Monday, August 25, 2014

This Week on the Dining Table

The "This is What Happens When I Leave Home for 2 Weeks" Edition........

When I came home July 25th from my road trip, this is what my little gardenia bush looked like.
Yes, Hubs is the plant killer.
I have been diligently watering it, it has shed most of it's curled up, dried leaves but there are some nice new green shoots now so it's hanging on.  I just might coax it back to life.

 What was planned last week--

1.  Pulled Beef Brisket Sandwiches, Sugar Snap Peas
2.  Beef Pie-my version of a Shepherd's Pie but with cornbread on top
3.  Roast Chicken, Carrots, Potatoes and Onions
4.  Pot Roast with leftover veg from Roast Chicken and leftover brisket
5.  Chili, Tossed Salad
6.  Tuna Noodle Casserole, Green Beans with Red Peppers Saute
7.  Leftovers-assorted

And this is what actually happened--
1.  Pulled Beef Brisket Sandwiches, Sugar Snap Peas
2.  Beef Pie-my version of a Shepherd's Pie but with cornbread on top
3.  Roast Chicken, Carrots, Potatoes and Onions
4.  Pot Roast with leftover veg from Roast Chicken + mushrooms and leftover brisket
5.  Leftover Beef Pie
6.  Tuna Noodle Casserole, Tossed Salad
7.  Leftovers-assorted
Everything but the Chili happened.  Didn't need it as we had tons of leftovers to eat.....and we are still eating them! lol
Last week I made trips to 2 different grocery stores and the Bakery Outlet and spent $114.20 on $291.58 worth of groceries/toiletries for just shy of a 61% savings rate.
Add in the Rite-Aid spending/savings and my weekly total spent becomes $126.84 on $391.37 of goods for a 67.59% savings rate.
With all shopping/spending I am at $395.79 for August so far.  I have $4.21 left in the food budget for this month.
Who am I kidding that I can lower our budget to $300 a month for food?!? lolz  I keep saying I'm going to do it but it never happens.

Going into this week, in leftovers we have.........2 helpings of Beef Pie, some BBQ brisket, half a roasted chicken with veggies, a hunk of Pot Roast, 2 helpings of Mac and Cheese, and 2 helpings of Tuna Noodle Casserole.

Here is the plan for this week......mostly it' centers around using up the leftovers......

1.  Teriyaki Salmon, leftover Mac and Cheese, Spinach
2.  Pork Tenderloin Sammies, Honey Carrots
3.  ?  Might get some Lobsters or have Hamburgers on the grill Labor Day weekend
4.  Leftover Roast Chicken, maybe I'll make a soup with it, or?
5.  Leftover Tuna Noodle Casserole
6.  Leftover Beef Pie
7.  Leftover Pot Roast Sammies

No eating out planned this week but getting take-out one night for the weekend is a possibility since we have no plans for Labor Day festivities.

Food Waste--a grilled piece of chicken that got pushed to the back of the fridge and forgotten until it was too late to eat it.  ewww!

Other than lobsters if we go that route, nothing "needs" to be purchased for this menu.
There isn't much tempting me to go into the grocery stores this week....maybe another watermelon or some corn on the cob or another .99¢ lb. whole chicken.  And we need some fresh produce.....hmmm.
I'll be trying to keep my money in my pockets this week. I don't NEED to buy those things so maybe I'll just not.
Wish me luck! 8-)
What is getting fixed and served at your house this week?
Was last week's plan successful, did you go off plan or did you not even plan what was going to be eaten that week?

Any great deals on food at your stores this week?
Do you have any money left in your food budget this month?



  1. I'm trying to get the food bill down. And it just ain't happening. WTH!

  2. Starkist tuna was $0.69 a can. I only bought four because of Fukishima radiation. Otherwise, I would have bought 20 cans.

    Every gardenia I get dies on me. And, I care and try so hard to keep one alive.

  3. I could never eat like that week over week! All that food and so much heavy stuff. Glad you enjoy though.

    1. What do you consider heavy stuff? Meat? We eat the meat I can get for a good price....sometimes that means lots of days with beef, sometimes that means lots of days with chicken, fish, etc.
      We don't eat a lot of carbs(pasta, rice, taters)which I consider heavier. I try to stick to protein(meats)and veggies. Many times when I make carb items I don't eat those but Hubs wants/likes them.
      What do you think is a suitable meal plan?

  4. Sluggy, I think your meal plan sounds great, as always. Kroger has ears of corn 6 for $1, so I intend to buy a bunch and freeze it. At least a couple dozen ears. That is what I bought a couple weeks ago when they were 3 for $1. Hubby loves corn on the cob and I want to stock up. Another store has some white fish we like for a couple dollars a pound. I intend to buy a case of it to stock the freezer. Those are the only great deals I saw, which is good as we spent too much last week on groceries. LOL!


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