Sunday, October 31, 2010

MPM 11/01

Each week, I'm amazed at my ability to somehow forget to do an important step for a meal.  You know, like forget to take the prime rib out of the freezer?  Or forget to soak the beans over night.  Oh, and my personal favorite is forgetting to read that the meal should be in the crock pot early in the morning.  I seem to notice that one about 4pm.  It makes executing the meal plan a bit difficult at times.  Last week I decided to note on the menu what I would need to do in advance in order to get things done.  Problem with that is, I have to actually read the menu to see my notes!  I don't really like scrambling around the kitchen at dinnertime trying to figure out how to salvage my costly errors.  Especially when I've taken the time earlier in the week to "prepare" so that I'm not scrambling.  Forgetting key pieces of information is so counterproductive. 

With all that being said, we didn't have the prime rib (can you guess the reason?)  We also didn't have the Rice and Beans, but that one was because I chose to do leftovers instead.  I was actually thinking on that one!  We ended up having scrambled eggs instead of the omelet roll because I didn't realize I only had about 6" of parchment paper.  Oh well, we ate.  That's all that matters, right?!  The week's highlight was the Meatball Subs.  I couldn't decide what kind of roll to make, so finally settled on homemade pretzels.  It was such a good choice.  They were so delicious, and our guests enjoyed it too.  We'll definitely be serving them that way again.

What will we be eating this week?  I'll tell ya...however, by next week, life could have thrown me a monkey wrench and it could be changed.  We shall see......

Monday - Kielbasa and potatoes
Tuesday - Chicken (whole)
Wednesday - Burritos
Thursday - Chicken and Dumplings
Friday - Homemade Pizza Bites
Saturday - Leftovers
Sunday - Pumpkin Pancakes

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

MPM 10/25

I know I didn't get my menu posted last week.  In a nutshell, it was roughly a repeat of the week before.  The week before turned into the week of never ending leftovers.  We had made Chalupas and baked spaghetti that were like the loaves and fishes.  We really enjoyed it, and it seemed silly to leave the leftovers sitting in the refrigerator so we could make another meal that would possibly have leftovers.  So we took the blessing and ran with it.  I will say that it really helped the grocery tab stay low...another blessing.  We thoroughly enjoyed the Baked Oatmeal - very homey and comfort food-ish.  We all agreed that it was only missing apples.  And the Cattle Drive Chili was yummy, however, I wish it had made a lot more.  (I made it with only 2T of chili powder, but we would have liked it with all 3T of chili powder - we like flavor!)

This week we are only trying one new recipe.  Although, I am changing one recipe up a little bit, so it'll seem like a new one.  Maybe.  The grocery money is gone for the month, so the whole plan is based on what we have on hand.  I'm also throwing in today's meal.  You know, change things up a bit.  Keep you on your toes.  Something like that.

Sunday - Wet Burritos with Chipotle Pork and Spanish Rice (homemade enchilada sauce)
Monday - Chicken Tortilla Soup
Tuesday - Pinto Beans and Rice (using the red beans and rice recipe)
Wednesday - Oven Omelet Roll using sausage(new recipe)
Thursday - Soup and Sandwiches
Friday - BBQ Chicken Pizza
Saturday - Prime Rib, baked potatoes and homemade rolls
Sunday (Halloween) - Meatball Subs (I swear, we will eat these yet!  Meatballs are in the freezer, so no biggie!)

Breakfasts for this week will be any of the following: pancakes, oatmeal, cream of wheat, apple pancake, scrambled eggs or egg in toast.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Why oh why?

Why does nobody want me to buy ground beef at a sale price? 

I've been needing a sale (preferably a loss leader sale) on ground beef for about seven weeks now.  This is getting a tad irritating.  I'm completely out. 

Yes, I could pay full price, but that goes against my grain. 

Did I mention I have three stores that could possibly put the meat on sale?  So that's like twenty-one chances for a sale in the seven weeks I've been needing it.  This is sad.

I'm sad.

I want tacos...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Oh My - -

I love oatmeal creme pies.  They are one of the most perfect morsels of yumminess.  I just found this recipe tonight, and I can't wait to try them.  They aren't oatmeal creme pies, I think they could beat possibly beat them.  It's pumpkin creme pies!  Hello!  Could it be any better?!  We'll see, won't we! 

Sunday, October 10, 2010

MPM 10/11

If someone tells me that tomorrow is New Years Eve, I'm going to cry.  Where has the year gone?  I'm very happy that Fall is finally here, but it's already nearly the middle of October??  This is crazy.  Oh well, I still need a menu plan, so here it is for this week.

Monday - Leftovers
Tuesday - Pretzel Dogs
Wednesday - Cattle Drive Chili
Thursday - Baked Oatmeal
Friday - Red Beans & Rice
Saturday - Meatball Subs on homemade rolls
Sunday - Homemade Pizza

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

What to do, what to do?

I'm thinking I'm in a pickle.  Or will/could be.

We'll have a birthday boy next month - the big 1-0.

And another birthday boy in January - a whopping 6 years old.

All sandwiched around the holidays.  Yay.

Jordan has only had one "friends" party...for his 7th birthday.  I was fortunate in the most bizarre way.  His friend's birthday is two days before Jordan's, so his mom and I split the party.  It made sense - they would have invited all the same boys.  And rather than accidentally set the party for the same day and make kids choose which party to go to, or coordinate the dates and fill up an entire weekend with birthday parties, our combined party worked out for the best for everyone.  All the fun and half the cost (and no clean up)...brilliant!

However, this year he'll be 10.  (His friend will be 9.)  TEN!  A whole decade old!  I think this one is a really big deal.  I think it is one that deserves a party.  With his friends.  Not sharing it with anybody else.  And something FUN!!  One he'll always remember.

Kelton has never had a birthday party.  Ever.  Not even one for his 1st birthday that he'd never remember anyway.  Daddy came home from Iraq ten days before Kelton's 1st birthday, so we kept things quiet for Daddy's sake.  And then the day after Kelton's birthday, Daddy left for a two week school.  So the "1st Birthday Party" never happened. 

Now Kelton is in kindergarten.  He's spent the last two weekends in a row at friends' birthday at a huge indoor jungle gym and the other at an indoor bounce-house haven.  He's seen what the all the hoopla is about.  And he wants that for himself.  I don't blame him, he had a blast!!

Sadly, this isn't where my quandary ends.  Oh, I wish it were. 

Right now, we are very committed to our new 10-month plan ~ credit card paid off by March 1st, and then save the money for a trip to Florida to spend a week at Disney World in July (yes, Mom, we'd be driving!).  They are very ambitious goals.  I know that.   But I needed a fun goal for after the credit card was paid off. ☺

So, technically, we could afford a $350-$400 party in November and another one in January.  The problem is I don't want to afford that.  I've done some looking into those kinds of parties, and that seems to be the going rate for taking the parties on the road.  (Our house isn't big enough to handle 15 (screaming) kids, so I don't want our house to be an option.)  November and January birthdays rule out the possibility of an outside party, so that brings us back to booking a party elsewhere.  But doing so would derail forward progress on the credit card.  So now what? 

I've thought about holding off until spring or summer to have an outdoor party and combine it for both boys, but then I'm still spending  money that I'd rather apply to my credit card or vacation.  I'm feeling like I'm in a no-win situation right now.  Is this a product of my own desires that the kids wouldn't care one way or the other?  Or am I depriving them of something?  Do you see the predicament I'm in?

Any suggestions???