Sunday, November 29, 2009

Meal Plan for this week 11-30 to 12-6-09

OK time to get started back to the routine of things for the next 3 weeks then it's a string of Saturdays again. My menu should be as follows

Mon 11-30 tuna helper, peas, garlic toast-as planned
Tue 12-1 sani food deli samwiches(still~out to dinner)
Wed 12-2 BBQ steak, pototoes,steamed carrots-Papa Murphy's
Thu 12-3 ham,egg&potato burritos,fruit salad-as planned
Fri 12-4 out of town-as planned
Sat 12-5 corn dogs, fries,mixed fruit-as planned
Sun 12-6 salibury steak, rice,grapes-as planned

This week of the month is always so hard as we tend to have to travel to see out of town relatives and DH has a thing about taking his family out to dinner on payday. (Who am I to fight such an atrocity??lol)
In the recent past our dedicated food money was on the 9th and my payday on the 10th but times are a'changin' and I need to alter our budget without these benefits. This is a mixed blessing and I know with great study I will learn how to further reduce our grocery spending.I can do this, I can do this, chugga chugga chug chug my caboose is draggin'. Silver lining is I have $200 food money this final month to stock up my pantry.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

stuffing try outs

OK, so i am creating a stuffing for thanksgiving. Let's be truthful I am craving the turkey day goodies. anyeay, I make a loaf of bread in the breadmaker the other day. It fell and the kids were not fans of the flavor but I thought what great bread cubes these would be so here we are. i cut them, seasoned with poultry seasoning, italian seasoning, S&P, garlic and onion powder, let sit overnight, im am melted butter added 1/2 chop onion, 1 celery, 4 mushrooms, 1/2 apple pour over cubes, cook 2 chx breast in 2 cup water till poached add water to stuffing chop up chx add in, soak 4 dates and apricots chopped in 1 c water to boiling, sit 10 min add in. mix together in 9x13 put in roaster at 250 for 4 hours oh and dots and shreds of butter throughout. It smells good I am waiting!
Well, mixed results, I think it had too much poultry seasoning and that was my doing I believe I used T instead of t and bread cubes needed to be a bit smaller. The guys did like the chicken piecess flavor so see mixed. I liked the dried fruit.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

November menu

Well, it's done, the mass once a month shopping that we do at the out of town stores. All groceries are put away and the menu for the rest of the month is completed, ready....

11/12-BBQ chicken legs, fried rice, corn on the cob as planned
11/13 egg rolls (meal in one) coconut shrimp menu from the 29th
11/14-CP pot roast tuna/pbj,chips&dip,mixed fruit
11/15-pozole and rolls chicken, pot&gravy,peas, mixed fruit
11/16-hamburger helper veggie soup & garlic toast JIB tacos YUM!!!
11/17-ham and eggs on english muffins with fruit and yogurt smoothie ate 11/20 menu
11/18-chicken patty,mashed potatoes, mixed fruit had 11/16 menu
11/19-porcupine balls, rice, green beans bacon and egg burritos, pineapple slices
11/20-bean/cheese burritos and pineapple slices spaghetti and corn
11/21-CP BBQ shredded pork sammys, cole slaw as planned
11/22-tacos(meat, beans, and fixins) as planned beef and chx
11/23-tuna helper,peas, and garlic bread egg rolls, fried rice
11/24-yogurt pancakes,sausage patties,kiwi as planned
11/25-CP pot roast-moved from 11/14 or fast food pizza
11/26-Thanksgiving traditional menu
11/27-leftovers spaghetti, green beans and bread
11/28-BBQ steak,potatoes,steamed carrots LO turkey,brocoli,rav soup
11/29-tuna helper, peas and garlic bread expect as planned or CP roast
11/30-chicken fajita pitas can't wait for these

this menu is not hard and fast but I try to follow the plan because I spread apart the meat items (no same meat 2 nights in a row) Monday and Tuesday menus are usually followed because we are busy those nights so I choose easier preparation items. Sundays, I do try to do crock-pot menus since we are in church 10 am & 6 pm. and for Fridays I do try to plan items that do not include meat - not religious just how we did it growing up.Normally I don't have leftovers as we eat them for lunches and this will be even more so since I am homeschooling for awhile while DS#8 (child #)changes psych meds and hopefully becomes more stable.
I still have some things I need to pick up at the store maybe around $25 including 3 more gallons of milk to get through the month.Oh yeah and I got the wrong hot cereal so I may have to pay retail to get the right stuff since it is not economical to go back to Chico Grocery Outlet to get the right stuff and we do not eat this wrong stuff.(saved receipt for next trip to return next month)
I have to plan this month for breakfasts and lunches as we all have a week off for holiday.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Nov 9th thru 16th menus

well, this is what I have so far
Monday 11-9 Honker meals (deli sammy's)
Tuesday 11-10 tuna helper and corn with ciabatta roll.
Wednesday 11-11 will be fast food since it will be shopping day then I will come home, unload all the groceries, put away and create meals/menus from sales I got this is the downfall of shopping at stores (WinCo and Grocery Outlet) that do not have too much advertisement My Walmart doesn't have a meat dept so no $20 turkey dinner however, I may pick up 2 smaller birds if I can get to a Safeway then have the butcher cut then in half for meals throughout the year I will update this after Wednesday with the remainder of my menu plans