So, Last week I said I was going to prepare a months week of menus - which I did. I also said I was going to prepare the grocery lists for each menu - which I 1/2 did. Then I said I was going to shop for what we used based on sales - which I kinda did :-) It ended up being a lot more work than I anticipated plus last week I kept getting confused on what I needed based on my list and what was on other lists (for example - "I'm sure I needed cabbage but why isn't it on the list? Oh that's right, it's for another week." I took advantage this week of the "10 for $10 and get the 11th item free" sale to pick up things we use all the time like frozen waffles, garlic bread, green beans and juice. My freezer is full; my pantry is getting re-stocked; the cupboards are full of our standard stuff. I'm hopeful that the next two weeks of shopping will be smaller and just require a few basics :-)
This past week I made an effort to not go to the store. It meant that on Friday I had to improvise on things we had run out of. For example, Darryl's sandwiches were made out of leftover yeast rolls from Thursday nights dinner because we were out of bread; I made tacos using a pork loin I had in the freezer since I had no more ground beef; for lunch I had veggies and dip and fruit because I was, again, out of bread for a grilled cheese. BUT I didn't go to the store once since shopping last week! It saves us SOOO much money when I don't make quick runs to the store to pick up "one" thing and come home with 20 things HA!
Here's the plan for the coming week:
Saturday - It will just be Darryl and the boys as I'll be gone all day at a concert. So they will have spaghetti and breadsticks. It's simple to cook, clean up and every one loves it.
Sunday - Roasted Pork Loin, Sweet Potatoes, Mac and Cheese, and Crescent Rolls. Then for dinner will have Meatball Soup and Sandwiches
Monday - Lasagna, Green Beans and Garlic Bread
Tuesday - Chicken Fried Steak, Mashed Potatoes, gravy, corn and biscuits
Wednesday - Ham and Cheese Quiche, and Muffins
Thursday - Brown Sugar Pork Loin, Fried Rice, Applesauce, and Biscuits
Friday - We are camping! Whoo Whoo!!