Monday, February 22, 2021

This Week on the Dining Table

  The "Ex-College Boy's Birthday" Edition....

This photo of Ex-CB was taken in the Fall of 2011 when he was in 9th grade.  No adult was there to tell him to fix his hair....really?!?
At the time I was NOT amused having to pay money for THIS school photo but now it's a funny, cherished memory. lolz

Let's all wish him a Happy 25th Birthday!

Onward to the meal planning!

Moving On-
This is what was planned....
1. Sunday--Chinese take-out V-Day
2. Monday--Rotisserie Chicken, Assorted leftover Sides, Salad
3. Tuesday--Beef/Mushroom Stroganoff, Rice
4. Wednesday--Chicken Chow Mein, Rice, Crunchy Noodles
5. Thursday--Hubs cooks(Caesar salad w/chicken?)
6.  Friday--Mac and Cheese w/Ham, sauteed Cabbage
7. Saturday--Leftovers or ?

And this is what really happened.......
1. Sunday--Chinese take-out V-Day
2. Monday--Rotisserie Chicken, Assorted leftover Sides, Salad
3. Tuesday--Leftover Chinese
4. Wednesday--Frozen Pizza
5. Thursday--Beef Stroganoff, Rice, Tossed Salad
6.  Friday--Beef Stew, Biscuits
7. Saturday--Fend for Yourself

Last week saw 3 nights of home cooked dinners, 2 night of leftovers/planned overs or FFY, 1 night of frozen pizza and 1 night of Take-Out/Eating Out.
Mostly everything planned was cooked/served except the canned chow mein and the mac and cheese w/ham.  The London Broil I thawed for the Stroganoff was huge so I only used half of it for that and I had everything to make a Beef stew so I used the other half and made that.  Because of the timing Hubs got off without cooking on Thursday(I cooked both Wed. and Thurs. meals on Wed. and we just put the finishing touches/heated up the stew on Thursday.

What got put into the freezer last week....
* 1 frozen Pizza
* 1 pack Puff Pastry
* 1 carton Ice Cream
* 1 bag of Scallops

What got taken out of the freezer and used...
*  1 large London Broil
*  1 frozen Pizza

We spent $74.92 on food/toiletries/HBA/paper goods last week-2 trips to Weis and 1 trip to Walmart. This brings our food/toiletries/paper goods Grand Total to $143.85 for February.  I am shocked that my food spending is so low at this point in Feb.  I may not even crack $200 at this point which would be amazing!  I know we've used many pantry old dogs and things from the freezer so it makes sense for the spending to be so low.

There are 6 shopping days left in February.  

I've earned $48.72 on Ibotta in February.
I've earned $00 on Checkout51 in February.
I've earned $4.00 on Coupons dotcom/Paypal in February.
I've earned 5,101 points from shopping on Fetch in February.
I've earned 12,483 point from food shopping on Shop Kick in February.
I've earned 0 points from food shopping on Swagbucks in February.

My savings percentage for last week was 46.49%(without "regular" Rite-Aid trips)for February and the monthly savings total for February comes in at 59.94%.(w/out R-A). 

Leftovers going into this week--mac and cheese, stroganoff, rice, beef stew, biscuits.  I also used leftover rotisserie chicken to make chicken salad(using for lunches).  If we don't eat all the mac and cheese/stroganoff/stew this coming week, whatever is left will be put into the freezer for use sometime in March.

Here is this week's "food plan".....
1. Sunday--Leftover Mac and Cheese w/added Ham, sauteed Cabbage
2. Monday--Leftover Stroganoff, Rice, Spinach Souffle 
3. Tuesday--Seafood/Mushroom/Asparagus in Pastry w/Cheese Sauce, side Salad
4. Wednesday--Chicken Chow Mein w/added Veggies, Rice, Crunchy Noodles
5. Thursday--Leftover Beef Stew and Biscuit
6.  Friday--Not sure what ExCB wants for his Birthday Dinner yet on his day off, Cake
7. Saturday--Leftovers or ?

What do I need to buy to fix everything on this menu?
Maybe a cuke, some grape tomatoes for Tuesday's meal.  And I don't know yet what Friday or Saturday will bring but that's it for missing ingredients.  So it might be a very low spend week except...I started the $10 Feb. Funds Bonus on Ibotta and I need 21 more items to finish it for the $10 extra.  If the weather cooperates and I can find 21 items we need/want for cheap I'll finish that before the end of the month.

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?  Not such great deals here unless I go to the discount food outlet.




  1. Happy 25th birthday to your son. Love the picture!
    Your meals sound good to me. I was so uninspired cooking last week. We ended up eating aldi chicken, hot dogs and pizza. Trying to do better this week anyway. Cooking a huge beef roast which I will serve with potatoes and carrots and green beans one day and dip sandwiches the next. Prob use rest on sandwiches for lunch or on salad. Chicken or shrimp stir fry since I have lots of broccoli to use. Pork bbq on buns, spaghetti, something chickeny...
    Hope you have a good week

  2. Happy 25th to your son! We have a pic of Ben from Kindergarten where he is sticking his tongue out. It is hilarious and will be even more funny as the years go by.

    Your menu looks good as always. I am struggling with coming up with stuff this week. I know we are having pulled pork sandwiches tonight as I have the pork in the crockpot right now. Other than that I am feeling VERY uninspired.

  3. Happy Birthday to him! I find the school photos-sit, click, pay $30 a complete joke! Teh best pictures my kids received was basketball one year when the school secretary, who had a good camera, and good eye, took the pictures=team and induvial, and we paid like $5 for a group, and many extras-covered her time, and a little profit on the prints. apparently that violated procurement so was a one off.

  4. oh the pain
    I concur this is for saving for when he is dating, of for the grandchildren to see.

  5. Happy Birthday, CB!
    We have a couple of pictures that were less than stellar also!

  6. Happy 25th Birthday to Ex-CB! The Chinese for V day sounds delicious. It's been a couple of weeks since we had Chinese and it is so good. We need to have some soon. Our menu for this week will include...
    Taco Soup
    Swiss Steak
    Broccoli Cheese Soup and Hot Ham & Cheese Sandwiches
    Homemade Pizza
    Bean & Cheese Enchiladas and Cheese Enchiladas
    Sticky Pineapple Chicken

  7. I have a picture of my nephew with the same hair. He asked for a haircut as soon as he saw it. It was definitely an awkward phase.

    I did a buttload of weekend cooking so we’re set for the next few days - biscuits and gravy, pot pie and fettuccine Alfredo. Probably pizza later in the week if the last two zucchinis are still good.

    Jen G.

  8. What a shame you had a child with no eyes!


  9. How does he feel about that picture now? Horror, funny?

    No bargains here to speak of except the tuna I bought for $70/can, my favorite-Starkist tuna.

  10. That picture is so funny. I can just imagine what you said to him when you saw it. But now it is just priceless.


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