Meal Plan Monday: The Out of Town Edition

(The graphic seems to not want to insert, but y’all know what it looks like.)

This week, I will be out of town for an all-expenses-paid conference that will be super exciting!  I’ve been looking forward to it with anticipation for months, ever since I found out I was selected.  I’ve been reading and readying materials and supplies for it for the last several weeks, and I can’t believe it’s almost here.

However, in the spirit of the blog, I’m going to leave you a full Meal Plan Monday post (without the graphic grr), with lots of neat stuff to eat.

Where will Muffin be?  With his Granny and Granddaddy. (Thanks, Mom and Daddy!)  He’s looking so forward to his mini-vacay with them.

Josh has to work all four days, so he’s not coming along either.

So, here’s the meal plan, some real, some not.

Saturday:  grilled pork chops, grilled eggplant parmesan (recipe forthcoming), buttery garlic mushrooms, watermelon

Sunday:  Josh and Ren ate–after a day chasing after Pokemon and Poke-stops (that surely is a Thoughtful Thursday post forthcoming) I was too tired to eat, but I think they had macaroni and cheese

Monday:  tacos

Tuesday:  Ranch Chicken Enchiladas (originally from Life in the Lofthouse), rice, beans

Wednesday:  Make-Your-Own-Frittata Bar, fruit

Thursday:  leftovers or hot dogs

Friday:  pizza

Saturday:  Asian style leg-quarters in the Crockpot, rice, peas

Sunday:  roast and potatoes, onions, garlic, and carrots

What’s on your meal plan for the week?

Meal Plan Monday: The Josh Is Gone for Part of the Time Meal Plan

Meal Plan Monday

Well, I know it’s a bit late.  I’m a bit busy getting everything ready for a trip next week and coming down from being in single-parent mode the last few days while Josh was away in Alexandria for work and my back was locked up tight.

On the upside, Muffin decided to wait on me hand-and-foot, including serving me breakfast (pop tart) in bed.

But y’all came here for the menus!

Saturday:  BBQ chicken, crescent rolls

Sunday:  roast beef in au jus, crescent rolls, ligonberry preserves

Monday:  burritos (made with leftover roast beef mixed with taco seasoning), chips and Rotel dip

Tuesday:  spaghetti and meatballs

Wednesday:  Make-Your-Own fritatta bar

Thursday:  leftovers or hot dogs

Friday:  pizza

Saturday:  grilled something

Sunday:  roasted something

What’s on your meal plan for this week?

Meal Plan Monday: A Second Week of Eating the Theme Nights

Meal Plan Monday

Happy Fourth of July!  As you are reading this post, I (probably) am scurrying about the kitchen, prepping the fruit and veggie trays as well as the beans for supper tonight at my parents’.

In keeping with my most-popular post (I don’t get it!), I am again trying to eat by the daily themes.  Last week went really well, but I realized that we almost always follow the plan regardless on the whole.


Schezwan Saturday:  Crock Pot Cashew Chicken (Favorite Family Recipes), rice, veg and fruit tray

Sunday dinner:  20-40 Garlic Clove Slow Cooker Chicken (A Year of Slow Cooking), stuffing, peas

Fourth of July Monday:  hot dog bar, baked beans, veg tray, fruit tray

Taco Tuesday:  Beef Nacho Pie (Taste of Home), avocado salad, fruit


Waffle Wednesday:  make-your-own mini quiches, fruit

Thrifty Thursday:  leftovers or hot dogs

Friday:  pizza from Little Caesar’s

Saturday:  dinner in Dallas

Sunday:  dinner on home from Dallas

What is on your meal plan this week?

Cent-Saving Saturday: Sometimes Items on Sale Are Cheaper Elsewhere

Cent Saving Saturday

So…we’ve all been there.  We are doing the price comparison perusal trying to find the rock-bottom sale price for each item.  If you are like me, as you are creating your list and checking it twice, you are also shocked to find that, when writing down the sales price for an item which is awesome, you find yourself slashing through it (as I always write in ink) as you find lower and lower prices.

That happened twice this week.

Albertson’s had cherries for $2.49/pound.  A pretty decent price.  Super 1 had them for $1.99/pound.  Even better.  Then, my eyes bugged out when I saw Brookshire’s.  I’m going to keep you in suspense until you read the list below.

So what are the sales prices for this week?

Well…here they are!


Sweet Baby Rays 99 cents

Challenge Butter $2.49 (limit 2)

Coke, Dr. Pepper, Pepsi 12 pk 4/$10 wyb 4 (limit 4) (all of the big 4 have this sale this week)

Eckrich Franks 99 cents wyb 4+

Sugar 1.88

Coke, Sprite, Diet Coke 2 L 99 cents

Powerade 49 cents

Albertson’s 5-day Sale (Wednesday-Sunday)

Boneless Skinless chicken breasts $1.47/pound

baby back ribs $1.99/pound wyb 3+ racks

Whole seedless watermelon $2.99


Strawberries 2 pounds/$3

Cantaloupe 2/$3

Super 1

chicken leg quarters 29 cents/pound (sold in 10 pound bags, limit 3)

bicolor corn ears 25 cents

Van Camp’ pork and beans 48 cents (for baked beans on Monday)


here it is…

drumroll please…


What are the deals where you are this week?

Funny Muffin Friday: That Muffin Smile

Funny Muffin Friday

Muffin recently came into the room when I was working on the blog asking me to get him a snack.  He looked so adorable asking for it that I could not resist snapping this shot!


Happy Friday (and Happy Canada Day!) everyone!