Monday, February 27, 2012

February Food Spending Week 4, Meal Plan February Week 4+ & March Week 1

I love searching around for old photos and advertisements featuring kitchens from years gone by.  These are mostly the kitchens from my youth in the 1960's-1970's or earlier.

This week I give you another kitchen of 1945.....

 Even though it's post-war there is still heavy linear design influence from the Art Deco styling of the 1930's.  The color scheme is very period, but in a pastel palette played against pops of black detailing.  There is a coordinating breakfast nook or morning room past the sliding glass door on the left.
The big deal here is the massive "picture window" located over the sink.  This feature became the standard into the 1950's and beyond for most any suburban tract home kitchen.  Moms across North America could now watch their precious kids playing in the back yard while still taking care of kitchen drudgery like hand washing dishes.

This nifty feature sort of distracted homemakers from complaining about not having an automatic dishwasher that was touted heavily in those "kitchen of the future" ads during the 1920-1930's.  We know the technology was developed so why the gap in production once the war was over?  I am sure if men stayed home in the traditional homemaker role of that era, automatic dishwashers would have been standard in every kitchen! ;-)

Enough of that, onward to the Meals and Food Spending. 8-)

Last week's meal plan is in the books.  Here is what actually happened....
SUNDAY--Toasted Chicken with Veggies, Stuffing(boxed)
MONDAY--Quiche, Tossed Salad
TUESDAY--Pork Chop with Maple Glaze, Mashed Potatoes, Brussel Sprouts
WEDNESDAY--Red Robin Free Meal for #2's birthday
THURSDAY--Breakfast for Dinner(Hash and Pancakes)
FRIDAY--Chinese Take-Out for Hubs/I, #2 Son was out with friends
SATURDAY--homemade Chicken Pot Pie
Most everything as planned but on different days.  Instead of leftovers night I took the leftover roast chicken and veggies, added a bit more veggies to it and made a large pot pie.  Hubs finished it up on Sunday for lunch.

The weekly food spending was $51.51. Most of that was buying whole roaster chickens at .88¢ lb.  Approx. $20 of stuff at Big Lots, some apples and onions and a gallon of milk and that's about it.

Almost 4 Weeks in and I've spent $207.26 of my $300 February food budget.  $92.74 left for the month plus $92.32 leftover from January that didn't get spent.  I've got 3 days left in the month so I doubt at this point if I'll exceed my budget for February.  Yay me! ;-)

Going into February Week 4+/March Week 1 have NO leftovers!  Imagine that?lol

This week's menu.....

SUNDAY--Hubs/#2 Son had Burger King, I had a big salad with nuts and fruit
MONDAY--Ravioli, Salad
TUESDAY--Pecan Chicken, Sweet Potatoes, Cauliflower/Carrot blend
WEDNESDAY--Meatloaf, Green Beans, Smashed Potatoes
THURSDAY--Fish, Rice, Teriyaki Veggie Melange
FRIDAY--homemade Pizza, Salad

This menu gives us 5 new meals, 1 eating out and 1 night of leftovers.  The fish meal moved from last week's menu since it wasn't cooked/served.  Meatloaf is Hubs request and Pecan Chicken is #2 Son's request.

Items needed to buy for this menu are... salad greens.  I've got everything else here already in the freezer or the pantry.
We'll be buying milk as usual. The only stocking up opportunities I see so far this week are salmon for $5.99lb., and tilapia for $3.49lb.(and I have Qs for the tilapia, so $1 less per lb.)
Those bagged salad kits are on sale for $1.99 this week, so I'll be eating those a lot for lunch and serving them with 2 dinners.

So what is everyone else eating this week?  



  1. I'm drooling over the width the oven in that kitchen!

    This weeks meals are kind of iffy, very subject to change:

    Sun: Ham and beans
    Mon: Salmon pasta
    Tues: Chicken dumpling bake
    Wed: Meatloaf
    Thurs: Pasta marinara
    Fri: Leftovers
    Sat: Grilled Burger Gyros

  2. This is my favorite kitchen so far.
    I don't know what is going on with us but our grocery budget is a bit on the high side. Anna has come home and I have been having to shop locally so that runs the price up but.........
    I have some digging to do.

  3. When we moved into this house, built in 1902, there were just long windows. Ex could not understand why I had to have a window taken out in order to have sink with a window over it. I had small children that would play outside the wondow. Watching them while doing all the mundane tasks was a high priority, and I did have a dishwasher. This was the first old house we had lived in. I see newly built houses with the sink facing a wall and it gives me claustrophobia. I helped a friend for several weeks while she was hospitalized. Looking at the wall was mind-numbing.

    Meals? As usual, I will cook chicken breasts and live off that with salads and sandwiches along with chicken meals with vegetables.

  4. leftovers from my twin nieces graduation party last spring. It's a long but delicious story...

  5. I just posted my menu too. And I LOVe to have a salad for lunch!Your menu is delicious! We haven't seen a good price on salmon for a while.


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