Five Things Friday

  1. No Monday Menu will be posted this week. Next week our church is hosting Vacation Bible School from 6 to 8 Monday thur Thursday and a pool party on Friday. Dinner is provided for workers and their children.
  2. Our new oven has arrived!  I have been experimenting and getting use to it over the past couple of days. So far I am very impressed!
  3. With only 3 weeks left of summer vacation, I have established a couple of goals that I want to work toward which will make my life easier in the fall. First- prepare easy to heat and eat meals as much as possible. This week we have focused on making pizza dough. We have all the ingredients but it takes around 2 hours to make the dough. Kendall has made 12 this week. This will make for easy pizza in the fall. Simply unthaw the dough in the morning and add toppings. We also made 2 additional cheeseburger pizza toppings to add to the dough. Second- Stock up and organize the freezers and pantry.  This is also close to completion. I will be adding a couple of cookie, bread and cake mixes during the next week. Finally-enjoy lots of down time by sitting by the pool.
  4. Square Foot Garden- we are making plans to add cement to complete this area but I am also continue to try and figure out how I can improve the soil for next year. We are fortunate to get tomatoes but I am so frustrated that the money I spent on soil is basically worthless this year!
  5. July has turned out to be one of the most expensive months EVER but we are still holding our heads above water. I am ready to start reaping the benefits of all my bargains and saving.

Menu Planning Monday

Back to reality and now to enjoy a few more weeks of summer break. Our freezers are now officially full.  My goal over the next few weeks is to transform raw ingredients into easy to complete meals for the fall and winter. On Thursday, I will make 2 Taco casseroles with one placed in the freezer ( I have pulled out taco meat and frozen tomatoes to make these).  We are focusing on making 12 bags of pizza dough. On Saturday, I plan to make a cheeseburger pizza for lunch. I will mix up 2 batches and freeze the second in place of the 2 pack of raw hamburger meat we pulled out!

We are currently on week 8 of no stove.  I have an delivery date of this Wednesday so lets hope it starts to get back to normal around here!

Breakfast– Saturday-Old Bridge Restaurant    Sunday- Biscuit King  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday-choice of breakfast muffins, eggs, pop-tarts, sausage, oatmeal, cereal or grits, breakfast burritos, or omelets.  We have lots of options that don’t require the oven!

Lunch-  Saturday–Cook out Sunday- Spaghetti  Matt took a beef and cheddar for Monday and will have hamburgers two days. I want the kids to focus on eating the rest of quick school foods or sandwiches this week as left-overs are not available.

Dinner-  Saturday- Arby’s   Sunday- fried shrimp and watermelon Monday- hamburgers  and French fries   Tuesday- Pepper steak in the crock pot .   Wednesday- Grilled Chicken and  pasta salad .   Thursday- Taco Pasta    Friday-Broiled fish?

5 Things Friday

  1. No menu plan for this week for a couple of reasons. First we are on week 6 of no oven.  Scheduled delivery is 2 weeks away.  I wanted to use up a lot of the fresh ingredients in my pantry and refrigerator as well as left-overs. And the final reason… I was just too tired.
  2. Made the first batch of spaghetti sauce from the garden this week. IT was awesome.   Unfortunately, we have discovered that the soil that I purchased from Home Depot was not good. We have been working to salvage anything by adding lime.  We were able to harvest some snap peas and some tomatoes. The tomatoes beds were over half full with dirt that I had already been using so they are at least producing a first harvest. I doubt it will be enough to fill the freezer this year but at least I can make a few batches of spaghetti sauce.  The sweet potato bed which is all old dirt seems to be doing the best so maybe I can salvage a few of those as well. My plan is to continue to add lime a bag a month until we get the beds close to where they need to be. Ugggh  I had high hopes and expectations this year!
  3.  We are headed on our beach trip soon. Not going to share all the details but this will be a totally new experience for us. We are planning a trip to Oak Island. I have never stayed on a NC beach!
  4. Lily is really enjoying her job as a lifeguard. She is actually working much more than she hoped and is enjoying spending the money as well.
  5. My summer is officially half over. I return to work in 6 weeks.  I have actually completed all the items on my summer to do list except stock the freezer. I am hoping that the next 6 weeks are at a much slower pace than the last 5!

5 Things Friday

  1. We have entered week 6 of no working oven.. This is actually starting to bother me!
  2. Beach vacation is coming up!  We are going much earlier this year and to a totally different beach. New adventures await!
  3. The garden at this point has been a total failure. Even the plant that I have purchased are not growing!
  4. The good news is that  we are at least starting to figure out and work on the problem. After buying a ph meter, our soil is alkaline.  We purchased a bag of lime this week and have started adding it to the soil.  Even after the first application we started to see some new growth. I am going to stay positive and hope we can at least harvest a few fresh veggies this year.
  5. I have managed to pull a muscle in my back. Not sure how I completed this but it is very painful!

Monday Menu Post

Summer vacation is speeding right along!   And I do mean speeding.  We are now entering week 5 of no oven with still no firm delivery date. I did end up caving last week and had several meal out just because I was tired and did not feel like dealing with stuff. I also blew the grocery budget but I am actually proud of it. We purchased 1/4 of a cow or approximately 150 lbs of meat.  After our purchase we discovered that the wait for processing meat is currently at January 2022.   I feel like we got a great deal and the meat quality is absolutely some of the best we have ever had. This week we are going to focus on not eating out, and Kendall’s birthday!

Breakfast– Saturday-Cinnamon Roll waffles   Sunday- BLTs Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday-choice of breakfast muffins, eggs, pop-tarts, sausage, oatmeal, cereal or grits, breakfast burritos, or omelets. Pretty much you find it and make it!  I have a goal of making a batch of breakfast burritos this week but time will tell.

Lunch-  Saturday–Party! Sunday- Red Robbins  We have lots of garden produce from the Farmer’s market along with left-overs for lunch!

Dinner-  Saturday-  small pizza restaurant in Thomasville. It was ok nothing to repeat. .   Sunday-left-overs     Monday-Beef and Broccoli    Tuesday- Pasta salad at swim meet.   Wednesday- Grilled Chicken and salad or grilled veggies.   Thursday- Golden Corral for Kendall’s birthday   Friday-Pizza for Kendall’s birthday.

Monday Menu Planning

We are now entering week 4 of no oven. We did talk with Costco on Wednesday, who shared that our delivery date was scheduled for this week. On Thursday, we received an email with a delivery  date of next week. I am hopeful we have a oven prior to vacation at this point.    Better news is that I did not grocery shop last week. Matt picked up buns and Hawaiian rolls yesterday for a grand total of $1.92. The easy snack foods are gone but II am hopeful that we can at least make it this full week without a trip to the grocery store. My goal for the month is to keep grocery spending down to $550 which leaves $25 for a farmer’s market trip this coming weekend. So far none of our produce has been thrown out!!!

Breakfast– Saturday-bacon,  eggs, hashbrowns and toast.   Sunday-Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday-choice of breakfast muffins, eggs, pop-tarts, sausage, oatmeal, cereal or grits, breakfast burritos, or omelets. Pretty much you find it and make it!

Lunch-  Saturday–Left-overs   Sunday- Don Juans (Mexican) This week I am encouraging the kids to use up left-overs and eat sandwiches. We will plan to go out to eat lunch on Friday after swim team practice.

Dinner-  Saturday-  Domino’s pizza at the pool.   Sunday-Dteak um sandwiches on hot dog buns (huge win for not wasting)    Monday-Steaks and fried green beans   Tuesday- Chicken salad, pimento cheese or Egg salad   Wednesday- Hamburger and FF  Thursday- New recipe to try  Friday-Mexican rice and quesidilla


Monday Menu Post and Summer Cooking

My first full week of summer vacation and week #3 of no oven. We have not received any confirmation of when our new stove will arrive but it was scheduled for this Wednesday. I honestly have not hope of this happening but….   I am definitely a cook for the weather, in the winter and fall I like “soup Sunday” and lots of warm comfort food. However in the summer, sandwich and salads please. This summer as with most summers we have a swim meet on 4-5 Tuesday evenings. I like to take lots of food with us because the kids swim hard and get hungry. The only down side is the prep time. This  morning (Monday) Lily, Kendall and I spent about an hour cutting up watermelon, cantaloupe, peppers and tomatoes.  We made a pasta salad for lunches and for dinner tomorrow which will also help make things easier in the morning. Things to remember as you look at the menu- NO oven, fully stocked freezers and pantry( I am refusing to go to a store this week). Zach is at baseball camp and we have a swim meet!

Breakfast– Saturday-breakfast croissants  Sunday-Cracker Barrel  – Breakfast bowls minus the gravy. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday-choice of breakfast muffins, eggs, pop-tarts, sausage, oatmeal, cereal or grits, breakfast burritos, or omelets. Pretty much you find it and make it! Lily is making shakes for breakfast.

Lunch-  Saturday–Left-overs   Sunday- Way Back Jacks  I assembled a pasta salad. We have lots of salad and sandwich stuff, I made Matt several burgers while I was grilling hot dogs. We have several items left from school lunches and you always have left-overs.

Dinner-  Saturday-  Girls Chinese, Boy-hot dogs at the ball game.  Sunday-Left-overs   Monday-Hot Dogs and fried green beans   Tuesday-Pasta salad or sandwiches  Wednesday- Pork fried rice(from freezer combined with school frozen veggies)  Thursday- left-overs unless I get motivated Friday-Soft tacos.

Monday Menu Plan

We are on week 2 of no oven. Still going strong and actually no repeats yet!   We have the expectation of the oven arriving next Wednesday (June 16th) but I am not holding that as a promise. The kids are officially out of school!  I am working Monday and Tuesday.  We also are enjoying lots of fresh veggies from the farmer market.

Breakfast– Saturday-Cinnamon Roll waffles  Sunday- Biscuit King Wednesday,- Breakfast bowls minus the gravy. Monday,-  TuesdayThursday, Friday-choice of breakfast muffins, eggs, pop-tarts, sausage, oatmeal, cereal or grits, breakfast burritos, or omelets.

Lunch-  Saturday–Taco Bell    Sunday- Gregg’s  I assembled a pasta salad and Matt has hamburgers to round out his week.

Dinner-  Saturday-  Graduation party    Sunday-Left-overs (only once this week!)   Monday-Grilled Chicken with zucchini and broccoli.  Tuesday-Arby’s due to piano and ball game  Wednesday- Hot Dogs and Tator tots  Thursday- Costco chicken and squash Friday-Soft tacos.

Menu Planning

This is definitely a different week.  First today is Tuesday and I am just now posting a menu plan.  The reason is Memorial Day and the end of the month.   I also really want to get my 15 blog post this month!   Second, our oven is currently not working and it will be mid-June at the earliest before we have the new one installed. And the biggest reason the school count down is on!  I have 5 days to work for the year.  I can see the end now just to make it! But those 5 days also include one or more activities after school and late meeting on most.  Busy the normal we are use to! This should also be one of the last weeks that we NEED to eat out for our sanity. I am hoping to start only eating out on the weekends.

Breakfast– Saturday-bacon and egg salad sandwiches on toast Sunday- Items from the freezer before church.  Monday,- Biscuit  Tuesday,- Breakfast bowls minus the gravy.  Wednesday, Thursday, Friday-choice of breakfast muffins, eggs, pop-tarts, sausage, oatmeal, cereal or grits, breakfast burritos, or omelets.

Lunch-  Saturday–Sushi buffet for our anniversary   Sunday- Chinese   I assembled a pasta salad and left over pizza or dippin days make it easy this week.

Dinner-  Saturday-  Left-overs (YES there is a end in sight!)   Sunday-Hamburgers   Monday-Spinach Ravioli  Tuesday-Pizza from local place    Wednesday- Chicken sandwich and Fries  Thursday- Ballgame Food  Friday-Steaks and potatoes- not sure how yet but will make it happen.

Monday Menu Planning

Trying something new this week. I have 3 different casseroles on the menu. IF they are good then this will give us another option for busy night next fall.  It did take about 2 hours to do all the prep on Sunday but this included lunch making as well.  We actually have a handle on the left-overs as well.   Now to stay the course.

Breakfast– Saturday-Matt and I went to a local restaurant  Sunday- French Toast  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday-choice of breakfast muffins, eggs, pop-tarts, sausage, oatmeal, cereal or grits, breakfast burritos, or omelets.  Need to finish eating down lots of extra helpings.

Lunch-  Saturday–Left-overs   Sunday- Left-over Chinese   I assembled salads,  and a pasta salad  The kids will eat left-overs  on Wednesday.

Dinner-  Saturday-  Chinese   Sunday-Kids are sick…we ate chicken nuggets  Monday-Baked potato casserole (kids Really liked it)  Tuesday-Southwest Casserole   Wednesday- Taco Bell  or Ballgame Thursday- Spaghetti casserole Friday- Zach and Kendall are going to Haleys’ so who know?