Monday, January 16, 2017

This Week on the Dining Table

The "Christmas Cookies" Edition--

Aren't these cute cookies?  These are some that Kim sent me last month.  They are a gingerbread type, at least that's what they tasted like.  I love the way she decorated them, very Scandinavian looking.  The red thing is a red hot cinnamon candy.  I think they could have had more of those for my taste 'cuz Sluggy is a red hot sort of gal.  ;-)

Moving on......

Onward to the meal planning!

Here's what was planned last week--

1. Sunday--Marinated Flank Steak, Green Beans, Au Gratin Taters
2. Monday--BBQ boneless Pork Ribs, Red Beans & Rice
3. Tuesday--Chicken Marsala, Sugar Snap Peas, Mashed Potatoes *
4. Wednesday--Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches
5. Thursday--Beef Stew
6. Friday--Clam Chowder, Spinach Salad
7. Saturday--Enchiladas, Refried Beans

And this is what actually happened--

1. Sunday--Marinated Flank Steak, Green Beans, Au Gratin Taters
2. Monday--BBQ boneless Pork Ribs, Spinach Salad
3. Tuesday--Nachos Casserole(Daughter cooked this w/leftover taco meat)
4. Wednesday--Chicken Marsala, Mashed Potatoes*
5. Thursday--Fried Shrimp, Cole Slaw, French Fries
6. Friday--Fend for Yourself or Leftovers
7. Saturday--Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches w/Tom/Lett/Onion

7 meals cooked at home, 1 of them nights of leftovers or Fend For Yourself, and 0 night of Take-Out/Eating-Out.
The stew and chowder didn't happen and the leftover taco filling became nachos instead of enchiladas but pretty much I stuff to the plan.

As for the grocery spending.....2 trips to Weis and 2 trips to the Shursave market bought the food spending last week to $187.76(counting $25 of splurge steaks for my birthday meal in as Hubs still can't go out)and brought my January food spending Total to $285.40 for the month.(7 transactions at Rite-Aid as well but nothing spent out of pocket there.)
There is $214.60 left in the January food budget with 15 days left.

My savings percentages last week was 43.07%.  Not great but still good.

Leftovers going into this week.......Marsala sauce w/mushrooms, mashed taters, bbq boneless pork ribs, small amount of flank steak.

Here is this week's "food plan"....
* Denotes "complicated" meals
1. Sunday--Meatloaf, Spinach Salad, Parmesan Noodles
2. Monday--Chicken Parm, Caesar Salad, Rigatoni on side
3. Tuesday--Country Fried Steak w/Gravy, Baked Potatoes, Asparagus *
4. Wednesday--Shrimp Scampi w/Linguine *
5. Thursday--Leftovers
6. Friday--?
7. Saturday--Fend for Yourself

This week will see 7 new meals cooked, 0 nights of Take-Out/Eating-Out and 2 nights of Leftovers.

What I need to buy for this menu? Russet Potatoes  I don't foresee stocking up on much of anything this week either.

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. With no meals out and if I remember right, little if any take out, you are doing phenomenally on your overall spending for food. Plus, your meals look much more upscale than anything my humble kitchen puts out. I have about 4 pounds of potaoes that need cooking this week, and a busy schedule, so I think I am going to bake up a bunch to use for home fried potatoes, potato soup, and dice, season, and pre-bake some oven fries for later.

    1. We are at $22.04 on Eating out this month. This is just lunches and coffees(I don't do coffee)for assorted people here.
      4 lbs. of taters don't go far around here. lolz

  2. Peppakakkor, made with molasses, ginger, and pepper. Will last for months. Yeah Swedes eat stale food.

    1. I thought these were that but I didn't get much pepper from them, just the ginger. Send more so I can see how long they last as these disappeared quickly! ;-)

    2. I have made those before but they were not pretty like those. I will agree they kept a long time and never lost their flavor, but mine weren't cute. Crap! Another failure!

  3. Your meals look yummy. I will be posting mine tomorrow.


Hey there! Thanks for leaving a comment.
All Anonymous commentors will be deleted.
Please include your name in your comment, or choose the 'Name' option and put your name or whatever you call yourself, in the box. Thank you.

Though I moderate it's partly to keep trolls at bay but also partly so that I read every comment. I don't often respond to comments so if you need me to answer you please write me at my email addy posted on my "About Me" page, linked on the side bar.