Meal planning Oct 29th-Nov 11th

mine is not as cute or SMALL:)

mine is not as cute or SMALL:)

 

PAY day!! SO that means grocery shopping!!

We need a bunch of odds and ends.. (paper products, staple items) BUT I am determine to stick to our budget this week since last shopping trip… was uh… not such the case:)

Meals for oct 29-Nov 11th

Meals:

  1. Chicken pot-pie
  2. Northern bean soup
  3. Pork chops/mashed/asparagus
  4. Sunday Italian crockpot
  5. Taco nachos
  6. French toast with sausage
  7. Pizza (homemade)
  8. Chicken salad wraps with fruit
  9. Baked southwestern egg rolls
  10. Taco soup- small group
  11. French dip subs/ corn
  12. slow cooked honey ham w/rice and broccoli  *new recipe

Snacks:

  1. Oatmeal raisin rolls  *new recipe

Lydia’s food: to make

  1. Pears
  2. Peaches
  3. pumpkin
  4. Sweet potato

SOO tell me what you are making..

i need ideas:)

~Jessica

Bringing back – Meal planning!!

***UPDATED with my thoughts on the new recipes****

As I was talking to a dear friend, who blogs over at From which fills the heart the other day she said she LOVED it when I posted about our meals, and how I cook for  my crew! SO I thought.. why not try to bring it back?!? Here it goes! I shop every two weeks and normally two stores.. Walmart for EVERYTHING expect meat which I purchase at Publixs .. My normal budget is 150$ but this week I blew it and spent $240. And Yes i have to take all my kids to the store with me so this is a glimpse of us!!! haha

Oldest pushing the goods, and i have the 2 littles in the cart i am pushing.. Yes we are sight to be seen.. not to mention my GROWING tummy!

Oldest pushing the goods, and i have the 3 littles in the cart i am pushing.. Yes we are sight to be seen.. not to mention my GROWING tummy!

Oct 15-29th

Most of them have recipes if you click the name!

Meals:

  1. Taco’s
  2. Hashbrown casserole-small group
  3. Chicken Gravy/biscuits
  4. Lasagna casserole
  5. subs
  6. tamale pie  ***family favorite!
  7. potato kielbasa **new recipe this was a huge hit! although we didn’t use the mustard.. didn’t have any
  8. BLT’s , cut up apples
  9.  chicken noodle casserole w/ sweet peas **new recipe  Very good but to hard to replace the dairy will not make again
  10. Roast beef, mashed potatoes & asparagus
  11. Chicken pot-pies
  12. ham & bean soup “ w/cornbread   **new recipe Good and really easy.. the kids loved it but Joel wasn’t a fan
  13. crockpot corn & potato chowder ***new recipe  didn’t make it yet

Snacks/things to make

  1. cinnamon coffee cake : http://beautyandbedlam.com/cinnamon-pecan-coffee-cake/
  2. homemade refried beans **to try!:)
  3. pumpkin muffins
  4. brownie bags
  5. cook a whole chicken

SOOO what are you cooking????

~Jessica

Menu Plan for July 10-17 (yes mid week:)

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Trying a lot of new things (click on the meal idea and it should take you to link) This mama is in a rut:(

Meals:

Breakfast:

since we are really boring when it comes to this meal we always have the same

  • oatmeal w/oj
  • cereal w/oj

soo that is our plan this week.. what is your meal plan???

~jessica

Menu Plan for April 7th-14th

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Trying a bunch of new stuff.. hope Pinteret doesn’t fail me!:) haha

Meals:

  • Homemade Pizza
  • Stir Fry
  • Chicken/potato/greenbean bake- – new recipe
  • Pancake bites – another new one:)
  • Salad with chicken w/fruit

Snacks:

  • Green Smoothies (all the rage gonna give it a try)
  • Oat & banana cookies
  • Whole Wheat pita chips
  • ***dessert** Crockpot Cheesecake

since we are really boring when it comes to this meal we always have the same

  • oatmeal w/oj
  • cereal w/oj
  • Pancake bites (hoping to have some leftover!)

Soo that is our plan this week.. what is your meal plan???

~jessica

Meal shopping … Armed and Dangerous!

Soo Sunday afternoon while the boys played with daddy, “baby” and I headed out to do some ‘quick’ shopping.. (1.5 hours later….)

I had organized all my coupons and had a meal plan ready before the big event… My Budget is $50 a week, but i went over

(and i still have 2 more things to get ….)

This trip was interesting.. I really want to feed my family things that have ingredients in them i can pronounce.. so i have decided to go to 5 or less.. (PLEASE know that is my goal and i AIM to do that each week.. I was proud of myself for putting things back on the shelve .. BUT i did get the goldfish, Honey Bunches of Oats and Saltines which were not part of the 5 and below..)

first up..Kroger

Kroger Trip

Kroger Trip

Total before coupons: $22.86

Total after coupons: $7.72

(12 items)

Then to Pulbix

Publix trip

Publix trip

Total before coupons: $59.28

Total after: 30.34

(That is a lb of boars head turkey and 1/2 a lb of boars head cheese) SOo excited about the clearance organic beans! (impulse buy!)

I still need to get my Greenwise chicken that is one sale here

EEK NOW to Walmart

Walmart

  Walmart

Before price matching: $40.00

after: $37.60

 

SOO the grand total is $121.84

PAID: $75.66

doing better… still have a long way to go!

~jessica

Meal Plan this week (Jan 20th-26th)

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On the quest to eat out only one meal a week.. I  must do a little more organizing! Soo here goes my Meal plan for this week!
(some of these also fit in with my monthly goals.. double score!!)

Meals

  • Southwestern Egg roll w/rice
  • Bruschetta chicken w/mashed potatoes — part of monthly goal–
  • Pesto Panni w/salad
  • Freezer meal : Chili (which was part of the freezer meal swap i was in earlier this month)
  • Gnocchi Soup w/homemade Italian bread sticks  –both are monthly goals!–

Snacks

  • No bake granola bars
  • homemade hot chocolate
  • bread machine cinnamon rolls –part of monthly goal–
  • Homemade trail mix (chex, peanuts, raisins, dried coconut, pretzels)

Plan ahead recipes

  • cook whole chicken in crockpot
  • make stock afterwards

REALLY excited about the last two.. ive FINALLY after 8 years of marriage decided to cook a whole chicken.. wish me luck!

What are you cooking this week??

~jessica