Saturday, January 30, 2010


Jan 24-30

Sunday-  Complete BBQ chicken in the crock pot
   This was a big fat Sunday night disaster!!  I couldn't remember what time I had put dinner in and I burned the food.  YUCK!  However, I truly believe it would have been delicious if I would have pulled it out sooner.  We will try this again and I'll do better to not burn the food.  This is the first time I've ever burned a crock pot meal.  Oops!!

Monday-  Chick-Fil-A 

Tuesday-  Chicken Fiesta with Black Beans
   This meal turned out GREAT!  Everyone ate it up, but we all felt it needed more spice. 

Wednesday-  Baked Ziti
    This is my new favorite dish!  Yum, Yum, Yum!!!  And it's SO easy!  The only thing that would have been better was to have garlic breadsticks.  I didn't have time to make any bread.  I made this meal in the morning and split the recipe into 2 smaller casserole dishes.  I put one in the freezer and one in the fridge.  When we got home from our evening I put the ziti in the oven and 40 minutes later dinner was served.  I can't wait to see how the frozen ziti turns out.  If it works, I'll have to make a couple batches for the freezer for after the baby comes. 

Thursday-  No real dinner...Christian had ravioli, and Dave and I just munched on whatever sounded good.

Friday-  Roast
   It was very, very usual.

Saturday-  Stromboli

 All in all, I think I did much better this week.  I stuck to the menu, just switched a few days around.  Hopefully we will have more weeks like this.  It was super easy when it came to meal time.  Plus, we love having leftovers for lunch.  There's only so many turkey sandwiches you can eat in one week.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Menu Jan 24-30

 Sunday- Complete BBQ Chicken in the crock pot

Monday- Baked Ziti with Garlic Herb Rolls (holdover from last week)

Tuesday- Chicken Fiesta w/Black Beans

Wednesday- Eat Out (Dave works late and I'm taking some friends to the airport right at dinner time.)

Thursday- Stromboli

Friday- Roast

Saturday- Chili Mac or Leftovers or whatever the heck sounds good


Well, I can't decide which option I should try next.  Since I can't seem to eat what I plan on the day I plan to eat it, I'm thinking of maybe just having 7 meals listed and then I just cross them off as we eat them.  Or I could just post a Reality post on Sunday of what we really ate through the week.  I might try both and see what we like.

So, here's our Reality post for last week.  I thought we mostly did pretty well. 
Jan 17-23

Sunday- Stuffed shells and garlic bread
  Since this recipe is ginormous, we froze half the shells when we originally made it last month.  We weren't crazy about how it tasted the first time we tried it, but this time we ate the shells from the freezer.  It was SUPER easy and for whatever reason it was SO good!  I'm not sure what I did differently, but yum yum yum!  Also, for our family I think it would be better to split the batch into 3.  They don't make good leftovers. 

Monday- Turkey sandwiches

Tuesday- Sloppy Joes

Wednesday- Beef Enchiladas

Thursday- Pork Chops with Potatoes Au Gratin
   This is a family favorite.  Nothing special, but very tasty!  I sear seasoned pork chops in a frying pan.  Then I prepare a box of potatoes au gratin (someday I'll attempt making it from scratch) per the instructions on the box and put the pork chops right on top of the potatoes.  Put it in the oven at 350 F for about 40 min.  serve with a green veggie and enjoy. 

Friday- Leftovers
   I believe this needs to be a weekly thing.  If not 

Saturday- Spaghetti (because I forgot to buy ricotta cheese...oops!)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Menu Jan 17-23

Well, last week's menu was pretty much a flop.  I was having some pretty bad heartburn, but it seems to not be as big of an issue for the last few days.  So, here's our best efforts for this week.

Sunday- Stuffed Shells w/garlic bread
Monday-Sloppy Joes
Tuesday- Pork Chops w/potatoes au gratin
Wednesday- Enchiladas
Thursday- Rotisserie Chicken
Friday- Rice and Meatsauce
Saturday- Baked Ziti w/garlic herb rolls

It's nothing fancy or particularly nutritious around here lately, but I figure it's better than eating out all of the time.  We've saved a bunch of money on groceries and such since I've started to plan menus (and usually stick to them).  I sit down with the grocery store ads and make a menu for 2 weeks.  Then I make my list and go to the store (and almost always stick to it).  Now, I'm starting to use coupons more and learning all the fun things about matching coupons with sales and doubling coupons and so on and so forth.  When I get more experienced with that I'll let you know how it's working.

At first I thought this process was pretty time consuming, but then I realized how much time I was spending everyday thinking about what's for dinner, and running to the store to get those last couple ingredients (with some extras).  And the more I do it the easier and faster it is to do.  So, I hope I can stick with this goal of mine not just for this year, but for years to come.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Well...There's Been A Change Of Plans

Alright, apparently we're going to have to change our menu some this week.  I've had awful heartburn and have very little desire to eat anything other than salad.  So, the great thing about menus is that they aren't set in stone.  PHEW!  Hopefully next week will go better.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Menu Jan 10-16

I make my menus for Sunday-Saturday.
So, here we go for this week.  

 Sunday- Breakfast Burritos

Monday- Pizza

Tuesday-Rotisserie Chicken

Wednesday- BLTs

Thursday- Baked chicken and Parmesan roasted potatoes

Friday- Stuffed Shells w/ garlic bread


Fresh Start

Since it's a new year, I have decided to get a fresh start with this blog.  All of the posts that used to be here can still be found at this blog.  I will not be adding any new posts there, but I didn't want to lose the last few years of blogging.  So, I will primarily use this blog for family updates and anything else I decide to write about. 

Since I have started to become somewhat obsessed with menu planning and grocery shopping, I have decided to post our weekly menus here and link to recipes.  I don't intend for this to turn into anything big other than to keep me motivated to stick to our plan.  While I've been very good at making and mostly sticking to our menus each week, I don't save the weeks prior.  I hope this blog will help me remember what we have eaten in the past and if we liked it.  And, maybe someday down the road if I decide to get even more fancy...I might even take a picture of what the food looks like. 

I am nowhere near a good cook.  I am a very picky eater.  And I pretty much try to make things that are fast and easy.  I wouldn't come here looking for any great culinary inspiration.  I'm just a mom trying to save a few bucks (who isn't these days?) while learning to like to cook.  Wish me luck!