Monday Menu Planning

Things feel as back to normal as I can ever remember. We are still wearing mask to school but most activities have resumed. Mask are not required for shopping in Lexington yet. So I am very thankful to stick close to home these days. Our pantry and freezers are full so the goal is to work through these meals for the next 9 months.  I plan to keep shopping to a minimum at least until December. Grocery goal is going to become $300 for September to December.  We are back to eating at home for all meals this week. I do know that once baseball games start we will eat out at least one night a week if not 2 depending on the timing of games.

Breakfast– Saturday-Sausage biscuit made by Zach. Sunday- Fried bologna and eggs or bagels.    Monday- BLTs9 using tomatoes from the garden).   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- Time Square Pizza.  Matt has chill from last week. I am going to make 2 salads and take pasta salad for lunch. The kids are taking what they consider half a lunch most days.

Dinner-  Saturday-Local steakhouse (treat for a long hard day of work).    Sunday-Left-overs  Monday- Brats, pasta salad and corn on the cob.   Tuesday- Hamburger helper (2 boxes plus one pound of ground beef) .  Wednesday-Broiled Fish with veggies and pineapple cole slaw. Thursday-Chicken and dumplings in the crockpot    Friday-Sloppy joes and fries

Saving on Saturday- Upcycling a Playhouse

The project for this weekend is to upcycle the old playhouse into a greenhouse.  The playhouse is at least 30 years old if not older. The kids are all to big for it.  It is very small inside so I wanted to make the most use of space available.

Before pictures….

The inside..

First thing was to remove the roof….

Stage One complete…

Next we added planters and shelves to the inside…

A shelf for new plants and for storage was also needed…

Finally we added plastic to cover the top..

We have spent $0 at this point on the green house. The plastic and wood to secure the plastic were purchased with swagbucks gift cards that we earned. Matt and I decided that we we go ahead and purchase a watering system to use. We already have the rain barrel and by using rain water only we will basically save the cost of the system within a couple of year!

Can you tell how excited I am?