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Menu Monday and Weekly Goals October 6-12

Howdy, howdy!  Happy Monday to all.

I’m still in denial that it’s October.  I am NOT ready for colder weather.  Although, I cannot deny that I’m grateful September is over.  It was a rotten month, financially, physically, and emotionally.  October is already going much better!  It’s weird how that happens.

We’re still eating as much as possible from the pantry.  We’ve been fortunate to get a LOT of produce from our garden this weekend, and we canned some more salsa and applesauce.  I’ll have to take pictures and count up how much we’ve done.  It’s by far the most harvest we’ve ever had.  Here’s our menu plan, based on what we have on hand (I’ll buy fresh produce/dairy/meat as needed):

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Breakfasts:

  • Whole grain toast

  • Cereal

  • Fresh fruit

  • Oatmeal

  • Home canned applesauce

Lunches:

  • Leftovers

  • Whole grain bread

  • Fresh fruit and fresh veggies

  • Greens chews

  • Turkey bacon

Dinners:

  • Monday – Spaghetti (with homemade canned spaghetti sauce) – this will be for the family – I’ll eat a salad.

  • Tuesday – Baked Potato Bar

  • Wednesday – Chicken and Rice Soup

  • Thursday – Taco Night

  • Friday – Breakfast for Dinner

  • Saturday – Hubby in Charge

  • Sunday – Crockpot pork, green salad

 

Happily, I was able to get everything from last week’s goal list completed:

  1. Plan and hold Activity Days  Got this done, but boy, the girls sure hated it!  I made it so fun, too…we had a birthday party for ALL the girls.  Still ended up with one crying and others whining…every time, man! lol
  2. Go to the doctor and get follow up lab work done.  Anxiously awaiting the results…
  3. Go over September budget numbers and report. – yep, and it was ugly.
  4. Go to bank and get cash for October spending. – Done, and we’ve got the budget set!

 

We are almost completely done with the food preservation.  I think next weekend we’ll have more tomatoes and tomatillos ready, and that’ll be it!  I’m excited to be done, ha ha. :)  Here’s hoping it’s a good week:

  1. Can and preserve the last of the tomatoes (with spaghetti sauce).

  2. Doctor’s appointment (find out the results of the lab tests).

  3. Gluten free expo, baby!!

  4. Begin a new exercise program (I can’t stand it anymore…I don’t care if my doctor approves or not).

  5. Start prepping the garden for winter.

  6. Plant some tulip bulbs.

Do you set weekly goals?  What about menu planning?  Do you find that it helps?

 

Linked up at OrgJunkie.

 

 

Menu Monday and Weekly Goals – 9/29

Our eating from the pantry is in full swing!  We’ll only be purchasing fresh produce and items that we absolutely need for the next few weeks.  We went to the bread store outlet and bought 5 loaves of bread to freeze.  We also found a pack of “day old” bagels for a steal, so we bought those.  That should take care of our bread needs for awhile.  We ran out of milk last week, so we went to Costco and bought 6 gallons to freeze.  My kids drink it so fast, it seems.  I hope it lasts for a good while!

Breakfasts:

  • Bagels

  • Whole grain toast

  • Cereal

  • Fresh fruit

  • Oatmeal

Lunches:

  • Leftovers

  • Whole grain bread

  • Fresh fruit and fresh veggies

  • Greens chews

 

Dinners:

  • Monday – Crock Pot pork, green saladblack bean and corn salsa

  • Tuesday – Fried Rice with Battered Chicken, veggies

  • Wednesday -Taco night

  • Thursday – Chicken nuggets, carrots, mashed potatoes

  • Friday – Black Bean and Corn Salsa, brown rice

  • Saturday -TBD

  • Sunday -TBD

Have a great week!

 

 

As for the goals last week, well I did pretty well, but boy, it was a stressful week!  I’m glad it’s over. :)

Wednesday take Buddy Boy to the dentist to get his work done.
Wednesday take Munchkin to her Parent-Teacher conference.
Wednesday take Munchkin to her gymnastics.
Thursday take Buddy Boy to his Parent-Teacher conference.
Thursday go to my doctor appointment.
Saturday Buddy Boy’s baseball game. – Rained out!
Wednesday and Saturday pick the apples from our tree; can and preserve applesauce.

I’m so glad to be able to say I completed it all.  I also made a batch of tomato soup from our garden tomatoes.  With all the rain we’ve had this season, they are growing out of control…it’s AWESOME!! Goals for this week:

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  1. Plan and hold Activity Days

  2. Go to the doctor and get follow up lab work done.

  3. Go over September budget numbers and report.

  4. Go to bank and get cash for October spending.

Have a great week!

 

Menu Monday and Weekly Goals 09/22

I’m recovering from a rotten weekend.  And prepping for a crazy week.  Not the best combination…my poor family!

1797621_10203504572549557_9032873318178334408_nWe racked up $825 in unexpected car repair costs this weekend.  And I had a negative reaction to chocolate (it was the food I was allowed to add back in this last week).  And I had to rip out a section of carpet from my room, and cannot afford to replace it.  But then yesterday I woke up to the news that a friend had been in a car accident and her only son, a precious little 1-year old, had not made it.  Her husband passed away later that evening.

 
 

I’m heartbroken.  I’m sick to my stomach.  I’m stressed.  I’m mad at myself for even worrying about the smaller stuff, like the car and the chocolate.  But, I still have a family to care for, meals to cook, work to attend, bills to pay.  So, here I am, menu planning with food from our pantry only…because, well, we’re in money-saving mode.

 

(There is a GoFundMe page set up – since the only pain any of us can help alleviate right now is the financial burden.  You can find it here.)

 

And since life must go on, as it always does, here is the menu plan for the week:

 

Breakfasts:

  • Whole wheat toast

  • Cereal (chex and cheerios)

  • Waffles

  • Fresh fruit

IMG_20140826_192609Lunches (combinations of any of these items):

  • Brown rice with garden salsa and leftover chicken

  • Salad

  • Whole wheat bread

  • String cheese

  • Fresh veggies (carrots, garden tomatoes, garden cucumbers)

  • Fresh fruit (pineapple, apples, oranges)

IMG_20140911_183059Dinners:

  • Monday – Steak and Potato Stew

  • Tuesday – Leftover Teriyaki Chicken, brown rice, lettuce salad

  • Wednesday – Baked Potato Bar

  • Thursday – Crockpot Turkey Chili

  • Friday – Leftover Night

  • Saturday – Tacos and Quesadillas

  • Sunday – Dinner at my mom’s

 

The goals for this week…really, it’s more of a “to-do” list than a goal list:

  1. Wednesday take Buddy Boy to the dentist to get his work done.

  2. Wednesday take Munchkin to her Parent-Teacher conference.

  3. Wednesday take Munchkin to her gymnastics.

  4. Thursday take Buddy Boy to his Parent-Teacher conference.

  5. Thursday go to my doctor appointment.

  6. Saturday Buddy Boy’s baseball game.

  7. Wednesday and Saturday pick the apples from our tree; can and preserve applesauce.

I hope you all have a happy and productive week.  And please, take the time to hug your family a little tighter, and to love them a little better.  Life can change forever in the blink of an eye.

 

Linked up at OrgJunkie.

 

Menu Monday and Weekly Goals – Sept 8

mpm-1Another week, another menu.  I’m doing my best to eat out of the pantry this month, as I’m trying to take advantage of the case lot sales and food storage deals available during the month of September.  The menu this week will be based on that.

 

Breakfasts:

  • Freezer waffles (I’m SO glad I made a big batch of these!)

  • Cereal

  • Steel Cut Oatmeal with Apples

  • Fresh Fruit

 

Lunches (always served with one or more of the items below):medium

  • Peanut butter and grape jam sandwiches

  • Carrots, Apple slices, Broccoli, Grapes, Apples

  • Pretzels, Granola Bars, or Crackers

  • String Cheese

  • Greens Chews

  • Lettuce Salad with Beans, Fish, or Chicken

fish fingers 2Dinners:

Monday – Tacos night (Turkey taco meat, lettuce, garden salsa, homemade refried beans, etc)

Tuesday – Paleo Fish Fingers, Lettuce Salad

Wednesday – Chicken and Rice Soup

Thursday – Leftover night

Friday – Quinoa and Bell Pepper Salad, Steak

Saturday – Neighborhood Party – we’ll eat whatever is there. :)

Sunday – To be Determined

 

And now, time to see how I did on my goals for last week:

  • Can and preserve grape juice (we harvested 47 lbs of grapes last night) – DONE!
  • Can and preserve grape jelly – DONE!
  • Can and preserve peaches (my mom harvested and shared 50 lbs of peaches) – DONE!
  • Can and preserve more salsa – DONE!
  • Finish up The Identical Giveaway – DONE!
  • Plan and carry out Activity Days – DONE!

I can’t believe it; I got EVERYTHING on the list done!  My husband also canned and preserved 6 pints of spaghetti sauce.  Makes me feel motivated to try and accomplish some more awesome stuff this week:

  • Can and preserve peach syrup (yep, my mom’s last and final tree’s peaches were given to me over the weekend!)

  • Create a menu plan for the rest of September, based on what we have in the pantry.

  • Take Buddy Boy in for some dental work.

  • Go into work early 4x this week (making up for the time I’ll be gone at the dentist)

  • Declutter and clean out bedroom dressers.

Have a great week!

 

We’re linked up at OrgJunkie. :)

Debt Payoff Plan – Sept 1st Update

Love happy surprises!

Love happy surprises!

Since August 15, we’ve made a few small changes in the hopes to start saving more money and paying down debt.  We also had a couple of happy financial surprises, that although small, were definitely welcome.

  • Our mortgage company was switched on us, which usually doesn’t change anything.  However, every year since we’ve owned the house, we’ve had an escrow surplus.  Our mortgage companies in the past have just applied it to the following year’s escrow account, but this new company we’re with sent us a check for the extra amount, resulting in a surprise $128 extra.

  • I was accepted to do a 2-day (30 min each day) study, which paid me with a $75 visa card.  We’ll be using this Visa to buy gas for the first half of September, so it’ll save up some cash for other things.

  • There for you on a rainy day? :)

    There for you on a rainy day? :)

    We switched our auto insurance, and updated our homeowner’s insurance policy.  For 30 minutes or so of work, we saved ourselves $36/month on auto, and $200/year on home.  The home isn’t something we’ll see, but that extra $36/month will be awesome.  It’s not a ton, but it’s more we can sock away to debt!

 

 

Now for confession time.  In my Debt Payoff Plan Introduction post, I mentioned that we have far too little in savings right now:  only $102.  The first priority in the last 2 weeks should have been to build that up.  I have to admit, I was so horrified by our debt total ($8,445.86) that I chose to focus more on that.  I know, Dave Ramsey would not be happy.  I’ll try to do better in September!

 

 

The Numbers:

On August 15, our total debt was $8,445.86.  Today, our total debt is $8,073.91.

Total paid off so far:  $371.95

On August 15, our total savings was $102.  Today, our total savings is $137.

Total saved:  $35

 

Sweet!  We’re getting there, slowly but surely!

 

 

 

 

Menu Monday and Weekly Goals

highlight-laborday-historyHello, hello!  Happy Labor Day to you all!  Are you taking advantage of the holiday to relax from your labors, or perhaps to accomplish even more?  If you’re looking for an opportunity to educate yourself and/or family about Labor Day and how it was started, you can GO HERE to the U.S. Dept of Labor’s website.

 

 

School has started for the kids, and work has started for me.  I’m not gonna lie, I’m exhausted, lol.  I suppose that’s how it always is starting back at work, right?  It takes time to adjust.  To ease a bit of the struggle, I’m hoping to be more organized with the menu planning than I’ve been in the last month.  Here’s our plan:

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Breakfasts:

  • Turkey Sausage, Steel Cut Oatmeal w/apples

  • Freezer muffins, waffles, or biscuits

  • Fresh Fruit

  • Cereal

Lunches:

  • PB&J or meat sandwiches on whole grain bread

  • Sliced carrots, broccoli, and celery

  • Unsweetened applesauce, mandarin oranges, and grapes

  • Greens chew

Dinners:

  • Monday – Spaghetti (with homemade sauce), green salad

  • Tuesday – Black Beans and Brown Rice with Salsa, Grilled Chicken

  • Wednesday – Slow cooker Roast Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots

  • Thursday – Leftover Night

  • Friday -Breakfast for Dinner

  • Saturday – Baked Potato Bar (with Slow Cooked Baked Potatoes), toppings:  cheese, green onions, turkey bacon, etc

  • Sunday – Grilled Steak, Oven Baked Fries, Green Salad

I’ve got a good list of goals for the week, and honestly, probably most of them will be getting done today, since it’s the day we’re not at work.  Harvest time is upon us, and I’m loving it!

  • Can and preserve grape juice (we harvested 47 lbs of grapes last night)

  • Can and preserve grape jelly

  • MV5BMTUxMzMzMTUzNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTUyMTMxMjE@._V1_SX214_AL_Can and preserve peaches (my mom harvested and shared 50 lbs of peaches)

  • Can and preserve more salsa

  • Finish up The Identical Giveaway

  • Plan and carry out Activity Days

 

I hope you all have a fun and productive week!  Don’t forget to enter the giveaway listed above.  :)

*Linked at OrgJunkie

 

 

 

Menu Monday and Weekly Goals

Hello, hello!

 

BoxcarChildren_400x400v2This last week was a good one.  I am officially allowed to workout again, as long as I don’t push too hard!  Yay!  I can feel an improvement and boost in energy, and I can tell my treatment plan is working.  I also had the chance to review a cute kids’ movie and am hosting a giveaway for a copy of the DVD.  Yes, a good week!

 

Holy cow, it’s the last week of summer break.  Time to get organized for back to school and back to work!  I’m sad for the break to end, but I feel partially content as well, knowing that it’ll be good for the kids, especially Buddy Boy, to be back on a more specific schedule again.  I’m hoping to get a lot done this week, but I also want to have some FUN too!  Hopefully I can find a good balance that’ll keep the kids and me happy.

 

Here’s the menu plan for the week:

 

Taco-Bowls__Monday – Baked Potato Bar

Tuesday – Del Taco (we’re running from hair appointments to back to school nights, so we’ll take advantage of Taco Tuesday!)

Wednesday –  Roasted Chicken and Potatoes

Thursday – Breakfast (waffles, fruit salad, etc)

Friday – Leftover Night

SaturdayHomemade Taco Bowls

Sunday – Family Dinner at my Mom’s

 

 

Goals for the Week:

  • Take car load of stuff to local thrift store.
  • Do a freezer cooking session.
  • Buy stuff for and put together gift baskets for some awesome volunteers at Resolution Horse.
  • Take Munchkin to get her hair done.
  • Take kids to Back to School Night.
  • Back to school shopping trip with Aunt Linda.
  • 2 Horseback riding sessions; 1 gymnastics class.
  • Harvest and juice grapes.

 

Have a great week!  We’re linked up at OrgJunkie. :)

 

 

 

 

 

Menu? Monday and Weekly Goals

Folks, I have a confession.

I didn’t follow the meal plan last week.  At all.  The kids either weren’t in the mood for the food I had planned or I didn’t feel up to making it, and so the whole thing flew out the window.

We did NOT go out to eat instead, so I’m grateful for that.  We just ate what was easy and available, making choices at the last minute.  We also had a lot of fun doing back to school shopping – who needs food when you can shop?! ;)

PicMonkey CollageThis week will probably be much the same.  I’m having a hard enough time coming up with meal ideas for myself, following an anti-inflammatory diet, and to come up with more meals on top of that is something I admit I’m struggling with.

Ah, well.  We all have those weeks, right?  (that’s what I’m telling myself to avoid too much guilt. :) )Here’s a very loose meal plan for the week (for the kids) anyway. My personal meal plan will look different:

Breakfasts:

Toast
Scrambled Eggs
Fresh Fruit (all we’ve got right now are apples and one mango, so we’ll need to shop soon)Waffles (made from our freezer session)

Lunches:

Leftover crockpot chicken
Fresh and canned fruit
Fresh veggies (we have carrots, lettuce, avocado and cucumbers on hand)
Grilled cheese sandwiches
Cheese quesadillas

Dinners (to be served with fresh fruit and veggies on the side):

Breakfast for dinner
Leftovers
Crockpot baked potatoes
Homemade Pizza
Mac and Cheese

As for me, I will be adding in a few new foods this week.  I’m so excited, and so scared!  The foods I get to add back in are brown rice, eggs, and lean beef.  I will introduce one at a time for two days, and if all goes well I’ll add another.  If it doesn’t go well, I’ll cut back down to the original diet until I reach my baseline and try a different food again.  These foods I’ll be eating for breakfast only, so my lunches and dinners will still mostly be salads and beans/chicken.

I did accomplish my two goals for last week, so I did get SOMETHING done.  This week I’m hoping to be more productive:

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  • Repaint trim on the front of the house

  • Calk the baseboards in the bathroom to finally have the job complete!

  • Finish up budget plan for August

  • Reorganize bathroom drawers

 

*Hope you all have a great week!

 

 

Back to School on a Budget

Who is ready for back to school?

Ugh.  Not me.  I am sad beyond sad that we only have 5 weeks left of summer break.  We’re more than halfway there!  There is one thing my family loves about going back to school (well, 2 things, actually).  1, it’s fun to see friends again and good for all of us to get back on a schedule.  2, we get to go back-to-school shopping! 

If you’re like me, you’ve got a very specific budget.  We are being extra frugal this year, and a lot of our back-to-school excursions will be to yard sales and thrift stores.  The kids like having new stuff too, though (who doesn’t?) and so I’ve been browsin’ the web, looking for some fun, frugal stuff:

Personal Creations – Personalized Boys Backpack – Back to School Gifts

Personal Creations - Personalized Boys Backpack - Back to School Gifts

I found these personalized backpacks at Personal Creations, and I fell in love!  Isn’t that the cutest idea? At Buddy Boy’s school, we have to write his name on everything anyway – what a great way to do it!  I kinda want to personalize something for ME now.

 

Personal Creations – Personalized Boys Backpack – Back to School Gifts – $22.49, 7.99 shipping – Available at Personal Creations


The Children’s Place – Boys Sporty Matchables Tee – Blue T-Shirt – The Children’s Place

The Children's Place - Boys Sporty Matchables Tee - Blue T-Shirt - The Children's Place

When I saw this boys T-shirt for only $2.99 ($2.99!!) I was thrilled.  I love the caption on this particular one.  I wonder if Buddy Boy will take it to heart?  One can hope, right? The Children’s Place has a lot of great deals available, so be sure to check them out for your back to school clothing needs!

 

The Children’s Place – Boys Sporty Matchables Tee – Blue T-Shirt – The Children’s Place – $2.99, 5.00 shipping – Available at Children’s Place


Texas Instruments – TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculator (8 Lines – 16 Characters – Battery Powered – Black)

Texas Instruments - TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculator (8 Lines - 16 Characters - Battery Powered - Black)

My kids aren’t old enough yet to need one of these fancy schmancy calculators, and I dread the time when they do.  Holy cow, there are so many options out there!  Texas Instruments is a known leader in the calculator biz, and I remember using mine in high school…though I’m definitely happy I’m done with it!  If you’ve gotta buy it, you might as well get a deal, right? 

 

Texas Instruments – TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculator (8 Lines – 16 Characters – Battery Powered – Black) – $112.12, Free shipping – Available at A Matter of Fax

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Asus – Transformer Book T100 Gray Tablet PC (1.3 GHz Intel Atom Z3740, 2 GB DDR3, 64 GB SSD, Windows 8.1, LED Backlight)

Asus - Transformer Book T100 Gray Tablet PC (1.3 GHz Intel Atom Z3740, 2 GB DDR3, 64 GB SSD, Windows 8.1, LED Backlight)

This tablet PC is perfect – plenty of storage space, small and mobile, making it easy for your teen to do homework.  Man, I wish I’d had one of these when I was in high school.  I didn’t even have a big, bulky computer.  Yes, I’m that old. :)

 

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Sistema – Sistema 50 oz. Slimline Quaddie Lunchbox 1.5 ltr.Assorted, 9″ X 6-1/2″ X 3-1/2″ H

Sistema - Sistema 50 oz. Slimline Quaddie Lunchbox 1.5 ltr.Assorted, 9

While not the standard lunchbox, I have to say that I think I prefer this style.  See the divided compartments?  What a great way to keep your wet grapes separate from your sandwich, without having to use a plastic baggy that will be thrown away!  Oh my gosh, I’m in love with this product.  Thank you, Container Store!  (One day I’m going to go on a big ole’ shopping spree to this place, I’m telling you.)

 

Sistema – Sistema 50 oz. Slimline Quaddie Lunchbox 1.5 ltr.Assorted, 9″ X 6-1/2″ X 3-1/2″ H – $9.99, 8.95 shipping – Available at The Container Store


Elmers Products – Products, Inc. Glues and Adhesives Elmer’s Glue Sticks, .24 oz., Purple Application

Elmers Products - Products, Inc. Glues and Adhesives Elmer's Glue Sticks, .24 oz., Purple Application

Let’s just face it.  You’re gonna go through glue sticks like crazy, so save yourself the trouble and buy them all NOW.  Or, you know, do what I did last year and buy a few, and then halfway through the year listen to your kids cry because they have a project due TOMORROW that they forgot to tell you about and they need glue sticks and you’re all out.  You know, either way will work. 

 

Elmers Products – Products, Inc. Glues and Adhesives Elmer’s Glue Sticks, .24 oz., Purple Application – $11.47 (27% off), 5.69 shipping – Available at Amazon.com


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Menu Monday and Weekly Goals

Howdy, howdy!  Happy Monday, friends.

I am beginning week 3 of my anti-inflammatory diet.  I can feel improvements, and I’m so grateful.  I actually was feeling good enough to attempt exercise today, but I didn’t last long.  After telling my doctor about it, I received a gentle scolding and was told that my adrenal glands are not recovered enough yet, and that in 3-4 weeks we’ll start talking exercise.  So…I guess that means I’m on mandatory “relaxation”!  :D

The meal plan I’m sharing today is what I’m feeding my family, not myself, since I’m basically eating salads with chicken for nearly every meal, and some sort of fresh fruit for all snacks.

Breakfasts:

  • fresh raspberries (from the garden)

  • toast

  • Greek yogurt

  • other fresh fruit (we currently have oranges, apples, bananas, kiwi, and mango to choose from)

Lunch:

  • fresh fruit (see above)

  • chicken and cheese quesadillas

  • leftovers

  • veggies of choice (on hand we have corn, peas, carrots, cabbage, lettuce, squash, and zucchini)

100_1633-1024x568Dinner:

Monday – Taco night
TuesdayChicken and Rice SoupWednesday - Breakfast for Dinner (waffles, homemade hash browns, fruit salad)
Thursday – Leftover night
Friday – Dinner at Grandma’s
Saturday – Dad’s in charge
Sunday – Dinner at Grandma’s

 

As for my goals last week, here’s how I did:

  • 1 hour freezer cooking session – YEP!
  • Start exercising again.  – YES, but got busted for it. :)
  • Finish up my two giveaways – YES
  • Post at least 2 new recipes on the blog. – oops, NO

The plan for this week:

  • Do some yard sale back to school shopping.
  • Declutter and organize the bookshelf area of my bedroom.

Have a great week!