Monday, July 22, 2019

This Week on the Dining Table

The "Garden is Finally Producing" Edition................

We picked our first produce last Tuesday--2 heads of broccoli for dinner that night.
I've got this feathery plant growing out of the lettuce mix and can't id it.  Carrot? Something else? Anybody know what this could be?

Moving On....

Onward to the meal planning!
This is what was planned--

1. Sunday--Chicken Sandwich from BK
2. Monday--Risotto w/Chicken and Mushrooms and/or Leftovers
3. Tuesday--Roast Chicken, Broccoli, Some Carb thing
4. Wednesday--?
5. Thursday--?
6. Friday--Hot Dogs on Buns(or not), some sides TBD
7. Saturday--Leftovers

And this is what actually happened--

1. Sunday--Chicken Sandwich from BK
2. Monday--Leftovers
3. Tuesday--Roast Chicken, Broccoli, Asiago Risotto
4. Wednesday--Burgers and Dogs, Hot Dog Chili, Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Cream Pie
5. Thursday--Chinese Take-Out
6. Friday--Corn on Cob
7. Saturday--Leftovers

Last week saw 3 nights of home cooked dinners, 2 nights of leftovers/ffy, and 2 nights of Eating Out/Take-Out.   The "carby thing" on Tuesday turned out to be Mon. risotto w/out the chicken/mushrooms added.
 We had a cook-out while eldest son and his GF were here on Wed. and Hubs bought a pie instead of me making one.  I had help with Tues. and Wed. dinners from Hubs and we got back from taking the kids to the amusement park late so just got take-out on Thurs.  After they left Hubs and I just ate corn Friday night and leftovers on Sat.

What got put into the freezer last week.....
* 2 quart bags of Leeks(deal from produce market)
* 2 quart bags of Hot Dog Chili(leftover from the cook-out)

What got taken out of the freezer and used last week.....
* 1 whole Chicken(Tues. dinner)

I went to the produce market the night/morning before I ended up in the ER and spent $26.83.  They have the lowest price on deli meats there, they carry the cream cheese spread I like and they have good prices on produce.  I got  those .99¢ pint blueberries I canned last Sun. and I hit the discount rack produce--beefsteak tomato 2 pack for .49¢ and a huge bunch of leeks for $1.69.  It's too hot for making soup so the Leeks got sliced and put into the freezer.

It was difficult to stay frugal this past week though since I was confined to home(if not my bed per dr. orders)so I had to send Hubs to Weis x 3 and he didn't notice prices and just buys what is on the list.

A small trip to the Shursave Market($8.22), 3 trips to Weis(PMITA)Markets where I had to send Hubs for me($68.08), that Big Lots trip($60.16)and a trip to the Bread Outlet I forgot about earlier this month($4.89)brought the weekly spending to $141.35 and my July total to $274.04 so far.

My savings percentage last week was 44.37%(without Rite-Aid trips)and July's monthly savings total comes in at 50.66%(w/out R-A).   Still a good savings rate even if Hubs was doing some of that shopping. lolz

I have 9 more food shopping/spending days in July.  

Leftovers going into this week......Roast Chicken, Asiago Risotto, Hot Dog Chili.  Hubs has cleaned me out of leftovers.

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

1. Sunday--Chicken Alfredo w/Mushrooms, Asian Slaw
2. Monday--Beer Brats(w/chili if wanted), Cauliflower
3. Tuesday--Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole
4. Wednesday--TV Dinners, Salad
5. Thursday--Steak, Squash, Cuke/Tomato Salad
6. Friday--no clue yet
7. Saturday--no clue yet

This week will see 4 new meals cooked, ? night of leftovers/FFY, and ? nights of Take-Out/Eating Out.
Depending on weather(grilling out)and heat this week some of the plan is still up in the air.

With this heat if it was just up to me, I'd have a salad every night and a cold sandwich for lunch.

What needs buying for this menu? Squash and 1 cuke(since my cukes aren't ready yet)and milk.
I'm not planning on spending much this week but time will tell, won't it? ;-)

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. It has been extremely hot and humid this past week so all dinners were made in the crockpot, except once when we got Burger King. We ate nothing resembling my menu plan -- but that's okay, at least I kept relatively cool :)

    Those leaves look like carrot or Queen Anne's Lace which is wild carrot.

  2. That was a good price on tomatoes! Wild carrots are dangerous to eat.

  3. I started getting a produce box from a local country store. I pick it up each week and plan meals around whatever is in it. Typically includes one type of meat, as well. I need to work on getting my monthly grocery budget down lower.

  4. Oh no I am out of the loop. Emergency room? I had better catch up. I hope you are feeling better very soon.

  5. I don't know what it is. Meals have been worked around the weather here. Lots of things grilled on the BBQ or salads. I am not heating up the house,

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