Monday, April 6, 2015

This Week on the Dining Table

The "Hubs Birthday on Easter" Edition.....

The year Hubs was born that day was the day before Easter.
His mother, we were told, considered naming him Peter because of in Peter Cottontail hopping down the bunny trail, hippity hoppity Easter's on it's way.
So glad she came to her senses. lolz

Happy Birthday Hubs!!!

Anyway, onward to the meal planning!
Here's what was planned last week.......

1.  Broccoli Soup, Salad(We had steak out for lunch so not so hungry at dinner time.)
2.  Irish Stew, leftover Cabbage
3.  Grilled Fish, Roasted Veggies, Coleslaw
4.  Mushroom Quiche, Salad
5.  Sloppy Joes(leftover),
6.  Coq au Vin, Potatoes, Carrots, Asparagus
7.  Easter Ham, Deviled Eggs, Mac & Cheese, Green Beans
And this is what actually happened--

1.  Broccoli Soup, Salad(We had steak out for lunch so not so hungry at dinner time.)
2.  Irish Stew, leftover Cabbage
3.  Shrimp and Grits(I didn't have the grits), stir-fry Veggies
4.  Mushroom Quiche, Asparagus
5.  Sloppy Joes(leftover),
6.  Hubs has lasagna leftovers, I had a salad
7.  Stuffed pork chop, leftover stir-fry Veggies

Everything went as planned except no Coq au Vin because I found reduced stuffed pork chops at the grocery store so we had that instead.   Plus I put Easter dinner on this menu when my plans run from Sunday to Saturday so I lost a day somewhere last week. lolz

Last week I made 4 trips to the grocery stores and spent $161.52.42 OOP on $265.34 worth of reg. retail groceries.

The Target and Maine Source trips I talked about last week plus 1 trip to Weis where I picked up reduced meats and items needed for Easter dinner. I also bought Hubs and I chocolate covered Easter eggs at Weis(small ones)which added an unplanned $7.98 of spending there.

Then I made an unplanned stop at Price Chopper on Saturday as they were running a TRIPLE 10 Coupons a day deal(only coupons for .99¢ or less).  I bought 10 items--frozen rolls(for Easter), LOL butter, ICBINB(aka I Can't Believe It's Not Butter), Jasmine rice, a can of roasted corn, a box of Little Debbie oatmeal pies, sliced Kraft cheese and 3 shakers of Parmesan cheese.  The parm was $2 a shaker, the rice was $1.50 and everything else was between .24¢ and .74¢ after sale prices and coupons were tripled.  The can of corn was actually free after tripled coupon.  I also stocked up on Gatorade2 as they had it for $1 per 2 qt. bottle.

I had 1 transaction at Rite-Aid last week and spend .25¢ OOP on $5.29 worth of toiletries.

For the week, $161.77 total spending on $270.63 worth of food/toiletries/HBA.

$161.77 spent of my $300 April food budget, leaving us $138.23 for the next 25 days of the month. 

Leftovers going into this week are--1 whole quiche, asparagus, Popeye's chicken and green beans(Sat. lunch take-out)and sloppy joe mix.  Actually we have a lot of food leftover from Easter dinner too(since I write this on Monday)even after giving the BI-L and nephew a goodly portion of ham, mac and cheese and sweet potatoes.

Here is the plan for this week.........

1.  Easter ham, deviled eggs, mac & cheese, mixed Italian veggies, sweet potatoes
2.  grilled fish, leftover Easter side dishes
3.  chicken marsala, mashed potatoes, asparagus
4.  Assorted leftovers
5.  Boston baked beans, assorted leftovers
6.  leftover Popeye's meal stuff
7.  quiche leftovers

4 nights of leftovers and 3 nights of new dishes.  We will be eating Easter leftovers all this week in between making new meals, plus the leftover chicken from Saturday lunch.
What I need to buy for this menu......nothing at all.   I have the fish, the raw chicken, the dried beans, molasses, onions, potatoes, mushrooms, etc. for the new meals.  I also have makings for a nice salad still which will be fixed sometime this week.

I haven't even glanced at the grocery ads for this week and I may just stay out of the stores as my food budget is looking puny after last weeks "shopfest". 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?



  1. Happy Birthday, Peter. I mean, hubs. My SIL was going to be named Barkley is she was a boy. My FIL was the one in charge of the names. That would have been a bad one. Good thing she was a girl. But I still call her Barkley every once in a while.

    1. If my youngest had been a girl she would have been named Lillian after my maternal grandmother. I still have to stop myself from calling HIM that, especially when his hair is uber long. lolz

      Barkley would been terrible....think of all the ribbing he/she would have gotten!

  2. I'm like you we will be eating leftover for most of the week I think....

  3. Nice menu. Like you we are eating what we have. I am trying to use things out of the freezer. In a few weeks some of the local strawberries will begin to ripen and that will begin a steady stream of freshness for me to freeze. Gotta have the room in the freezer.
    I think the only things I need to purchase are milk and salad fixings.

    1. I must confess that I don't care for strawberries after they are frozen. Too mushy for my tastes but I sure enjoy them in season. I probably eat enough then to make up for not preserving them. lolz

  4. That's the one benefit of spending so much time making a holiday meal - LEFTOVERS!! Once we get tired of turkey I'll freeze the rest of the meat and make soup with the carcass.

  5. Belated happy birthday wishes to Mr. Sluggy!

  6. Belated Happy Birthday, Mr. Sluggy!


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