Meal Planning & Prep Nov. 2-9

I just realized I never posted my meal plan this week. Oops! Here’s what we ate this week.

  1. Monday…I honestly can not remember! It’s been a long week….
  2. Tuesday I made Spinach, Chicken & Tortilla Soup  and had the leftovers for Wednesday’s lunch.
  3. Wednesday night we made ground beef tacos and I had leftovers for lunch Thursday.
  4. Thursday night we made cheese burgers.
  5. Friday for lunch I ordered a buffalo chicken salad through our school’s lunch service, Wholesome Tummies. For dinner I had Target’s Simply Balance tomato soup and a turkey sandwich.

And now it’s Friday and I’m so happy for the weekend!

Halloween 2014

Halloween was wonderful once again. We started the celebrations Wednesday night with pumpkin carving & costume assembly. I helped Steve create a guitar for his costume. He painted it while I made chili & corn bread. After we ate dinner we carved pumpkins. Phone 038Phone 048HisPhone 049 Phone 047Mine

Thursday we finished shopping for party food & costume items. At school Friday all the teachers came dressed in costume. I was Fern from Charlotte’s Web.

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I gave my teachers little treat bags with a pencil and pumpkin spice M&Ms.Phone 059

We trick or treated with the children & had a little Halloween party. The children were super excited. Holidays are so much fun with kids. After work I hurried home to prepare for our party with friends. This was the most low-key last minute Halloween party we’ve ever had. It was nice & a bummer all at the same time! I made chocolate chip oatmeal cookies & Count Chocula Rice Krispie treats.

Phone 065Then I finished making my costume. I bought a blank head band a bunch of clearance flowers to make my hair piece. I pulled the flowers off the stems and hot glued them onto the headband.Phone 061Then I painted a mask for my sugar skull costume.Phone 066

And now presenting Frida Kahlo/sugar skull and Zakk Wylde. Phone 105 Phone 094 116 124 copy 125 copy

Now it’s time to shop the after Halloween clearance & stock up for next year!

 

Halloween Costumes Over the Years

We love Halloween. Well, we really love any reason to through a party, but Halloween is at the top of our favorite holiday list. We love dressing up, the scary movies, the candy(!!!), and I thoroughly enjoy making creepy & gross treats. Let’s take a trip down memory lane…

Our first Halloween together was in 2005. We dressed up as 80’s rockers. Steve’s hair is a wig…mine is not

Halloween 2005 (2)Halloween 2005 (5)Steve was in a band and they were apart of a Halloween show in a barn.Halloween 2005 (9) Halloween 2005 (7)We didn’t dress up in 2006 & 2007. We did carve pumpkins though. I couldn’t find 2006’s picture, but here’s 2007. Halloween 2007 (1)Halloween 2007 (2)In 2008 I dressed as a cop and Steve a robber. We went to a Halloween party at the restaurant/bar he worked at.Halloween 2008 (2) Halloween 2008 (4)In 2009 we were living together in our own house for the first time. We threw a big Halloween party. We were engaged at the time and were zombie bride & groom.Halloween 2009 (1) Halloween 2009 (2) Halloween 2009 (3)

I had fun decorating the house  & making food.
Halloween 2009 (4) Halloween 2010 (1)In 2010 we threw another party (at the same house) and we were Fred & Wilma.Halloween 2010 (3)In 2011 we had moved into a new house & enjoyed throwing another Halloween party here. We had accumulated a lot of decorations (we shop the after Halloween sales) and had fun decorating. I was a candy corn witch and Steve was Ricky from Trailer Park Boys.Halloween 2011 (1) Halloween 2011 (2) Halloween 2011 (3)We adopted Lucy this year. She was a football player and worn several Halloween outfits.Halloween 2011 (4) Halloween 2011 (5)In 2012 we had another big party at our house. I went Pinterest crazy and did a lot of decorating! Halloween 2012 (4) Halloween 2012 (5) Halloween 2012 (6) Halloween 2012 (7) Halloween 2012 (8) Halloween 2012 (9) Halloween 2012 (10) Halloween 2012 (11)

I was a cowgirl & Steve was Nascar fan.Halloween 2012 (13)

Lucy was a hotdog & Rico was superdog. They also got cute Halloween portraits!Halloween 2012 (14) Halloween 2013 (1) Halloween 2012 (2) Halloween 2012 (1)

In 2013 we had moved out of our house and in with my dad. My friend hosted the party at her house. We took all the decorations over there to decorate.Halloween 2013 (3) Halloween 2013 (4)Steve was Sergeant Slaughter and I was Frenchie.Halloween 2013 (5) Halloween 2013 (6)Rico wore the skull outfit and Lucy the pumpkin costume.Halloween 2013 (2) Halloween 2013 (1)

Stay tuned to see this year’s costumes!!

 

 

 

 

Meal Plan Oct. 26- Nov. 2

This has been a busy week & it’s only Tuesday. Knowing it would be a busy week I kept meals simple and open ended. I went shopping Sunday and bought what was on sale and used what we already had in the pantry/fridge to put together a few meals. The other days we will just wing it. So I guess this really isn’t a meal plan!

BREAKFAST

LUNCH

DINNER

SUNDAY

Homemade Pizza

MONDAY

Chicken Salad Wraps

Beef Stew

TUESDAY

All Week:

  • Greek Yogurt, Chex & Raspberries

  • Eggs

  • Protein Oats

Luncheon

Beef Stew/Leftovers

WEDNESDAY

Tuna Salad Wraps

Chili & Corn bread

THURSDAY

Chili & Corn bread

Chicken & Veggies

FRIDAY

Chicken & Veggies

Chicken & Veggies

SATURDAY

Leftovers

leftovers

SUNDAY

leftovers

leftovers

Sunday I made a lot of chicken salad for lunches. Then I made a sausage & veggie pizza for dinner. 20141026_181249

Rico is supervising!

Monday I filled the crock pot with beef & veggies so we would have several meals of beef stew. I bought the ingredients for chili and we’ll make that Wednesday evening and eat those leftovers.

I love a good plan, but sometimes life happens and it just doesn’t come together!

All the Deals

I absolutely love bargains. It’s probably bordering on the obsessive side, but i’m okay with that! Last night I got an email from Serrv that they were having a one day 75% off outlet sale. That’s 75% off their already cheaper outlet prices. This morning I woke up, drank my coffee, packed up a lunch for Steve (he was judging a local weightlifting competition and needed food!), delivered his lunch, and was off to shop!phone 061

The sale is in their basement with tables all lined up with beautiful hand crafted fair trade goodies. I love looking for gifts here because they have so many unique items. phone 068I got my mom something (which I’m not posting in case she reads this!) and I bought my dad these bookends. My dad is possibly the hardest person to shop for. He loves wood carving and he owns a tree trimming company, so these are perfect. They were $48 but I got them for $12! phone 080

Then I saw a table of instruments, asked a lady for a box, and filled it up. This year my school is focusing on integrating more music in our curriculum. These instruments are perfect!phone 079

The original price was $161! I got them for $40. The one instrument was a little smashed so she gave it to me for $1. It still works, and let’s face it, preschoolers are tough on instruments anyway.

The bargain high got to me so then I was off to a local thrift store. It’s apart of the hospital and it’s the nicest thrift store. It’s set up like a house and everything is presented very well.phone 071 I saw this jug and was excited to see it was 50% off. My dad collects crocks – even cracked ones like this one. Another Christmas gift for him at only $11!phone 077 phone 076

Afterwards I went to Goodwill. I got an Old Navy dress for $11 and an Athletica sweater dress for $9. Perfect for the fall/winter with tights/leggings and boots.

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Earlier in the week I went to Goodwill and got this white top from Banana Republic, orange top from Ann Taylor Loft and these Gap pants for $20 total!phone 009

My last stop was at Marshalls where I found this set of dishes for $15. This set is $50 at Kohls. We’re in the process of finding a house & moving. Dishes were on my list of things to buy, so I’m very happy to have found these.

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And to end this post, we are getting a Home Goods! I’m very happy about this!

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Meal Plan & Prep for Oct. 19-26

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For this week’s meal planning & prep I decided to do almost all Crock Pot meals and double recipes so we would have dinner and then leftovers for lunches.
The Plan:
BREAKFAST
LUNCH
DINNER
MONDAY
Beef Stew
Italian Chicken & Autumn Veggie Soup w/ Tomato Broth
TUESDAY
All Week:
  • Greek Yogurt w/ Raspberries
  • Eggs
  • Protein Oats
Chicken & Autumn Veggie Soup
Turkey Meatloaf w/ Brussel Sprouts
WEDNESDAY
Meatloaf & Veggies
Chicken Marsala & Broccoli
THURSDAY
Chicken Marsala & Veggies
Chicken, Kale & Butternut Squash Cornbread Pot Pie
FRIDAY
Pot Pie
Tilapia & Roasted Veggies
SATURDAY
Leftovers
leftovers
SUNDAY
leftovers
leftovers
The Process & Recipes:
Saturday I went grocery shopping. I had a short list of stuff we needed, but for meat I bought what was on sale and then planned recipes based on what I bought. I bought ground turkey, chicken breast, and a london broil.
Sunday morning I made this beef stew for the crock pot. I already had all of the ingredients, so it worked out beautifully.phone 776 copy
Once everything for the stew was in the Crock Pot, I had a lot of cabbage and kale leftover. I went ahead and chopped the rest of the cabbage and shredded the rest of the kale. The only remaining fresh veggie I had in the fridge was brussel sprouts. I got those out and chopped them too.phone 777
Then I wrote down what I already had in my kitchen: 12 lbs chicken breast, 1.3 lbs. ground turkey, 1 lb. tilapia, 6 bags of frozen veggies, spinach, kale, cabbage, beef broth, chicken broth, fire roasted tomatoes, 5 cans of tuna, brown rice, corn bread, and chicken marsala sauce. Using these ingredients, I searched Pinterest for recipe ideas. I then created a list of any ingredients I needed to buy. Then off I went to Aldi to finish the shopping.phone 782 copy
When I got home I assembled Italian Chicken & Autumn Veggie Soup w/ Tomato Broth in a large ziploc bag. I used this recipe  but altered it for Crock Pot cooking and omitted gnocchi. Then I put this bag into the refrigerator. On Monday morning I’ll pour it into the Crock Pot and my job is done.
On Tuesday I have turkey meatloaf planned using this recipe. Half of my turkey was frozen so I didn’t mix it up ahead of time. Instead I put everything together in the fridge. On Tuesday morning I’ll mix everything and put it into the Crock Pot with the brussel sprouts.
Wednesday I’ll cook chicken in the crock pot. When I come home from work I’ll put it into a skillet with the Campbell’s marsala sauce and broccoli. Easy!
I put leftover chopped butternut squash & kale into a bag and then looked up recipes for chicken, butternut squash and kale. I didn’t want a soup, which was all I could find. Then I found this recipe for pot pie for Thursday‘s dinner. Perfect! I have a box of cornbread mix and will use that to make the crust instead.
Friday we will bake the tilapia with vegetables. Simple & easy.
We always have leftovers or go out on the weekend. I have extra chicken breast, canned tuna, and veggies on hand in case we don’t have enough leftovers for a lunch.
Have a great week!