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Meal Planning: Week #5

Things have been RIDICULOUSLY busy here on the homestead!  We are definitely in go-mode now that we've found our trailer. Thirty days is what we've given ourselves to get it hooked up and remodeled before we move--and that also includes my packing everything up here in town as well!

To that end, meal planning has been very hectic.  Thankfully, I did take stock of my pantry and I really want to use up as much as I can so we don't have to move it.  So, I'm starting a self-challenge --how long can I go with a $50 food budget?!?!  Can I get through the entire month until the move? Time to clear out the cupboards!

And, I have a confession....we had been eating out a ton last week and my meal plan has gotten tossed out the window!  It's been ridiculously busy and with 12-15 hour days gone from home working, trailer hunting, trailer prepping, and trailer moving on all my "off work" days (normally spent catching up on cooking), this family has barely been home long enough for a proper sleep, let alone cooking!  We need to have a strict budget (using just the envelope method this month for food, since I'm limiting my shopping to Aldi's), to keep us on financial target and also to force me to cook real food at home.

Here's where we've been this week. I'm debating taking tomorrow to get all prepped for big push days the next week and just cook up a bunch of casseroles that I can easily plop in the oven, or take with us on our "camping out" work trips. (i.e. spending the night out at the trailer to minimize travel time).  So tempted to just get out to the farm and start working, but it would probably be a better use of my time to just prepare for a bunch of easy meals.  Not to mention, most of the roads around here look like this.  Pretty, but slow going--and the farm is nearly 45 minutes away as it is.

  • Breakfast: Back to eggs and oatmeal.  Fresh pineapple (on sale this week!), shredded stuff, and smoothies round out the mix. Glad to be back to our oatmeal--rib-stickin' good.  I love soaking my oatmeal--makes for easy prep for Dan and I.  He doesn't even heat his. Just adds maple syrup.  I like cooking mine up with strawberries and cream.
  • Lunch: Leftovers, per our norm.
Dinner Schedule
  • Sunday: Pizza
  • Monday: Shrimp Scampi
  • Tuesday: Leftovers
  • Wednesday: Spaghetti Pizza Casserole with Steamed Broccoli (recipe coming soon)
  • Thursday: Fish  n' Chips (Baked Salmon and home-made French fries)
    • This will likely be my big food prep day.  Muffins for the rest of the week, yogurt, and home-made spaghetti sauce (for lasagna, crockpot cabbage rolls, pizza, and spaghetti pizza casserole)  are on the agenda.
  • Friday: Spicy Sausage Lentil Soup
    • We have a pre-packing party for this day with some wonderful friends.  Easy to simmer this away on the stove and I'll be whipping up the lasagna for Saturday.  We hope to get to the farm in the afternoon and spend the night for an all-day work-day on Saturday.
  • Saturday: Lasagna and Steamed Broccoli
Hang tight!  It's going to be a hectic ride!


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