Monday, July 20, 2020

This Week on the Dining Table

The "Marketing is Everything" Edition..........

We saw these small bags of Matzo Chips at P and R earlier this month on a shopping trip there.
I didn't buy any but packaging was clever and I had to take a photo.  Each flavor has a stereotypical Jewish mother/grandmother on it with her saying something she'd say.  From left to right she is saying, "Did you eat? Come have a Knosh." "A little spicy for me but my Jerry loves them.", "Eat something. You look skinny."
Of course you have to read those quotes in the appropriate Jewish mother accent in your head for them to be funny. lol

Moving On....
Onward to the meal planning-

This is what was planned.........

1. Sunday--FFY
2. Monday--Steak, Spinach Salad
3. Tuesday--Chicken Caesar Salad
4. Wednesday--Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches, Sweet Potato Wedges
5. Thursday--Pizza, Salad
6. Friday--Chicken Marsala w/Mushrooms over Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli
7. Saturday--Shrimp Scamp w/Linguine or ? depending on if Eldest son is here by then

And this is what really happened.......

1. Sunday--FFY(I can't remember what I had, a bowl of cereal?)
2. Monday--Steak, Corn, Broccoli
3. Tuesday--Grilled Chicken, Sweet Potato Wedges, Cauliflower
4. Wednesday--Take-Out Pizza
5. Thursday--Leftovers(we had lunch out-Salad and Burger)
6. Friday--Caesar Salad w/Chicken(Hubs made this)
7. Saturday--Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole

Last week saw 4 nights of home cooked dinners, 2 night of leftovers/FFY, and 1 night of Take-Out.  
3 of my planned meals didn't happen for various reasons.....I couldn't stand long enough to make the scampi or the chicken marsala and we still had chicken breast marinating so more grilled chicken and we got a rotisserie chicken on Friday at Weis(PMITA)Markets so that covered protein for the Fri. and Sat. meals.

What got put into the freezer last week....
* 1 box of Popsicles
* 2 London Broils
* 3 ropes of Kielbasa
* 1 pack of uncured Hot Dogs

What got taken out of the freezer and used.....
* 1 bag of Cauliflower
* Leftover rotisserie Chicken
* 1 bag of Broccoli

We spent $155.00 last week at Big Lots, Walmart, Weis, Dollar General and Hubs hit the Bread Outlet(it's open again, yah!). Lots of small shops but they added up, didn't they?
July spending so far comes in at $288.08.  Not bad for 11 days left in the month. ;-)

I earned $67.88 on Ibotta in July so far, $10.00 on Checkout51 and .50¢ on SavingStar.

My savings percentage for last week was 53.18%(without "regular"Rite-Aid trips)for July and the monthly savings total comes in at 59.49%(w/out R-A).

I have 11 more food shopping/spending days in July.

Leftovers going into this week.......Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice casserole, a little Cauliflower, a little bit of meat off the Rotisserie Chicken.  Not much really.

Here is this week's "food plan".....
1. Sunday--Chinese take-out(I had Hot and Sour Soup)
2. Monday--Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry
3. Tuesday--Chicken Marsala w/Mushrooms over Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans
4. Wednesday--Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches, Squash Casserole
5. Thursday--BBQ, Cole Slaw, maybe Beans or Pasta Salad
6. Friday--Leftovers
7. Saturday--Shrimp Scamp w/Linguine, Spinach Salad

Eldest son is here this week so if he wants something else the plan may change but at least I've got one in place. ;-)

What needs buying for this menu? I need to find an inexpensive pork butt/shoulder to smoke by Tuesday so we'll hit the new Schiff's that took over Maines restaurant supply tomorrow. (Of course now that I need a pork butt, the only Maines left had it last week for .99¢ a lb.! but I'd have to drive an hour away to Binghamton NY to get it..oy!) I need to pick up some fresh produce too(celery, red/yellow peppers, sweet potatoes, etc.)so I'll see the new prices at this Schiff's or we can hit P and R or the Produce Market, and I'll need to finish off the $10 Summer Sizzler Ibotta deal this week too(if I can find a few items I use that qualify).

What's left on my master list of meals we can make from what's at home(not that I'm referring to/using it at this point with the heat).
* Shrimp Tempura
* Tuna Casserole
* Roasted Chicken
* Shrimp/Crab Ravioli
* Cheese Ravioli
* Breakfast for Dinner
* Haddock Fish Dinner  new
* Chicken Tenders  new
* Beef Liver  new
Plus lots of thinly sliced Chicken Breast, grass fed Ground Beef and Ground Turkey in the freezer.

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 have a loose plan for the week and will most like go rogue, because it is hot, I don't feel like cooking and nothing really sounds good. I just mainly need to cook from what is in stock here. My freezer is groaning from being overfilled and I still need to load a ton of green beans and zucchini into it.

  2. The first time I ate a Pork Tenderloin Sandwich was in the Snappy Cafe in Mt. Airy, North Carolina where Andy Griffith is from. It was so tender and good and huge!

  3. Have I mentioned I miss the free work food? I had to run the dishwasher twice yesterday!

    I made the big pot of Indian food from last week yesterday. Had it for lunch so kind of tired of it. Either sandwiches or a pasta bake tonight-feeling lazy but the pasta would last most of the week.

    I cut up a watermelon yesterday and I’ve started feeding bites to Daryl the dog with a fork. It’s really cute for some reason.

    Jen G.

    1. Update-I went with pasta bake but it won’t be ready until after 7. I told Dave to have a beer snack in the meantime. 😁

      Jen G.

  4. I wonder if there will be protestations about the Jewish mother advertising like there are protests about Aunt Jemima. I think I will cook lamb chops for Tommy. He can have the other one the next night. As usual, I will cook chicken.

  5. Well I have a list of possible meals, but will change based on the evenings plans. Tomorrow will be something int he croc pot as I have a busy meeting day and am meeting friends for a walk. Wednesday has to be easy as well as we are picking up a bike from my cousin for me.

  6. I forgot to mention I NEED those bags of pita chips. I would forget the chips, cut the bags and frame the fronts of them. It would make me smile every time I saw them.


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