Meal Plan Monday: Relying on Leftovers and Precooking to Make It Through the Week

Meal Plan Monday

After several meal plan failures last week, I am determined not to fall down the mealtime rabbit hole this week.  I was exhausted after work each day, and I need to make sure that something is ready to microwave or toss in the oven if the same thing happens this week.

I’m going to try two new dishes, one a slow cooker dish and one not, but I have hopes that both will last most of the week.  Also, we are hoping (after two failed starts) to eat a hot dog for supper at the new Sam’s Club that opened Thursday.  It is now the closest grocery store to our house.

Saturday:  baked smoked sausage with cheese (cut the sausage part of the way through, fill with cheese, and bake), Caesar salad (from a kit bought as reduced produce at Kroger), strawberries, baked garlic bread (made from hot dog buns)

Sunday:  breakfast for supper fried ham slices/bacon/or homemade sausage, biscuits, eggs, fruit, tomato slices, eggs

Monday:  hot dog and drink at Sam’s

Tuesday:  Chicken Spaghetti Casserole (from The Recipe Girl Cookbook but it is not the same one found on the website)

Wednesday:  Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches (from The Recipe Girl Cookbook and the Recipe Girl website)

Thursday:  leftovers

Friday:  leftovers/pizza grilled cheese/hot dogs

Saturday:  grilled something

Sunday:  fish and fries

As always, I plan to link up with OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday.

What are you planning this week?

Cent Saving Saturday: Know Your Stores’ Savings Policies Better Than the Employees (And Print Them Out, Too!)

Cent Saving Saturday(Edited for clarity, not for content:  After rereading this post, I realized that there were several grammatical mistakes/word omissions, etc.)

I haven’t written in over a week.  School began again, and this is always a huge schedule adjustment.  Just when I think I have it all straightened out, something new (or that I’ve forgotten) gets thrown into the mix.  My home laptop (the laptop I am presently using to write this post) has spent as many hours at work this week as I have.  It has become my main classroom computer as the “under construction” phase of my classroom continues.  Hopefully, all will be set and ready soon.

In the meantime, school and life goes on without allowances for adapted (not adaptive) technology in my classroom/changes in district technology/snafus that affect the beginning of the school year, etc.  One of my favorite coworkers reminded me (in a voice best used for calming an insane person off of a several-stories-up building ledge) that this happens every year at the start of school.  And it does.  Without fail.  For those people who think that teaching involves simply corralling students and teaching (and is a 9-month position with no work after hours), think again.  One of my coworkers went home “early” one night this week at 6:00.  (Our school lets out before 3:00 daily.)

In the nature of under-preparation and thinking that I magically would not be exhausted after each day, I did not pre-make the week’s meals.  Mealtime did not go as smoothly.  I hope to not make that mistake again.

But y’all didn’t come here for my chaotic start to the school year.  Y’all came here for deals.  And how to save money.

I’ll start with the latter.  I am actually writing this post after shopping today, and shopping today gave me my motivation for the title of the post.

I went to Walmart today.  I’ll pause while the groans and moans go on.  I not only went to Walmart, but I went to a Walmart where I suffered a horrible experience on my most recent previous visit (involving Muffin’s haircut).

Let me just say (as the title pontificates):  Know your store’s savings policies (price matches, rain checks, and coupons) better than the store employees.  And.  Print.  Them.  Out.

So that you don’t become screeching and growling Walmart customer lady with the four-year-old in the cart.

In that, everything that happened was my fault.  I didn’t have the policy printed out and with me (or, as I said later on the phone to Josh and my mom, stapled to my forehead with the applicable part highlighted in pink).

However…

If you are responsible for schooling employees in policy, read very, very closely:  School your employees in corporate policy.  Walmart is known for their price (“ad”) match policy.  And, for months, their print and TV ads crowed with pride that you no longer needed the print copy of the ad that you were using to price match items.  I really do not see how you could not be aware of it and be 1) a frequent Walmart customer or 2) an employee of Walmart unless 3) you were living under a rock.  (Yes, I’m still angry about what happened today.)

Kroger was my main grocery stop this week.  Albertson’s only had two items that piqued my fancy; Super 1 only had two, as well.  Since Josh is working this weekend (on call), there was no way (NO WAY!) that I was going to travel to Kroger…and Albertson’s…and Super 1…and Walmart (because I would still have to go there) by myself with Muffin.  Nope.  Not happening.  So, I chose to price match the Albertson’s and Super 1 items at Walmart.

I knew I was in trouble when the checkout employee took longer to check out the two customers in front of me than the other checker in the other line took with five customers (that had more items each than the two in front of me).  My one saving grace:  I had no coupons today.  I may have im/exploded if she told me I couldn’t use coupons.  (I’ve had an employee at our local Target tell me that you can’t use coupons on sale items.)

So, as she (finally) finished checking out the people in front of me, I told her that I had a few (four different items…multiples of a few…but four different ring-ups) items to price match.  “Do you have the ad?” was her response.

“Nope.” My response.

“Well, I can’t price match them without the ad.”  At which point my blood pressure kicked up a few points, I’m sure.  “My supervisor will get angry with me.”

“She will get angry with you for following the corporate policy…the policy for the whole company?”  I may have enunciated the end of that a bit more than necessary.

A confused look from her.  “But we don’t do that here.”

At this point, I gave up trying not to sound frustrated.  Yes.  It was childish of me.  But, I am tired of having to teach employees of a multi-national corporation their own corporate policy.  “This location does not follow the corporate policy?” (I should note that in Canada, Ontario, at least, the old price-match policy prevails–the one where you have to have the hard copy of the ad.)

“I’ve never heard of that being the policy.”

Now, I’m looking around desperately for someone with a straight jacket.  At this point, I don’t care if the straight jacket is for her…or for me.  A supervisor.  A manager.  Anyone.  I try to access the site on my phone to show her.  (I really need a new phone…it failed me)  She says, “I will do this, but just this once because I don’t want my supervisor angry with me.  We price match things the other stores don’t like eggs that are another store’s store brand.”

At which point I kindly point out that doing so is a violation of the corporate policy.

I took my receipt, thanked her, and stomped over to customer service where I dialed Josh (It only took two attempts of dialing for my phone to actually dial his number) and had him look up the price match policy on his phone.  During which the conversation went like this:

(I’m sure I growled something unintelligible about employees not knowing their policies)  “Could you look up Walmart’s price match policy?”

“Okay, but why?”

“To see if you can price match without the ad.”  I said this while staring daggers at the “supervisors” the checkout employee was so frightened of in a heightened voice.

“Uhm.  You know you can.”  Josh recognizing that voice coming from me.

“Yes, but obviously they don’t,” through clenched teeth.

He read it off, including the part where the ad is not necessary to price match.  So, (yes, again childishly) I walked over to the supervisor kiosk (or cubicle) to inform the individual there that there are employees who don’t seem to know the store’s policies.

From the corporate office.  In Bentonville.

She icily informed me that all of the employees did.  At which point I snarled, “Well, whoever checked me out didn’t.”  I waved my receipt in her face for her to figure out which employee it was.

Now, the moral of the story is not about me being a cheapskate so that I could save a few dollars (closer to ten just on this trip).  The moral of the story is:  it is not my job to teach Walmart employees (or any retail employees) the corporate policies of their career.  But, if it takes me printing out the policies of the stores I frequent so that I may hand them over to the employees who seem to have never heard of the most well-known of the corporate policies, I will do so.

Here is the address of Walmart’s corporate ad match guarantee:  http://corporate.walmart.com/ad-match-guarantee.  I have it pretty much memorized, including the part that this Walmart location did totally incorrectly (matching another store brand’s items with their store brand’s items for the sale price).

Here’s the deals I did get:

Kroger

Dr. Pepper 2 L 79 cents limit of 8

Eggs 99 cents/dozen

Bartlett pears 99 cents/pound

Eddy smoked sausage 2/$5

Hormel Natural Choice lunch meat 2/$6

Paper Mate Write Bros. pens, 10 pack 3/$1

Kroger sour cream 4/$5

Idahoan boxed potatoes 87 cents

Albertson’s (price matched with Walmart…after the ordeal)

large cantaloupe 99 cents ($1.50 Walmart price)

Nestle, Wonka, Sweettarts, Spree singles 3/99 cents (limit 6) (74 cents Walmart price–I bought 6 Butterfingers–the only item that met the sale)

Super 1 (price matched with Walmart…after the ordeal)

Oscar Mayer shaved lunchmeat, the “one pounder” $1.97 (nearly $4 at Walmart)

Little Debbie snacks $1.27 ($1.78 at Walmart–I bought 2)

What deals did you find this week?  Have you ever had a problem with any companies following their corporate policies?

 

Funny Muffin Friday: Muffin the Builder (To the tune of Bob the Builder)

Funny Muffin Friday

Today when I picked up Muffin from my parents’ house after my first full day with students this year, he told me that he wanted to see me say “Oh wow!”  He has been building towers again, and this is his latest creation.

I love his imagination and creativity.  Oddly enough, when I told my last period class about him, they seemed more interested in his Lego building than anything.  Well…that and his love of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Note:  He was most upset this morning that he could not wear his orange TMNT shirt this morning (because it had to be washed).

I hope everyone who is going back to school (or has little ones returning back to school) enjoys a fruitful, productive, and brilliant year.  For my in-laws up north who live in areas that won’t be beginning the next school year until after Labor Day…yes.  We are back in school.  On August 7.  But…we will be out again at the end of May.

Welcome back to school, everyone!

Meal Plan Monday: Back to Work Full-Time

Meal Plan Monday

This week brings a return to work full time.  I am planning to make it a fairly low-key foodie week, with a three-in-one meal of chili and prep for the chili and another dish on the weekend.

I hope to compile a list in next week’s Meal Plan Monday post that will detail foods that can be prepped on the weekend and either compiled and cooked quickly on the weekday or cooked completely on the weekend and reheated on the weekday.  This list will help me and others prepare for the busy meals of the week.

But here is the best I could scratch up for the week:

Saturday:  La Madeleine’s Tomato-Basil soup and grilled cheese sandwiches

Sunday:  fried rice

Monday:  Texas Hash (prepped Sunday):  See the recipe below.

Tuesday:  chili (prepped Sunday) and cornbread

Wednesday:  Frito pies with leftover chili

Thursday:  chili cheese dogs with leftover chili with any vegetables ready from the garden

Friday:  Pizza grilled cheese with pasta sauce for dipping (may save some of the pineapple to do a Hawaiian one again)

Saturday:  grilled hot wings and fries (maybe with grilled baked beans)

Sunday:  burgers (I want to do something special with them.  Maybe I will check out some of The Slow Roasted Italian‘s recipes)

Growing up, one of my favorite dinners was my mom’s Texas Hash.  I doubt it will have ground beef this time (I may use ground pork or ground turkey).  I loved the idea of the meat and rice and tomatoey goodness and the bell pepper and onion and the most exotic spice of my early childhood…chili powder!  Chili powder was great for many things when I was young:  Texas Hash, chili, taco seasoning, and sprinkled in my mom’s and grandmother’s variations of beefy vegetable soup.  As I grew older (and we purchased a microwave), the preparation was even faster.  This is a great one-dish meal that is great with the pineapple-cheese salad.

But, here it is:

(Mom’s Texas Hash, that is)

Family Heirloom Recipes

Texas Hash
(Adapted from my mom)

1 pound ground beef (or turkey or pork), browned and crumbled

1 cup rice (before cooking), cooked according to package directions (Mom now uses brown rice, but my favorite method of preparation is white rice.)

one large bell pepper, diced

one large onion, diced (preferably white or yellow)

one 8-ounce can tomato sauce

one can (14-16 ounces) diced tomatoes (I used petite diced)

one tablespoon (or to taste) chili powder (Make sure you use chili with an “i” rather than an “e” and that you use chili powder, not chili seasoning)

Brown and crumble the ground meat.  In a large casserole dish (microwave safe if you are using the microwave, oven-safe if you are using an oven) combine meat, rice (cooked), and chili powder.  Taste and add more chili powder, if desired (but keep in mind if you are preparing this for a spice-phobe that cooking the dish will intensify the heat slightly).  Zap in the microwave (or saute in a pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray) the onion and bell pepper until softened.  Stir this mixture into the meat and rice.  Stir in the tomato sauce and undrained can of tomatoes.  Either microwave for 6-8 minutes or bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  If you prepare ahead of time, prep it to this point and then bake in a 350 degree oven for 40-50 minutes (or until heated through).

Serve with taco sauce, extra chili powder, salsa/picante sauce, sour cream (Josh), or ketchup.  I’ve been known to drizzle it with a bit of honey when I was younger (for that sweet heat feel).  This goes well with the pineapple cheese salad and bread and butter.

As usual, I will be linking up with OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday.

What is on your meal plan this week?

La Madeleine’s Tomato Basil Soup: A Post to Dallas, With Love

I’ve toyed with several openings to this post.  But…I should probably begin at the beginning.

Once upon a time, I went to Dallas.  This was nothing unusual.  From the time I was 13, Dallas was one of my favorite traveling destinations.  My sister and brother-in-law lived in the area for a few years, so my later adolescence and early adulthood were measured in trips to visit them, and go to some of my favorite places.  I remember one time when my mom and my sister went to a rubber stamp convention (in Grapevine, I think), so my brother-in-law and I went around to various places.  Basically, that day had one goal:  to cram as many mall visits as we could into one day.  I can’t remember if we visited 6…or 7…or was it 8, but I remember the fun I had that day.

Dallas was the city where I first tried Starbucks:  in the Dallas Galleria (called Galleria Dallas) on the second floor overlooking the ice skaters below.  My mom and I tried Caramel Macchiatos that day, and we were hooked.  At that time, there were no Starbucks in northwest Louisiana (and wouldn’t be for six more years), so Starbucks remained a Dallas-visit guilty pleasure.

In the same mall, on the “rink level,” there used to be a restaurant that became synonymous with Dallas visits.  (Yes, used to:  Note to Galleria Dallas management that may or may not ever read this post:  crawl to the owners of La Mad and beg for the return.  Note to owners of La Mad:  please return to the Galleria.  You are much needed missed.)  Designed around the French country kitchen theme, La Madeleine (La Mad to those that are drooling hungrily) has several yummies on the menu.  My original “poison” of choice was the cup of tomato-basil soup and a potato galette (and I have tried in vain to find a recipe for their potato galette, to no avail).  There were the breads with the jams, particularly the orange marmalade.  The bread at the time (I don’t know if the same is true today) was pretty much limitless and of many different sliced rustic varieties.  I can’t remember when we asked the oh-so-necessary question about the possibility of purchasing the marmalade (The jars of tomato basil soup were available for purchase in the restaurant at the time), but I remember the looks of shock on my mom and sister’s face when we were told by an employee that the marmalade was Smucker’s brand.

The soup is very acidic; we thought for sure there was lemon in the soup.  When, a few years later, I discovered a recipe online for the soup from one of the chefs at the restaurant and published in either the Fort Worth Star-Telegram or the Dallas Morning News, I received another La Mad-related shock:  there was absolutely no lemon juice in it whatsoever.  I began making the recipe and tweaking it slightly in my attempt to make it even more “La Mad-y.”

As the recipe attests, the soup is by no means low cal or low fat.  A stick of butter and a cuppa cream go in each batch.  This is one of those calorie splurges and worth every bite.  (Note:  I did taste it after pureeing it, and it was still yummy…just not La Mad yummy.)  I remember once becoming very protective of the soup.  We were in line behind two women who obviously were not fans of cream, butter, carbs, fats, sugar, or anything of the sort.  I remember the high pitched shriek of horrific disdain when an employee of La Mad asked them if they wanted the tomato basil soup: “Ohmigah, that is sooooo fattening!  No wayyy!”

I can understand eating in moderation, but I can’t understand (as I may have mentioned before) hating food.  These individuals clearly hated food.

In another interesting note:  after making the meal plan for this week, I actually had another (local) restaurant’s tomato-basil soup this week.  One of my coworkers seated at the table had never tried it and asked me what I thought of it.  I said it was good (and was about to gush about La Mad’s being better) when another coworker (who was also eating the soup) began gushing about the tomato basil soup that she was eating.  Sorry, not to be a downer about local restaurants, but that soup cannot hold a candle to La Mad’s.

Basically, that soup made me only crave La Mad’s some more.  I keep hoping that one will open locally, but so far, no such luck.

Dallas, by the way, was also the site of my honeymoon.  In fact, Josh and I breakfasted at La Mad at least once on our honeymoon trip (at the old Galleria location).

So, Saturday night was Souper Saturday.  Not intentionally, but we’ve had a bit of cooler weather lately, so it didn’t heat up the kitchen too much.  I can’t remember the last time that we didn’t top at 100 degrees at the start of August.  I’m lovin’ it!

Our basil plant is really hopping, which is the real reason that I wanted to make the soup.  Seriously, Josh snipped off two or three sprigs this morning, and you cannot even notice that he picked any.

I had to call my mom for amounts because, years ago, I made a scrapbook cookbook that I gave to her that had (at the time) my most recent incarnation of the soup.  That was my only copy of the recipe, and I couldn’t find the original source that I had found online years ago (It didn’t matter because I had tweaked it to the point that my recipe didn’t resemble the original…much).

Here’s what I did, today, that made the closest approximation to the soup that I have ever made:

With the tomato basil soup, we ate grilled cheese.

La Madeleine’s Tomato Basil Soup

4 (14-16 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes, liquid reserved (I used 2 cans that were 28 ounces each)

1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste

12-14 basil leaves (I used somewhere close to 20 or so leaves)

2 cans chicken broth (I used a 32-ounce carton)

1 stick of butter (Do not use margarine!)

1 cup whipping cream/heavy cream/heavy whipping cream

fresh cracked black pepper, to taste

Drain the tomato juice into the soup pot.  Using one hand, pierce and crush each tomato by hand into the soup pot.  Discard any tomato peel remnants (more than likely there will be some).  Note:  This is a very messy process.  Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before crushing the tomatoes (and I always plan a bath for after to avoid orange nails).  Wash the basil leaves carefully and then pull them off of the stem.  Add them to the pot.  Stir in the tomato paste.  Pour in the broth.  Bring the heat under the pot to medium-medium high.  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly (because the tomato and the basil will stick to the bottom of the pot and scorch if you aren’t careful).  When you stir it and the mixture continues to boil, lower the heat to 2-3 (medium-low) and let simmer 30 minutes.  After 30 minutes, you have a few options, most of which are messy…but worth it.  I used an immersion blender to mince the basil and puree the tomatoes.  Some people choose to use a blender or a food processor.  If you use the immersion blender while the mixture is still hot, be prepared for burning splatters.  And let me just say, OUCH!  If you don’t use an immersion blender, make sure you return the mixture to the soup pot.

If the mixture has cooled, bring the heat slowly back up under medium-low heat.  The goal is to make the mixture warm enough to serve (and also warm enough for what happens next).  Melt the butter using the heat of the tomato mixture, stirring to allow the mixture to emulsify.  Pour in cream and stir.  Taste.  Add pepper to taste (I used close to a teaspoon, but I’ve seen recipes that call for as little as 1/4 teaspoon).  Serve with whatever floats your dinghy, in Saturday’s case:  grilled cheese.


My mom and I had an interesting conversation about grilled cheese when I called her for the recipe amounts yesterday.  I’ve recently discovered the joy of using mayo as the fat in the grilled cheese (that which makes grilled cheese all brown and crispy).  Mayo also is easier to spread than butter.  My mom is a butter proponent and melts the butter to brush on her grilled cheese.  I like my mom’s grilled cheese; don’t get me wrong.  But I think I would call the mayo-method grilled cheese “croque monsieur grilled cheese.”  The eggy compounds in the mayo lead to an almost French toast browning of the surface.  La Mad serves croque monsieurs (or they did at some point), so I feel that this is a nod to the “French-ness” of the dinner.

What is your favorite soup and sandwich combo?

This recipe was totally Muffin Approved.  He loved drinking the soup from a little condiment bowl as a sample and adored dunking his grilled cheese triangles in his mug o’ soup.

And (for all of you naysayers about the fat content of the soup) remember that cooked tomatoes contain more lycopene than any other food, with the exception of watermelon.  This is very important for masculine health.  So eat up on cooked tomato product, guys!

Muffin Approved

I should note that I did not let Muffin help with the tomato crushing.  I can’t even do this without squirting tomato innards all over the place (the goosh factor), so I didn’t want to see what Muffin would do to the kitchen as a result.

Cent-Saving Saturday: Make a List and Whittle It Down Twice

Cent Saving Saturday

I don’t usually purchase all of the items that I list each week (and since posting both the North Bay ads and the northwest Louisiana ads recently, that would make no sense anyway).  But sometimes I look through the list and think, “I really don’t need that.  Or really want it.  Regardless of what a good price it is.”  Remember:  you aren’t saving money if you are saving money on an item you will never use.  It’s taking me and my hoarding tendencies a while to get a handle on it.  And it’s still a work in progress.

This week, for example, was an already sparse week–sale-wise–to begin with.  There were some great prices (the loss leaders), but the other sale prices were ho-hum.  Or maybe I’m just becoming picky.  Or the ones that were on sale were on such a great sale that the other sale prices just couldn’t measure up.

Regardless, in trying to save money for lunches, I first stripped off the Compleats.  Leftovers are cheaper (free).  And I’m hoping to have some fairly interesting leftovers.  Heck!  A hot dog is cheaper!  And since the corn on sale ends on Tuesday, and Josh is not off again until Saturday, I decided against the corn.  And Muffin likes cantaloupe more than peaches, so cantaloupe took the day over the peaches.  We are pretty good on pasta sauce (which we use for the dipper for the pizza grilled cheese), so scratch went the pasta sauce.  We are also still pretty good on the pork and boneless skinless chicken breasts so scratch and scratch again.

In other news, I pulled something in my back working on moving my classroom (actually working on unpacking it) Thursday, so here I sit typing away.  AngelKat had her reproductive organs removed, so she is uncharacteristically curled up next to me on the bed with her surgical cone collar on.  Daisy is under the bed because Muffin is running around “booing” (booming) at bad guys.  She doesn’t like the noises.

So, without further ado, here are the best of the best sales-wise this week, beginning with the local ones:

Kroger

boneless pork half loin $1.77/pound

Jennie O ground turkey $1.99/pound

whole pineapple 99 cents each

Kroger orange juice, half gallon 99 cents each, limit 3 with $10 additional purchase

Sunbeam large white bread 99 cents limit 2 with $10 additional purchase

Olathe sweet corn 8/$2

yellow peaches 99 cents/pound

V8, V8 Fusion or Ocean Spray juice cocktail $1.48 wyb 5 items in the wyb 5 sale

Capri Sun 98 cents wyb 5

Albertson’s

boneless skinless chicken breast $1.48/pound

Pepsi 2 L 88 cents wyb 6

Francesco Rinaldi pasta sauce 99 cents wyb 6

Hormel Compleats $1.49 wyb 6

cantaloupe 99 cents (Friday-Monday)

Bar S meat franks, 16 ounce package, 99 cents each limit 4 (Friday-Monday)

Mrs. Baird’s 100% whole wheat bread $1.49 limit 2 (Friday-Monday)

No Frills

Royale bathroom tissue, 15 double rolls $3.97 (limit 6)

Nestea, Lipton iced tea, Dole, Five Alive, Fruitopia, or Minute Maid individual drinks (canned?), 12 pack $3.33

large cherries $1.88/pound

Cadbury or Hershey chocolate bars 67 cents

no name canned vegetables 57 cents

Coca Cola/Pepsi 2 L 97 cents

Christie crackers (Ritz) $1.67

English cucumbers 77 cents

hot house tomatoes 87 cents/pound

new crop white potatoes, 10 pound bag $2.97

PC whole white mushrooms $1.27

Neilson or Beatrice milk 4 L $3.97

bananas 57 cents/pound

Lantic granulated white sugar, 2 kg $1.97

Food Basics

cherries $1.88/pound

Pepsi/7 Up 6 pack 710 mL bottles $1.97

Selection soft drinks 2 L 77 cents

bartlett pears 98 cents/pound

clementines, 2 pound bag, $1.98

pineapple $1.98 each

Fresh Co.

green/read seedless grapes 97 cents/pound

Sealtest chocolate milk, 1 L carton 97 cents

Puritan beef stew, canned, 99 cents

Hunt’s Snack Pack pudding, 4 count, 99 cents

Del Monte canned fruit 99 cents

blueberries, one pint, $1.49

Ontario mini seedless cucumbers, 6 pack, $1.29

Independent

bulk sweet corn 10 ears/$1.99

Tostitos tortilla chips $1.99

radishes, bunch 2/$1.50

green onions, bunch 2/99 cents

Minute Maid, Five Alive, Fruitopia, or Nestea frozen concentrate 79 cents

Sobey’s

large watermelon $3.99

HP sauce $3.99

Walmart

Nestle Pure Life water, 24 pack $2.00

Five Alive or Fruitopia 1.75 L carton $1.00

Ziploc sandwich bags, 40 count 94 cents

Target

Minute Maid frozen concentrates 4/$2.00

Also, and this is more of a freebie.  If you live near Chick-Fil-A and have the calendar card, remember this begins a new month:  a free large Coca-Cola soft drink.

How are the sales where you are at?

Meal Plan Monday: A Return to (Part-Time) Work

Meal Plan Monday

Meal Plan Monday this week is all about survival with a week’s crazy schedule.  I have a 3-day workshop today through Wednesday, and I plan on constructing my classroom on Thursday.  Josh is on call this week, so who knows his dinner status each evening (or if it will mean choke down food and head back out to a call).  Some of the choices are probably going to seem less than super healthy, but I hope it will balance out in coming weeks.

Saturday:  pork chop, grilled baby sweet peppers, quick Asian pickles (I hope to post a recipe soon)

Sunday:  Chick-Fil-A (style) chicken nuggets, fries, tomatoes from the garden (quartered Roma and a grape tomato), cucumber slices and dips

Monday:  hot dogs with whatever veggie or fruit I can find

Tuesday:  pork fried rice

Wednesday:  spaghetti (Josh is making)

Thursday:  tacos (I will try to do most of the prep earlier this week)

Friday:  La Madeleine’s tomato-basil soup, grilled cheese (although this may become pizza grilled cheese again)

Saturday:  Texas Hash, bread with butter, canned or frozen veg

Sunday:  chicken marsala/madeira and mashed potatoes

I’m not attempting anything slow cooker this week (even though the temps are going to be scary), but look for a return to slow cooker madness as I return to work full time.

As usual, I will be linking with OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday:

What are you planning this week?  What are your time-crunch go-to eats?