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Menu Plan Monday 3/26/12

This week, I decided to try to include a few meatless meals. The prices of meat are out of this world, and I can’t seem to adjust to the new normal for them. A good sale price to me used to be under $1.99/lb for ground beef. Now it’s apparently $2.69 or above. That puts a real pinch on my budget. I’ve been falling back on boneless skinless chicken breasts which I can still find for under $2.00/lb.

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Mad Men Season Premiere

Tonight is the season premiere of Mad Men at 9PM on AMC. This is my favorite show! The complexities of the characters are spot on, and because of this, I fluctuate on how I feel about the characters constantly. Set in the 60s on NYC’s Madison Avenue, these “Mad Men” are the forefathers of the advertising revolution. I love how the contrast between today’s social mores clash with what was acceptable then. The smoking, the drinking, and the treatment of women were completely different then compared to today. (Though some might argue that we’re taking a step back on the treatment of women today. Ok, me, I would argue that.) It’s a fascinating look at the past. Continue reading

Rudolph Day- March

When you don’t have a lot of money, putting your time into crafting a gift can be more appreciated than if you just threw the cash out for a gift. People understand the time and thought you put into a craft item, whether it’s knitting, needle point, painting, jewelry making, or whatever it is that you are able to create for your gift. I like doing counted cross stitch. I’m not very fast at it, but I like doing it, and I have a great appreciation for the craft. If you’re not familiar with cross stitch, you can get more info here at Wikipedia. Continue reading

Feed your family for $45 Update

Following finding the Hillbilly Housewife’s $45/week menu plan, and blogging about it here, I decided to go to the store and price those items myself, seeing as the $45 meal plan went up to $70 from 2006-2009. What I found was this: Continue reading

Feed your family for $45 a week?

I peruse a lot of “Mommy blogs” looking for new, interesting stuff that I can use and pass on to you. It’s exciting when I find something that I didn’t expect, and The Hillbilly Housewife got my attention.

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Lemon Pound Cake with Lemon Glaze

For some reason when I use my phone to take pictures in the kitchen, they look like they are set in Hell.

From the time I start Caillou on demand, I have exactly 27 minutes to get something done before the whining starts. I have had a hankering for lemon cake and also for pound cake. My Mom makes a really good pound cake, but I’d never tried my hand at it myself. I decided as I pressed “play” to use my 27 minutes to make a pound cake from scratch. Continue reading

In Honor of The Hunger Games

The super-funny mom from Grumbles and Grunts just made her debut writing appearance at Mama Pop. In it she talks about up and coming star of the Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence.  Jennifer Lawrence and Grumbles seem totally like chicks I’d hang out with, you know, if I had time. Check out her debut post here, and let me know how the movie is too. I don’t get out of my mama cocoon much.


Whatever Wednesday

I kind of hate my job. In saying that, I also want to acknowledge that I’m very grateful for the job I have. I work with fabulous co-workers who are super supportive, but the work itself starts to take a toll on you. Continue reading

OMG, yum!

Not every tasty dip has to be savory. If you want something fun and sweet to snack on, try this Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip! It’s quick enough to bring as a last minute appetizer, it’s great for a girl’s night in, and it was tasty as I watched football tonight!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

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  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 8-ounce block of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract – next time I’d add 1.5 tsp. 
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips, plus extra for sprinkling

In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the brown sugar until it dissolves and the mixture starts to bubble. Stir in vanilla and set aside to cool.
In a separate bowl, cream the cream cheese and powdered sugar together for 60 seconds. With the…

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Menu Plan Monday 3/19/12

This week I’m continuing to prepare meals using items from the freezer and pantry. I’ve invested a lot of money into my stockpile of food, and it’s time to cash it out to put some money now into savings for a new home.

I have prepped the cut veggies for the week, enough for lunches and snacks, plus prepped the ones for side dishes and fajitas. I can use the cut veggies as I go through the week, dicing carrot sticks and celery for the salads as I need them. Cabbage was super cheap this week thanks to the St. Patty’s day sales, so I will be peppering it though the meal plan, in salads and in the pork recipe that I’m planning on trying this week.

You may notice the weekly menu plan is in a new format. I’m trying to streamline the process by making a printable one for my fridge, and a web friendly one for this site. I have also planned in the prep work that I will need to do throughout the week. This area will be used to assure that I can assemble my meals as quickly as possible. The days are getting longer, and I want to be able to spend as much time as possible out in the sunshine with my family. The spring has been beautiful so far, enjoy it!




Prep work


Cereal with Milk and bananas

Egg Salad Sandwich with strawberries and yogurt

Daddy’s favorite potatoes, grilled chicken, steamed veggies

Slice Chicken for salad, chop cabbage


Cheese Toast with a Fruit and Yogurt Smoothie

Greek Salad with Chicken and wheat crackers

Smothered Pork Chops with Cabbage


Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches

Flex Day- use those leftovers!

Shrimp Scampi with Pasta, Cauliflower


Egg Sandwich with Cheese, Fruit of choice

Turkey Sandwich with cut Veggies and Dip

Fish Sticks and tater tots, steamed mixed veggies

Prep Tuna salad


Cereal with Milk and Bananas

Tuna Salad on a salad or sandwich

Fajita Friday! Switching up with SoftTacos instead


French Toast with Berries

Chef salad with crackers

Pizza Saturday! BBQ Chicken Pizza


Egg Scramble with Veggies

Pizza leftovers

Dinner out!

 Prep Cut Veggies for next week!

Special thank you to Orgjunkie.com for the Menu Plan Monday link up. You can find it here.

Have a great week!

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