Monday, August 18, 2014

This Week on the Dining Table

The "Our First Week Being Kid-Free in 23 Years" Edition........

Youngest is away at college now and happy as a pig in mud.  Pig in mud is about correct....have you seen the mess he left in his room at home?!? lolz

 What was planned last week--

1.  Chicken Parm, Caesar Salad, Spaghetti(leftover)
2.  Beef Brisket Sandwiches, Grilled Asparagus
3.  Eating Out
4.  Leftovers
5.  Chili, Tossed Salad
6.  Tuna Noodle Casserole, Green Beans with Red Peppers and Mushrooms
7.  Leftovers
And this is what actually happened--

1.  Chicken Parm, Caesar Salad
2.  Beef Brisket Sandwiches, Grilled Asparagus
3.  Leftovers of our Chinese lunch out the day before
4.  Spaghetti and Meatballs
5.  Subway Sammiches-which were free from points on my Subway card...yay!
6.  Leftover Meatloaf(grilled), California Medley Veg
7.  Leftovers....fend for yourself
2 of the meals planned were served.   No chili or tuna noodle casserole was made/served and they get moved to this week's menu.  We didn't take #2 Son out to eat as he had a full social calendar this, his last week in town.  Hubs and I went out to lunch, as he took last week off from work to get some things done around the house.
Last week I made 3 trips to 3 different grocery stores and spent $103.21 on $163.61 worth of groceries/toiletries.
So much for only spending $30 last week. 8-(  But I did stock up on salmon(it's going on sale this time of year), onions, whole chickens and a few other things.

Going into this week, in leftovers we have.........1 romaine head, 1 serving of chicken Parm, 1/2 red pepper, a big hunk of smoked brisket, and 1 serving of mac and cheese.

Here is the plan for this week......besides all the debauchery Hubs and I have planned hehehe.......

1.  Pulled Beef Brisket Sandwiches, Sugar Snap Peas
2.  Beef Pie-my version of a Shepherd's Pie but with cornbread on top
3.  Roast Chicken, Carrots, Potatoes and Onions
4.  Pot Roast with leftover veg from Roast Chicken and leftover brisket
5.  Chili, Tossed Salad
6.  Tuna Noodle Casserole, Green Beans with Red Peppers Saute
7.  Leftovers-assorted

No eating out this week.  We are on an austerity plan with the entertainment budget(which includes all eating out)since I have to pay the c/c with all my trip expenses on it this week. (ouch)

I'll cook double the carrots, onions, potatoes with the chicken and then add them to the leftover smoked brisket hunk and call it Smoked Pot Roast for another meal. 
The half of the Roasted Chicken leftover from that meal will be used for a Chicken dish in next week's menu.
Whatever brisket, from that 15lb. hunk I bought, that doesn't get used this week will be going into the freezer.

What needs buying for this menu to happen?
Cheese, eggs, applesauce, salmon, canned tomatoes and the croutons I like are on sale this week so I'll be stocking up some of those things as well as buying a small bag of potatoes(which are also on sale).

No food waste again last week.
My leftover eating machine aka Hubs was home from work all week so that helped a lot! lol
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 that week?

Any great deals on food at your stores this week?



  1. "besides all the debauchery Hubs and I have planned hehehe" - you so bad!

    weis has whole boneless pork loins for $1.98/pound this week down my way. so we bought one yesterday. spouse cuts that up into roasts and chops; lasts us 6 months.

    enjoy the kid-free time!

    1. Oh now why did you have to mention pork for $1.98 lb at Weis. I will now put my fingers in my ears and pretend you didn't say that....lalalalalalalala

  2. I really need a good deal on milk this week. We g through two gallons a week right now! My best deals last week were on cottage cheese, sour cream and potatoes but nothing really outstanding.

  3. Bargains: Cokes, $11 for four 12 packs. Well, it was the only bargain I needed or wanted.

    Oh, I got three racks of ribs, free. So, with corn I froze several weeks ago and cole slaw, that was dinner along with cherries for dessert. Those three racks of ribs are making 8 meals. I think exbf was happier than I have seen him in a long time. Chickens went crazy over my bones because I cannot gnaw them clean.

    For lunches, I have a cooked turkey breast, also free. When I eat the ribs, turkey will move to dinner duty. Yes, there will be vegetables and fruit.

    Listen to this Jimmy Stafford song about a son who wants freedom and a mother who wants it too.


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