Tuesday, August 4, 2015

August: I will try

Where in the world is this summer going? The weather has completely sucked in Indiana so I feel like we didn't even get a summer at all. And my kids start school on the 12th - what! Not cool summer time, not cool at all.

Last month my focus was on getting the front room of our house painted. Well I successfully bought paint (on sale) and turned in my rebate (that's like a double sale). And then the paint sat in the room for a solid 3.5 weeks. Whoops.

Second goal was to plan a family fun activity like going to the drive-in. Well with all the rain,the movies never happened. This was a rousing success on trying things this month! Not ...
Here's what I'll be trying for August:
  • After school organization: Both girls will start school in about a week. That means once I get home there is dinner to be made, homework to handle, papers to be gone through and the normal household things that need to get done. I'd like to get a plan in place to handle all this without going crazy! Any and all tips are welcome!!
  • Get back to running: I have the opportunity to run in the largest race in our area (4 mile, 10k or half are all offered) for free. I'm nervous to even sign up because I have really slacked on the running this year. The race is mid-September and I've run it the past 4 years so I sort of feel like I have to. If I can get back into running more regularly I'll register for the 4 mile as I know I couldn't pull off the 10k again without more practice.

Do you have any goals or plans for August?

Monday, August 3, 2015

Meal Plan Week #31

After last week I matched up a lot of our sales with our meal plan I realized I saved a good amount of money at the store. So I'm trying it again this week. I don't like to match up every single day of the week's meal with something on sale, but a few key sides or main proteins certainly helps out and isn't too hard. In case you are curious about my sale prices, I shop at Kroger.

MONDAY: Hot Dogs & Brats with Corn on the Cob and Grapes
I bought brats awhile back on sale and hot dogs are $1 a pack this week - corn is also 10 for $3 and grapes are $0.99/lb so this will make for a nice, easy and inexpensive meal.

TUESDAY: Bean Burritos
I made refried beans and we still have a batch in the freezer. Hopefully we'll have a few more tomatoes from the garden to use on our burritos as well!

WEDNESDAY: Paninis with Watermelon
Our favorite bread is on sale for paninis (under $3 a loaf) and watermelon is just $3.99 this week. Oh and sliced cheese is on special too ($1.49 each). Yum!

THURSDAY: Buffalo Style Mozzarella Pork Chops with Asparagus
My kids love asparagus, I can't ever remember liking it when I was little. But it is just $1.99/lb this week and if my kids don't love this new pork chop recipe at least I know they will eat their veggies :) Oh and pork chops are just $1.99/lb this week.

FRIDAY: Dinner Out
There's a little place called The Stand. They have glorified junk food (walking tacos, coney dogs, ice cream, things like that) but I don't think we've ever taken the kids. It will be our last Friday of summer treat!

Do you meal plan based on what's on sale or do you make whatever sounds good?

Monday, July 27, 2015

Meal Plan Week #30

First off, I'm shocked that I have stuck with meal planning as long as I have. This is week 30 of 2015 and we're still going strong! Meal planning has made my life so much easier and has made dinner time less of a struggle at our house. This week I really tried to tailor my meal plan to what we already have in the kitchen and what is on sale at the store.

MONDAY: Grilled Cheese Pizza Sandwiches
We have leftover pizza sauce and pepperoni from last week's homemade pizza so this meal is a perfect way to use those items up! I think I'll even throw some veggies on mine this time.


WEDNESDAY: Spaghetti with Green Beans and Garlic Bread
Green beans are on sale this week at the store and what goes better with them than spaghetti?

THURSDAY: Kebabs on the Grill with Peach Salsa
I was inspired by this recipe but it sounds way too complex for me. I always have chicken or pork on hand for making kebabs and peaches are on sale this week too. 

FRIDAY: Turkey Burgers on the Grill with grilled potato slices
I like to take red potatoes and slice them thin with some onions and olive oil, salt and pepper and put them in a foil packet on the grill. They can cook up right alongside our burgers. 

What's for dinner tonight at your house?