Well, this week has been a bit crazy for our family. My husband left for school in Florida and won’t return until next Wednesday. The kids have been sad, even cried during music class yesterday. While I am the teacher of their class, Daddy is their parent-partner. However, we had a superb stand-in, a dear friend from our church.
In order to dry some of the tears and take away a bit of the sad hearts, I treated them to McDonald’s last night, complete with a Happy Meal (Big treat for them!), which included a toy from Alvin and the Chipmunks. (Funtimes!?!?!) Even though we compromised on the “going out- to -eat goal”, we are still staying within our weekly food-budget goal.
Today, we ventured out to Fred Meyer to pick up some milk and fresh produce. I was amazed at the deals that I found (actually, kids picked out all the veggies):
- one 2 lb bag of organic broccoli for $2.49
- 2.3 lbs of cauliflower for 1.49/lb (more expensive than in Denver, but my kids LOVE cauliflower! I just like that they love veggies!)
- two 2 lb block of mozzarella cheese for 3.99 pkg (coupon in the ad)
- two huge acorn squash, which we love, for $1/each. (Last week, they were $.78/lb and I opted not to purchase them. YEA! Glad I waited!)
- 2 bunches of green onions $.44/bunch
- 1 gallon of 1% milk for $.99/gallon (This was not on clearance, but just an unadvertised special that I stumbled upon. I was so thankful because, as noted last week, my girl goes through the milk.)
- 1 lb. pkg. of coffee. Splurge, but it was 1/2 off and had a $1 coupon. So, I got some great tasting coffee for $2.99, as compared to original price of $7.99. WHOOHOO! In our house, coffee is a necessity. With hubby being gone, it’s the simple pleasures that bring me peace and joy. A hot cup of coffee is just the answer!
My total was approximately $24. Some of the items from last week carried over to this week (i.e. eggs, yogurt, oranges.)
Menu Plan for the week: *just dinner*
Monday- Since I taught and then had a meeting to attend, hubby cooked. The kids had one of my mom’s creations from my childhood, hotdogs topped with mashed potatoes and cheese and a sidedish of veggies. The kids love this and request it every time she comes.
Tuesday-We kept it simple and had breakfast for dinner, cereal and/or homemade pancakes and fruit.
Thursday-Meatball Sandwiches, except for the kids I, basically, make meat sauce sandwiches and top with a bit of mozzarella cheese on hoagie rolls. Then, toast them in the oven.
Friday-Homemade Pizza. They have so much fun helping to make these.
Saturday-Crockpot Soup. I will make enough for Sunday lunch after church.