Tuesday, March 18, 2014

This Week on the Dining Table

The "Why, Oh Why, Do I Have to Come Home to My Boring Life" Edition.......

Who can meal plan when all I want to do is relive last weekend in my head?  This shot was taken at The Purple Parrot in Rehoboth Beach DE.  We had lunch there on Saturday.  It was all decked out for St. Patty's Day weekend.
And frankly, that sign wasn't the only thing lit up there when I left....... ;-)
And here is what was planned last week---
Sunday--Chicken with Pot Pie Noodles, Carrots
Monday--Beef Stew with onions, carrots, potatoes and I might throw in the leftover asparagus too!
Tuesday--Fend for Yourself(Hubs not home for dinner)
Wednesday--Burgers or Sloppy Joes, Sugar Snap Peas
And here is what actually happened---
Sunday--Chicken with Pot Pie Noodles, Carrots
Monday--Beef Stew with onions, carrots, potatoes and I might throw in the leftover asparagus too!
Tuesday--Chicken Sandwich, Salad(I was the only one home for dinner.)
Wednesday--Burgers, Sugar Snap Peas
Thursday--I don't care what they ate. Bwaaaaahhh

Everything as planned.
My guys got pizza on Saturday and they ate leftovers on Friday and I didn't even ask about Thursday.
As for the food spending update.....I spent a total of $87.96 on groceries last week between the Bread Outlet and Weis(PoundMeInTheAss)Markets.  Saved 34.46% over regular retail in all as I bought some things not on sale.  Not great but not bad.

I have spent a total of $233.96 in March of our $300-$400 food budget.  I'm going to try to eat from the pantry/freezer/stockpile and not shop for food this week as much as possible. I'd like to go into the final week of March having spent under $300 for the month.
Oh and no food waste last week either.
Going into the new week here are the leftovers we have......2 med. helpings of Chicken w/Pot Pie Noodles and Carrots, 1 cantaloupe, 4lbs. of yellow squash, a large helping of Beef Stew.
Here is this week's meal plan----

Sunday--Hamburger & Noodles, Sugar Snap Peas(I just had a bowl of veggies.)
Monday--leftover Chicken w/Pot Pie Noodles and Carrots
Tuesday--Meatloaf(freezer), Squash Casserole(use the squash on hand)
Wednesday--Crab Cakes(freezer), Haddock(freezer), Sautéed Green Beans(freezer)
Thursday--Kielbasa(freezer) on Rolls, Squash Casserole(leftovers), Potato Salad
Friday--Pork Chop(freezer), Roasted Cauliflower and Carrots, Applesauce
Saturday--Roast Chicken(freezer), Sweet Corn Cake, Veggie Mélange(freezer)

What I need to purchase for this menu?.......Rolls for the Kielbasa, Cauliflower and turkey deli meat for lunches, any spices or staples we've run out of(I haven't checked on things yet), and maybe some loss leaders.
I am hoping to spend $40 or less for all.

What is getting fixed and served at your house this week?



  1. Is that photo just a teaser to the review post? Haha. I blindly drew Italian sausage from the freezer, so I guess that's what for dinner! I do need to buy more eggs, maybe small chicken portions for salads, CHEESE, and more frozen veggies. I'm yet to find anything else to do with Italian sausages that isn't stirfry.

    1. Italian sausages?...easy solution. Sauté up some peppers and onions with the sausage and slap it on a roll or in a wrap thingy.

  2. antibiotics, prednisone, and a chicken I had to cook in crockpot or it would ruin, lots of potatoes and carrots and onions in the chicken broth for easy eating. I wasted a whole container of strawberries that I bought before colonoscopy that I could not eat before or during or after, and then got strep throat. I just want chocolate chips and know that won't be good for the throat, all the sugar, you know.

    Goodness, I cannot eat the chicken. A bit would not go down. Have you ever tried to cough while wheezing AND trying to swallow well-chewed chicken? It's hard to spit it out and cough. Okay, just potatoes and carrots on my menu.

    I think you could easily go astray, going to all the bars....lol...just kidding. It all looks like fun.

    Are those yellow winter squash or crookneck .My daughter said that her NY in-laws had never heard of squash casserole. They like it so much that she took that to every family dinner for 14 years at their request. Is it popular in MD or did you bring the dish to them?

    1. I've got yellow summer squash, straightneck variety. For some reason we can't get crook neck up here much.

  3. I love Thursday!!!
    I'm still stuck on the trying to spend less on food. I'll just wait until DJ leaves to try and cut back.

    1. Of course you love kielbasa....you practically live in Wisconsin! lol
      With your luck, DJ will leave for school and both you and Den will get tapeworms and will eat enormous amounts. Of course, you will lose weight tho....Hmmm.....

  4. I don't think your life is boring at all.
    No idea what I'm preparing this week. Yesterday was slow cooker chili with homemade cornbread. Today I'll probably make a tuna casserole. I don't plan like you do...I decide in the morning what I will fix based on what I have on hand, and what we have scheduled for the day. I also take into consideration my own cravings. (Cook's privilege, doncha' know?) I still manage to avoid meal specific shopping trips, however. (Unless we are out of wine.)

    1. What is this "out of wine" state you mention. It is unknown to me.....lolz

      I often switch meals around because of Cook's prerogative. ;-)

      And my life is boring compared to most....between short bursts of excitement which come to infrequently for me.

  5. If last weekend was boring, well I'll eat your leftovers! Truth be known, based on your menus posted here, I'd eat your leftovers any day!

    Peace <3

    1. LAST weekend was fab-YOU-lous!
      THIS week is boring.

      I DO have amazing leftovers, don't I? lolz

  6. I had an Aunt who used to say that a woman has 2 things to think about every day
    #1 How not to get pregnant
    #2 What to cook for dinner


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