Monday, May 4, 2015

Menu Plan Monday and Grocery Shopping - Week of May 3rd, 2015

It's birthday week here - our twins turn 10 this week!  Where on earth does that time go? 
I swear I haven't aged a day since they were born. 
We also have the children's dance recital, a lot of company, and Grandparent's Day at the children's school! Plus teacher appreciation week at the school as well.  May is always busy, isn't it?
I went shopping on Saturday early evening and bought the food below for $61.05.  I saved approximately 10% ($6 and change) using store coupons.
Since the pictures a bit hard to see, here's what I bought:
1 40oz package of boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 pork roasts (approximately 3.5lbs each)
2 cartons of ice cream
3 dry pints blackberries
1 box Cheez-It crackers
1 box store brand woven wheat crackers
2 bags salad greens
2 dry pints grape tomatoes
2 loaves bread
1 bunch (approximately 3 lbs) bananas
I only bought the blackberries and bananas this week since we had a mango and a cantaloupe leftover from last week, my parents brought several pears, and John brought home a pineapple, apples, clementines and enough grapes to sink a boat from church this week!
We have my parents here this whole week, my cousin Diane is coming on Thursday and staying through Sunday and my in-laws will be here Thursday through Saturday as well.  So we are feeding four adults and two 10 year olds 4 days this week and 7 adults and two 10 year olds the other three days!  Lots of food and lots of company!
Here's what we're eating:
Sunday, May 3, 2015:
    Breakfast; Cereal and Fruit
    Lunch: Baked Eggs, Cinnamon Biscuit Twists and Apple-Blackberry-Mango salad
    Snack: Ice Cream
    Dinner: Chicken Fingers, Tossed Salad, Apple-Blackberry-Clementine Salad
Monday, May 4, 2015:
    Breakfast; Scrambled Eggs, Toast, Clementines
    Lunch: Leftovers
    Snack: Popcorn
    Dinner: Scalloped Potatoes with Ham, Beets, Apple-Pear-Blackberry Salad
Tuesday, May 5, 2015:
    Breakfast: Oatmeal with Almonds and Craisins
    Lunch; Leftovers
    Snack: Yogurt
    Dinner: Sandwiches, Cut Veggies, Clementines
Wednesday, May 6, 2015:
    Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Toast, Sliced Apples
    Lunch: Sandwiches, Cut Veggies, Clementines
    Snack: Yogurt
    Dinner: Chicken Soup in the Crockpot, Bread, Sliced Apples and Pears

Thursday, May 7, 2015, Our Children's 10th Birthday:
    Breakfast: Pancakes with Blackberries and Almonds
    Lunch: Leftover Soup
    Snack: Cupcakes
    Dinner; Homemade Pizza and Breadsticks
    Dessert: Out for Ice Cream after their Dance Recital

Friday, May 8, 2015:
    Breakfast: Oatmeal Muffins and Bananas
    Lunch: Sandwiches, Cut Veggies, Clementines
    Snack: Birthday Cake! (We're saving the cake for Friday since Thursday has their dance recital!)
    Dinner: Pulled Pork, Buns, Tossed Salad, Apple-Melon-Pineapple-Clementine-Blackberry Salad

Saturday, May 9, 2015:
    Breakfast: Buttermilk Breakfast Cake, Leftover Fruit Salad
    Lunch: Vegetable Barley Soup, Bread, Cut Veggies
    Snack: Fruit
    Dinner: Pizza Twists, Tossed Salad, Apple Slices

What are you eating this week?

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Frugal Friday on a Saturday

Isn't this beautiful?   This is my rhododendron that is right outside my kitchen window.   This year it is making my absurdly happy.   The last two years it bloomed and then we had a hard freeze so I didn't get to enjoy it.  It's kind of on it's last legs now, but I have definitely been enjoying it all week this week!

The other thing that's making my happy  - daffodils!  So pretty!  Too bad they're out of my line of sight from the house.  That just means I have to go outside to see them.
I also have dwarf irises in both light blue and dark purple that are budding out and the lilacs should be blooming in another week or two.  The rhubarb should be ready for harvest next week.  I guess spring is officially here!
So, I it's been a while since I posted about Frugal Friday - partly because we have been super busy around here and partly because I just haven't felt like I had much to post.  Looking back at my journal, I think I'm wrong!
Here are some of the things from the last few weeks:
Hosted house guests from overseas and made dinner for them using what we had on hand.  I made homemade hamburger buns and will definitely be making them again - though I will not have them rise overnight in the fridge this time.  They turned out just fine but they didn't rise quite right because of being in the fridge even though the recipe said they would.
Bought a frame on discount to hang a cross-stitch I had done several years ago in our bathroom.  I washed and ironed the stitching and then hung the picture.
I sewed buttons back on several items and hemmed a pair of pants for my husband.
I used a coupon to order sandals for the children this summer and bought myself a pair of sandals on clearance sale.  None of us had any sandals at all and while they aren't strictly necessary they will make summer much more enjoyable for us!
We had a leak in the two back tires on our van so we took it in.  Since they had a manufacturer's defect they were replaced for free!  Whoot!
Used a free shuttle bus to attend a meeting - saved the cost of bus fare or parking!
My husband was given a gerbera daisy by a parishioner - it's done a lovely job of being a centerpiece on our kitchen table.
We were gifted a pair of crystal candle holders from a friend who was moving - they are also a lovely addition to our centerpiece on our kitchen table!
My husband brought home leftovers after a church event - lots of fresh fruit, cold cuts, cheese, and a large bouquet of flowers.
A friend gave me cuttings from two houseplants - I just had to bring pots, which I already had.
The friend who gave us the candle holders also gave us a box of envelopes, two books of Forever stamps, and several books of piano music.
Three of my winter sweaters that I wear for work in the winter are basically worn out now, at least to the point where I can't wear them for work..  I purchased one new sweater for myself on clearance sale for $5.
My daughter made a card using typing paper and her craft supplies to mail to a friend who is in the hospital with pneumonia.  (The friend is doing much better and has since come home.)  She did a lovely job and her friend was very touched by the card that she made.
The children had a church event that required costumes.  They made costumes using what we had in the costume box and in their closets.  They turned out great!
We brought home a 2-liter bottle of pop and six oatmeal cookies from the children's piano recital.
I taught a couple of extra Jazzercise classes and earned some extra money.
We took advantage of the free large and hazardous item recycling through the county and recycled our CFL light bulbs, some partial cans of hazardous materials (mineral spirits, etc.), a few other things that have been sitting in our garage for years and used their mass cross-cut shredder to shred our documents that needed shredding.  Usually these things cost money but twice a year we can do this for free. They also take old appliances, large furniture (sofas, mattresses, etc.) and things like tires and building supplies.  Anything that can be used again goes to the county re-use-it store where it's available for purchase.
Checked out many books, videos and books on CD from the library.
Baked bread, pancakes and waffles both to eat and to freeze for later, biscuits, cornbread, pizza and breadsticks, 12 cupcakes and cake as well as a couple types of soup from scratch. My daughter decorated the cake.
We also took lunches to work and school daily and stocked a few things in our pantry.
What have you done lately that's frugal?