Monday, September 9, 2019

This Week on the Dining Table

The "My Flowers Are Gone Mostly" Edition................

I've been growing morning glories so long along the backyard deck that they just self-seed each year at this point.  Almost 2 weeks ago we got 3 sunny days in a row so Hubs did the yearly deck cleaning, followed by sealing the wood.  In order to do the railing he had to tear down all my morning glory vines on it.
Now I have two balls of dead and dying vines hanging from the bird seed feeder hooks on either end of the deck.  For a week the blooms continued to open each morning but now there is just one old bloom in that ball of bloomed yesterday and now is dying.

I do have a few vines still going at it in the garden bed proper and in the half barrels.
It's always a trade off each late Summer....keep the glories going on the railing or get the deck treated before the Fall weather sets in and it's too late to seal the wood.
Farewell to pretty.....

Moving On....

Onward to the meal planning!

This is what was planned--

Here is this week's "food plan".....
1. Sunday--Steak, Corn Casserole, Garlic Mashed Taters
2. Monday--Haddock, French Fries, Cole Slaw
3. Tuesday--Leftovers(Probably Beets and Scampi + Tomatoes)
4. Wednesday--Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches, Squash and Onions
5. Thursday--Pizza, Salad
6. Friday--Pork Chops, Glazed Carrots, Rice(Hubs is cooking this.)
7. Saturday--?

And this is what actually happened--

Here is this week's "food plan".....
1. Sunday--Steak, Corn Casserole, Garlic Mashed Taters
2. Monday--Haddock, French Fries, Leftover Beets
3. Tuesday--Corn on the Cob(that was enough, we had lunch out)
4. Wednesday--Chicken Fajitas
5. Thursday--Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches
6. Friday--Veal Parmesan, Spinach Souffle, Corn(used 2 leftover ears)
7. Saturday--Leftover Shrimp Scampi, Tomato and Cuke Salad

* I also used the leftover Broccoli in Cheese Sauce to make Broccoli Cheddar Soup, adding the last of the garden Broccoli.

Last week saw 6 nights of home cooked dinners, 1 nights of leftovers/ffy, and 0 nights of Eating Out/Take-Out.
Everything happened except the pizza and the "Hubs' is cooking" meal.  The pepper picking meant Fajitas was added to the meal plan too.  And I did not succumb to the siren song of cheap lobsters at Price Chopper. lolz

What got put into the freezer last week.....
* 6 thin sliced Pork Chops(I bought 12, used 6)
* White Castle bkfast sandwiches(for Hubs)
* Grilled Cheese Sticks(for Ex-CB)
* .85 lb. Steelhead Trout fillet
* Lots and LOTS of bags of Pepper strips/chunks

What got taken out of the freezer and used last week.....
* 2 Chicken Breast halves
* 1.65 lbs. Haddock
* 2 small Steaks
* 1 Spinach Souffle

Two trips to Weis($63.41), produce at the farm($18.50)and a trip to Aldi($32.70)brought the weekly spending to $114.61 and my September Total spending on food to $114.61.

My savings percentage last week was 63.26%(without Rite-Aid trips)and September's monthly savings total comes in at 63.26%(w/out R-A).

I have 21 more food shopping/spending days in September.  The budget is $400 but we always hope to do a little better than that amount. ;-)

Leftovers going into this week......Harvard Beets, 1 helping of Corn Casserole, Fajita filling, Broccoli Cheddar Soup and a few slices of cuke.

Here is this week's "food plan".....
1. Sunday--Hubs' cooking Pork Chops, Glazed Carrots, Asiago Rice
2. Monday--Stuffed Peppers with Rice
3. Tuesday--Fall Harvest Hungarian Goulash, Egg Noodles
4. Wednesday--Leftover Soup, Grilled Ham Sandwiches
5. Thursday--Lobster Cakes(like crab cakes), Cole Slaw, Yellow Squash and Onions
6. Friday--Leftovers or Pizza
7. Saturday--T-Bone Steak, Salad, ?

This week will see 6 new meals cooked, 1 night of leftovers/FFY, and 0 nights of  Eating Out.
2 meals with be heavy on peppers since I reserved a few for stuffed peppers and I have a large bag of pepper chunks for Goulash found at the bottom of the chest freezer.

What needs buying for this menu? Ground Beef, Cabbage and Sweet Potatoes.  I might pick up that 3 lb. bacon and some lunch meat at Malacari's but no other planned food purchases unless at "deal" presents itself. ;-)

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. I planned, sort of. As usual, we will have heavy-on-chicken meals. I have to eat a bit of protein during the day, so it has to be ready all the time. I am not supposed to eat peanut butter due to gastroparesis. I will eat it some, but have not had pb for a month. Do you ever freeze the peppers already stuffed?

  2. Lobsters, at a good price and you passed them up? You are a strong woman.

  3. I cooked a chicken in the instant pot yesterday and have frozen the deboned chicken and broth made. Then tried to make bone broth and accidentally left it out all night...
    Two steps forwards, 3 steps back.
    Good on you! In my placement into the freezer, I saw some meat that I forgot was there! I think we're having turkey tonight...

  4. So sad to see the signs of summer ending. I dread winter coming so much...

    Sunday hubby ordered Chinese. I’ve been sick and working a ton so I couldn’t have cared less. Monday roast in the crockpot. Tuesday chicken Alfredo. Wednesday copycat kfc popcorn chicken bowl. Thursday I’m heading to lunch with friends and will end up skipping dinner so either leftovers or Chick-fil-A for the kids. Sloppy joes Friday in between running around all day. Saturday maybe pizza? Or tacos. —JoAnn

  5. Great menu plans! It's sad to see the flowers dying but I guess we'll appreciate them that much more next year!


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