Friday, December 2, 2016

Meal Plan Dec 1 - 8

Hello folks, sorry for the absence.  I am recovering from yet another surgery now and have only gotten my meal plan done through the 8th.  More to come .....  This is what I have so far...

Dec 1 -  Breakfast - oatmeal
              Lunch - out with friends (pizza)
              Dinner - taco soup and garlic bread

Dec 2 -  Breakfast - peanut butter toast
              Lunch - soup
              Dinner - date night using a gift card

Dec 3 -  Breakfast - eggs and toast
              Lunch - leftover taco soup
              Dinner - chicken, asparagus and salad

Dec 4 -  Breakfast - out on the way to church
              Lunch - out with friends
              Dinner -  grilled cheese and soup

Dec 5 -  Breakfast - oatmeal
              Lunch - leftovers
              Dinner - sausage, corn and squash

Dec 6 -  Breakfast - boiled eggs and toast
              Lunch - soup
              Dinner - tex mex ravioli

Dec 7 - Breakfast - cereal
             Lunch - sandwich
             Dinner - zoppa touscana and garlic bread

Dec 8 - Breakfast - boiled eggs and toast
             Lunch - leftover soup
             Dinner - chicken dish

Trying to pick easy meals as I tire really easily.  We have out of town company coming on the 10th and staying through the 14th.  Not sure what time they will be here.  More to come when I figure it out.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Grocery Shopping Part 2

Ok so after lunch it was on to Kroger.  Here is what I got:

1 bottle cranberry juice
1 bottle pancake syrup
1 bottle salad dressing
1 box Ritz crackers
1 box peanut butter crackers
1 bag baking chips
1 loaf whole grain bread
1 4pk baking potatoes
1 pkg hot dogs
1 pkg hot dog buns
1 bag string cheese
1 pkg lunch meat
1 bunch green leaf lettuce
1 small dessert

Total: $33.86
Total so far:  $56.84
Left to spend:  $43.16

I will post menus later.  I need to tweek them.

Grocery Shop Today

I can't believe that it is August 1 already.  The summer flew by.  Dh started inservice this morning so life is back to "normal".  Of course "normal" is different now as I am no longer working outside of the home.

Ok so this is grocery shopping day.  I hit three stores this morning and will go to one later today.  So far,

2 24 packs of bottled water
4 loaves of white bread
2 bags of veggie straws
1 bottle of basil
1 box of quart size freezer bags

Total:  $14.41

Gordon Food Service
1 2L diet pepsi
1 2 pound bag of nectarines

Total:  $4.18

Rite Aid
11 bottles of lemon ice tea

Total:  $4.39

Total so far:  $22.98
Left to spend:  $77.02

I like to start at Aldi as it is the furthest from my home.  Veggie straws were a great find as they are $3.00 on sale at Kroger.  With dh going back to work we will go through much more bread and he will only take white bread.  Gordon is right next store so I popped in there to look at their specials.  Didn't see a lot of only two items left with me.  Had to go to Rite Aid to pick up meds and saw these marked down to 37 cents each.  Normally $1.49 each.  Saved $12.32.

I will be going to Kroger after lunch and then I will post that and my menus.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Weekend shopping

So over the weekend I went to the store to pick up a few things that dh said I forgot ....  mainly chips. Heaven forbid I forget snacks.

2 bags wavy chips
1 container fried onion pieces
1 bag sugar free Halls

total:  $7.25

The fried onion pieces is for a casserole I was taking to a funeral.  I buy them maybe once every 5 years.  I had a hard time finding them and boy have they gone up in price.  I got the smallest container they had.

Then yesterday we drove to dh's school to pack up his classroom as he is changing schools and we stayed longer then planned.  Ended up buying some drinks as we were hurting.

Gas Station:

2 diet Pepsi

total:  $2.75

Total left:  $10.00

Friday, July 15, 2016

Meal Plan for July 15 - 28.

So I have just posted what I purchase on my shopping trip and here is my meal plan for that time frame.

Breakfast:  choice of:
frozen waffles, eggs and toast, toast and peanut butter, zucchini bread or oatmeal

Lunches:  choice of:
sandwich (meat, egg or tuna), leftovers, soup, homemade pizza or grilled cheese

July 15 - chicken, corn on the cob, squash and salad
July 16 - chicken stir-fry with noodles
July 17 - Sausage, corn on the cob, squash and salad
July 18-  Pork Roast, cole slaw and veggie
July 19-  Pulled pork sandwiches, corn on the cob and cole slaw
July 20-  Chicken, potatoes and veggie
July 21-  Chicken stir-fry with noodles
July 22-  Salad with ham cubes
July 23 - Homemade pizza
July 24-  Sloppy Joes and corn on the cob
July 25-  Stuffed green peppers and potatoes
July 26-  Chicken, zucchini noodles and corn
July 27-  Baked potatoes and salad
July 28-  Hamburgers, potato salad and pasta salad

For snacks I have zucchini bread, chips, popcorn and almonds.  I have the ingredients for cookies also if we get a hankering for them.

These are subject to be rearranged based on temperatures and dh's moods.  lol

Grocery Shop

Today was payday therefore today is ........ grocery shopping day !!!!

Four store shop this week.  First off .....

Farmer's Market - cantaloupe - $3  The lady I was going to buy beets from today to make pickled beets was not there so I looked around to see what looked amazing and this cantaloupe jumped into my basket !!  lol no not quite.  A lovely lady was passing out samples and it tasted great.  Nice and juicy so home one came.

Sam's Club - $26.16   I go to Sam's Club about every 3 to 4 months as it is the other side of town.  However, I needed toilet paper and ketchup so off I went.  The toilet paper was on sale for $2 off which was great.  I also got a box of 6 1 pound packages of garden rotini to make pasta salad with.  It was $1.25 off regular retail.  I also got my can of ketchup.

Aldi's - $13.30  Aldi's is not far from Sam's Club so I decided to pop in there and see what they had on my list.  I got:  2 loaves of bread, 3 dozen eggs, 2 bags salad mix, 1 box dog biscuits, 4 pounds of sugar, 2 pounds of carrots and a package of deli sliced cheese.  Not bad really.  The eggs were 59 cents a dozen.

Kroger - $43.96  Last but not least is my regular stop.  Here is what I got:  3 roll package of paper towels, 3 bottles diet ginger ale, 2 bottles salad dressing, 1 container iced tea mix, 1 box frozen waffles, 1 bag of turkey burgers, 1 bag frozen stir-fry veggies, 1 bag pizza cheese, 2 packages sliced cheese, 1 pound lunch meat, 1 pounds butter, 4 baking potatoes,1 package mushrooms, 1.89 pounds of green grapes, 1 box sweetener, 1 bag potato chips, 2 packages hamburger buns 1 box brillo pads, 1 bottles dish soap, 1 can of sliced mushrooms, 1 can sliced black olives and 1 snicker bar.  I thought I did good.  I saved 38% or $25.61 and double fuel points.  I was hungry so the snicker bar.  Next time I will plan better.  Dh is not feeling well so the ginger ale.

I have spent $86.42.

I have $20 in cash left to last until July 29.  I should be able to do it.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Garden News ....

We plant a garden every year for the last 20 and this year was no exception.  We started with kale and broccoli in the spring.  We had our best year ever !!!!  I was able to harvest broccoli four times and the kale was finally pulled and frozen after eating it everyday for weeks.  I later found out I could have just cut it back and it would have come back in the fall.  We will try that next year.

Then we planted peas, beans, cucumbers, zucchini and yellow squash.  We had a better year with the peas.  Was able to pick enough a couple of times for meals for dh and I.  The beans did okay.  Enough to can about 4 pints before dying early.  I have a good friendship with a vendor at the farmers market and I have been able to get more green beans at a good price.  The zucchini and yellow squash did well until July 1 and then the heat got to it I think.  Dh has pulled all of the plants out already and we have harvested what we are going to for this year.  That leaves what we planted last - tomatoes and peppers.  I wait all year for the first tomato and relish it.  We plant rapanzels this year and they are delicious !!!!!  Can't wait for them to ripen soon I hope.

We are trying to figure out what to plant this fall.  Thinking carrots and beets.  Maybe some lettuce.  Our weather is such that last year I was still picking peppers in November.  I think we may need to plan better in the spring in order to have seeds for the fall garden.