Meal Plan & Grocery Haul

Hello! I hope you all had a great weekend.  Ours was busy and SO fun.  We had co-op classes Friday morning and then the afternoon was spent grocery shopping. Then a lot of catch-up/cleaning on Saturday along with an evening of games with my oldest stepson and his family.  Then we lost an hour on Sunday! Ha! Church and an afternoon with my mom. We were just worn out from the activities and time change. I really didn’t want to do much today but rest and recover.

 I did have to finalize my meal plan and thought I would share with you. I have the grocery haul video at the bottom of this post.  I plan from Friday to Thursday since I always grocery shop on Fridays.  So let’s get right to it….

Friday: We had pizza. The boys had one from Aldi and I made a low-carb pizza for Bo and me
Saturday: We had a lot of yummy appetizer-type foods for our game night.
Sunday: We really didn’t have dinner. We kind of just snacked around and everyone fended for themselves.
Monday: Bruschetta Chicken on the grill with a side and veggie side.
Tuesday: Taco Tuesday!!
Wednesday: Fish and salad
Thursday: Grilled chicken/veggie kabobs

That’s it! Nothing inspiring.  I didn’t plan well last week before grocery shopping so our meal plan isn’t exciting at all. Ha!  I hope you all have a fabulous week! I hope your Monday hasn’t been terribly difficult with the time change.  I’ll see you later!

Below is my YouTube video of the grocery haul. I’ve just started on YouTube so be kind. Ha! It’s harder than it looks!!!

Christie 💙

Weekly Plan…Menu and More.

I love Lora’s idea of posting not just her weekly menu but her whole week’s plan as well.  Not only is there more accountability when it comes to the weekly report at the end of the week, but it will be fun to see how my plans match up with what I actually accomplish each week.

So here goes:

Monday-

  • Grocery shopping is an absolute must….or we may starve.
  • Full day of schoolwork including working on getting the history pocket pages caught up and doing all of the notebooking for the first chapter in botany.
  • Turn in time for payroll.
  • Submit weekly invoice.
  • Print all business-related paperwork for last week.
  • Finish my library book list.
  • Catch up weekend laundry.
  • Dinner: grilled chicken, corn on the cob, salad.

Tuesday-

  • Full day of schoolwork.
  • Storytime at the library and pick up available book from my list.
  • Finish my shopping list for February children’s ministry curriculum for church.
  • Download March’s curriculum and start editing.
  • Deep clean my bedroom and bath.
  • Make and deliver a meal to a friend who just had a BABY!
  • Dinner: enchiladas, refried beans, Spanish rice, and salad.

Wednesday-

  • Full day of schoolwork including a LOT of reading and researching on our history fair projects.
  • Clean out school closet.
  • File paperwork.
  • Prepare next week’s meal plan and grocery list.
  • Dinner: pulled venison BBQ sandwiches (we’re giving it a try!), baked tots, veggie tray.

Thursday-

  • Three R’s only for schoolwork. Maybe sneak in some botany if we have time.
  • Tear down Jan theme in CM at church, decorate Feb theme, and prepare for Sunday services.
  • Dinner: vegetable beef soup and cornbread

Friday-

  • A little history fair project reading but no schoolwork.
  • Grocery and CM shopping.
  • Drop off and organize CM supplies on the way home.
  • Dinner: grilled boneless pork chops, steamed veggies, and salad.

Saturday-

  • Hang out with Daddy.
  • LifeGroup.
  • Dinner: at LifeGroup…to be decided later in the week.

Sunday-

  • Church
  • Lunch out with Daddy!

Somewhere in there I’d also like to get the garage cleaned out and re-organized but we’ll see what day is the warmest before putting that on the to-do list. Also the boys absolutely need hair cuts this week so we’ll shoot for that to be done on whichever day ends up being the shortest. 

When we aren’t with Bo for the week, my goal is to always get EVERYTHING that needs to be done for the week absolutely taken care of before Saturday so we can spend the whole weekend just hanging out with him.  Since we’ve been with gone so much this month, I’m sure there are a few things I haven’t realized yet that will need attention before the end of the week.  All those *little* things tend to be neglected on weeks we’re out of town.

Well that was fun!  I can’t wait to see how well I stick to the list. One of my 2012 goals is to become more organized….I hope this will make doing that a little easier and more fun.

Menu Plan Monday

Totally pulling from my Pinterest Yummy Recipe board this week!  I am NOT a cook.  I cannot stand to cook anything……usually.  I like to stick to the easy peasy simple recipes that we already use and I love more than anything to just throw everything on the grill.  However for some reason I am SO excited to try some new recipes next week with only one grill night. Eeeeek!

Monday-Beef Stroganoff and a salad.

Tuesday-Pizza Casserole and a veggie tray.  This might make a good youth group meal.  We’ll see… 🙂

Wednesday-Chicken Enchilada Pasta with whole wheat pasta and a veggie tray.  Giving it a try before making it for the youth group.

Thursday-Leftover night!!

Friday-Grilled Chicken Bruschetta, crusty garlic bread, and steamed broccoli.

Saturday-Life Group Night…..Spicy Chicken Tortilla Roll-ups and some regular pinwheels.  If I have time, Pull-Apart Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread

Sunday-Roasted Lemon Garlic Herb Shrimp add chicken over brown rice and a veggie tray.

I would love to make a little time to give these a try too.
Calzones-for lunch and to freeze for later lunches.
Ham and cheese cresent rolls-for lunch.
these pumpkin muffins or this pumpkin cream cheese bread-snack/breakfast.

Hopefully I can add a few new recipes to our faves and I’ll definitely need to add more recipes to my pinterest board! 🙂 

Time to make a grocery list!

Menu Plan Monday

If you know me, you know that I desperately need a plan….for everything…in my life.  Otherwise, I’ll probably forget and whatever it is won’t get done……or will get done but under great amounts of stress {and possible snarling and growling}.  If left to my own devices, I’m a seriously and tragically disorganized person.  Even sometimes when I get great plans in place, I forget about them.  {Scary that I homeschool my boys, huh?  No worries, they are thriving and learning….despite their crazy mama.}

I finally got a clue after a stressful year of non-planning that I really need to put some seriously energy into planning to plan, actual planning, and planning to use my plans.  I have been working hard all month to get our whole school year planned and printed.  I still have plenty of work to do, but as each subject gets planned and organized, my stress level just keeps getting lower and lower.

So does it make sense that my usual meal plan is to just fly by the seat of my pants?  Something that I could make SO much easier and less stressful for myself {and the fam who have to live in my chaos} by just PLANNING OUR MEALS.

I’ve been watching a friend faithfully plan her meals each week and every time I say “ok, let’s do this thing.”  But then the weekend gets away from me and I start the week in meal preparing chaos…again.

Well not anymore.  Here we go…week one.  Nothing fancy…..since I’m planning on the fly. 😉

Monday-{game night} Easy Peasy Good Old-Fashion Sloppy Joes, chips, and veggie tray.
Tuesday-Easy Italian Pasta Bake and a salad.
Wednesday-Pizza with Grandparents.
Thursday-Lime Chicken, steamed veggies, and brown rice.
Friday-Tacos/taco salad, beans, and rice.

Weekend-Since Kaleb’s birthday party is Saturday afternoon, we’ll probably just have simple sandwiches and chips for lunch, and Bo is in charge of Saturday dinner {I’m hoping he smokes a chicken!}.  Lunch on Sundays is usually sandwiches or hamburgers, and dinner is with our Life Group.

Also sometime this week, I’m making most of these foods for lunches, snacks, and breakfasts.  I’m making a double or triple of the pasta dish tomorrow….eat one, freeze one or two.  Our whole wheat chocolate chip pancakes have been a HUGE hit so I’ll probably make more of those next week.

Here’s to an AWESOME week of PLANNED meals!!