Monday, February 23, 2015

Menu Plan Monday - Week of February 22, 2015

Pizza Twists
We're super cold again this week.  Brrr!   And, of course, we have a ton of things going on this week. John has night meetings, Lenten worship, and lessons out our ears.  * SIGH*  Anyway, easy sometimes wins the race and we've got soup in the freezer for a long time and my beloved crockpot so here's what we're eating:

Sunday, February 22:
    Breakfast:  Oatmeal Muffins, Bananas
    Lunch: At Church after painting the Youth Room
    Snack: Homemade Soda Crackers (thought I'd try these!)
    Dinner: Blue and Gold Scout Banquet  (bring cookies - I'm making pressed sugar cookies)

Monday, February 23:
     Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Diced Sweet Potatoes
     Lunch: Apples with Peanut Butter, Yogurt, Cut Veggies, Cookie
     Snack: Crackers and Cheese
     Dinner: Chicken Fingers, Oven Fries, Tossed Salad, Pineapple-Strawberry-Melon Salad

Tuesday, February 24:
     Breakfast: Oatmeal with Almonds
     Lunch: Leftovers
     Snack: Fruit
     Dinner: Venison, Potatoes and Carrots in the Crockpot, Rice, Strawberry-Pineapple-Mandarin Orange Salad

Wednesday, February 25:
     Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Sliced Apples
     Lunch: Leftovers
     Snack: Yogurt
     Dinner: At Church before Worship

Thursday, February 26:
     Breakfast: Chai Spiced Oatmeal
     Lunch: Apples with Peanut Butter, Cut Veggies, Crackers and Cheese, Cookie
     Snack: Crackers with Peanut Butter
     Dinner: Soup from the Freezer, Homemade Bread, Sliced Apples

Friday, February 27:
     Breakfast: Pancakes with Strawberries
     Lunch: Chicken Noodle Soup, Toast, Fruit
     Snack: Cookies
     Dinner: Fish Tacos, Tossed Salad

Saturday, February 28:
     Breakfast: Blueberry Buckle (we have a TON of frozen berries in the freezer!)
     Lunch: Breakfast Tacos
     Snack: Cookies, Leftover Buckle
     Dinner: Homemade Pizza and Breadsticks

What are you eating this week?

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Super Savings Saturday - $23.39 shop and a review of last weekend

Well, just when I thought we were getting into the swing of things here, we came right into Lent with a stomach bug for all four of us!  Yippie.  Or NOT. 

I don't like being sick and we were all sick - John and Buddy Sunday/Monday/Tuesday and Missy and me Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday.  I was so sick I had to cancel all of my classes, which hasn't happened in a few years.  I won't tell you what the house looks like or what I still need to catch up on, just that we're FINALLY back to as normal as we get and I am completely grateful!

Last weekend we took the money we hadn't spent the last month or so and a few other odds and ends we had floating around in drawers and under couch cushions and went to Sam's Club and bought a few things, including our normal weekly shopping.  Here's what we bought:

Pork Loin
Flour Tortillas
Sweet Potatoes (Yams)
A Pineapple (which wasn't ripe yet)
36 Ct Eggs
Bread Flour
2 Gallons of Skim Milk
Lemonade Drink Mix

Hoping that holds us for a while!  I don't remember how much we spent but it was less than I had expected and more than I'd initially planned (how's that for a clear answer!).

This week Buddy had money from Grandma to buy modeling clay. He has been making board games and is working on playing pieces and ran out of clay.  He was totally bummed because he knew it would be a while before he got more.  So, Grandma sent the two dresses she made for Missy and $25 to buy modeling clay!  Six packages later, he's one happy camper!   On the way home from the craft store, he and I stopped for groceries.  Here's what we got:

Cheese Crackers $1.66 (Missy is cooking dinner one night and these are for her recipe)
Crisco Butter Flavored Sticks $3.89
2 Bags Salad Greens B1G1 $2.99
Celery $1.49
2.04lb Gala Apples @ $0.99/lb = $2.02
1.01lb Red Delicious Apples @ $0.99/lb = $1.00
1lb Strawberries $2.50
2.45lbs Bananas @ $0.59/lb = $1.45
Smart Balance Spread $2.99
Yoplait Greek Yogurt 5oz 5 @ $0.88  - $1 coupon = $3.40

Total This Week: $23.39
Saved (according to store receipt): $4.43 (19%)

John and I inventoried the freezers two weeks ago and we had everything but fruit and milk from the week prior to Valentine's Day through Easter with the exception of 4 dinners.  We also had enough for at least part of several breakfasts as well, so we shouldn't have to do a lot of shopping in the next few weeks.  We're not sure what John is doing next year so we are trying to figure out the finances yet again (isn't that a never ending process?).

How did your shopping go this week?

And comes back Monday to see what we're eating.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Menu Plan Monday - Week of February 8, 2015

Hello all.  I haven't forgotten you! :)  Really.

It's just been that busy around here and I'm trying to keep my head above water.   And do all the things I have to do - like cooking, cleaning, laundry, grading, and teaching!   We also had a problem at work that means we actually "skip" a paycheck at work for me - which means I've gone from December 19th until February 20th without any income other than my husband's Vicar salary, which doesn't quite cover our medical insurance (hey - it's an internship!).  So we've been trying to stretch the budget as far as we can so we have money for things like the mortgage, utilities, and that pesky medical insurance!  If we had known about that extra two-week period, it would be fine, but since we didn't know until the middle of January, it was impossible to plan for those two weeks.

I ran to one store on Saturday and spent $32 and change on some groceries.  John and I inventoried the freezers as well so we could use up everything in the freezers - not just to defrost the deep freeze before summer but also to make use of the things we have so we don't waste.

So, on Saturday we bought the following:
* Gallon Skim Milk
* Gala Apples
* Clementine's
* 1 Cantaloupe
* Two 42oz boxes of oatmeal
* 5 cans of Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup
* Two boxes of Raisin Bran Cereal
* Two bags of salad greens
* One bag yellow onions

This weekend is Valentine's Day and we've been trying to figure out how to get a real, honest date out without the children once a month this year.  It just works out that our children both have something on Friday evening and we have a chance to go out for dinner.  We have a gift card to a nice local restraint that we received for Christmas and we plan to use that.  We're both really looking forward to that! 

So without further ado - and our freezer inventory in mind - here's what we're eating for diner this week:

Sunday, February 8:
   Breakfast: Leftover muffins from Saturday
   Lunch: At Church
   Snack: Ice Cream
   Dinner: Chicken Pot Pie, Apple-Pear-Banana Salad

Monday, February 9:
    Breakfast: Waffles from the freezer, Clementine's
    Lunch: Leftover Pot Pie
    Snack: Popcorn
    Dinner: Scrambled Eggs, Diced Fried Potatoes, Sauted Spinach with Onions and Garlic, Apples

Tuesday, February 10:
    Breakfast: Smoothies
    Lunch: Leftover Pot Pie
    Snack: Nuts
    Dinner: Stir Fry (turkey, cabbage, peas, beans, carrots), Rice, Clementine's

Wednesday, February 11:
    Breakfast: Pancakes from the Freezer, Clementine's
    Lunch: Leftover Stir Fry
    Snack: Nuts
    Dinner: Cracker Baked Chicken, Baked Potatoes, Beets, Melon-Apple-Pear Salad

Thursday, February 12:
    Breakfast: Zucchini Bread
    Lunch: Salad with Leftover Chicken and Beets
    Snack: Valentine's Cookies
    Dinner: Soup from the Freezer, Baking Powder Biscuits, Sliced Apples

Friday, February 13:
    Breakfast: Zucchini Bread
    Lunch: Leftover Soup
    Snack: Valentine's Cookies
    Dinner: Out for Mom and Dad, At a party for the Children

Saturday, February 14: St. Valentine's Day:
    Breakfast: Blueberry Buckle
    Lunch: Sandwiches, Cut Veggies, Fruit
    Snack: Leftover Buckle
    Dinner: Homemade Pizza and Breadsticks
    Dessert: Apple Crisp

What are you eating this week?