We are trying a little something different with our meal planning this week. Instead of assigning a meal to every night and moving things around as needed. I have made a list of 15 meals that we plan to eat prior to our Disney trip. We brought all the ingredients up to make these meals and everything is currently store in the house. This way we can decided the day of what sounds good for dinner as well as use only ingredients we have on hand. In addition to trying this new menu plan approach, I want to really reduce the amount of food we have in our older refrigerators and freezers while we travel.
Breakfast–Pancakes and sausage ball on Saturday, left-over pancakes all week. Sunday- Orange glazed Cinnamon rolls, Monday- Baked oatmeal. Other choices include eggs, sausage, poptarts, grits and toast.
Lunch- We were able to pack all the kids lunches on Sunday. Each chose chicken nuggets for several days, sandwiches are on the menu another day as well. I am planning to make some chicken salad for my lunch as well.
Cheeseburger Pie times 2. We actually ate this for dinner today.
Chicken Enchiladas (planned for Tuesday)
Stuffed Green Pepper soup
Ham bone soup
Chicken and Broccoli Casserole
Mexican Rice and cheese Quesada
BBQ Chicken Pizza (lunch on Saturday)
Egg roll in a bowl
Taco Soup (lunch on Sunday and for church dinner on Sunday)
Lily and I made a quick before church trip to CVS this morning. I said it was my practice trip for next Sunday, when CVS “Black Friday” ad will start. Check out what we scored.
Total Spent was $4.84 with a total saving of $15 or 75%. I will also receive 5 ECB for Beauty club purchases next week as well. I LOVE rain checks and today demonstrates why. I used one from several weeks ago to grab the 2L Diet Coke which were paid for by the 4 ECB I received after purchasing the shampoo and conditioner. My only regret from today is that I did not have but one set of coupons because of a problem with paper delivery for the past two weeks.
Other ways that I have been saving this week is my using my Amazon prime membership. I have purchased several items and most of my Christmas gifts on line this year. One option that is appearing is to receive a credit to either the “pantry” or movies if you chose the no rush shipping. We have chose this option each time it has been offered because we are really not in a hurry for the purchase. Friday night we decided to use one of our movie credit to watch the movie “Home” it was so fun and the kids enjoyed at well. So money saved all around!
This week menu planning takes on more importance as we purchased a new refrigerator and need to clean straighten and re-organize so that we can start on a right with the best use of space.
Breakfast– Baked oatmeal on Sunday, eggs and sausage, grits, poptarts, cereal and toast.
Lunch- I thought I would share a little more about our lunches this week.
Monday- Everyone had a fresh salad. Tuesday- Homemade chicken dunks for Zach and Kendall. Lily chose a sandwich. Wednesday- No school. Thursday- Grab an go day- Each child picks 3 items which must include either a cereal bar or pack of crackers for lunch. Friday- Chicken dunks again.
Dinner- We have several different new meals this week as this is our least busy week for the month.
Saturday- Lunch- leftovers. Dinner- White chicken chili
Sunday- Lunch- Meatballs and baked sweet potatoes. Dinner- Pepper steak, rice and eggroll.
Monday- Cranberry Pork Roast, snap peas and fruit cocktail.
Tuesday-Grilled chicken, pineapple and corn.
Wednesday-Spaghetti and meatballs
Thursday- Chicken and broccoli? or hamburger helper.(Depends on when new appliances arrive)
Friday- Taco Soup
My goal is also to make double portions of both Thursday and Friday dinner to freeze for use in the upcoming weeks.
I have learned that there is no way that I will remember or have time to post each day even on Facebook what I am thankful for, so I am going to attempt a weekly post for the month of November. My list of things I am thankful for this week…..
1. My personal relationship with Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior. I am also extremely grateful that he understands that I need reminders that he loves and cares for me and is involved in every part of my life.
2. My husband. We have survived high school twice already so things have to get easier the next three times.
3. My job. I am blessed to be working in the professional field that I love and be able to help support my family. I am also extremely bless to at least work at achieving a work home life balance.
4. My kids… yes all 5 of them. I seriously thought about using them to fill up the rest of my list but decided I could needed to find more things to be thankful for. I am still very blessed and thankful to watch EACH one grow and mature. They are special in very unique ways.
5. My new van. I really enjoying driving a vehicle that I trust to get me to and from where I am going. I am also so grateful for the little extra like sunroof and heated seats that I would never placed on a list but they are awesome.
We made this Tuesday night as part of Zach’s homework.
Kendall’s class had a craft fair last Friday as part of her social studies unit. I did not get to go so Matt sent me lots of pictures.
personalized gift bag