Monday, December 23, 2013

This Week on The Dining Table

The "Winter Solstice is Past & 2 Days until Christmas" Edition.......
While we were out running errands on Sunday I saw this mom and daughter putting a clothing donation in a bin at the gas station as Hubs was checking the air pressure in my van's tires.  The little girl had on reindeer antlers and a red nose, which you can sort of see in my bad shot.
I felt like telling her to be careful if she wants to go around looking like the resident deer population in these parts. This is PA, home of the gun-toters and deer hunters.  The kids here get the first day of Hunting Season off from school as it's an official state holiday. lolz

On to the Meal Planning.
Here is what was planned last week--
Sunday--Dinner Out after some Holiday shopping w/Hubs at Bob Evans
Monday--Chicken and Dumplings(to use up the rest of that chicken & milk about to expire)
Tuesday--Ravioli & Sauce(use up leftover sauce), Green Salad
Wednesday--Chicken Fried Steak(I'll have something else), Mashed Potatoes, Veggie Medley
Thursday--Something Inexpensive Out after #2 Son's Christmas Concert(the last one we ever have to attend!lol)
Friday--Shrimp Burgers on rolls, Deviled Eggs, Green Beans
Saturday--Spaghetti and Meatballs, Spinach Salad

Well we ate everything listed with the exception of the Chicken Fried Steak(#2 son had to work that night).  #2 Son had brought a big plate of leftover food from his Marching Band Christmas Party/Dinner for us so we split that instead.  We had Grilled Salmon(got on special last week)and a Veggie Medley(from freezer).
As for the food spending last week....
There was 1 trip to the grocery store & 1 trip to Rite-Aid and I spent a grand total of $30.09(including my Rite-Aid trip at $.19)on $132.26 worth of groceries/toiletries at 2 different stores.  We are at $215.04 spent on $722.52 worth of groceries/toiletries for December so far(grocery store value only is $363.71---Rite-Aid freebies and almost-freebies really skew the totals).
8 days left in the month and $84.96 left in the food budget(if I want to come in under $300 this month instead of the usual $400).

I am still hopeful I can pull off a $300 food month.  We will be out of town and NOT cooking for some meals the rest of the month so I need to do little food buying.  I'll probably just pick up some loss leaders this week and a few special things for #2 Son.

Leftovers going into this week--Ravioli(1 helping).

Here is this week's meal plan---

Sunday--Spaghetti & Meatballs, Salad
Monday--Seafood of some kind, Rice, Brussel Sprouts
Tuesday--Chinese Food out(Christmas Tradition paid for out of Xmas Budget)
Wednesday--Prime Rib, Roasted Cauliflower and Sweet Potatoes, Homemade Rolls, Corn Casserole
Thursday--Chicken Fried Steak(Hubs and Son only), Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Sugar Snap Peas
Saturday--Dinner Out

What I need to purchase for this menu?....... well the Duck for Christmas idea went over like a led balloon here. sigh
So I need to buy a roast but luckily they are on sale the next 2 days. 8-)
I need to buy some seafood(not sure what I am getting yet....scallops? shrimp?), a roast, cauliflower and sweet potatoes.  I have everything else already. 

What is getting fixed and served at your house this week?



  1. We're eating out tonight, after our flight lands in Portland. Tomorrow & Wednesday we'll be having Christmas Eve & Day at my parents house. We're supplying the pomegranate martinis. :-)

    Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday - we're going to be at our vacation house for the first time in 4 months. Cannot, for the life of me, remember what's in the freezer, so we'll be eating whatever is there & supplementing with a trip to the store. ;-) I know pizza is on the menu for the night that my nephews arrive.

  2. Hmmmm...tonight we are eating whatever Hubby feels like cooking for dinner. Oh, wait, we have that every night. LOL!

    Tomorrow we are having our get together with MIL, our kids and grandkids, so it will be Christmas food. I am taking deviled eggs, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie and cheesecake. I imagine there will be turkey and dressing and usually a brisket at MIL's. It will be good. Christmas Day, hopefully we will have leftovers. Yum!

  3. I swear this whole eating thing is a detriment to my life. I have nothing planned, and nothing in my side of the fridge besides half a carton of eggs from September. I think it may be safe to toss them... I'll have some stew from last week, and after that, your guess is as good as mine.

  4. Here it is Christmas Eve and if I don't get something thawed, it will be a hotdog or can of tuna for Christmas Day. I really don't plan to cook a turkey until Friday when exbf comes to help with things around here.

    I usually do not have green bean casserole for Thanksgiving or Christmas, just green beans. But, I want it for Christmas. There will be turkey, dressing, gravy with eggs in it, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce.

    Hey, that is what I had for Thanksgiving. I want exactly the same thing both holidays. We did that growing up and I did the same things with my family, so it is okay they are the same.

    Since it is just me, I quit serving mashed potatoes and a few other things. There would be too much cooking for me to do now and definitely too much food.

    When I lived in MO, a teacher called me and asked me if I would sub for him and not tell anyone that he called early. He was planning to go hunting and was going to call in sick. Lots of male teachers were missing that day, some sort of epidemic?


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