Monday, April 28, 2014

This Week on the Dining Table

The "Back to Cooking Dinner, Wish I was Still on Vacation" Edition.......

And here is what got cooked last week---
Nothing since we were on vacation, though I DID cook breakfast once.  ;-)
As for the food spending update.....I spent a total of $84.42 on $156.44 reg. retail on groceries last weekend between the Bread Outlet, Maine Source(restaurant supply store)and the local Grocer.  Saved 46.04% over regular retail in all. Not a bad savings rate.

I have spent a total of $446.46 in April so far.  This week I have about $15 more food spending planned to close out the month.  I'm hoping I don't hit $500 for food spending for April.
Being so high with the food budget this month is not so good since Hubs and I weren't even HERE for 11 days of April to eat.  But then again, I did buy most of the food daughter prepared for Easter Dinner and Sat. morning's breakfast, so that expense came out of my food budget for April.
May just has to be all about tightening the money belt where food spending is concerned!  I'll be digging back into the freezer to get rid of some old dogs laying around in there and watching the food spending like a ravenously hungry hawk.  ;-)
And since #2 Son lived on pizzas, nachos and burritos the whole time we were gone, we had some big time food waste.  I had to pitch out not-so-fresh produce(asparagus, celery, cauliflower)and leftover chicken and zuke when we got home.
Going into the new week here are the leftovers we have......2 servings of spaghetti and meatballs.
Here is this week's meal plan----

Sunday--Burger on fresh rolls w/tomato, Potato Salad
Monday--Meatloaf, Green Beans(freezer), Rutabaga
Tuesday--Salmon(freezer), Carrots, Coleslaw(make my own)
Wednesday--Lasagna, Salad
Friday--Pork Chop(freezer), Sauted Cabbage, leftover Potato Salad
For snacks I made fresh pickles and a brownie, and bought and cubed a watermelon--1st one of the season!

What I need to purchase for this menu?.......the ground beef and all the fresh produce was bought on Friday for this week's plan.  I need to pick up mushrooms(fajitas), cottage cheese and noodles for the Lasagna this week.
After perusing the sales ads I'll pick up any loss leaders we use that I see for a great price too.

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



  1. Meat loaf, a chicken in the crock pot, salad greens, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, one potato I have left. Some of this will be for sandwiches at lunch. Since I am allergic to beef, I may feed the meatloaf to exbf when he comes and send the rest home with him!

    Now, I want ice cream in a waffle cone.

  2. Except for picking up lettuce and veggies and making mac salad or potato salad we are eating down the meals in the freezer. With lent we have more food in the freezer then I thought we would

  3. When do you hear someone say, "I'm just going to loosen the money belt..." I wish I could!

  4. That happens around here - all the snack foods get eaten when I'm away and the produce all rots in the bins. Booo! And yet she swears she's a healthy eater!

  5. oooooooooooooh, that waffle cone looks like it's going to eat YOU and not the other way around!

  6. Okay what kind of ice cream is that? Frozen Swedish meatballs, spaghetti, something with chicken breasts. That is the meat I thawed our for the week.

  7. Chicken, lots of it. And mashed potatoes (yuck!), frozen veggies, and maybe scrambled eggs one of these days. Hopefully next week I can actually COOK some real food! I know I'll be making spaghetti squash with italian sausage and use some of the frozen meat sauce.


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