We will start to get slight more busy this week and by next week, I bet we will be full on busy! I have started a list on the side of our dinning room board to include a list of the meals I know I want to include in the rotation. Still waiting on cooler weather before we add a soup a week. Zach and Kendall are eating half school lunch and half lunch from home most days.
Breakfast– Saturday- Steak breakfast bowls to use up some ingredients from the fridge. Sunday- Biscuit King Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday-choice of breakfast muffins, eggs, pop-tarts, sausage, oatmeal, cereal or grits, breakfast burritos, or omelets.
Lunch- Saturday–Left-overs Sunday- Panda Panda I have 2 days of salads, 1 day of leftovers and 2 days of eating out this week. I did make Zach and Kendall mac and cheese one day which was a huge hit.
Dinner- Saturday- Left-overs Sunday-Left-overs Monday- Sour cream and cheese chicken enchiladas casserole. Tuesday- Spaghetti and Meatballs Wednesday-Hamburgers and french fries . Thursday- Beef and Broccli in the crockpot Friday-Ballgame food.
Yesterday, Saturday I realized that I could not buy any more food to freeze, everything is full! This is an awesome problem to have but it also means I need to be very diligent about using up items we have and not letting things (veggies and fruits) go bad. This recipe is the perfect fit.
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped (I used the inside pieces of a red onion that were left in the bottom of the fridge)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) reduced-fat reduced-sodium condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
- 4 cups fresh or frozen corn
- 1 small zucchini, chopped ( Used 2 small zucchini that I had purchased last Saturday)
- 1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped (Used several tomato from the garden that had bad spots. I ended up using 1 cup of diced tomatoes)
- 3/4 cup soft whole wheat bread crumbs (The bread hill and another piece of bread)
- 1/3 cup minced fresh basil (Us
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- Additional minced fresh basil, optional
- Preheat oven to 350°. In a small skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender. In a large bowl, whisk eggs and condensed soup until blended. Stir in vegetables, bread crumbs, basil, salt and onion. Transfer mixture to an 11×7-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray.
- Bake, uncovered, 40-45 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. If desired, sprinkle with additional basil.
This actually turned out very good. I added a piece of grilled chicken to mine but everyone else ate without! This is definitely a keeper!
I am finally catching up on life around here. I have been doing some reading over the last several days. What I am seeing is that food prices are going to continue to rise. Here are some thing I am doing to stretch our food budget. For lunch made a box of pasta salad added tomatoes, chicken, cucumbers and peppers this was divided up for 4 lunches. Purchased a rotisserie chicken, used for one meal, then add some to pasta salad and remained for sandwiches. Cooking with what is on sale. I found cabbage for eighteen cent a pound. I bought one head, made cole slaw and will use the rest in egg roll in a bowl. And of course the biggest money saver MENU Planning
Breakfast– Saturday-Pancakes (left-overs frozen) Sunday- Cinnamon Rolls from Costco Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday-choice of breakfast muffins, eggs, sausage, oatmeal, cereal or grits, breakfast burritos, or omelets.
Lunch- Saturday–Bad Daddy’s for Matt’s birthday Sunday- Long Horn Steak house. I assembled salads, a pasta salad and hamburgers on Sunday. The kids will eat left-overs on Wednesday.
Dinner- Saturday- Chicken from Costco, slaw and cresant rolls Sunday-left-over or muffins . Monday-Steak ums and French Fries Tuesday-Pizza Wednesday- Egg Roll in a bowl Thursday- Chicken pot pie Friday- BBQ Pork.
We (yes all five of us) spent 8 hours working on the garden redo on Saturday. I am so excited to see all the changes finally coming together and starting to look like a neat and organized attempt.
First we started by putting down landscape fabric to help eliminate some weeds.
We added 3 new beds, 2 are 12 feet long and 2 foot wide while that third is 8 foot long and 2 foot wide.
Finally on Sunday, I started some green peppers, rainbow peppers and cucumbers inside by the back door.
I am so excited to get this started!
This week we are again focusing on re-doing our square foot garden. I am so excited that we have been able to save all of the dirt that has been ordered and put in our previous beds. We also have 2 large tomato beds, a sweet potato bed and 2 strawberry beds that have cost us absolutely nothing. Our demolish phase is complete and next week we hope to build out all of our new boxes and get place and the garden part completed. This will allow us to plant the first few weeks of May!
Zach wanted his picture with all his hard work. He has even been working after school.
Did you ever think to yourself- why might could happen if you decided to buy a new car on Friday the 13th 2020? I am so glad I am not the only one and I do have the definitive answer- COVID!
- We decided to go ahead and trade the 2016 Honda CVR that I have been driving in for a 2019 Chevy Equinox on Friday November 13th. We actually were going to shop on Friday night and planned to purchase on Saturday but we ended up finishing up all the paperwork and driving away in the new to us car around 9pm.
- I am going to share the reasons we decided to trade cars just for future reference and so I can prove to myself that we did think this through and not regret the purchase. First- neither Matt nor I really enjoyed driving the Honda CVR, it was not a car that we would have purchased. It was under powered and although the gas mileage was better than the van, not enjoyable to drive. Next- the payment was extremely high. I actually had to split the payment in half in order to make it fit our budget. After doing the research, I realized that we could likely reduce our payment by trading even with our upside down status. Finally- Matt has been employed at his job for over a year. Which allowed us to improve both of our credit scores at the same time. By trading and placing the new Equinox in Matt’s name, we reduced my debt ratio and improved his rating with consistent payments. We have accomplished all we set out to do. Car payment is $100 less, Equinox is a car we both enjoy driving and credit will improve in the next six months.
- Sunday, the kids arrived home from spending the weekend with Haley and we took them for a drive in the new car. We ended up eating outside at the Salisbury Cracker Barrel. Matt and I had skipped church that morning because he was not feeling well and we did not want to expose any one to our germs. After eating on Sunday, Zach became sick and threw up. It was a one time thing so I did not worry about it as this can happen.
- Monday- Matt says he is staying home from work so I decided to take Zach to school. He does not have a fever at home or at school. I honestly thought he had a case of the “Mondays”. I dropped him off at school and headed to work where I was schedule to see 3 kids back to back a 30 minute break and another 5 kids back to back. I get a call from Matt that his boss suggest he go test for Covid, because he is positive and has exposed the whole office all week. I finish the third kid and as I am checking my phone to call Matt back, Zach school is calling he threw up!
- Matt did test positive. By Friday (today) his symptoms are very light and he is only taking medicine at night. We suspect that Zach had food poisoning – I ate some of the spinach dip that he had on Sunday and it was bad. I threw it out after one bite and had a horrible stomach ache. By Friday, Zach is completely better! I have had what feels like sinus stuff to me. I have not had a fever, but runny nose and wet cough. Lily has had a sore throat but feels much better today. Kendall ended up with a headache. Everyone is currently on quarantine. We have not left the house since Monday. We are praying for two specific things- no one else get COVID and we can have a small family Thanksgiving. We have been told that 3-4 days without symptoms can end Matt’s quarantine and if no one else has symptoms especially a fever before then. We should be safe. the health department is suppose to call on either Thursday or Wednesday to officially release us as well.