Weekly Meal Plan for 4/16/18

April 16, 2018

Happy Monday! I wanted to hop on and share our meal plan for this week. I'm glad to hear this is helpful for people! And I love to hear your recipes so keep leaving those in the comments!


Monday: Date Night! This means the kids get the leftover chicken nuggets in the freezer, a box of mac and cheese in the cabinet, and the leftover zucchini from a few days ago. Total for this meal: $0

Tuesday: Breakfast for Dinner. Sausage and Egg Skillet, Biscuits, and fruit. Total for this meal: $4.00
No real recipe for this. Brown a pound of breakfast sausage and drain the grease. Then add in however many eggs you'd like and scramble in the pan with the sausage. Salt and pepper to taste.
Wednesday: Out. This is the night for the evening Seacoast group I lead, so we'll grab something quick and eat before we set up the room.

Thursday: Foil Pack Chicken and Broccoli with rice. Total for this meal: $5.64
This total is not exact, because I know I won't use all of the ingredients I bought for this dish. I found a 5 1/2 pound package of chicken breasts with a $2 off sticker, so picked those up and I'm sure they will stretch to multiple meals. 
I usually omit the stuffing mix in this recipe. I also bought bacon pieces in a bag instead of cooking bacon.
FridaySpicy Sausage Pasta with peas. Total for this meal: $4.17
This meal is delicious! You could used diced tomatoes instead of rotel if you want to cut out the spicy part of it. We have pasta in the cabinet I'll use. 
Saturday Lunch: Leftovers

Saturday Dinner: A friend is having a BBQ at her house that we'll be going to

Sunday Lunch: Honey Garlic Ginger Chicken Carrot Noodles Bowls. Total for this meal: $3.60
I already have carrots and many of the pantry staples, so didn't have to buy too much for this recipe
Sunday Dinner: Small Group

Total at the store this week: $55.47 

Also bought: pancake mix, hot dogs, fruit bowls, fruit pouches, kefir, milk, yogurts, ranch dressing, muffins, string cheese, veggie straws, popcorn, bananas, cantaloupe, puffs, grapes, and goldfish.

Weekly Meal Plan for 4/9/18

April 08, 2018

Tomorrow morning we have MOPS, and it's hard to get to the store on those days, so I decided to do Walmart Grocery Pick Up again and just grab it on the way home from our MOPS meeting. I had a $5 credit from something they messed up last time, which I was happy to use! So here is our meal plan this week:



Monday: Rotisserie Chicken, potatoes, frozen veggies. Total for meal $4.23
Unfortunately you can't buy the cooked rotisserie chickens through the Walmart Grocery app (boo), so I bought a raw chicken and will cook it, seasoned, in the crock pot. I have a couple potatoes leftover from last week I'll throw in with it and will just heat up a bag of frozen veggies as well. I'll use the leftover shredded chicken for two other meals this week, so split the cost between them.
Tuesday: Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet with Zucchini. Total for meal $4.94
I'll save half of the sweet potatoes and use them early next week. Using mozzarella from last week.
WednesdayGarlic Ranch Chicken Pizza and salad. Total for meal $7.41
We love this pizza! It's delicious! I already have mozzarella and everything I need to make the sauce. 
ThursdayBacon Avocado Grilled Cheese and french fries. Total for meal $2.18
Still eating that huge bag of fries they upgraded us to on my last Walmart Grocery run. Already have bread and cheese for this dish.
Friday: Out
A singing group I was in while in college is having their 40th reunion event tonight, so we will go to that at my alma mater, North Greenville University. 
Saturday Lunch: We will be at the Greenville Zoo this morning helping man a table for the Chinese immersion school the kids will be going to, so we will either pack a lunch or grab something from the concession stand.

Saturday Dinner: Chicken Spinach Bake with Garlic Bread. Total for meal $5.78
3 chicken breasts cooked and cut into pieces (will use the rest of the rotisserie chicken)
8 oz penne pasta
8 oz chive and onion cream cheese
Frozen spinach (as much as you would like, thawed and drained well)
15 oz can of Italian Style tomatoes (basil, oregano, and garlic, I believe)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350. Cook noodles and chicken. Mix together, pasta, chicken, spinach, cream cheese, tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Top with cheese and bake for about 30 minutes.
Sunday Lunch: Leftovers from last night

Sunday Dinner: We have tickets to the Greenville Drive (local baseball team), so will eat dinner there or on the way home.

Total at the store: $35.98

Also bought: 2 kefirs, milk, muffins, tea, sugar, doritos (cause sometimes you just have a craving)

Lower total this week, but we will also have to eat out three times. We do have an eat out budget each month that we use, so it shouldn't affect our grocery budget, but it may be higher another week so it should balance out.

Weekly Meal Plan for 4/2/18

April 02, 2018

In case you think I have some superhuman love for meal planning...I honestly HATE it. It is the bane of my existence. Especially since we're on a budget. But, alas, these tiny humans (and husband) need to be fed, so it's a necessary evil. I had a particularly strong hate for it this week, so don't expect too much. If you're still willing to forge ahead...here is our meal plan this week 😄



Monday: Kielbasa, potatoes, and onion with roasted brussel sprouts. Total for meal $3.84
The recipe linked is mostly what I do. I usually leave my potatoes in larger slices, brown in the pan, and then simmer with a top on until they cook, stirring occasionally. This is a meal my mom made growing up and is one of my favorites!
Tuesday: Beef and Noodle Casserole, green beans. Total for meal $3.10
I had sour cream, cottage cheese, tomato sauce and cheddar cheese in the fridge already.
Wednesday: Smoky Lentil and Potato Soup. Total for meal $4.49

Thursday: One-Pan Chicken Broccoli and Rice. Total for meal $4.29

Friday: Meatball Subs with Fries and Strawberries. Total for meal $3.00ish

Saturday Lunch: Skillet Meal in a Bag. Total for meal $3.29
As you can see, I always lose steam on planning once the weekend rolls around 😂
Saturday Dinner: Easy Baked Pesto Chicken with Pasta and Peas. Total for meal $6.58

Sunday Lunch: Leftovers from last night's dinner.

Sunday Dinner: Small Group. It's our week to prepare something and I have no idea what we will do, but I'll figure it out later. #dontknowdontcare

Total at the store: $58.19

I had to buy quite a few cabinet staples, so it's higher this week.

Also bought: Bread, mac and cheese, 4 hand soaps, apple juice, fruit snacks, 2 stuffed chicken breasts for lunch today to go with our leftover pasta and broccoli, sponges, yogurts, butter, fruit pouches, jelly, peanut butter, parmesan cheese, kefir, ketchup.

Weekly Meal Plan for 3/26/18

March 27, 2018


Last week I used Walmart Grocery Pick-Up and wanted to give you guys my thoughts. I loved being able to just drive up and have someone load my car with the groceries! It took me awhile to order everything online, but I'm not as familiar with their brands and prices, so I wanted to make sure I was getting the best deal and the right items. 

Once there for pick up, I had a number of substitutions. A couple of them were great and worked in my favor! Instead of one block of cream cheese, I got a package of two. I also got a 5 lb (woah) bag of french fries instead of the smaller bag I ordered. They were out of one of my kefir flavors, but I just got two of the same flavor, so that's not a big deal. I did decline one item they tried to substitute, (a filler cup of yogurt) so no huge loss.

One thing I DID NOT like was that once I got home, I found out I was missing an onion. I tried multiple times to get someone on the phone over there and was never connected. I ended up filling out my "how was your experience" email, mentioned the missing item and received a call immediately. They refunded the amount for the onion and gave me a $5 credit coupon for the trouble, so that was nice. However, I was still stuck making an extra trip for one onion. 

Verdict: I may still use it once in awhile, but will stick with Aldi for my regular shopping.


So, here is our meal plan for this week! Sorry it's a little late. Yesterday was a MOPS day and things are always a little crazy leading up to one, so I don't always get my meal plan set up early enough. Last week I posted that I incorporated Monday's meal into last week's meal plan because of MOPS, but I'll put it below anyway, just so that the full week is listed.

Monday: Creamy French Dip Sandwiches with Mac and Cheese and Peas. Total for meal: included in last week's budget

We actually pushed Tuesday night's meal to Friday night bc I was running late after dropping food off for our friends, so the kids and I went to McDonalds instead #fightyourbattles. We have leftover homemade mac and cheese from Friday, so we ate it last night along with peas we have already.

Tuesday: Chicken and Rice Soup with Cheesy Cornbread Muffins. Total for meal: included in last week's budget.

I'm splitting this with a friend of ours we are taking dinner to. It was actually on the list for this past weekend, but I forgot Clarence's work Easter party was Saturday afternoon and they provided us lunch, so we pushed the meal to this week. Money saved!

Wednesday: Fish Fillets with Parmesan Zucchini and Corn. Just realized I forgot to buy the fish fillets, dang it. Total for meal: $1.75 plus the cost of the fish

Clarence is out tonight, so this will be a simple meal for me and the kids.

Thursday: Ranch Chicken Chili and Crescent Rolls. Total for meal: $2.38
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 medium yellow onion diced
1 cup frozen corn
1 can black beans drained and rinsed
1 can cannellini beans drained and rinsed
1 can diced tomatoes with green chiles
1 bag Ranch Dressing & Dip Mix
1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
1 block cream cheese
 DIRECTIONS
1.    Add chicken, onion, corn, beans, diced tomatoes, broth, and Ranch Dressing & Dip Mix to crock pot.
 Cook on low for 5-6 hours. Shred chicken with a fork and tongs and place cream cheese on top. Cover and cook for another hour and stir in melted cream cheese. 
I'm using some of the chicken I bought last week. I also have a bag of frozen corn we didn't use this past week I'm going to split between this meal and last night's meal. I don't have a full bag of ranch dressing mix, so I'll just pour in what is left for some seasoning.

Friday: Texas Hash and Cantaloupe/Grapes. Total for meal: $3.44

Saturday Lunch: Leftovers

Saturday Dinner: Pork Chops over Creamy Garlic Pasta and Broccoli. Total for meal: $1.50

I was trying to use things I already have in the kitchen, so this is kind of a combo of recipes. I'll use this recipe to cook the pork. Then I'll follow this recipe for the pasta. I have some heavy whipping cream to use in the fridge. We also already have a bag of frozen broccoli I'll throw in.

Sunday Lunch: Hot Dogs and French Fries. This is the kind of meal that happens towards the end of the meal plan when you just.dont.care.anymore. Total for meal: $1.58

Sunday Dinner: Small Group. We take turns bringing food. Hopefully it's not our turn this week, bc I didn't meal plan for it. Prayers.

Total at the store this week: $48.06 (but still have to go back for the fish)

Also bought: 2 fruit pouches by the register for hungry kids, cheese sticks, granola, juice, eggs, smoothie, 2 kefirs, tub of yogurt, 4 individual yogurts, grapes, milk, cereal bars, cantaloupe, raisins, almonds, bread, and two books - a big boy potty book for Abel and a Minnie magic marker book for Haven.

And that's it this week! Feel free to share some of your recipes in the comments!!

Weekly Meal Plan for 3/19/18

March 19, 2018

I decided to order my groceries today through Walmart Grocery pick up because it's calling for rain all morning and I really didn't feel like dragging my kids out of the car in the rain. The irony is that as I look out the window, it's sunny....

But you KNOW as soon as I spend time getting the kids dressed, writing down my grocery list, and driving to the store, it would be raining. That's how the world works, ladies and gentlemen. My life is a lesson in irony. ANYWAY...

I've never done Walmart grocery pick up (mostly bc Aldi's prices win every time), but since it's my first time, I used a $10 off code "WOWFRESH" and still spent under $50!

I'm also feeling particularly lazy, so I'm mostly using this sample meal plan for the Budget Friendly Family Meal from eMeals. I know this is the second time in a row I've posted about them. No rhyme or reason, just happened to go this route this week :) So here's our meal plan!


Monday: Mexican Chicken Skillet, Baked Creamy Rice and Green Beans. Total for meal $3.73 

Tuesday: Chicken Nuggets, Homemade Mac and Cheese, Broccoli. Total for meal $1.85

This looks suspiciously like a meal we had last week ;) Clarence is out for a meeting again, so we are revisiting the easy meal from last week. It is actually on the sample emeals list, I just adjusted it slightly. We already have chicken nuggets so I'll use those and some elbow macaroni I bought last week. 

*I'm also taking dinner this night to a couple in our small group who just had a baby. The mom is a vegetarian, so I'll take them this Easy Vegetarian Chili with Buttermilk Cornbread/Muffins. Total for this meal $4.50

Wednesday: This is the night I lead a local evening MOPS group. We set up at 6pm, so we usually meet the hubs there a bit early and eat dinner together. I'll probably grab a hot and ready pizza from Little Caesars. #highclass

Thursday: There is a new Chinese Immersion School, East Link Academy, opening in our town this fall. We plan to put both our kiddos there and are really excited! They are having a fundraiser spirit night at Chick Fil A this night, so we're going to go and help support the school. 

Friday: Date Night! I'll probably do grilled cheese or something exciting for the kids ;)

Saturday Lunch (and leftovers for Sunday Lunch): Real Taco Pie with Smoky Corn. Total for meal $7.48

Saturday Dinner: Garlic Roast Beef and Onions, Red Potatoes and Peas. Total for meal $7.57 

Sunday Dinner: Chicken and Rice Soup with Cheesy Cornbread Muffins. Total for meal $8.74

Monday morning I have my morning MOPS group and we usually don't get to the store, so I have dinner prepared for that night too.

Monday (next week): Creamy French Dip Sandwiches with French Fries. Total for meal $9.20

Total at the store this week: $46.88

Also bought: 2 Kefirs, milk, chicken bouillon powder, beef bouillon powder, yogurt, mini muffins. The meat prices kill me as compared to Aldi! That's why the meal totals above are so much higher than usual. But still within budget, so I'm happy :)



Weekly Meal Plan for 3/12/18

March 12, 2018

Oh, look...this thing still exists!! Well, it's only been TWO YEARS since my last blog post. I'm basically killing the blogging game over here.

I've been sharing on my Facebook page recently about our family's goal to spend about $50 a week at the store on groceries. Not easy for a family of 4 and, I'll be honest, we don't always succeed, but that's our goal and we usually stay relatively close to it. This does not include toiletries; JUST food. A couple friends suggested posting my meal plan here so more people could access it. So here you go!


Monday: Vegetarian Lentil Soup with tortilla chips. Total for meal $4.71.

Thanks to my friend Taylor for this recipe. I had some stuff already on hand which brought my cost down some. Planning a meal based on what you have in the cabinet is a great way to save on your grocery budget!

Tuesday: Homemade Mac & Cheese, Chicken Nuggets, Peas. Total for meal $2.13.

The hubs has a meeting after work, so I'm making it easy! We had some leftover cheese sauce from a dish last week so I'm using that over some elbow macaroni.

Wednesday: Cabbage with Kielbasa and Peaches. Total for this meal $1.85.

We had half a head of a large cabbage left over from a meal last week that I'll use for this. I also went to a food and craft swap this weekend and got a jar of peaches which we will pair with this meal.

Thursday: Sausage Pizza Puffs and Roasted Broccoli. Total for this meal $3.90

I had a lot of stuff on hand for this recipe and we are omitting the pepperoni. I bought a package of mild Italian sausage and will just use part of it for this meal and part for another.

Friday
: Eating at a friend's house warming. FREE!

Saturday Lunch: Parm Pork Chops with Sautéed Kale and Roasted Potatoes. Total for this meal $5.39

Grabbed this recipe from one of my old eMeals sheets. We used them for awhile and probably will again in the future. They send you 7 dinner recipes (you also have an option for breakfast and lunch) every week with grocery list and instructions. There are so many meal plans to choose from and it takes the guesswork out of everything! We loved it. Here is a referral link for two free weeks if you want to check it out!

1 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
4 boneless pork chops
2 tablespoons olive oil
Combine Panko, Parmesan, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper in a shallow dish; dredge pork chops in mixture, pressing to coat. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook pork chops 3 to 4 minutes per side or until done.
1 lb new potatoes, cut in half
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoon fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
4 slices bacon (I'm omitting this)
1 bunch fresh kale, chopped
Preheat oven to 425. Combine potatoes, olive oil, rosemary, and half of the salt and pepper on a rimmed baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake 20-25 minutes or until potatoes are browned and tender. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat; remove bacon to paper towels, reserving 2 teaspoons drippings in skillet. Add kale to skillet; saute 8 minutes or until tender. Crumble bacon, and stir into kale. Spring with remaining salt and pepper.
Saturday Dinner: Sausage Zucchini Boats with rice. Total for this meal $4.90

Sunday Lunch: Our church is hosting a volunteer luncheon so lunch will be provided for us!

Sunday Dinner: Leftovers

Total at the store this week: $49.19

Also bought: apple juice, 2 kefirs, milk, smoothie, american cheese slices, corn, 2 packages of fruit bowls, penguin crackers (aldi's version of goldfish), eggs, cantaloupe, and bread.

There you have it! Hope it's helpful!


Abel's Nursery Reveal

April 19, 2016


I wanted to wait and post Abel's nursery when I finished decorating and styling it, but let's be honest, it could be a long time before that happens! #momlife. I figured I would just go ahead and show you how it looks now.

Way back in August I shared the mood boards for both a boy and girl nursery before we knew the gender of our precious boy. Here is what I created back then:

We started by painting the walls from an ugly brown (sorry for the fans of brown paint), to a rich navy blue. I seem to have misplaced the paint we used so I can't share the exact color. FAIL. 

Holy hole filling batman!


I kind of freaked out when the color first when on. It looked sooooo dark. Every other color in our house is light and bright, so this was totally out of my comfort zone. It is such a fun, masculine design though, so I just powered on. 

I had seen a photo of herringbone shutters and thought they would look so cool flanking the windows in this room...on the inside. Why not? Something that cool should be indoors where you can look at them everyday. All I had was a photo and a dream....and a handy husband. I literally showed him the photo and helped scour Craigslist for free pallets and he did ALL the work. Superman. They took him awhile to finish because he worked on them little by little (not to mention had to figure out HOW to do it), but they turned out AMAZING!! They are my favorite thing in the nursery and the rest of the room design revolves around them.





We used the dresser from Haven's nursery for Abel, just made a couple tweaks. We sanded down the drawers and stained them and bought some simple ring pulls to finish it off.

dresser as it looked in Haven's room

Now in Abel's room
Clarence used some leftover pallet wood to make the two arrows above the changing table. 


I found the cute basket at a yard sale for .25 cents. It wasn't so cute when I bought it, but it had potential! It was the original brown wicker and totally stained. We taped off the bottom and painted the basket white and the bottom a simple gray. It makes a great place to put toys! 

I made a simple crib sheet and crib skirt using some fabric I bought online. The crib fabric is from Spoonflower and skirt fabric from Joann Fabrics. I spent some time on Pinterest to figure out how to make the two and am happy with how easy it ended up being! 

Crib courtesy of his older sister, complete with teeth marks
Modeling the sheet like a pro
Photo by Julia Elle Photography
I bought these cute prints off etsy and stuck them in inexpensive frames from Walmart in a wood tone to play off the shutters.

Photo by Julia Elle Photography
I saw a really cool sign selling on etsy and used it as inspiration for a sign above the crib. This is not how it really looks, but I can't share the actual item because it is a copyrighted design, so I just edited and made a different sign :)



The chair is also from Haven's room that we bought from Walmart.com in late 2013. It's held up great and we are happy with the quality and price!


This is the side of the room that has yet to be decorated. We have various ideas for this big, blank wall that I'm sure we'll complete sometime this century. 


Here are a few final shots of the room. Rug can be found here and is SO soft!



It's a fun room that Abel can easily grow into. I hope he ends up loving it as much as we do!


 

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