Monday, August 31, 2015

This Week on the Dining Table

It's the "Cleaning Up and Out" Edition--
It seems like all I did this week was clean.  But afterwards I looked around and nothing looked any better for my efforts!

Here is a success story from this weekend.....Hubs workbench in the garage.  I have been after him to clean/organize this for FIFTEEN YEARS!!!
It finally happened this weekend.
He finally got so fed up with not being able to find anything in/on/near it that he cleaned it out.
Stuff got moved if it shouldn't have been here and stuff got thrown out.
What was left got organized.
And I helped a bit since I was out there organizing/cleaning the stockpile shelves anyway. 
Onward to the meal planning!
Here's what was planned last week.......

1. Sunday--BLTs for lunch, Leftovers(I had squash and cornbread)for dinner
2. Monday--We might dine out, otherwise Leftovers
3. Tuesday--Chili, sauted mixed Veggies
4. Wednesday--Barbecue on Rolls, Cole Slaw
5. Thursday--Salmon, Scallops, sauted mixed Veggies
6. Friday--Lobster, boiled Potatoes, Corn on cob
7. Saturday--Hot Dogs, Potato Salad
And this is what actually happened--

1. Sunday--BLTs for lunch, Leftovers(I had squash and cornbread)for dinner
2. Monday--Chinese take-out
3. Tuesday--Barbecue on Rolls, Zuke in tomato sauce
4. Wednesday--Hubs had leftover Chinese, I had a big salad and garlic bread
5. Thursday--Grilled marinated Pork Chops, Leftover Cornbread, Leftover Squash Casserole
6. Friday--Chinese take-out It's our Anniversary!
7. Saturday--leftover take-out

Chili moves to this week, I didn't buy any lobster and even the hot dogs didn't happen.  I thawed pork chops, we had take-out TWICE and then we ate nearly all the leftovers in the fridge.
As for my grocery spending last week.....5 trips to Rite-Aid and 4 trips to Weis made $64.92 flow from my pockets.  Not bad considering I bought a TON of foodstuffs last week(mostly pickles, cheese, condiments, sour cream, bbq sauce, salad dressing and Kool-aid plus marked down meats).
August food spending now stands at $469.96 in a month where I set a $350 food budget.

Leftovers going into this week--a little barbecue and a little zuke in tomato sauce.  The bbq will get put into the freezer and the zuke will get eaten tonight.
I have a big bag of fresh mixed veggies and 2 bags of collards to use this coming week.
Here is this week's food plan--

1. Sunday--Collards, leftover zuke in sauce, fried Flounder
2. Monday--Spaghetti and Meatballs, Zuke w/Tomato sauce, Garlic Bread
3. Tuesday--Mixed veggie Stir-fry, Garlic Soy chicken(using grilled chicken leftovers), Rice(for Hubs)
4. Wednesday--Chili(Hubs will have rice too)
5. Thursday--?
6. Friday--?
7. Saturday--?

I have company coming sometime after Wednesday, but I don't know when they are arriving and for how long, so I don't have a plan yet.  Might buy something to cook, might cook what I have, might go out to eat.
Not sure yet.
Read the blog later this week to find out. ;-)

What I need to buy for this menu?......nothing.  After organizing the garage stockpile I find I am out of panko crumbs so I might buy those this week if the price is right.  Otherwise that can wait.
No great deals in the store ads this week so I don't foresee any grocery spending here unless I need to run out for something later in the week.
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. It was our highest month in a couple years - but - my 23 year old stepson who eats like a horse due to his high army boy metabolism was here 9 days plus we were without a stove for 3 weeks so a couple of the meals were higher cost almost prepared supermarket meals so we could avoid MUCH higher eating out costs. This month shall be better. Maybe I should start to meal plan but we just like spur of the moment food prep(*with what's in the fridge)

    1. Well you can just make up a list of meals you could make with what is in your pantry/freezer and use that as a guide. It would sort of be halfway between meal planning and just spur of the moment.
      I confess that I get whims and change things up from what I had planned often. ;-)

  2. Please send your dear sweet hubs to my house to fix our garage too. DEAR GOD! It is out of control. I would pitch everything but that is Den's area. He gets a bit mad if I want to pitch everything! Oh and you can come with hubs if you want.

    1. It took me 15 years to clean HIS mess, what makes you think I could get him to clean Den's mess?!? lolz
      And thanks for letting me come over too.....

  3. 10 for $10 - red pack tomato products, 29 oz cans (weis). we use their tomato puree for a pasta sauce base.

    1. Sounds good. I'd do that too but I just went through my stash here and I am good on tomatoes until probably 2016. lolz

  4. Peaches and nectarines are in season here now and we're making the most of them - so sweet, so juicy!

  5. August was a killer grocery month here. We had Son3 home for s few days and another weekend of houseguests with an impromptu additional dinner party. Surely September will be a better month!


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