Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Menu for the week of 10/28

It's going to be a busy, busy week around here. I'm starting with Tuesday, since that's where we are. Happy Halloween, everyone!
Dinner in a Pumpkin is an annual meal. 

Tuesday: broccoli cheese and bacon soup, crusty bread (pain d'epi?)

Wednesday: dinner in a pumpkin, green salad

ThursdayHalloween cheeseburgers, veggie skeleton, sweet potato fries,  mini monster pudding cups

Friday: pizza night

Saturday: bbq pulled pork in the crockpot

Sunday: sandwiches (ham, salami, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, avocado) , carrots sticks, cucumber slices

Do you have something fun up your sleeve for Halloween dinner? More dinner ideas at Menu Plan Monday, hosted by the Organizing Junkie.

Monday, October 21, 2013

This week's menu

It is Monday, and I have meals planned for the week. I'm patting myself on the back. I even made for dinner what I had planned for today! Without further ado, I present this week's meal plan.

Monday: borscht (ate it and forgot to photograph it. You know that means I was HUNGRY!)

Tuesday: BLT sandwiches, carrot sticks, celery, cucumbers

Wednesday: Whole wheat toast, an orange, and an omelette with bell pepper, spinach, and ham (eating alone on Wednesday)

Thursday: couscous

Friday: homemade pizza

Saturday: tacos

Sunday: pork chops, mashed potatoes, peas, baked butternut squash

What are you eating this week? For more menu ideas, visit  I'm An Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Save money on holiday and everyday shopping

In the past, I've written about ways to save money, such as eating at home, planning menus, shopping with a list, joining a produce co-op, eating homemade Wasa crackers, making bread at home... Most of those ideas are food related.

We are entering that holiday time of year when there is a lot of shopping to be done, both for ourselves and others. If we could save money on shopping, it would make a big difference. Enter GiftCardRescue.com!


GiftCardRescue.com is a website where you can buy or sell gift cards. If you've ever had a gift card sitting around your house, but you really wanted cash instead, this is the place for you! You can sell your giftcards for cash. This looks so much easier than craigslist, which was previously my only hope for getting money out of giftcards.

If you hate to pay full price for anything, but love to shop, this is the place for you! You can buy discounted gift cards for up to 30% off at GiftCardRescue.com.

Maybe you're a person who prefers to make gifts for others instead of buy them? I found discounted gift cards for Michael's at 23% off and Hobby Lobby at 10% off.

Some of the other discount gift cards I got excited about were
TJMaxx at 13% off (when you save on prices that are already low, that is a feeling of triumph!)
The Children's Place at 18% off
Coldstone Creamery at 15% off
iTunes at 8% off
Target at 3% off (3% may not seem like much, but every little bit helps)

I think there is something for every shopper at GiftCardRescue.com. There is free shipping and a very quick sign up process. So, if you think you might need to buy something in the future (that pretty much covers everyone), check out GiftCardRescue.com.

I was not compensated with money or gift cards for writing this post, but there may be gift cards to give away in the future from GiftCardRescue.com.  

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Menus for the week

In my tiny corner of the world, part of my job is making sure there is nourishing food in the house for 6 people.  Here is my plan for the next week or so:

Tuesday: stuffed peppers with onions, squash, bell peppers, and sausage (loosely based on this recipe)

Wednesday: acorn squash bisque; homemade artisan bread - to be savored while thinking of this comedy sketch from my favorite show, Studio C

Thursday: mashed potatoes, peas, and pork chops with apples and onions

Friday: black bean tostadas (use our dried beans, onions, tomatoes, cumin, avocados, lettuce, cheese) with homemade limeade

Saturday: pizza night (cheese for the kids; onion, spinach, and bacon for me!)

Sunday: pig pancakes, scrambled eggs, fried ham (breakfast for dinner)

Monday:  ham/salami sandwiches, pickles, tomatoes, cheese, homemade baked potato chips, limeade, blonde brownies

What are you eating this week? Check out Menu Plan Monday for more menu ideas.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Ack! Grocery budget blown!

Last week, I posted about making a fresh start. One of the areas I'm focusing on this month is menu planning. I've written about it before many times, but one of my favorite posts is here.

In the last month, I've been a haphazard cook and an impulse grocery buyer. Our family spent $1180 on food last month!!!! When I saw that, I took a deep breath and told myself, "It is time to get a grip and plan some meals!"

Here is the breakdown:
$961 on groceries ($518 at Costco)
$83 on school lunches (how did this happen? I thought the boys were taking lunch at least half the time.)
$138 on eating out (although $20 was for a groupon that we haven't used yet)

I did plan meals for last week. It was a baby step in the right direction. So far, for the month, we have spent $105 on groceries, $31 on school lunches, and $45 on dining.

I will be back tomorrow with my meals for the week. I am waiting to see what my produce box contains before I commit to meals, but I'm thinking of stirfry, acorn squash soup with bacon and kale, and tacos.

I am dreaming of stirfry this week!