Monday, January 9, 2017

This Week on the Dining Table

The "Foreshadowing" Edition--

You know how Facebook dredges up past posts you've made there and asks if you want to share them again?

Mid December my Facebook page brought up a photo I posted there 3 years ago around Xmas time, which I have posted above.  It was from Xmas 1962 and I am modeling a nurses outfit I had gotten from Santa that year.  I was almost 4 years old.

Funny how 53 years later I'd actually be playing "nurse" again at Xmas time. 8-)

I also should mention that having this ornament on the Xmas tree this year was very apropos given Hubs' accident......

Moving on......

Onward to the meal planning!

Here's what was planned last week--

1. Sunday--Xmas Dinner 2.0 + Corn Casserole
2. Monday--Roast Beef Hash from scratch, Scrambled Eggs *
3. Tuesday--Kielbasa on Rolls, Potato Salad
4. Wednesday--Chicken Chili w/Sweet Potatoes
5. Thursday--Quesadillas or Taco Salad(leftover Taco Beef)
6. Friday--Clam Chowder, Biscuits
7. Saturday--Spaghetti and Sausage, Salad, Garlic Bread

And this is what actually happened--

1. Sunday--Xmas Dinner 2.0 + Corn Casserole
2. Monday--Roast Beef Hash from scratch, Scrambled Eggs *
3. Tuesday--Chicken Chili
4. Wednesday--Fend for Yourself
5. Thursday--Spinach Salad, Broccoli Cheddar Soup
6. Friday--Kielbasa on Rolls, Baked Beans(I just had beans.)
7. Saturday--Leftovers(I had kielbasa which I didn't eat on Friday.)

7 meals cooked at home, 2 of them nights of leftovers or Fend For Yourself, and 0 night of Take-Out/Eating-Out.
I used leftover Xmas roast beef and turned it into hash.  That was it for the leftovers from the previous week.

As for the grocery spending.....1 trip to Weis, 1 trip to the Bread Outlet, 1 trip to Target and 1 trip to the Shursave market bought the food spending last week to $97.64 and brought my January food spending Total to $97.64 for the month.(4 trips to Rite-Aid as well but nothing spent out of pocket there.)

My savings percentages last week was 65.02%.  The Bread Outlet savings rate and no OOP at Target(as I used gift cards that were free with credit card points)went along way to giving me such a high rate of savings. ;-)

Leftovers going into this week.......roast beef hash, chicken chili and taco filling.

Here is this week's "food plan"....
* Denotes "complicated" meals

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

If we have leftovers and/or I am not feeling up to cooking we may substitute one of the meals above with leftovers.

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

What I need to buy for this menu? Salad Greens
I think that's it.  I will do a stock-up on cheese this 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 last week?

Any great deals on food at your stores this week?



  1. It is a crock pot themed week for us!

    Mon. - Potatoes, Green Beans and sausage

    Tues. - Broccoli Rice Casserole w/chicken

    Wed. - Beef Tip stroganoff

    Thur. - Cajun Pork Loin, purple hull peas and tomatoes

    Fri. - Roasted chicken, mac and cheese, salad

    Sat. - BBQ Sausage, sweet potatoes fries and cole slaw

    Sun. - Roast, carrots, cauliflower

    Trying hard not to eat out this week - with all the stress lately, it has been our default.

  2. Hi Sluggy, I like your nurse photo 😄 One of my grandmothers was an RN and I remember her wearing that white dress with white hose and white heels and the big navy and satin lined cape.
    Nurses today dress much more comfortably in their scrubs that are almost pajama like.
    I cooked last week but we enjoyed leftovers and Marie Callander dinners over the weekend.

  3. I love that you stay pretty darn close to your menu plan. I get sidetracked very easily and wander way off the path I plan even though I still cook at home and am not going to the grocery store often at all. I blame TheHub and his recreational shopping habit.

  4. lol! I'd say "break that leg" but nah... It's too cute.

  5. Your menu has so much variety. Even when I plan out, we get in ruts. Not many pictures of me as a child. Yours is too cute.

  6. I love the picture of you as a little one. You are whole lot younger than me. :-)

    I also love the way you stick to your menu plans.

  7. Sluggy, you were (and still are) adorable. I hope hubs is healing well.


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