What’s Up?

  • I wanted to share this in case any one wonders why my blog post are so sparse this month. The other probably more important reason to share is so that three or more years from now, I can remember why I can’t work 2 jobs.  Currently I am averaging an additional 15 hours a week in Guam. This is in addition to my regular 40 hours at Davie County Schools.  This week, I did receive several emails that Promise to  begin lighten my load over the next month or so.  The idea that they have hired 3 more therapist and when everything is said and done I will lose hopefully half my caseload shows a better picture of how busy I really.
  • Washer update- The pump is bad as well… currently waiting on the new pump to arrive, I honestly have no clue what the cost will be so…..
  • Making BIG plans for the garden this year, I am going to completely re-arrange and re-do the whole thing.  First it will be significantly taller. This should reduce the amount of dogs that decide they like it. Second it will make it much easier for me to work and maintain without bending over so  much. I am anticipating a huge expense but also hope to re-use as much as possible from the existing.
  • Our final Disney trip for at least 2 years is 50 something days away. I am currently working on saving the money to cover our food expenses. Not sure how much we will end up with especially with the washer repair a still unknown.
  • Goal of this week is no food waste, I have a plan and the refrigerator is nicely stocked. So far this month we have spent $172.74.I was planning on a trip to Costco but still not sure where to fit that in at either so I may try to make it to March before adventuring to Costco.

Menu Planning Monday

I just want a normal week is it possible?  I received a phone call on Sunday afternoon that one of Zach’s classmates has tested positive for Covid-19. He is on quarantine and can’t return to school until February 4th.  I am going to work remotely Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week….. In other news it is cold and rainy, so I am changing up plans to include lots of soup. I am also continuing to work 5 nights a week in Guam which means less fuss for meal time.

Breakfast– Saturday-homemade biscuits and gravy  Sunday- Breakfast bowls  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday-choice of breakfast muffins, eggs, sausage, oatmeal, cereal or grits, breakfast burritos, bagels or omelets.

Lunch-  Saturday–Left-overs  Sunday- Gregg’s   Everyone is enjoying left-overs or wraps this week.

Dinner-  Saturday-  Stuffed Green Pepper Soup   Sunday-left-overs. Monday-Kielbasa and rice. Tuesday-I made oyster stew and others can eat from fridge . Wednesday- Instapot Beef and Broccoli (new recipe)   Thursday- Chicken Spaghetti   Friday- Salisbury Steak and scallop potatoes, green beans and corn bread.

Monday Menu Planning

Hopefully things are as back to normal as they can be in 2021! Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday so the kids and I are out of school. I am working 5 nights in Guam so we had to keep it nice and simple. My goal is to make it February become heading to Costco.

Breakfast– Saturday-Matt and I had Cracker Barrel, Haley bought the kids Biscuit King.  Sunday- Bagels  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday-choice of breakfast muffins, eggs, sausage, oatmeal, cereal or grits, breakfast burritos, bagels or omelets.

Lunch-  Saturday–Moe’s for Matt and I. Leftovers for everyone else Sunday-Taco Soup.  Monday- Chinese (my treat) Tuesday- Friday Left-overs and wraps.

Dinner-  Saturday-  Frozen Pizza  Sunday-left-overs or Taco Soup Monday-Pork Fried Rice (left-overs from the fridge or find something else you want as left-overs.)  Tuesday-Chick Fil A (free from December) . Wednesday- Tomato Soup and Grilled cheese   Thursday-  Corn Dogs or another frozen sandwich from the freezer .   Friday- Grilled Chicken and baked sweet potatos.

Monday Menu Plan on Tuesday

It has been over a month since I last posted a menu plan and many of the meal that occurred in the mean time have been take out.  I am not even going to pretend that we did not enjoy each and every one!   But we are back on track with a goal of saving up all of our money to eat on at Disney in April.  I am working really really hard this week to use up most of the left-overs in the fridge. It is already crazy full! The one game changer may be if we get predicted snow on Friday.  This will mean hot soup is a must!

Breakfast– Saturday-pancakes and sausage links. Sunday- I made egg cups and everyone else found left-overs or bagels.   Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday-choice of breakfast muffins, eggs, sausage, oatmeal, cereal or grits, breakfast burritos, bagels or omelets.

Lunch-  Saturday–Matt and I ate out for our “date” to Costco, left-overs at home.  Sunday- Cagney’s (local restaurant)   I am taking left-overs every day this week. Matt is doing the same.

Dinner-  Saturday-  Nachos (frugal win as we used half a bag of meat and the rest will be used on Tuesday.)   Sunday-Crack Chicken Noodle Soup (definitely a repeat as of today none is left!) Monday-Pork Fried Rice (left-over pork from Christmas Eve. I also placed 2 additional meals in the freezer for future use.)  Tuesday-Soft taco and more left-overs  . Wednesday- Left-overs  Thursday-  Corn Dogs or another frozen sandwich from the freezer .   Friday- Chicken and Dumplings in the Crock pot. (I need to use the chicken breast I unthawed last week).

Monday Menu Plan

I can already tell you that the menu plan is not going as planned. I like the eat with the weather. The last couple of days I want hearty warm meals. I am trying to stick with easy fast meal but also work on cleaning out the fridge and freezer. My goal is not to go to Costco till the week after Christmas.

Breakfast– Saturday-Biscuit King Sunday- Left-overs or breakfast muffins, eggs, sausage, oatmeal, cereal or grits, breakfast burritos, bagels or omelets, French toast.  .   Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday-choice of breakfast muffins, eggs, sausage, oatmeal, cereal or grits, breakfast burritos, bagels or omelets.

Lunch-  Saturday–Whatever burger (while shopping)   Sunday-Red Robin  Eating from fridge and salads sounds like a plan for me .

Dinner-  Saturday-  Dinner with Haley Sunday-Left overs  Monday-Ham(left-over)  and macaroni and cheese  Tuesday-Million Dollar Spaghetti Pie . Wednesday- Turkey pot Pie Thursday-  Depending on left over situation or honestly I have no clue.   Friday- Time Square Pizza

Monday Menu Plan

Really debating on sharing this for the week as life has thrown us a curve ball and I am not sure where we will end up. But I figured we might as well start with a plan and see what happens from there.  I will share the curve ball later  this week depending on which direction the curve ends up being.

Breakfast– Saturday-Biscuit King Sunday- Bacon eggs and toast .   Monday,  Thursday, Friday-choice of breakfast muffins, eggs, sausage, oatmeal, cereal or grits, breakfast burritos, bagels or omelets, French toast.  Tuesday- sausage gravy and biscuits Wednesday-Sausage crescent  rolls.

Lunch-  Saturday– left-overs   Sunday-Cracker Barrel.  Eating from fridge and salads sounds like a plan for me .

Dinner-  Saturday-  Wedding for Matt and i  Sunday-Chicken noodle soup in crock pot.  Monday- Philly cheese steak and chips.   Tuesday-New Chicken tator tot casserole. Wednesday- Rice Ceola .  Thursday-Corn dogs and sweet potato fries . .  Friday- insta pot creamiest mac and cheese.

 

Monday Menu

This week is not a normal week. We have a holiday in the middle, Zach is in a baseball tournament and the kids are all going to Durham for the weekend while I attend a wedding.  I know that things may change and shuffle around but starting out with a plan will help.

Breakfast– Saturday-Biscuit King Sunday- Bagels with lots of options.   Monday, Tuesday,  , Thursday, Friday-choice of breakfast muffins, eggs, sausage, oatmeal, cereal or grits, breakfast burritos, bagels or omelets, French toast. Wednesday- bacon and biscuits.

Lunch-  Saturday– Sushi buffet  Sunday-lunch with friends. Wednesday- Taco Bell( if Zach earns it)

Dinner-  Saturday- rotisserie chicken, scallop potatoes and broccoli  Sunday-Sandwich and chips Monday- Pepper Steak in the crockpot  Tuesday-Gregg’s between piano and ball game?. Wednesday- new recipe.  Thursday-Chicken nuggets and sweet potato fries. .  Friday- left-overs?

Monday Menu Planning

Yeap it has been TWO months since I have posted a menu plan. We have been continue to meal plan but really just have not had the time to post. I have been slammed with working in Guam and with ball games. Life has gotten busy. We have been very fortunate that lunches are no longer an issue as the kids are provided free lunches through the end of the school year. We were also given extra food two weeks in a row. I am currently attempting to keep our food bill at under $200 for trips outside of Costco and under $500 with a Costco trip.

Breakfast– Saturday-Sausage patties and eggs Sunday- Breakfast bowls with grave  Monday, Tuesday,  Wednesday, Thursday, Friday-choice of breakfast muffins, eggs, sausage, oatmeal, cereal or grits, breakfast burritos, bagels or omelets, French toast

Lunch-  Saturday– Find your own from the fridge or freezer  Sunday-Lunch Soup (new recipe)

Dinner-  Saturday- Kielbasa and potato soup Sunday-Sandwich and chips Monday- Steak and baked potato  Tuesday-Gregg’s between piano and ball game. Wednesday- Spaghetti and meatballs   Thursday-Sloppy joes and french fries .  Friday- Chicken and dumplings.

Menu Planning Monday

How quickly things change and how quickly we all have to learn to adapt. This weekend I was in quarantine waiting on the results from my COVID testing.  It turned out to be a much slower pace weekend and I actually felt like I was able to get things around the house caught up.  The good news is that I received my negative results back today but can’t return to work until October 1st. I am working from home so that is yet another positive. So your question is how does this effect meal planning?  I don’t have to plan my lunches as I am home!  I also gain around an hour each day by not driving to and from work.  The hour is much needed as I am working 4 nights in Guam and we have a baseball game!  We are starting to add some variety from the freezer so everything is actually working out on the positive side! Another positive we have managed to stay ahead of the left-overs with little to no food waste!

Breakfast– Saturday-Biscuits with your choice Sunday- Peanut butter and chocolate oatmeal  Monday- homemade bagels (this is a new and simple recipe that will be repeated!) Tuesday,  Wednesday, Thursday, Friday-choice of breakfast muffins, eggs, sausage, oatmeal, cereal or grits, breakfast burritos, bagels or omelets, French toast

Lunch-  Saturday– Sandwiches or left-overs Sunday-Lunch Soup Sunday has returned with Ham Bone Soup

Dinner-  Saturday- Keilbsa and potato soup Sunday-homemade bagels and left-overs  Monday- Salisbury Steak, rice, broccoli and applesauce Tuesday-Chicken sandwhiches and sweet potato fries Wednesday- Cheese quesadilla and Mexican rice  Thursday- Spaghetti pie and garlic bread .  Friday- Lily is cooking Chicken Florentina Mac and Cheese.

Monday Menu Post

Last week we ended switching around several days because Baseball started!  I am so excited but it does bring a new level of complexity to our lives and schedule. Zach and Kendall start in person school 2 days a week. In some money saving news, our schools are going to provide breakfast and lunch for each student free until December 31st 2020.   Both Kendall and Zach are excited because eating at school is a treat for both!  We will save money by not packing lunch and we also will receive take home meals for the days they are not in school. Hoping to establish a good routine very soon.

Breakfast– Saturday-Bacon, eggs and toast Sunday- bagels  Monday- . Tuesday,  Wednesday, Thursday, Friday-choice of breakfast muffins, eggs, sausage, oatmeal, cereal or grits, breakfast burritos, bagels or omelets, French toast

Lunch-  Saturday- Pasta salad  Sunday-Lunch supplied by friends! I have tuna salad, pasta salad and  two regular salad for lunch this week.

Dinner-  Saturday- Taco Bell  Sunday-pizza from Aldi  Monday- Chicken nugget bowls  Tuesday-Taco Pasta . Wednesday- Ravioli ( found on sale for $1 a package, 4 packages for us!) Thursday- Left-overs .  Friday- Chicken and dumplings