Monday, February 27, 2017

This Week on the Dining Table

The "Crazy Weather Changes" Edition--

We had some strange weather for February last week.  Three days in the 60's and we hit 74F on Friday.  Then this rain and hail storm and a tornado touched down in a town north of here Saturday.
On Sunday the temperature dropped to 27F.
The UP side of this is I loved having the heat off for 5 days basically last week and my electric bill will be much lower for February that it usually is(Feb. bill is sent to us and paid in March). This bill with the coldest temps of the year here is our highest bill annually but it won't be so bad this year thanks to Mother Nature.

Moving on......

Onward to the meal planning!

Here's what was planned last week--

1. Sunday--Pork Tenderloin Roast, Mixed Veggies, Corn Casserole
2. Monday--Shrimp Scampi w/Linquine, Salad *
3. Tuesday--Burgers or Sloppy Joes on Rolls, Macaroni Salad, Broccoli
4. Wednesday--Salmon, Cole Slaw, Squash
5. Thursday--Cheese Lasagna, Caesar Salad
6. Friday--Leftovers
7. Saturday--Leftovers or Cheese Ravioli w/Salad if no leftovers

And this is what actually happened--

1. Sunday--Pork Tenderloin Roast, Mixed Veggies, Corn Casserole
2. Monday--Shrimp Scampi w/Linquine, Salad *
3. Tuesday--Patty Melts on Black Bread, Mixed Veggies
4. Wednesday--TV Dinners
5. Thursday--Cheese Lasagna
6. Friday--Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches, Macaroni Salad w/Veggies
7. Saturday--Leftovers

7 meals cooked at home(though technically I didn't make the tv dinners), 1 of them a night of leftovers or Fend For Yourself, and 0 night of eating-out.
The Daughter made Patty Melts instead of Burgers and I didn't do the Salmon or Ravioli last week.  Instead, I got a killer deal on tv dinners($1.87 each for the good kind and I got a cooking break)and I cut up and pounded that pork tenderloin I got for $3 last week into pieces for sandwiches another night.

As for the grocery spending.....1 trip to Weis  and 1 trip to the Bread Outlet brought the food spending last week to $72.64 and brought my February food spending total to $293.95 for the month.  There is 1 day left in the month but I am finished food shopping until March.
I actually stayed under $300 for February. 8-)

My savings percentages last week was 48%.  

Leftovers going into this week.......Lasagna, 2 small Baked Potatoes, Corn Casserole and Macaroni Salad. I'll cut up/mash up the leftover taters with onions and make Hubs hash browns for breakfast one morning.

Here is this week's "food plan"....
* Denotes "complicated" meals

1. Sunday--Leftover Lasagna or Fend for Yourself
2. Monday--Salmon, Leftover Mac Salad, Asparagus
3. Tuesday--Baked Chicken Thighs, Brussell Sprouts
4. Wednesday--Baked Potatoes, Roasted Veggies
5. Thursday--Meatloaf, Sauted Yellow Squash, Leftover Corn Casserole
6. Friday--Leftovers
7. Saturday--Leftovers

This week will see 6 new meals cooked, 0 nights of Take-Out/Eating-Out and 2 nights of Leftovers.

What I need to buy for this menu?
Brussell Sprouts, Yellow Squash, Ground Beef, Asparagus.  I plan on hitting Maine Source today for veggies and meat.

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. I always plan, but often I switch around the dinners, depending on what sounds good or how much I feel like cooking (which is hardly ever LOL). This coming Saturday we get a treat to eat out with friends, so looking forward to that meal :)

  2. Hah! we had the same thought about lowered utility bills as a result of the unseasonal warm weather. Frugalistas until the end!

  3. Salmon sounds yummy to me. We are having lots of
    leftovers from this weekend. I can't wait until my utility bills go down. I have never had pork tenderloin sandwiches. Those would be great for dinner one night.


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