Sunday, August 9, 2015
This Week In My Home: Choosing Not to Spend
Of all the things I've done for myself of late, setting aside one day to prepare foods for the week has been the greatest time and work saver of all! I kid you not, trading one hour of time to prepare multiple items and then clearing up behind saves me hours each week. This past week, I had enough food to carry us through the weekend, and leftovers enough to cover my meals the day John worked.
I made another decision last week. I chose to save rather than spend. Yes, I chose to skip grocery shopping and instead to put that money in savings. I purchased peaches and tomatoes for produce, went to our local grocery and got eggs, bananas, bread and a 2 litre bottle of soda for John.
So for us, it's a pantry/freezer challenge. This will be interesting as it will give me a sort of trial run in figuring out how to manage my nutritional needs using canned/frozen items with only a little fresh produce, much as it will be come winter.
This week John works two days. I expect to be out of house at least one of those days, so I'll not make a menu for that day. There are always leftovers for me to eat should I find I am home unexpectedly.
Breakfasts: Bagles and Cream Cheese, Peaches
Cornmeal Pancakes, Eggs, Bacon, Mixed Berries
Banana Bran Muffins, Cheese Sticks, Mixed Fruit Cup
Peanut Butter Toast, Bananas
Toast with Sausage Gravy, Berries
Eggs and Toast, Peach
Dinners: Cubed Steaks, Cream Corn, Creole Green Beans
BBQ Chicken Sliders, Slaw, Oven Potato 'Chips'
Tuna Pasta Salad, Crackers, Broiled Peach
Corned Beef, Cabbage, Carrots, Black eyed peas, Sliced Tomatoes
out on my own or leftovers
Salmon Patties, Green Peas, More Tomatoes, Slaw
Lemon Chicken, Wild Rice, Haricot Verts, Wedge Salad with blue cheese crumbles
Suppers: Egg Salad stuffed Tomatoes, Toast Wedges, Peach
Reubens, Carrot Sticks, Pear Salad
Cubed Steak Sandwich, Banana
Buffalo Chicken Salad, Orange halves
Vegetable Soup and Cheese Sandwich
Pocket Sandwiches (likely chicken salad in pita)
Jobs This Week
I want to finish cleaning the front porch. I put it off last week due to a painful shoulder.
Paint the front porch chairs and start painting railings if weather cooperates.
Try to finish the work on the back porch.
I need to really think long and hard about whether to continue my flea market booth. I hope to make that decision by end of this week.
Prune trees in front of house.
Work on the rose bed.
Remove daffodil bulbs from pots and get them planted in yard.