Monday, December 14, 2015

This Week on the Dining Table

It's the "Crazy Weather Around Here" Edition--

By Friday we are suppose to be back to more seasonal weather here in this part of PA.

Onward to the meal planning!

Here's what was planned last week.......

1. Sunday--Beef Pie
2. Monday--Tuna Noodle Casserole, Spinach Salad
3. Tuesday--Leftovers(probably the soups and some Stroganoff)
4. Wednesday--Bacon and Asparagus Quiche
5. Thursday--Hot Dogs/Brats, Sides(something easy as I'll be driving most of the day)
6. Friday--Pecan Chicken, Corn Casserole, Mixed Veggies
7. Saturday--Leftovers or Subway

And this is what actually happened--

1. Sunday--Beef Pie
2. Monday--Meatloaf, Sweet Potato, I don't remember which veggie
3. Tuesday--Leftovers(I have Stroganoff, Rice, Brussels Sprouts, Hubs had Butternut Squash, Venison and Rutabaga)
4. Wednesday--Leftovers(I had Chicken Dumplings and Salad, Hubs had Stroganoff)
5. Thursday--Bacon and Asparagus Quiche, Salad
6. Friday--Leftover Meatloaf,
7. Saturday--Cheese Steaks(I also had a Tossed Salad)

No Brats or Dogs, Tuna Noodle Casserole and the Pecan Chicken moves to this coming week.  We ate most of our leftovers last week and kept from getting Subway or Take-out(except for a Wendy's lunch on the way home from picking up College Boy on Friday.  I am going to try to avoid Take-out until the last 2 weeks of December as there will be lots of eating out at that time between our traditional Xmas eve Chinese dinner out and our meals while traveling/visiting.

We had a rare incidence of food waste this past week.  1 helping of green bean casserole from Thanksgiving was found lurking in the back of the overstuffed fridge.  We haven't had any food waste in quite awhile.

As for my grocery spending last week...... 7 trips to 4 different stores for a total of $100.21 spent OOP. Month to date is $236.03 spent for December on $503.67 worth of regular retail foods/toiletries. I acheived a 53.10% savings rate on items bought this past week.  I have $113.97 leftover in the food budget for the rest of the month(plus $10.75 in catalinas to spend by Dec. 26th).

Leftovers going into this week.....quiche, cheese steak fixings.

Here is this week's "food plan"--

1. Sunday--Pecan Chicken, Corn Casserole, Broc/Cauliflower Mix
2. Monday--Rigatoni w/Meat Sauce, Salad or ?Veggie
3. Tuesday--Broccoli Soup, Grilled Cheese
4. Wednesday--Tacos or Taco Salad
5. Thursday--Chicken Parm, Spaghetti, Sugar Snap Peas
6. Friday--Kielbasa on Rolls, Beans, Veg TBD
7. Saturday--Leftovers

This week will see 6 new meals cooked and 1 meal of leftovers consumed.

What I need to buy for this menu?.........Salad Greens, Spinach.
We also need milk.
I plan on spending about $20 this week on groceries(unless the Thursday ad has something good in it and/or I find some meat markdowns this week).

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. Love how well you planned this out! We struggle bad time with eating out- i'm sure if we planned like this it would help! Thanks!

  2. Your menu looks good! Do you eat leftovers for lunch? 5:15 in the morning here and I was just checking out my kitchen freezer. I have several packages of frozen veggies- guess I will be making some vegetable soup. I have potatoes and onions and can always add a little veggie bouillon if I need to for flavor. Mom used to make a cheesy vegetable soup that was delicious but also fattening- she added a lot of cheese LOL. I also took out a whole chicken I'll bake later this week. This week I am visiting and delivering gifts so I'll be BUSY.


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