Monday, December 4, 2017

This Week on the Dining Table

The "The Relief That It's Over" Edition--
After Hubs got home late Friday night, he returned the cargo van Saturday morning, and then we drove up to school to see College Boy's Senior Recital.
I'll share photos of that in the coming weeks.  Here's a shot of College Boy afterwards, when we took him out to dinner.  He was just so glad that recital pressure was off and 1 more week of classes and just 2 finals and his semester(and basically his college career)is over.  This semester has kicked his ass he says.  There was some partying done on Saturday night after we left I hear tell.  But by Sunday afternoon he was feeling nostalgic for being in school and said he'd miss most of it. lolz

Moving On....

Onward to the meal planning!

Here's what was planned last week--

1. Sunday--Beef/Broccoli/Mushroom Stir-Fry, Jasmine Rice
2. Monday--Leftover Chicken Thighs, leftover Thanksgiving sides, Stuffed Mushrooms
3. Tuesday--French Bread Pizza, Salad
4. Wednesday--Chinese Take-out
5. Thursday--?
6. Friday--?
7. Saturday--?

And this is what actually happened--
1. Sunday--Beef/Broccoli/Mushroom Stir-Fry, Jasmine Rice
2. Monday--Leftover Chicken Thighs, leftover Thanksgiving sides
3. Tuesday--Primo Hoagies for 2(Daughter paid)
4. Wednesday--Fend for Yourself
5. Thursday--Leftover Stir-Fry, Rice
6. Friday--Chinese Take-Out for 2(I paid)
7. Saturday--Eating Out after recital(3 at Perkins)

Daughter wasn't feeling French Bread pizza so we shoved that loaf into the freezer to use another week.  She was feeling Chinese(isn't she always?)and take-out Subs so I little variation from the plan.

Last week saw 1 night of home cooked dinners, 3 nights of leftovers/fend for yourself, 2 nights of take-out and 1 night of Eating out.
Weis was the only store I shopped at last week and the bill came to $49.85.  That brings December's food spending to $49.85.  There are 27 more days in my shopping month.

My savings percentages last week was 51.79% and the monthly savings so far ends up at 51.79%(without Rite-Aid trips added in).

Leftovers going into this week.......Thanksgiving side dishes(Mashed Taters, Stuffing, Carrots)and 4 rolls.  The rest of the stuffing is going into the freezer for later and we'll incorporate the other side dishes into this week's menu.

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

1. Sunday--Fresh Mushroom Soup, French Bread
2. Monday--Mushroom Stroganof, over Leftover Mashed Taters, Asparagus
3. Tuesday--Sloppy Joe, Rolls, Carrots
4. Wednesday--Tacos
5. Thursday--Spaghetti and Meatballs, Caesar Salad
6. Friday--Leftovers
7. Saturday--Leftovers

This week will see 5 new meals cooked, 2 nights of leftovers, 0 nights of Take-out.  I went to Maines Restaurant Supply on Sunday(bill goes on next Monday's grocery spending)and they had a shopping cart of 12 oz. packages of whole mushrooms for .50¢ each.  I guess they overestimated the demand for Thanksgiving. lolz   So I bought 5 more boxes to go with the 1 I had leftover still from Turkey Day so the front end of this week will be heavy with mushroom dishes w/out meat.  ;-)

The only thing I need to buy to make these meals is some iceberg lettuce and milk.  We are also out of cream cheese and I plan on picking up a few loss leaders this week(besides the Maines trip).

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. Wow, you're son's almost done with school - a relief for both of you probably

  2. Isn't it great when they are done? Congratulations to him and you and Dan.

  3. This will be bittersweet for all of you, I suppose. I wonder if daughter will be "feeling it" when she buys and prepares all her own food. But, if she pays....

    What am I having this week? Whatever goes with six chicken breasts, each of which is over one pound, shoulder pork butt roast, and all the vegetables I am going to cook--potatoes in with pork right now, sweet potatoes, fresh green beans, grapes, oranges, bananas, apples, and other stuff.

    Now, I have to get busy freezing meats in portions for exbf's meal-sized meat portions, portions for me to eat from for three days, and anything else I can cram in the freezer.

    I did feel inadequate and guilty about not having a meal plan, but I got over that since I have food planned just not in what order or a menu.

  4. Last nice day, maybe for awhile. Pork chops, asparagus and mushrooms on the grill and smashed potatoes. Leftovers tomorrow. Meatloaf Wednesday. Haluski Thursday. Friday leftovers again. Some sort of homemade soup to fill in any gaps.

  5. We have felt so crappy for the last 2 weeks that we have been eating pretty much nothing but soup. Getting tired of it, but man is it ever easy on the budget. I think I only have about 2 servings of different soups left in the freezer.


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