Monday, October 28, 2019

This Week on the Dining Table

The "What's Out There for Xmas Gifting" Edition................

I was in Ollie's(Good Stuff Cheap!)browsing last week to see what they've gotten in for the Holiday Season so far.  Thought this Monopoly a la John Deere Tractor Company was interesting. ;-)

Moving On....
Onward to the meal planning!

This is what was planned--
1. Sunday--Roast Chicken, Onion, Carrots, Potatoes
2. Monday--Leftover Meatloaf, Squash Casserole
3. Tuesday--Sloppy Joes, Salad
4. Wednesday--Chicken and Dumplings
5. Thursday--Tacos
6. Friday--Chicken Enchiladas, Rice
7. Saturday--Leftovers

And this is what actually happened at home per Hubs info & after I got home--
1. Sunday--Roast Chicken, Onion, Carrots, Potatoes
2. Monday--Fend For Yourself
3. Tuesday--Leftover Meatloaf, Squash Casserole
4. Wednesday--Chinese Fake-Out Chicken, Rice, Sugar Snap Peas
5. Thursday--Sloppy Joes, Tossed Salad
6. Friday--Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches, Corn on Cob
7. Saturday--Mushroom Ravioli Alfredo, Tossed Salad, Garlic Bread

The leftover Meatloaf, etc. got moved to Tuesday, Sloppy Joes, etc. got moved to Thursday, the Ravioli from last week got moved to Saturday, the other 3 new meals not made will go to this week(or not-I might do a chicken casserole with the leftover chicken bits instead of enchiladas).  I took a pork loin out of the freezer and was spontaneous about making tenderloin sandwiches and I hit a sale at Aldi's on Chicken so half the pack went into Chinese Fake-Out. 
It was a mix of some meals planned were made and some spontaneous meals.

Last week saw 5.5 nights of home cooked dinners, 1.5 nights of leftovers/ffy, and 0 nights of Eating Out/Take-Out for me.
5.5 nights because 1 night I cooked a side dish but heated up leftover meatloaf. lolz

What got put into the freezer last week.....

What got taken out of the freezer and used(or cooked up but not used yet)last week at home.....
* 2 whole chickens
* a bag of Sugar Snap Peas
* a Pork Loin
* a bag of Ravioli

A trip to Walmart, Bread Outlet, Malacari's, Maines and Aldi's brought the current weekly spending to $157.51 and my October spending on food to $394.80 for this month. 

My savings percentage last week was 46.70%(without Rite-Aid trips)and October's monthly savings total comes in at 45.75%(w/out R-A).

I have 3 more food shopping/spending days in October but I closed out the books on October this past weekend so anything bought until Nov. 1st. will go on next month's tally.

Leftovers going into this week......Chicken Fake-Out Chinese, Sugar Snap Peas, Carrots and Potatoes, All that Roasted Chicken, Sloppy Joe, 1 helping of Squash Casserole, Pork Tenderloins, Rice, browned Ground Beef, and 1 helping of Ravioli.

Here is this week's "food plan".....
1. Sunday--Chicken and Dumplings
2. Monday--Chicken Broccoli Cheese Casserole
3. Tuesday--Tacos
4. Wednesday--Spaghetti and Meatballs, leftover Garlic Bread, Salad
5. Thursday--Something TBD + Brussels Sprouts
6. Friday--Leftovers
7. Saturday--Fend for Yourself

As always this menu is subject to change or rearranging depending on what leftovers get eaten or not and what I am feeling like cooking(or not). lolz

What needs buying for this menu?  Nothing whatsoever except maybe some milk.

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. do you have a kick-but awesome sloppy joe recipe? I am keen to find the best one there is.

  2. I use this one, it's a lower sodium version.

  3. Nice menu again. Our leftovers are accumulating so by Friday, that will be our meal-plus taking them for lunch.

  4. I planned. I had baked chicken breast and sweet potatoes from the farmer and tomatoes from another farmer. Then, a bottle of spaghetti sauce and spaghetti yielded four meals; frozen cooked chicken and field peas and snaps, tomato made two more meals. With my fever, I think it all leftovers tonight--chicken, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes or something. probably the field peas and snaps. All this is cooked and waiting.


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