I am excited because, we were able to clean out and organize the freezers in the house over the weekend. I ended up only throwing away one single pork chop but the kids found lots of breakfast items to enjoy. During the month of July my overall goal is to reduce grocery spending. We also are planning a beach trip so we will plan at least 50% of the meal that we eat to take with us to save money. I also want to fill in my pantry whenever possible. I realized that I have several recipes that call for Cheddar Cheese soup. I stopped and purchased a can today on sale for $1.50. By using Amazon Subscribe and Save, I can purchase for $1.25 a can. I have a shipment set up for the end of the month. I am hoping to reduce trips to the store and expense by doing things like this. Summer foods are definitely dominating this weeks menu.
Breakfast– Saturday-Biscuit King Sunday-Breakfast bowls.(Remained was made into Breakfast burritos) Monday- , Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday-choice of breakfast muffins, eggs, sausage, oatmeal, cereal or grits, breakfast burritos, breakfast pizza or omelets
Lunch- Saturday-Chicken sandwich or pizza bits Sunday- Wings from East Coast wings. Monday- pasta salad Tuesday- Egg rolls from school Wednesday-(ham and cheese sliders school). Thursday- Salad, Friday- corn dogs from school.
Dinner- Saturday-pasta salad Sunday-left-overs Monday Steak fajitas Tuesday- Cold Plate Wednesday- Instant Pot cheeseburger Macaroni Thursday- Sandwiches or left-overs Friday- sloppy joes.
Last week did not go at all as I had planned on Monday. The weather turned really cool and we decide to change things up. The good news is that we did not eat out extra(1 time on Saturday) and we had everything we needed here. School deliveries were a pleasant surprise with lots of fresh vegetables and fruit. My pantry and freezer are officially stocked up but I will continue to replace things we eat all of and add things as I find them on sale.
Breakfast– Saturday-Sausage crescent rolls Sunday-bagels Monday- , Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday-choice of breakfast muffins, eggs, sausage, pancakes, oatmeal, cereal or grits, breakfast burritos, breakfast pizza or omelets
Lunch- Saturday-Bad Daddy Burger Sunday- Left-overs. Monday- corn dogs (school) Tuesday- sautéed zucchini and squash with other dipping veggies Wednesday-(ham and cheese sliders school). Thursday- Salad, Friday- left-overs
Dinner- Saturday-veggies and fruit Sunday-quesadillas using left-overs Monday- Chicken Sandwich with left over French fries Tuesday- Olive Garden Chicken pasta Wednesday- Egg Roll in a bowl Thursday- Cheesy corn dog muffins Friday- Spaghetti and meatballs.
I am on summer break!! I am so excited to finally have some guilt free down time and hope to enjoy every second of it! However today the weather is not cooperating so I may even have to change up the menu plan to add a soup! The goal this week is to use up left-overs. The kids will begin receiving 6 breakfasts and 6 lunches from the school starting this week so we need to make some space!
Breakfast– Saturday-Biscuit King! This is become a favorite and I am not upset with that idea! Sunday-Toast, bacon and eggs Monday- , Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday-choice of breakfast muffins, eggs, sausage, pancakes, cereal or grits, breakfast burritos or omelets have been added for the next couple of weeks.
Lunch- Saturday-left-overs Sunday- Seafood from a local restaurant. I ate out today (Monday) and Matt will eat out (Friday). So depending on what the kids get from the school we may just eat left-overs the rest of the week. I am also planning to add it what ever we can harvest from the garden!
Dinner- Saturday-BBQ salad using left-overs Sunday- left-overs Monday- Pork Fried rice (all left-overs) Tuesday- Quesadillas using left-over BBQ chicken or pork. Wednesday- Italian Spaghetti Salad (depending on weather) or left-overs or soup Thursday- Cheeseburger pizza Friday- Olive Garden Chicken and pasta!
I have decided that since I am doing so well on this challenge that it would probably be best aka make my life easier if I plan to go ahead and finish the challenge during my summer break. This way, when we start back to school and our crazy busy life, I can enjoy some new favorites! The second reason is that it allows me to keep up with my goal for blogging as well! I also want to get my recipe book and folders cleaned and organized this summer as well.
I decided to try this first recipe AppleSauce BBQ Chicken for a couple of reasons. I wanted a good easy meal with chicken and second I still have some baby food from Braxton that I need to use, applesauce is one of these. The recipe is from one of my new favorites websites One Hundred Dollars a Month. I have only been reading for about a year but it is a wealth of information. This chicken turned out perfectly. I had 5 random piece of chicken breast left in a bag so I decided to go ahead put it all in to make room in the freezer. I was worried about enough sauce but I had plenty! The recipe is a freezer meal but I just added it all to the crockpot, chicken first, onion and then the sauce. I decided to go ahead and shred the chicken prior to serving. It was a huge hit. Definitely a repeat but will likely cut the recipe in half next time because it made two additional meals. The first is below and the second is chicken sandwiches on Sunday.
After dinner I place 3 cups in a bowl for the second recipe BBQ chicken salad. I got the idea for this from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures but really made it my own. I simply add a bag of Cole slaw mix and 2 tablespoons of lemon to the chicken. Mix it all up and put in the refrigerator. We took this to the pool and enjoyed for dinner on Saturday. Another hit! The original recipe said you could use canned chicken and I may do that next time.
Two repeats in a row! Fifteen more recipes to try sounds very doable at this point! This is the reason I want to finish the challenge finding lots of good and simple meals for the winter! The official count is
6 DAYS! That is the official count down for my work! This week we have added baseball games and practice. Next week, we start swim team practice. I can’t tell you how overall excited I am! We do have more summer meals and crock pot meals as it is getting much warmer around here!
Breakfast– Saturday-Sausage biscuits (during the yard sale) Sunday-, bacon and eggs Monday- , Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday-choice of breakfast muffins, eggs, sausage, pancakes, cereal or grits, breakfast burritos or omelets have been added for the next couple of weeks.
Lunch- Saturday-Burger King from yard sale profits Sunday-Chinese from Panda Panda The kids will have school delivered lunches for Monday and Tuesday only this week, Matt has 2 days of chicken sandwiches and 2 days of hamburgers I am going to return to eating at least one salad a week and also continue with some left-overs on other days.
Dinner- Saturday-Pasta salad with lots of extras Sunday- Hamburgers and Hot Dogs Monday- Left-overs Tuesday- Chicken enchiladas Wednesday- Creamy Chicken Spaghetti or Left-overs depending on the refridgerator Thursday- BBQ chicken Friday- Meat Loaf
A couple of things have slowed us down on the recipe challenge. The first of which is the weather, it is finally summer time weather in North Carolina. I am definitely a seasonal eater, give me soups and casseroles in the winter and salads and sandwiches in the summer. Another reason, is that we are trying to eat and use up the items we are given from the school lunch. The kids usually get an apple juice, a chocolate milk, a fruit, a vegetable along with a lunch item and breakfast items. Given all this it may be a very good thing that we are WAY ahead on trying 52 new recipes this year.
#33- Pioneer Woman Mini Strawberry muffins- These actually were really good however they stuck in my mini muffin pan. We used a spoon to eat each individual muffin. I am going to label this a no because I don’t know what went wrong or how to fix it!
#34- Strawberry Coffee Cake. This is from my favorite recipe site Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures! It was awesome, we shared with friends and they had to have the recipe to make themselves. I did make a couple of changes, used fresh strawberries, mix the sugar and strawberries together for the filling and finally topped with Cool Whip.
#35- Creamy Ranch Chicken Casserole Recipe- I am not sure where I found this one as it came out of my drawer. It appears to be from Tasty? but I am still unsure. Lily made this for dinner on Monday. Our chicken was not unthawed completely so it took a long time to bake. Kendall LOVED it and it was all eaten. I am going to give it a definite maybe. Lily followed the directions and kept the chicken whole. I am thinking I would like to cut the chicken up to smaller pieces so it will cook quicker but also so that it will be more of a casserole and the flavors will blend better!
Official Count of Recipe Challenge
June 1st! I am excited because my work count down can officially begin! I have 10 days left till summer! In other good news, this week appears to be busier than we have been in several months! Piano, orthodontist appointments and baseball all added to the schedule! For this reason I am going quick and simple. I also have a recipe challenge post for later this week as well!
Breakfast– Saturday-Biscuit King (becoming Saturday morning tradition). Sunday-, bacon, eggs and biscuits. Monday- , Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday-choice of breakfast muffins, eggs, sausage, pancakes, cereal or grits, breakfast burritos or omlets have been added for the next couple of weeks.
Lunch- Saturday-Outback to celebrate our anniversary. Sunday-Baked ziti and homemade strawberry coffee cake. The kids will have school delivered lunches, Matt has 2 days of chicken sandwiches and 2 days of hamburgers I am going to return to eating at least one salad a week and also continue with some left-overs on other days.
Dinner- Saturday- left-overs Sunday-pizza purchased at Aldi (this will be a good repeat) , Monday- Chicken Ranch Casserole with green beans or other veggie or fruit from fridge (Lily in charge and new recipe). Tuesday- Mini chicken tacos Wednesday- left-overs. Thursday-Pork Fried Rice and egg rolls Friday- Hamburgers and FF.
I was very surprised last night when Zach told me, “Mom you need to get the board up! I don’t know what my life looks like. ” The board he was referring to is our white board that includes our menu plan for the week and the schedule for the week. I was waiting because today (Monday) is Memorial Day. We are all enjoying a day off of work and school. We have several things happening this week including piano, swim team sign up and hair cuts. You will notice we are switching to a more summer oriented menu as well.
Breakfast– Saturday- Bagels from a local shop. Sunday- Hash brown casserole, bacon, eggs and biscuits. Monday- sausage and left-overs, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday-choice of breakfast muffins, eggs, sausage, pancakes, cereal or grits. I may add a baked oatmeal to the mix depending on what is happening.
Lunch- Saturday-Left-over pizza Sunday-Chips and salsa or left-over breakfast. Monday- left-overs. The kids will have school delivered lunches, Matt has 2 days of chicken sandwiches and 2 days of hamburgers I am going to return to eating at least one salad a week and also continue with some left-overs on other days.
Dinner- Saturday- Pizza bites Sunday- KFC, Monday- hamburgers on pretzel buns. Tuesday-Burritos. Zach is in charge Wednesday- Million Dollar Spaghetti pie. Lily will make two one for the freezer. Thursday-Chicken Sandwiches and French Fries. Friday- Pepper Steak in crock potand egg rolls, Kendall is in charge.
I was very successful last week in getting the freezer stocked with lots of easy to fix meals. The only items that I can think of that I want to add to the freezer are veggies from this summer. I am holding out hope for an awesome garden. I need to make a couple of Baked Ziti but I also need to purchase the sausage for this so it may be a couple of weeks and later this summer we need to restock the breakfast meals especially the omelets bags. This week it is back to cook and enjoying some different meals hopefully.
Breakfast– Saturday- Biscuit King! Sunday- Matt made bacon and waffles Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday-choice of breakfast muffins, eggs, sausage, pancakes, cereal or grits. Nothing new or special here
Lunch- Saturday-Pizza from Recipe Challenge 27 Sunday- Olive Garden treat for Mother’s Day. The kids will have school delivered lunches, Matt has 2 days of chicken sandwiches and 2 days of hamburgers I am going to return to eating at least one salad a week and also continue with some left-overs on other days.
Dinner- Saturday- Left-overs or sandwiches Sunday- left-overs Monday-Chicken pot pie (new recipe, that Lily will make) Tuesday-Taco Pasta (Zach is in charge) . Wednesday- Ranch Potatoes and Pork Chops (another new recipe) in the crock pot. Thursday-Chicken Sandwiches and French Fries. Friday- Orange Chicken and egg rolls.
Just a normal week around here! We are starting to pick up some activites with me working two nights this week and piano but slow and steady still wins the race.