonies makes me smile every time I walk into the kitchen!

The last few weeks haven't been particularly frugal - we have received several medical bills totaling $1600 and a plumbing issue required bringing in a plumber, which was another expense; though thankfully, a budgeted one.  We already had several large bills due before the 25th of June, so I feel like all I've done lately is make payments!  I spent quite a bit on groceries this last week so I need to keep it tight this week and I think we're going to manage that.  I'm grateful that we have options!  I am well aware that many do not.

Here are some of the things that were frugal at our house this last week:

* Made biscuits, waffles, pancakes, bread and stir fry…

Menu Plan Monday - Week of June 10, 2018

We received our first true box from our CSA this week with more asparagus and rhubarb, lettuce, kale, thyme, oregano, green onions, and strawberries!  I was so excited! 

We also bought corn on sale this week 4 ears/$1 (we bought the limit of 8) and a few things for the children to take for lunch this week.  Our garden has lettuce, rhubarb, and basil ready for harvest and several things that will be ready in a couple of weeks - radishes, tomatoes, beans, and maybe peas (those may take a bit longer).  I am really enjoying the fresh lettuce.  We spent our allotted $40/wk plus another $20 on groceries this week since there were some good sales and we were short on a few things.  That leaves us with $20 plus some change for next week.

We have several baking potatoes leftover from a church event (the potatoes were uncooked and were going to be thrown if no one would take them home) that we are baking for dinner this week and then will use the leftovers to make hashed brown potatoes this we…

Menu Plan Monday - Week of May 27th - and Happy Memorial Day!

To all my US readers - I hope you are enjoying a meaningful and relaxing Memorial Day!  Having a parent and several other relatives who served in the Armed Forces makes me appreciate the sacrifices that so many have made.  We are flying the flag today. And I am very proud to do so.

Our visitors left this morning to visit friends for several days before making their way back to their home.  Our home feels to quiet with two fewer people!  They will return in about 6 weeks and we are looking forward to seeing them again.

Our meals this week were a bit odd to put together, as we are trying to finish up some odds and ends in our refrigerator and the freezers.

We are picking lettuce and rhubarb from our garden this week and we have not received another box from our CSA at this time (we received asparagus and rhubarb two weeks ago and then we typically have three to four weeks before the next package - that has proven the case this year too).

Here's what we are eating:

Sunday, May 27, 2…

Menu Plan Monday - Week of May 20, 2018

We had LOVELY weather last week and were able to eat our evening meal outside on the patio several nights.  I am enjoying it so much!   My flowers are starting to bloom - the rhododendron is done for the year but the first wave of iris are blooming and the peonies are budding too.  I'm so happy!  I am so very grateful that we purchased a home with a large garden! 

We have guests ("company") until the end of May and I'm enjoying having them here.  Food-wise it means we've been eating up a few things that are a little harder to eat with just the four of us (beet pickles, for instance!).  I like that too!  We spent $62 this week on groceries after spending only $26 the previous week and we are feeding four adults and two teenagers. 

We harvested lettuce and rhubarb from the garden this past week and we received chives, a different type of rhubarb and asparagus from our CSA already!  We still have chives left and can harvest more lettuce and rhubarb this week. 


Menu Plan Monday - Week of May 13, 2018


WOW!  Mid-May already!  Time does fly....

We're officially in spring/early summer here - the lettuce has sprouted, the rhubarb is ready to cut and we received asparagus from the CSA this week!  YUM!   I'm so excited!   My rhododendron is blooming and making me deliriously happy.  I think spring is my favorite season, though fall is pretty nice too.

We have company this week so we are feeding four adults and two teenagers.  Here's what we're eating this week:

Sunday, May 13, 2018, Mother's Day:
      Breakfast: Cereal and Bananas
      Lunch: Out for Mother's Day (my Father treated us to a delicious brunch out)
      Dinner: Snacky Dinner - Leftovers, Pretzels, Fruit, etc. (we were all really full from lunch so we just 'grazed' a bit, as my Mother likes to say)

Monday, May 14, 2018:
      Breakfast: Eggs, Toast
      Lunch: Leftovers
      Snack: Fruit or Yogurt
      Dinner: Fish Tacos with Avocado and Asparagus

Tuesday, May 15, 2018:

Frugal Friday - Week 18 of 52

A busy week for us!   Out of state family arrived to stay with us for a month and we had two other events this week. We are busy like this for another two months and then have about two months of down time planned.  I am looking forward to the events but not the running.  I am also looking forward to the planned down time later this summer.  Here's hoping for good weather and lots of time in my garden!

We are into super saving mode here for the rest of the year.  So, here are several of the frugal things we have done this week:

* We made bread, no bake energy bites, minestrone soup, scones, muffins, pancakes, and crackers at home this week.

* I replaced buttons on a dress for our daughter.

* We attended a free music concert at one of the local schools.

* Our children attended their spring "formal" dance through their school.  As the children are in middle school, it isn't a true "formal", though the children like to call it such.  They wear nice clothes (n…