Menu Plan Monday - Week of August 2, 2020

We started this week with my Birthday!  I turned 45 years old this year.  It was a good day and it was a good way to start the week.  We end this week with our Anniversary - the first week of August is always a big week for us.
We're starting to get full size tomatoes and peppers from the garden.  The beans and the peas are flowering again.  I always feel like I have won the lottery when I find fresh produce in the garden!  I try to harvest daily, even if it is just a handful of items.  
Here is what we are eating this week:
Sunday, August 2, My 45th Birthday:      Brunch: Egg Bake      Snack: Crackers and Cheese      Dinner: Take Away (Birthday Treat)
Monday, August 3:     Breakfast: Bagels and Cream Cheese     Lunch: Leftovers from Sunday     Snack: Yogurt     Dinner: Soft Shell Taco, Spinach Salad
Tuesday, August 4:     Breakfast: Bagels with Cream Cheese     Lunch: PB&J Sandwiches     Snack: Yogurt     Dinner: BLT's, Cut Cucumbers and Carrots
Wednesday, August 5:     Breakfast: Banana-B…

Menu Plan Monday - Week of July 26, 2020

Happy Monday everyone!   I hope your last week in July is off to a good start.
Here's what we're eating this week:
Sunday, July 26, 2020     Brunch: Orange-Cranberry Scones, Blueberry-Banana Smoothies     Snack: Popcorn     Dinner: Pizza and Salad (my In-Laws are visiting and bringing dinner!)
Monday, July 27, 2020      Breakfast:  Eggs and Toast      Lunch: Salad with Walnuts, Peaches and Cranberries      Snack: Yogurt      Dinner: Shrimp with Veggies and Rice
Tuesday, July 28, 2020      Breakfast: Overnight Blueberry Oatmeal      Lunch: Salad with Walnuts, Peaches and Cranberries      Snack: Yogurt      Dinner: Stuffed Zucchini, Fruit Salad
Wednesday, July 29, 2020      Breakfast: Oatmeal Muffins, Blueberry-Banana Smoothies      Lunch: Leftover Stuffed Zucchini      Snack: Yogurt      Dinner: Taco Soup, Tortilla Chips
Thursday, July 30, 2020      Breakfast: Overnight Blueberry Oatmeal      Lunch: Leftover Taco Soup      Snack: Yogurt      Dinner: Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Peas
Friday, July 31, …

Frugal Friday - Week of July 19, 2020

This was a relatively quiet week.  My course ended for the summer, the children and John are still working their normal schedules and the garden is starting to produce!  After a gap in blooms, we started having more flowers blooming as well.  The weather was absolutely lovely this week and I was able to get a lot of weeding and other yard work done.  Today, grades have been submitted to the Registrar's office and I get to take a bit of break before starting to get ready for fall semester.
Here are some frugal things we have done this week:
* We made bagels with cream cheese, blueberry-banana smoothies, banana-mango smoothies, scrambled eggs and toast for breakfasts this week.
* We also made baked salmon with potatoes and salad, scalloped potatoes with ham, roasted chicken and vegetables, soft shell beef tacos with sliced apples, and pizza for dinner this past week.
* We ate meals at home for lunch as well, including sandwiches, leftovers, and soup.
* A parishioner gifted us several lar…

Menu Plan Monday - Week of July 19, 2020

We're starting to get "garden truck", as my Grandmother would say!  We had beans from the garden in the roasted vegetables this last week, blueberries in pancakes, and tomatoes and cucumbers for snacks.  I love the taste of home grown vegetables.  
I did go to the store on Friday morning and purchased groceries - mostly dairy, but I also bought bananas, spinach (which has never grown well for me), and sale meat - ground beef (beef mince) and chicken legs. I will be harvesting cucumbers, tomatoes, peas and green beans from the garden this week.
 Here's what we are eating this week:
Sunday, July 19, 2020:        Brunch: Blueberry Pancakes with Walnuts, Scrambled Eggs        Snack: Cookies        Dinner: Scalloped Potatoes with Ham, Spinach Salad with Strawberries        Dessert: Cream Puffs (leftover from a church event)
Monday, July 20, 2020:         Breakfast: Bagels with Cream Cheese         Lunch: Leftover Soup         Snack: Yogurt         Dinner: Roasted Chicken, Carrots and…

Frugal Friday - Week of July 12, 2020

We had what is becoming here a rather routine week - work for all of us part time from home, part time at the office and the rest of the time doing things mostly from home with a trip to the store for groceries and a trip to the fabric store.  
Here are some things we did this week that were frugal:
* We made all meals at home this week:  Blueberry pancakes with scrambled eggs, Blueberry-Banana Smoothies, Oatmeal with Peaches and Walnuts, Leftovers, Baked Potatoes with Roasted Vegetables, Meatball Soup with Cornbread, Shrimp with Spinach and Mushrooms and Rice, Hard Shell Ground Turkey Tacos, and Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry with Noodles.
* The children and I went to the fabric store and used a coupon to purchase on sale fabric for a concert outfit for our daughter and fleece pants for our son.  I also bought notions for my Mother, since she cannot got to the store right now and needed a few things for her projects.
* We cleaned out our son's closet and moved some things that were s…

Menu Plan Monday - Week of July 12, 2020

We are starting to get some vegetables from the garden! YAY!!  I have harvested four cucumbers so far They are pickling cucumbers, so they are short-ish. Right now they are very round because we have had a lot of rain.  The next few coming in do not look so round.   We had enough green beans to add to stir fry one night for dinner last week and we had picked just enough blueberries last week to make blueberry pancakes.   I will be eating green beans, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes from the garden this week.  I am hoping that we can have enough cucumbers and tomatoes this summer to can pickles and tomato sauce!  
Here is what we will be eating this week:
Sunday, July 12:        Brunch: Baked Oatmeal with Peaches and Pecans        Snack: Popcorn        Dinner: Shrimp Stir Fry with Spinach, Mushrooms and Onions, Rice
Monday, July 13;        Breakfast: Leftover Baked Oatmeal        Lunch: Leftover Roasted Veggie Couscous        Snack: Yogurt        Dinner: Hard Shell Tacos, Grapes
Tuesday, July 14:   …

Frugal Friday - Week of July 5, 2020

I had a couple of days off this week and was so grateful for the break!  Back to work on Monday, but I did get some time to get my vegetables weeded and to get a bit ahead at work so it won't be quite so crazy for the next two weeks. Then I am off until September! Yay!  I am ready for a break.
Here are some things that we did this last week:
*  We made the following meals at home:  Blueberry pancakes, Beef Roast with Mushroom and Onion Gravy with Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower, Smoothies, Roasted Veggie Couscous with Tortilla Chips, Stir Fry with Rice, and a lot of leftovers. 
* John brought home leftovers from a meal packing session at church and we ate those one night.
* We harvested cucumbers, green beans and blueberries from the garden this week.  We also picked the first tomato!
* I purchased notebooks for school for the children on clearance sale.
* We picked up several requested books from the library and dropped off several we had finished.
* I cleaned out another small area th…