Monday, April 24, 2017

This Week on the Dining Table

The  "The Mystery Tree" Edition--

 This is that tree with white flowers that only leaves out once all the flowers drop off it.  The flowers are white.

This is the best close-up(blurry)photo I could get with my camera.
I have ruled out dogwood, Bradford pear or a crab apple.
It's a tree and rather tall, not a bush or shrub.
Once the leaves come I can take a photo of those and maybe go down to a local nursery and id it finally.

Anybody have a clue what it is called?

Moving On....

Onward to the meal planning!

Here's what was planned last week--

1. Sunday--Ham, Beans, Rolls, Deviled Eggs
2. Monday--Tacos
3. Tuesday--Leftovers
4. Wednesday--Kielbasa on Rolls, Onions, Beans or leftover Mac Salad
5. Thursday--Leftovers
6. Friday--Chicken Cordon Blue, Mixed Veggies
7. Saturday--maybe Take-Out Subs?

And this is what actually happened--

1. Sunday--Ham, Beans, Rolls, Deviled Eggs
2. Monday--Leftovers
3. Tuesday--Subway sammiches
4. Wednesday--Tacos and/or Taco Salad
5. Thursday--Leftovers
6. Friday--Pizza, Salad
7. Saturday--Chicken Cordon Bleu, Creamed Spinach, Pierogies(not for me)

The Kielbasa meal didn't happen and moves to this week.  I bought two cheap-ish pizzas at Weis on Friday but that purchase will count under Take-Out/Eating Out budget.  We got subs on Tuesday instead of Saturday.  Everything else planned did get served last week.

Two trips to Weis but a dent in the food budget of $39.76.   This brought my April food spending total to $212.03.  There are 6 days left in the month.  Other than buying lots of bags of coffee(unless I need to get rain checks)I don't foresee much in the way of food purchases this coming week.

My savings percentages last week was 52.78%. 

Leftovers going into this week....... Ham, Rolls, Roast Chicken slices, leftover pizza slices and Taco filling.

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

1. Sunday--Manicotti in Sauce(from freezer), Salad, leftover Garlic Bread
2. Monday--Quesadillas(using leftover chicken and/or taco meat), Corn
3. Tuesday--Kielbasa in Rolls, Beans
4. Wednesday--Mac and Cheese w/Ham, Brussels Sprouts
5. Thursday--Steak, Baked Potatoes, Sauted Veggie(TBD)
6. Friday--Breakfast for Dinner(Daughter is making this.)
7. Saturday--Leftovers

This week will see 6 new meals cooked, 0 night of Take-Out/Eating-Out and 1 night of Leftovers.

What I need to buy for this menu?  Some fresh veg for Thursday's dinner.

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. So far, the plan is getting to my feet. I was very ill when I went to doctor for congestion and had bronchitis, and I am getting worse every day even with antibiotics...sooo. There is rhubarb, potatoes, and carrots that all need prepping to cook, so I may open chicken noodle soup. I don't even have a banana.

    I smiled as I noted none of your meals are "complicated."

  2. I am still working on emptying the freezer. Strawberry picking is here and I still need a little more space to accommodate them

  3. I love a good mystery.....does it make berries later on? Saskatoon serviceberry, maybe?

  4. Last week's plan went off mostly as planned. So far this week is a bust, we had Whataburger for lunch and we just had tacos at almost 9 pm after a kiddos ball game. I did make the tacos at home with precooked taco meat from our freezer.

  5. we are exploring Blue Apron. We are overall happy with it. It feels like we are eating better, portion control , and it gives us some cooking lessons.

  6. I seem to have forgotten the planning part of meal planning in April. I am in budget, but we've eaten weird combinations of food and leftovers form events. We've alos had a lot of frozen pizza-too much proably.


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