Monday, May 12, 2014

In the Kitchen...Menu Plan May 12 - 15

In spite of my best laid plans, I did not stick to the meal plan last week.  The good news is, we still ate at home nearly all the time and only picked up fast food once.  Honestly, I can't remember what we actually ate, except I know I made bacon cheeseburger puffs with oven fries, ham and beans, and homemade weiner wraps and home fried potato chips.  Other than that, I honestly can't remember.  Ham and beans was the only thing I crossed off of last week's list.

Here's what's on the menu for this week:

Tuna casserole
Scalloped potatoes and ham
Chicken and broccoli impossible pie
Taco salad (Fred Meyer has an awesome Doritos coupon this week, by the way)

That's it for this week.  Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy, as my daughter would say.  Hubby will be on his own all weekend and goodness knows what he'll eat.

Hope everyone has a great week, and remember to visit Menu Plan Monday at for all your menu planning needs!

Sunday, May 04, 2014

In the Kitchen...Menu Plan May 4 - 9

I wonder how many of these "time to get back on the menu plan!" posts I have on this blog.  It's one of those things that I know I *should* do, but sometimes I just get lazy.  Actually, even when I don't have one posted here, there's usually a list on the "board of possibilities" on the fridge that I can work from.  At the moment, that board is empty as we've eaten everything that was on it.

About six weeks ago we looked at our spending and decided if we were going to move forward with any of our plans, we needed to really focus on sticking to our budget.  Next to the mortgage, food is our biggest expense (and depending on how the month goes, sometimes it even surpasses the mortgage.  So we're trying hard to stick to the budget.  Last month I was within $60.  This month, a trip to Costco with daughter in tow completely blew it out of the water. 

So now my focus is on using what we have.  I've been slowly whittling away at our over-stuffed pantry.  I found room to put my new ice cream maker in there, so that's progress.  Eventually I hope to have a whole section dedicated to kitchen equipment, because my cupboards are overstuffed with pans and small appliances (gadget girl here!). 

In a couple of months, I'm going to be getting five farm-raised local chickens, so I need to make room in the freezer for those.  I'm really excited about that - local chicken is hard to come by around here!

This week, I need to use up sprouting potatoes and broccoli.  Speaking of broccoli, which makes me think of broccoli beef (word association!), I need to find a new cut of beef for making broccoli beef.  We've been using hangar steak, which we LOVE LOVE LOVE, but it's $8 a pound now or something ridiculous like that, and I can't justify that while we're trying to scale back.  Flank steak would be perfect but it's even more expensive.  Thinking about bottom round but I need to do a little research online and see what other people are using. 

And so, without further adieu (er, total babbling), I present...our menu plan.

Scalloped potatoes and ham (this will only have two cheeses this time!)
Chicken and Broccoli impossible pie
Chicken Strips and Oven Fries
Grilled sausages with black bean and rice salad (salad recipe from this  cookbook)
Ham and Beans (I will likely use a different kind of beans as I'm not fond of limas, though I do have butterbeans (large limas) in my pantry).

What's cooking in your kitchen?

Have a great week!  And, as always, remember to visit Menu Plan Monday at for more menu planning ideas than you ever imagined!