Monday, January 15, 2018

This Week on the Dining Table

The "Best Present" Edition--

Under penalty of death(by their father)my kids went on Xmas Eve(while eldest was home)and had a group portrait done to gift to me for Xmas.  I had requested this from them since the last time they did this for me was Xmas of 2012.
I had posted this photo of Facebook earlier in the month with the comment that "this was my best work". ;-)

Moving On....

Onward to the meal planning!

Here's what was planned last week--
1. Sunday--Country Fried Steak, Mashed Taters, Gravy, CA medley Veggies
2. Monday--Chinese(maybe)
3. Tuesday--FFY or Leftovers
4. Wednesday--Hot Dogs on Rolls, Beans, Potato Salad
5. Thursday--Veal Parm, Brussels Sprouts
6. Friday--Manicotti in Sauce, Salad
7. Saturday--Leftovers

And this is what actually happened--
1. Sunday--Country Fried Steak, Mashed Taters, Gravy, CA medley Veggies
2. Monday--Chinese
3. Tuesday--FFY or Leftovers
4. Wednesday--Hot Dogs on Rolls, Beans, Potato Salad
5. Thursday--Leftovers
6. Friday--Leftovers
7. Saturday--Chicken Parmesan, Brussels Sprouts

Last week saw 3 nights of home cooked dinners, 3 nights of leftovers/fend for yourself, 1 night of take-out and 0 night of Eating out.  Mostly everything happened but not when planned always.  We ate lots of leftovers so the Manicotti stayed in the freezer.

2 Trips to Weis and 1 trip to Dollar Tree was the extent of the shopping last week and the bills came to $121.56 for all.  That brought January's food spending total to $182.16.
There are 16 days left in my shopping month.  

My savings percentages last week was 54.28% and the monthly savings so far ends up at 52.59%(without Rite-Aid trips added in).

Leftovers going into this week....... rolls.  We used up everything else. 8-)))  I guess I need to do some cooking this week, huh? lolz

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

1. Sunday--Turkey Breast, leftover Stuffing, Gravy, Butternut Squash, Sweet Potatoes
2. Monday--Lasagna
3. Tuesday--Turkey Casserole or Pot Pie(using leftover Sunday turkey)
4. Wednesday--Tuna Noodle Casserole
5. Thursday--Leftovers
6. Friday--Baked Ham, Rolls, Corn Casserole, Cabbage
7. Saturday--Leftovers

This week will see 5 new meals cooked, 2 nights of leftovers, 0 night of Take-out/Eat-Out.
I used up one of the THREE turkey breasts in my freezer and I'll use that ham that was free from Weis sitting in my fridge later in the week.  Next week will be using leftover ham plus eating down some other meats in the freezer(I am thinking goulash and some other beef dishes as I have quite a few packs of steak/roast/London broil).  I also want to get back to making a soup on Sunday too and making fish as we've gotten out of the habit again.

The only thing I need to buy to make these meals is cabbage.  I built the menu from what I picked up last week or had the ingredients already in the stockpile.  I don't plan to do a big shop this week but with me, you never know, do you? lolz

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. That's a great picture of your kids!

  2. Love the picture! We're having chicken & veggie soup tonight, with homemade rolls. And, chicken fajita skillet tomorrow, and then leftovers from there.

  3. Love the photo - they actually look really happy to be together :)!!
    This week is "fish" week (we alternate between chicken and fish). So tuna melts, salmon patties and shrimp linguine figure into our meals this week. The nice thing is I have everything on hand already except for mozzarella cheese! The month is half over and I've spent less than $100 on groceries! Woo hoo!

  4. Great pic of your kids. Everything went off as planned last week. When I wrote this week's menu on our menu board in the kitchen, Bill said it wasn't as exciting as last weeks. Well, he can deal. LOL I am using up what we have in our freezer in an attempt to keep grocery spending down.

  5. I love the picture! I have noticed lately that they can smile. It seemed like for years they never smiled for you in pictures. Last week, I had to throw away food because I was so ill it either spoiled or I was afraid of what it would cause in my system and let it spoil.

  6. The picture is terrific. You have a nice looking family.

  7. Great kid photo. I would like one of our entire family, since we are no longer a family with just the sons. I am guess the chances of that happening are pretty slim though, since they are not all together often.

  8. Kids look really happy.

    Would love to win box with blue nail polish
    and chocolate.

    Gerry T

  9. That really is a great picture!! How do you make a corn casserole? That sounds intriguing....

  10. I have one of my three, too. It’s ten years old and needs to be updated with two new spouses and three grandchildren. It was the best gift, ever!
    Our menu plan was pretty straightforward. With just two of us, we’re still eating leftovers so no cooking big meals for a few days, yet. There are no good deals that i’ve Seen. My husband is unemployed at the moment so i’m spending as little as possible til this blows over.

  11. I love that picture! I don't have any professional portraits of my son and daughter together and very few photos. I doubt they could sit by each other without fighting long enough to be photographed! (They're now 54 and 50 years old, and they've always been this way.) He touched me! She looked at me! Etc.

  12. You have beautiful children!


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