Thursday, October 17, 2013

Thanksgiving Grocery Challenge

Our 1/4 beef was delivered.  Our freezer is stocked.  Between the stuff I preserved from our garden, the beef, the pork we have left, and my stockpile of frozen supermarket veggies and gluten free bread we are bursting at the seams.

Then there is our pantry.  Our local grocery store has had canned beans and veggies on sale recently, so I have several cases.  I also stocked up on condensed soups of varying varieties.  During Back to School time I used coupons and great sales to stock up on our favorite breakfast cereals, cake and brownie mixes, and dry pasta.

As I was fitting the last bit of beef in the freezer I decided, we have ENOUGH food for a while. So I am giving myself a challenge.  No "big" grocery shopping until Thanksgiving.  I am budgeting $450 from October 15-November 22.  This is all groceries - my Amazon stuff, my Market Day stuff, take out pizza night, and my biweekly produce delivery.  Keep in mind, I have a gluten free kid and his groceries are expensive which is why I budgeted $75 a week instead of $50.

My plan for the extra is holiday shopping!  Check back and see how I do.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

This Mom Recommends an Online Health Coach

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Cooking Ahead weekends

Since we are all so busy, I have taken it upon myself to use Saturday and Sunday mornings to Cook Ahead for the week.

Here is what I am doing this weekend:
  • Boiled a dozen eggs
  • Baked a 5 lb of potatoes
  • Cooked 2 chickens in the crock pot
  • Boiled a box of pasta (regular and gluten free)
  • Made blueberry muffins (with freshly frozen blueberries)
  •  Browned 4 lbs of ground beef and made taco meat to freeze

It does take some pressure off the week and gives the kids some quick grab items.

What are your favorite Make Ahead items?

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Fall Meal Planning

This school year started with us running.  #1 to football and Boy Scouts, #2 to horseback riding, #3 to hockey and swimming and #4 to Baby Ballerinas.  Also factor in religious education and school work, WOW!

Our meals have become a victim to my lack of planning.  Kid #3, the "planner" of the family has helped me come up with a plan.  It has sort of gone with way before the plan, but knowing what's for dinner before dinner really does help.

Monday is Hodgepodge day.  We eat the weekend leftovers.
Tuesday is call crock pot day. (Or soup for dinner)
Wednesday is breakfast for dinner day.
Thursday is our busiest night and we have pizza.
Friday is "real dinner' night.  I try to cook a real dinner.
Saturday is restaurant night. (Sometimes we switch Friday and Saturday)
Sunday is sit down dinner night.

The kids know what day it is and it cuts down on the "I don't want..." *Cuts down, does not eliminate!

What is for dinner at your house????