Tuesday, March 24, 2009

menu plan

Our grocery shopping and menu plan are a bit off this week. We returned home on Thursday evening to an empty refrigerator and empty cabinets. We pieced things together and ate out a couple of times on Thursday and Friday. On Friday night, we finally got our grocery shopping done. I spent $65 on groceries, which I guess wasn't too bad since we did no grocery shopping the week before. Our menu plan this week ran from Saturday until Friday. I'll have to make a new menu plan starting this weekend. Or maybe I could be creative and use what I have already in stock! Stay tuned to see... (I'll only include Tuesday through Friday, since I'm sure you don't care what we had the days previous to this :)
Wednesday- Waffles (already made in freezer) and Mangoes
Friday- Oatmeal with Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, and Raisins
Tuesday- Leftover Quiche and Grapes
Wednesday- Peanut butter and Honey Sandwiches and Quakes
Thursday- Leftover 3-Cheese Baked Spaghetti
Friday- Leftovers
Tuesday- 3-Cheese Baked Spaghetti, Homemade Bread, and Green Beans
Wednesday- Leftovers and Fresh Pineapple
Thursday- Black Beans, Grilled Veggies, and Brown Rice (in a tortilla, maybe?)
Friday- BBQ Chicken Pizza, Corn, and Cheesecake Pudding Parfaits

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

menu plan

I didn't do any major grocery shopping today. We have some things I can put together for dinners and breakfasts this week without having to buy much. I did find good price-matching deals on grapes and bananas. I also got some milk and snacks for the road. Clay is leaving for Illinois on Saturday to preach a revival for a small rural church as a part of his Revival Practicum class. The boys and I are heading to Louisiana for the week while he's away. So our Menu Plan is limited this week and there won't be a need for one next week. I'm looking forward to a break from coupon-clipping, menu planning, and grocery shopping. Our Menu Plan for this week can be found below. Happy Cooking!

Tuesday- Ziploc Bag Omelets
Wednesday- Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits
Thursday- Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies
Friday- Biscuits and Eggs
Saturday- Breakfast on the Road
Sunday and Monday- Visiting Family in Louisiana

Tuesday- Leftovers
Wednesday- Lunch with Friend
Thursday- Leftovers
Friday- Lunch at Friend's House after Bible Study
Saturday- Lunch on the Road
Sunday and Monday- Visiting Family in Louisiana

Tuesday- Brisket Sandwiches (leftover brisket and buns from freezer), Squash, and
Ranch-style Beans
Wednesday- Dinner Date with Clay!
Thursday- Leftover Stew (from Monday)
Friday- DiGiorno Pizza, Corn, and Grapes
Saturday-Monday- Visiting Family in Louisiana

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Brownie Trifle

Recipe of the Week: Brownie Trifle
I enjoy making Brownie Trifle for church gatherings or for company. It is very inexpensive and feeds a lot of people. My mom introduced me to this recipe when my future in-laws were eating over at our house one Sunday for lunch. It was a big hit then and continues to be wherever it is served. Enjoy!
1 box of brownie mix (And the ingredients needed to make the brownies listed on the box)
1 small pkg. instant chocolate pudding (I use sugar free/fat free to make it healthier :)
1 small pkg. instant vanilla pudding (Again, I use sugar free/fat free)
4 cups of milk (I use fat free, but it doesn't make a difference)
1 16 oz. container Cool Whip
Almond Toffee pieces or Butter Finger pieces (You can either purchase these candy pieces in the baking aisle, or you can buy a Heath or Butter Finger candy bar and chop it into pieces using a meat tenderizing mallet. The latter is the cheapest choice :)
Make brownies according to package directions. Set aside and allow to cool. Allow Cool Whip to soften while brownies are cooking, so that it is easier to spread. Mix puddings and milk together in a mixing bowl. Follow directions on pudding package. (Sometimes I add Cool Whip to this mixture to make it more mouse-like and sometimes I don't. It's just your preference.) Cover mixing bowl with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for 5 minutes. Crumble 1/3 of the brownies in a large bowl. (Glass containers work best because the layers can be seen.) Spoon and spread 1/3 of the pudding on top. Spread Cool Whip over the pudding. Repeat 2 more layers of brownies, pudding and Cool Whip. Sprinkle almond toffee pieces or Butter Finger pieces on top. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
I also sometimes put 1 cup of chocolate chips into the brownie batter, pudding batter, or sprinkled on top along with the candy pieces. This recipe can be changed up a lot to whatever you have on hand. Have fun and be creative!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

3.3 grocery shopping and menu plan

Total: $51.60
I have not been doing well at coupon clipping lately. I admit it takes up a lot of time. Something I do not have a lot of. Well, I have the same amount of time as everybody else, yet I choose to spend it in different ways- in ways other than clipping coupons :) So I used the sale papers today and price-matched on a ton of produce. Among my best deals were:
  • head of lettuce- $.59
  • avocados- 2/$.79
  • bunch of broccoli- $.88
  • strawberries- $1.50
  • bell peppers- 3/$1 (These were almost $1 for 1 at Walmart's regular price!)

My best deal was on Huggies Diapers. I detest paying full price for diapers, so I was pleasantly surprised with this bargain. Albertson's had jumbo packs on sale for $7.98. I price-matched two packs at this price and then used a $5/1 coupon and a $3/1 coupon which I found linked at this post on Moneysavingmom.com. My end price for the 1st pack of diapers was $2.98 and my 2nd pack was $4.98! Unbelievable!! I was able to get 2 packs for under the price Walmart was selling 1 pack at regular price!

What was my worst deal? I decided to splurge and buy tahini sauce for some hummus I'd like to make this week. The tahini cost over $6, but I do hear that it lasts a long time. And hummus is filling and good for you- tons of fiber, plus really yummy, so I took the plunge.

How did you do this week on grocery shopping? Any great deals you'd like to share?

Tuesday- Oatmeal with Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, and Raisins
Wednesday- Pancakes (from freezer) and Fruit Syrup
Thursday- Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits (with fresh strawberries :)
Friday- Sausage Biscuits (biscuits leftover from Tuesday night)
Saturday- Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies
Monday- Oatmeal with Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, and Raisins
Tuesday- Leftover Gumbo
Wednesday- Garden Veggie Soup
Thursday- Chicken Sandwiches and Carrots
Friday- Garden Veggie Soup
Saturday- Cheese Quesadillas and Refried Beans
Sunday- Lunch Out
Monday- Leftover Cornmeal Chicken
Tuesday- Whole Wheat Biscuits (Cooking Light: Low Fat/Low Cal)
Wednesday- Small Group Meal (Bringing Sweet Tea and Brownie Trifle)
Thursday- Taco Soup and Homemade Bread
Friday- Chicken Sandwiches and Hummus
Saturday- Hamburgers/Hotdogs at a friend's Birthday Party
Sunday- Cornmeal Chicken (Cooking Light: Low Fat/Low Cal), 4-Cheese Mashed Potatoes, and
Monday- Pork Stew over Rice and Homemade Bread