Monday, July 23, 2018

This Week on the Dining Table


The "Happy Birthday!" Edition--

Our eldest son came home for a visit after he finished teaching Summer School at his school down in Virginia. I made him a cake(German Chocolate)and tortured him by singing the Happy Birthday Song.  He forgave me when he saw the check in his birthday card. lolz

Moving On....

Onward to the meal planning!

This is what was planned--

1. Sunday--Leftovers
2. Monday--Mushroom and Chicken Parm, Salad
3. Tuesday--Pork Chops, Sauteed Squash, Mac and Cheese
4. Wednesday--BLT sandwiches
5. Thursday--Lasagna or Fish?
6. Friday--Steak, COC, Salad
7. Saturday--BBQ, Coleslaw

And this is what actually happened--

1. Sunday--Leftovers
2. Monday--Mushroom and Chicken Parm, Salad
3. Tuesday--Pork Chops, Sauteed Squash, Mac and Cheese
4. Wednesday--Lasagna
5. Thursday--BLT Sandwiches
6. Friday--Steak, COC(I forgot to heat up the leftover mac and cheese.)
7. Saturday--Eat Out Lunch/Leftovers for Dinner

Wed. and Thurs. plans were flipped but otherwise we adhered to the plan.

Last week saw 5 nights of home cooked dinners, 2 night of leftovers/fend for yourself, 0 nights of Take-Out or Eating Out.  

A trip to each to Shursave Market, Bread Outlet and 2 trips to Weis brought the weekly food spending to $86.09 and the monthly total to $321.73.
I have 8 days left in my shopping month for July and $78.17 left in the food budget.

My savings percentage last week was 55.66%(without Rite-Aid trips)and July's monthly savings total comes to 49.02% so far.

Leftovers going into this week.....small bit of sauteed squash, mac and cheese, lasagna, and corn on cob.

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

1. Sunday--Pork Barbecue on Rolls, Cole Slaw
2. Monday--Chicken Enchiladas, Rice, Beans
3. Tuesday--Cheeseburgers, Mac Salad
4. Wednesday--Pork Ragu over Pasta, Salad
5. Thursday--Fried Zucchini and Leftovers
6. Friday--Squash Casserole and Leftovers
7. Saturday--BLTs or Chicken Salad Sandwiches

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

What needs buying for this menu? Milk and that's about it.
When I made mac and cheese last week I reserved a small amount of pasta to make Macaroni Salad.  The ends of the carrots I grated for the Cole Slaw will go into that mac salad as well as other veggies bits and pieces.  I bought a twin pack of whole chickens last week, boiled them down, picked the meat for enchilada filling and chicken salad, reserved the skin and bits to give the dogs.
I reserved a half of one of the 3 pork butts I smoked to make a Pork Ragu sauce to have over pasta later this week.  I've got a big bowl of Pork Barbecue which was served Sunday as well as 4 quart bags packed with some of the pork that was smoked for the freezer to use later.
Some of the zucchinis that are coming fast and furiously now will become fried zucchini this week, Daughter will freeze some(spiralized/sliced)for her Keto versions of lasagna/other noodle dishes and I will be grating much of it for zucchini breads and for making Keto taco "shells" for her and I to try.

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. What a cute pa toot. German chocolate is Hub's favorite also.

  2. Congrats to the birthday boy! Nothing like a little singing followed y some birthday moolah.
    Also how wonderful that the food plan worked out as planned. My plans never seem to work exactly. I hate this keto planning crap!

  3. Happy Birthday to your oldest son! I made Lasagne yesterday. It was my grandmother's recipe and very time consuming. Took me an hour to make it as the sauce is made from scratch. We will be eating on it for days. LOL


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