Monday, August 24, 2015

Weekly Savings, Menu, & Plans

Weekly Savings
*I sliced and froze more peppers from the garden.
*W and I did a big shopping trip to Sam's Club to stock up on some basics (flour, dried herbs, almonds, contact solution, etc).  This will save us in the long run as I got 25 pounds of flour for about the same that 10 pounds costs at the grocery store.
*I ordered another Christmas gift with a coupon code from Amazon.  It ended up being under budget after the coupon.
*Somehow I lost the cap to my favorite salad dressing bottle.  It is not an expensive item, but I hated to buy another just for lack of a lid.  I decided to look at the disposable condiment bottles in refrigerator.  The lid on the barbecue sauce fits perfectly.  When that is empty, I will have a replacement lid for free.

After the big shopping trip this past week, I plan to limit my grocery purchases for the next 5 weeks.  The menu will focus mainly on the freezer/pantry.

*French Bread Pizzas - I will make my own French bread and plan to make extra pizzas to freeze.
*Honey Barbecue Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, & Peas - I got a good deal on potatoes so want to do my best to use those up.  The meatloaf is a favorite of ours.
*Spaghetti Pie, Breadsticks, Salad - The spaghetti pie is from the freezer.  I will make breadsticks and homemade salad dressings.
*Taco Salads - W requested these.  I bake wheat tortilla shells into bowl shapes.  My plan is to make a double batch of taco seasoned meat and freeze the extra for a future meal.
*Fish Sandwiches and French Fries - This will be a simple meal for errand day.
*Pancakes and Turkey Sausage - Breakfast for supper is an easy and filling meal.
*Pork Chops, Au Gratin Potatoes, Peas

I have just one week to finish up this list before the start of the Holiday Grand Plan.

*Organize recipe books ~ Done.  I took out a few recipes and added in a bunch of our new favorites.

*Knit 12 hats for the Christmas shoeboxes. I did not get as many done last week as I had hoped.  I need to try to make two a day to stay on track.

*Prepare garden for fall planting. ~ I am definitely going to finish this week and plant a squash, zucchini, cucumbers, and radishes.  It is still too hot for the usual fall crops.

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