How’s your garden?
Ours was a bit of a learning experience. The plants we thought would be duds are producing in spades and the plants we thought would produce in spades were duds. Also, we didn’t know you had to be so proactive with picking your lettuce and spinach and, sadly, ours all went to seed. We’ll do better next year, for sure.
In addition, our large tomato plants were swallowed up by our cherry tomato plants and they’re not really producing well either, so my dreams of tomato pies and tomato sandwiches and tomatoes with a side of tomatoes haven’t come to pass. We’ll work on that for next year.
Additionally after some talking, Big Daddy and I have decided we’re going to give a modified Once a Month cooking system a try. We’re looking to improve our spending a little bit and grocery spending eats up a TON of money. Lately, I’ve been planning our menu in accord with what I thought I felt like eating with no regard to cost or sales. We can afford it,but we can do a lot better.
I’m not ever going to be one of those coupony people. It’s not going to happen for me. It takes too long, it requires too much organization and despite people insisting other wise the big deals (and therefore the big money savers) are on processed foods that we don’t eat. Once a Month cooking works so well for us because our food costs go down AND with dinner already prepared in the freezer we’re less likely to eat out when things get hectic.
I love the plans at Once A Month Mom, however, I’ll be picking and choosing from her variety of menus to better suit us. For example, I like the breakfast options she’s including with this month’s Whole Food plan because we’ll like them better. That means, I’ll be making my own grocery list which makes the process a little more difficult. I’ll also be cooking 3 breakfast options, 3 lunch options and 8 dinner options which we’ll repeat to give us 16 total dinners. I’ll use four a week, allowing us the opportunity to “cook fresh” as well as eat out one night.
That was probably a ton of explaining. I also, won’t be cooking in one big batch but will be doubling each of the meals as I cook it for the first time.
Anyhow, with no further ado I present the menu plan, for our last week of Funner. :)
Monday 20 minute roasted tomato pasta (a Once a Month Mom recipe that I’ll be doubling for use later in the month), salad and garlic ciabatta bread
Tuesday Sloppy Toms, tater tots and corn. (This ties in to a special Last Week of Funner movie night we’ll be sharing later this week)
Wednesday Unstuffed Pepper Bake (a Once a Month Mom recipe that I’ll be doubling for use later in the month) and salad
Thursday Date night! The girls will spend their last Funner Thursday with my Aunt, so Big Daddy and I will be taking a little advantage.
Friday Turkey dogs, grilled corn on the cob, potatoes and onions in foil and smores (Another Last week of Funner activity is taking place on this night as well)
What’s on your menu for YOUR last week of Funner?