Monday, March 7, 2016

This Week on the Dining Table

It's the "We are Getting Close" Edition--

This shot is of the new bathroom tile before it was grouted I shared over the weekend on my FB page.
 We are going with a neutral and plain color scheme having lived with the green cacophony for long enough.  I detest the beige/tan route so we went with grey/white.  The floor we initially chose was a plank porcelain tile(the durability of tile in the bathroom but in the shape/form of wooden planking instead of squares)called Brazilian Pecan White Glazed.

Basically it looked like an old weathered wood floor but in grey tones.  It was more expensive(much more!)and had inherent design issues so we went with boring old square tiles.  Boring is GOOD after living through that strident tonal poem of greens which overran our bathroom before. lolz

Onward to the meal planning!

Here's what was planned last week.......

1. Sunday--Leftover Lasagna
2. Monday--Sausage Patties on Rolls, Sauted Cabbage
3. Tuesday--Leftovers
4. Wednesday--Fish, Potato Salad(using up old taters), Grilled Asparagus
5. Thursday--Leftovers again?
6. Friday--Italian Torta, Salad
7. Saturday--?

And this is what actually happened--

1. Sunday--Leftover Lasagna
2. Monday--Sausage Patties on Rolls, Sauted Cabbage(I just had the Cabbage)
3. Tuesday--Leftovers(I had Stroganoff, Hubs had Thai Chicken and a can of Soup)
4. Wednesday--Fish, Roasted Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus
5. Thursday--Leftover Meatloaf, Grilled Mixed Veggies
6. Friday--Leftover Pecan Chicken and Fish, Leftover Asparagus, Halushki
7. Saturday--Chinese Take-Out

6 meals cooked at home.
2 new meals and 4 nights of leftovers in some form or another and 1 night of Take-Out.

We finished up many leftovers last week.  I took the leftover sauted Cabbage and used it in the Halushki I made on Friday.

As for my grocery spending for March.....some of this was bought the last few days of February but using March monies.
I spent $77.82 at 4 stores/5 shopping trips the last 9 days.  I also went to Rite-Aid 3 times but I didn't spend any money as is the usual.  ;-)

$77.82 spent of the potential $250-$300 March food budget so between $222.18 and $172.18 left to spend with 24 days left in the month.

Leftovers going into this week......Cheese Lasagna(which will get put into the freezer shortly if not eaten up early in this week), Halushki, Roasted Potatoes, Breaded Fish.

Here is this week's "food plan"--

1. Sunday--Roasted Chicken, Stuffing, Deviled Eggs and Roasted Carrots and Cauliflower
2. Monday--CB's Birthday Meal out
3. Tuesday--Philly Cheese Steaks(I'll have Halushki), leftover Veggies
4. Wednesday--White Chicken Chili, Biscuits, Salad
5. Thursday--Tacos or Taco Salads
6. Friday--Crab Cakes and Shrimp, Coleslaw, Steak Fries or add to leftover Roasted Potatoes(for Hubs and CB)
7. Saturday--Leftovers or Take-out

This week will see 5 new meals cooked and 0-1 meals of leftovers(re-purposed into new dishes or not) and one meal Out.

What I need to buy for this menu? Ground Beef, maybe more lettuce, Provolone Cheese(for the subs), Cauliflower and more Cabbage.  Luckily with St. Patrick's Day nearby cabbage is cheap this week.  I got the Cauliflower on Sunday already and the Ground Beef on Friday(Weis Friday only Special)so all I need for this week's meal is the Cheese.

Of course I'll put a caveat on this week's menu as it may change, depending on what College Boy feels like having and if he is going to be around at dinnertime.  Both of those factors will affect what I actually make and serve.

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 last week?

Any great deals on food at your stores this week?



  1. Smart move with the neutrals. Since you plan on moving, neutrals sell much better than colors. What was the issue with the planked tiles? We are planning to redo our master bath and have those picked out for the flooring. I would love to know the downside so I can make a change instead of making a mistake.

  2. The remodel is looking good! Enjoy your new room.

  3. The tile looks really nice, though I do like that weathered board look too. It will be great to see a before and after picture when it's all done!

  4. Love the tile. Dinner will be winging it all week.

  5. Great progress with your tile. As I have said before, nothing ever goes 100% according to plan on renos but if the floor is down you definitely are getting closer!


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