Monday, August 24, 2015

This Week on the Dining Table

It's the "Danged Critters" Edition--

This is a cute, fuzzy, baby bunny the rabbits living under our shed had this Spring.  He has grown well and has figured out how to get into my garden now. Argh!  He keeps finding ways to get through the fence and munch on my goodies despite my best efforts to outsmart him.  Soon he will be too big to get through the fence and that will be about the time the garden season is over for the year.

In other danged critter news--"Mr. Black Bear" has returned to the neighborhood to dine on our trash last week.  Hubs installed a homemade "anti-bear" system on the trash cans but Mr. BB returned a second time last week for dinner at Chez Sluggy.  Now the trash cans will have to live in the garage again and we'll hope Mr. BB will be satisfied with just dining at our next door neighbor's trash cans(which were 20 ft. away from ours), as neighbor refuses to put his cans in his garage for safekeeping.

Now the garage that I spent 2 days on cleaning and organizing is even more crowded with trash cans in it.  oh well.....
Onward to the meal planning!
Here's what was planned last week.......

1. Sunday--Eating Out(after lugging CB back to school)
2. Monday--Pork Chops w/Peach Glaze(have), Squash Casserole(have)
3. Tuesday--Various seafood(in freezer), Fried Zucchini(have)
4. Wednesday--Barbecue(leftovers)on rolls, Cole Slaw(have)
5. Thursday--Chicken Marsala(have), Tom and Cuke Salad(have)
6. Friday--Steaks(have), Corn on cob or leftover Squash
7. Saturday--Kielbasa or Meatballs on rolls(have), Beans(have)
And this is what actually happened--

1. Sunday--Eating Out(Bob Evans, I had a big salad w/chicken)
2. Monday--Steak, Fried Zucchini(have)
3. Tuesday--Leftover Rotisserie Chicken, Squash Casserole(have), Cornbread(have)
4. Wednesday--Tomato and Cuke Salad(have), Hubs had leftover pizza, I had a BLT
5. Thursday--Barbecue on Rolls(leftover), Cole Slaw(leftover)
6. Friday--Baked Cod, Stuffed Clams, Zuke in Tomato Sauce
7. Saturday--Kielbasa on Rolls, Beans, Tomato and Cuke Salad

No pork chops or chicken marsala.  We had some more leftovers to use up(as well as an abundance of summer squash!) and we wanted some fish last week.

As for my grocery spending last week.....a trip to Sam's and a trip to Maine Source $82.15 + $21.28=$103.43
August food spending now stands at $401.29 in a month where I set a $350 food budget.
bleh.  It's not an insane amount to spend, we have the cash too, but I hate going over anyway.

Leftovers going into this week--kielbasa, beans, squash casserole, cornbread, tomato and cuke salad, barbecue, cole slaw, zuke in tomato sauce.
Here is this week's food plan--

1. Sunday--BLTs for lunch, Leftovers(I had squash and cornbread)for dinner
2. Monday--We might dine out, otherwise Leftovers
3. Tuesday--Chili, sauted mixed Veggies
4. Wednesday--Barbecue on Rolls, Cole Slaw
5. Thursday--Salmon, Scallops, sauted mixed Veggies
6. Friday--Lobster, boiled Potatoes, Corn on cob
7. Saturday--Hot Dogs, Potato Salad

What I need to buy for this menu?.....lobster, corn on cob.  Price Chopper had lobster for $5.99lb last week and I resisted, but they are still on sale this week and I will succumb.  Besides I have a $25 Price Chopper gift card to use. 8-)
I have the ingredients for the chili, the salmon, scallops, veggies, hot dogs and rolls and potatoes.

Not much tempting me this week at the grocery stores--maybe some pickles and Weis has another Kraft deal(more cheap cheese?  I may not as I still have tons left from the last deal. 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. I think it was nice of you all to plant a garden for the bunny. How does your neighbor think the bears will go away with his garbage out?

  2. I'm over this month on groceries too - with my 23 year old stepson visiting he has a hefty metabolism. He works out daily and eats about 8 times a day :) Oh well, it was nice to see him. We can try and cheap out on groceries next month to even the score.

  3. I thought at first that you were going to eat the bunny. All the seafood sounds delicious! That's a really good deal on lobster. Wish they had deals like that here.

  4. Once again I have no idea what we are eating from day to day. I am just trying to use things from the freezer as I am slowly refilling it with produce in season. I guess this is our month of scrappy crappy dinners. Oh well!

  5. I don't do much planning - I basically figure out what needs to get eaten every morning as I gaze cross-eyed into the fridge!


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