Monday, May 28, 2018

This Week on the Dining Table

The "Remembering the Fallen" Edition--

Bernard J. Wingo
Sept. 25, 1892
Oct. 7, 1918
Supply Co. 323 Div. 81
Died in France while in the service of his county.
Greater love hath no one than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

I took this photo for Find A Grave while in Drakes Branch VA photographing my 2 x Great Grandparents headstones a few years ago.  After I added this World War I veteran's headstone to the FAG database I did some research on him--
Bernard Jackson Wingo served in the US Army as a Wagoner and was part of the American Expeditionary Forces in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive(also known as the Battle of the Argonne Forest).  He was part of the US Army's 81st Division of the 4th Infantry(the famed NC Wildcat Division), in Supply Company 323.
He was KIA 7 Oct 1918, just 33 days before the Armistice was signed. Bernard had turned 25 just 13 days before his death.
Bernard was a farm boy from rural South Central VA who according to his WWI registration card was the support of his mom and dad before he was shipped out to Europe.
Bernard was not interred at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery near the village of Romagne-sous-Montfaucon in Meuse, France, like over fourteen thousand of his fellow patriots who died there, but was brought back to his home in Virginia to be buried near family.

Coincidently I did find out later that Bernard Wingo is related to me by marriage.....his sister Alma Lee Wingo married two of my cousins-Pascal Lee Holt(3rd cousin 4 x removed)and when Pascal died, Richard Hammersley(4th cousin 4 x removed).

Remembering all our veterans who perished during service today.

Moving On....

Onward to the meal planning!

This is what was planned--

1. Sunday--Chicken Tenders, Pear Gorgonzola Salad
2. Monday--Catfish, Cole Slaw, Sweet Potato Fries
3. Tuesday--Roast Turkey Breast, Stuffing, Asparagus, Cranberry
4. Wednesday--Ravioli, Salad, leftover Garlic Bread
5. Thursday--Pork Roast, Green Beans, Garlic Mashed Taters
6. Friday--Red Beans and Rice with Andouille Sausage or Fend For Yourself
7. Saturday--?

And this is what actually happened--

1. Sunday--Chicken Tenders, Pear Gorgonzola Salad
2. Monday--Catfish, Cole Slaw, Potato Fries
3. Tuesday--Roast Turkey Breast, Stuffing, Asparagus, Broccoli, Cranberry
4. Wednesday--Ravioli, Salad, leftover Garlic Bread
5. Thursday--Graduation/Birthday Dinner Out
6. Friday--Red Beans and Rice with Andouille Sausage or Fend For Yourself
7. Saturday--Fend for Yourself

Pretty much the meal plan went off as planned except the sweet potatoes went bad so we had regular old french fries.  The roast pork wasn't needed so moves to this week's plan.

Last week saw 5 nights of home cooked dinners, 1 night of leftovers/fend for yourself, 1 nights of Take-Out or Eating Out.  
2 grocery trips to Weis, 2 trips to Dollar General(for a butt load of chili for the menfolk), a trip to the Bread Outlet and a spur of the moment trip to Price Chopper for steaks brought the shopping to $217.40 for the week and brought May's food spending total to $596.99.   
I am in about as much shock as you are over this!lolz

I've got negative $196.99 left in the food budget for May and 3 days left in my shopping month.   Yes, I am over by almost $200 for the month.  EEK! 8-(

My savings percentages last week was 48.13%(without Rite-Aid trips)and May's monthly savings total so far is at 47.72%.

Leftovers going into this week.......potato salad, garlic bread, turkey, stuffing, ravioli, red beans w/sausage, rice.

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

1. Sunday--Fend for Yourself
2. Monday--Burgers, Hot Dogs, Roasted Veggies
3. Tuesday--Leftovers
4. Wednesday--Pork roast, Mashed Potatoes, Garlic Green Beans
5. Thursday--Leftovers or Fend for Yourself
6. Friday--Marinated Beef w/Broccoli, Rice
7. Saturday--Chicken Fajitas, Refried Beans

This week will see 4 new meals cooked, 3 nights of leftovers/FFY and 0 nights of Take-Out/Eating Out.

What needs buying for this menu?  Some fresh Veggies to roast(getting today). 

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. Sluggy, how do you address your overage? will you deduct that sum from your usually budgeted allotment for June groceries?

    1. I won't deduct $196.99 from June's food budget, nothing that formal. It's not like if I spend more than $4800 for the yr.($400 x 12 months)I don't have the cash to cover it elsewhere in the income.
      I'll probably try to reduce food/toiletry expenses over the next few months.

  2. I put five huge boneless, skinless chicken breast in a bowl in the refrigerator after I took them from the crockpot. they will be the basis for meals this week. today, I am having pulled bbq chicken on buns with coleslaw with a jello salad filled with fruit. I used dehydrated celery, a while onion, and bell pepper to season. Later today, I will boil eggs and make potato salad. I have plenty of salad greens and other food, so I will just make up vegetables to go with the chicken. You know I cannot make a menu, or I won't.

    There were specials but nothing I wanted to buy or needed. Oh, Miracle Whip is reduced after I broke down and bought some last week!

  3. Using up stuff and hoping to not spend anything until Thursday but won't be too disappointed if I do as I gave myself a self imposed 4380 challenge-all inclusive.

  4. I made a huge pot of chili last week that finally got finished today. There were pork chops and stove-bought fried chicken for the meat-eater. The chicken was 5.99 so I bought two and froze one. (I’ve put in two 50 hour weeks and this girl is tired!) I cleaned the bigger freezer yesterday and came up with tacos, veggie sloppy joes and chicken breasts for the husband. They are soaking in It. dressing for the grill. I also have cooked and uncooked bacon ready for BLT’s. And, I made a huge pasta salad a few days ago that should last another couple of days. I think there’s enough meat and meatless stuff going on for both of us. We should be good with sides and vegetables, too. Hopefully, the 50hour week phase is done til Fall when i’ll be in Fl. for the birth of our fourth grandbaby!

  5. I'm happy to say that I was did really good. In fact, I am ahead of the game.

  6. When I have a month when I go over, I just move on and try to do better next month. It seems to even out for me over the course of the year. I aim for $400 a month all year so if I go over one month, I go under others.


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