Menu Plan Monday {10}

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Last week was a challenge. It was our first week doing our cash flow budget plan. It was also a week where we had almost no money to our names, and payday wasn’t until Friday. All I had to shop with last week was a Target gift card for $14.96. And you know what? We made it work. I had to make a lot of stuff from scratch, we had to choose to do without a few things, but we made it through.

While I was making our menu plan this week, I was so excited to have our regular budget to work with for shopping. I went a little crazy at first, adding in a few favorite recipes of mine and a few other new recipes I wanted to try. I quickly realized I had overcomplicated our menu plan and needed to cut back on a few items. I simplified our plan and then got extra of what I was really excited about – fresh fruit! I missed fresh fruit last week.

Also, I did most of our shopping for the next two weeks. This haul took trips to 5 separate grocery stores. Yes, 5.

Yesterday, I did some bulk shopping at Costco. I got a rotisserie chicken, two huge loaves of bread, a large tub of Greek yogurt, 2 dozen eggs, a large package of tortillas, and my splurge item – kiwi fruit! Total spent = $28.59

Today, I ran a grocery shopping marathon.

First stop – Food Maxx. I got apples, turkey bacon, salad greens, ranch dressing mix, diced green chilies, and ramen. Confession time – I actually love ramen. I ate it almost every day after school all through high school. I like having a few packages of it on hand, just in case we get into a pinch or I need something crunchy on top of a salad. Total spent = $8.84

Second stop – The 99 cents store.
I got a small box of Honeycomb cereal for the hubby, buffalo sauce, instant coffee, green onions, and blueberries! I’m very excited about the blueberries. Total spent = $6

Third stop – Sprouts.
I got dried unsweetened coconut flakes, whole wheat four, and blood oranges. I’m telling you – I splurged on fruit this week! Total spent = $5.78

Fourth stop – Target.
This was later in the evening today when I realized I hadn’t gotten oatmeal earlier! I got rolled oats, peanut butter, and almond milk. Total = $7.64

I had $75 to spend for two weeks worth of groceries. My total for all these groceries was $56.85. I have $18.18 left to spend for next week. Honestly, I’m not worried about it much since we stocked up so much on eggs, bread, and some pantry staples. Plus, we have lots of homemade foods in the freezer that I made last week to carry us through!

Menu plan:

Breakfasts:

Homemade sausage & cheese sandwiches on whole wheat freezer biscuits

Slow-cooker apple cinnamon steel cut oats

Eggs & turkey bacon

Cereal

Lunches:

Spicy brown sugar salmon with salad

Chili-stuffed peppers

PB&J or Turkey sandwiches

Dinners:

Green chicken enchiladas

Fried Rice

Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Chicken Alfredo Lasagna Roll-Ups

Leftovers

Snacks:

No Bake Energy Bites

Fruit

Greek yogurt

Protein shakes

 

What are you planning this week?

Recipe: Cake Batter Protein Shake

This is my new favorite. It is SO creamy and delicious. It tastes exactly like cake batter ice cream. If you’re trying to be healthy, this is a fantastic substitute for the real thing.

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(Photo: mine via Instagram)

Cake Batter Protein Shake

(Recipe adapted from Dashing Dish)
Makes 1 shake

Ingredients:
1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek Yogurt
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
1/2 tsp butter emulsion (or almond extract) – this is the key ingredient!
1 Tbsp dry mix fat free sugar free vanilla pudding mix
1 packet Truvia
1/2 cup water
6-10 ice cubes
sprinkles for topping

Directions:
1. Combine all ingredients except sprinkles in a blender and blend to desired thickness.
2. Add sprinkles

Let me know if you make this! I’m definitely going to have this today. Maybe tomorrow as well. 🙂

10 Goals for the Week {3}

How did your week go? I found myself losing motivation once the weekend hit. I’m hoping a fresh list will rekindle the fire.

Last week’s goals:

Family:

1. Go on a date with Spencer On Friday night, we went out to celebrate a friend’s birthday. It wasn’t one-on-one, but it still was a great date!

2. Spend time with my mom I went out to lunch with my mom on Wednesday this past week. It was good to catch up with her, especially considering that it’s tax season.

Home:

3. Empty all boxes labeled “kitchen” and put everything away Aside from a box of cookbooks and half a box of spice jars, everything is put away. I only got 20 magnetic spice jars from Ikea, so the rest will stay in a box for a few more weeks.

4. Hang up all clothes in closet We hung up clothes until we ran out of hangers. We need a dresser – badly!

Health:

5. Exercise 4 times Done and done.

Financial:

6. Fill out our first cash-flow budget plan for Financial Peace University My husband took care of this, and I approved it. 🙂

7. Apply for unemployment Done. Now we wait.

Education:

8. Finish reading for Second Language Acquisition & finish my Summary & Response assignment – I found out I was doing this assignment waaaaaay too early. It’s not due until the 28th. Crazy, right?

9. Finish watching Richard II on YouTube It was so good. I cried.

10. Read chapter 7 for Computers & finish all assignments for the week I finished this up yesterday.

This week’s goals:

Family:

1. Go on a date with Spencer

Home:

2. Do a freezer cooking in an hour session (homemade freezer biscuits, sausage patties, slow-cooker tomato sauce, freezer pizza dough, and chili stuffed peppers)

3. Sort through 4 boxes

Health:

4. Exercise 5 times

5. Do Ab Ripper dvd 3 times (from P90X)

6. Track my calories on MyFitnessPal every day

Financial:

7. Don’t spend any money until payday (Friday)

Education:

8. Shakespeare: Locate & watch As You Like It, and begin brainstorming ideas for final project

9. SLA & Language: Finish video response paper, summary & response paper, and continue research analysis for final project

10. Computers: Read chapter 9 & finish all assignments for the week

What are your goals for the week?

Menu Plan Monday {9}

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Sorry I didn’t post last week. We were extremely busy all week. Last week, I was able to stick to my $40/week grocery budget. We’ll see how I do this week. I’m going grocery shopping today!

Here’s the plan for this week:

Breakfasts:

Slow-cooked apple cinnamon steel cut oats w/almond milk
Eggs & turkey bacon
Homemade sausage & cheese biscuit sandwiches

Lunches:

PB&J sandwiches
Turkey sandwiches
Leftovers

Dinners:

Frito Chili Pie
Chili Stuffed Peppers
Easy Garlic Chicken, rice, salad
Chicken with pasta, homemade slow-cooked tomato sauce
Chicken pizza on homemade crust with homemade sauce

Snacks:

Protein shakes
Greek yogurt
Apples & bananas
Nuts
Fritos

What are you planning for this week?

10 Goals for the Week {2}

Time for an update! Accountability is good for all of us.

Last week’s goals:

Family:
1. Go on a date with Spencer Spencer and I actually went on two dates! We went to lunch together once and last night we went to see a local high school’s theater perform a vignette show!
2. Take Pippin to get fixed Pippin got fixed on Friday and is recovering well. I’ve been sleeping on the couch the last two nights to keep him company while he endures the “cone of shame.” 🙂

Home:
3. Move the rest of our stuff from the old house Tuesday night, my parents took two loads of boxes to their garage to hold for us for a bit. On Wednesday morning, one of my very dear friends got up early (6am!) to help me get the last of our stuff moved out of the old place. It took us 3 hours, but we got it all in two trips!
4. Spend 4 hours organizing I’ve lost count on how many hours I’ve spent on organizing this past week. I actually had to spend most of the day out of the house on Friday in order to be able to focus on doing homework because I get so distracted by all the things there are to do in the house! It’s amazing how much more there is still left to do.
5. Do a freezer cooking in an hour session I made 4 main courses for our dinners this week in under an hour. I will be posting a blog about this later this week.

Health:
6. Exercise 4 times For this goal, I only counted the times where the exercise was a conscious decision to do so. Though I spent more than 5 hours moving this week, and have had lots of activity through organizing, I’m only counting the times I went to the gym this week (which was 4).
7. Call doctor for an appointment I didn’t need an appointment, just needed to ask the nurse a question. Done!

Education:
8. Watch 1 Henry IV on YouTube I’ve been enjoying studying for my Shakespeare midterm by watching episodes of The Hollow Crown on YouTube. Each episode is a full-length play, so if you decide to give it a shot (which I highly recommend), make sure you budget 2-2.5 hours of time!
9. Read 2 chapters for Second Language Acquisition – For the reading I didn’t finish, I got halfway through the second chapter. The chapters are roughly 30-40 pages long. I should be finished with it in not too long.
10. Research summer classes I definitely spent a good hour on researching classes for summer. So far, I highly doubt I’ll be taking summer classes, as the ones I need will not be offered, or will not be covered by financial aid.

This week’s goals:

Family:

1. Go on a date with Spencer

2. Spend time with my mom

Home:

3. Empty all boxes labeled “kitchen” and put everything away

4. Hang up all clothes in closet

Health:

5. Exercise 4 times

Financial:

6. Fill out our first cash-flow budget plan for Financial Peace University

7. Apply for unemployment

Education:

8. Finish reading for Second Language Acquisition & finish my Summary & Response assignment

9. Finish watching Richard II on YouTube

10. Read chapter 7 for Computers & finish all assignments for the week

10 Goals for the Week {1}

I have so much to do. Don’t we all? It’s easy to get overwhelmed by a long to-do list. I decided to make 10 goals for the week. It’s not everything on my list, but it will help a ton if I get everything done.

Family:
1. Go on a date with Spencer
2. Take Pippin to get fixed

Home:
3. Move the rest of our stuff from the old house
4. Spend 4 hours organizing
5. Do a freezer cooking in an hour session

Health:
6. Exercise 4 times
7. Call doctor for an appointment

Education:
8. Watch 1 Henry IV on YouTube
9. Read 2 chapters for Second Language Acquisition
10. Research summer classes

Menu Plan Monday {8}

menu plan monday

As you may have read in my last post, we made our move to our new home on Thursday night. We haven’t really stopped moving since. Moving is a rough business. We still have stuff left in our old house that we need to move over. We’re hoping to be completely out of the other house by Wednesday.

Since I’m still getting into the habit of meal planning again, I’ve only planned out dinners for the week. I also finally got to go grocery shopping after eating from the pantry for two weeks! With all that, I still wanted to keep to a budget of only $40 for groceries for the week. I just made it and came in at $39.51!

Monday

Basil chicken with tomatoes

Garlic Parmesan peas

Tuesday (school day)

Leftovers/Fend for yourself

Wednesday

Crunchy oven-baked chicken tenders

Brown sugar carrots

Green salad

Thursday

Grilled salmon

Broccoli

Wild rice

Friday

Slow-cooked balsamic pot roast

Baked potatoes

Garlic green beans

Saturday

Cheese Enchiladas with sliced avocados

Corn on the cob

Sunday

Leftovers