Menu Plan Week of Jan 24

Big News!!! Look up at my header, see the words… Home, About Happy, Homeschool, Site Map, Our Story and the new one hanging out on the end? Yes my dear readers it is a recipe page. It isn’t finished, but I have added about 40 recipes so far. As I go through my archives I am linking up new recipes every day. So there you have it, all the recipes on the site (eventually) in one place. Hopefully this will make things much easier, for all of us.

I think I am officially finished with the pantry challenge. I am glad I participated because my pantry got cleaned out, I created some new dishes my family enjoyed, and we saved some money on groceries this month.

Here is my edited pantry list:

  • 5 boxes of pasta 2 boxes of pasta
  • 1/2 box instant potatoes 1/4 box instant potatoes
  • 1 bag of brown rice
  • 1 box of white rice
  • 1 box jambalaya
  • 1 box taco shells
  • 1 bag dried pinto beans refried beans now in fridge and freezer
  • 1 bag dried split peas
  • cream cheese
  • yogurt
  • tomato sauce
  • 2 cans of tomatoes
  • venison meat
  • chicken breasts
  • 1/3 bag shrimp
  • 2 bags chopped pot roast 1 bag
  • 1 bag pierogies
  • 1 bag frozen peas 1/2 bag
  • 1 bag frozen corn
  • 1 small bag frozen carrots
  • half a bag of potatoes
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 8 cups pumpkin puree
  • My pantry when the challenge began:

    My pantry today:

    I know it doesn’t seem like a big difference but the difference I see is in our grocery budget. So far I have spent $240 this month for our family of 9.

    Meals ~ Week of January 18, 2010


    French Toast, Whole Wheat Pancakes, Whole Wheat Waffles, Eggs & Toast


    Sandwiches, Smoothies, Mini corndog muffins, Leftovers


    Salmon cake sandwiches

    served on whole wheat rolls with potato salad and fruit

    Split Pea Soup

    served in a bread bowl with a side salad

    Slow Cooker Shredded Pork Tacos

    Pink Pasta

    served with salad and whole wheat French bread rolls

    Honey Chicken over Rice

    honey chicken

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    1. Awesome! I think you did great!

    2. I love your pantry. I wish I had one.

    3. It sounds like pumpkin soup time with all those tins of puree

    4. Nice header!! I liked to a recipe last week and this week. . . then went to look and they were GONE!! Now I see where they went. 🙂

    5. YAY!!! I just menu planned from recipes that I had saved from your posts last night! Now I can just scroll through and find new ones!! Thanks!

    6. Pumpkin chili time!

      It is REALLY good!

    7. I sorta did the pantry challenge. I bought stuff as well as they were on sale. I have used down some of the meat in the freezer and canned items in the kitchen. I still need to use the canned pumpkin, which will be bread or muffins. I made bread again on Sat. with leftover potatoes. I have a blog on that, in Dec, when I made my first batch.

      We are getting over a flu bug finally,first my husband, who had it worse and then me about a week later. But I wasn’t too bad. My son and his wife and baby were sick last week so I bought some food for them that cooked up fast, cuz I wasn’t feeling good!!! But it’s mostly over!! Hurrah and have a good day!

    8. I’m stealing your Pink Pasta for my ‘Choice of the Day’ on Wednesday. I’ve been looking for a new twist to pasta and sauce. Thanks for posting the recipe!

    9. The honey chicken looks wonderful! I love your pantry. I wish I had one! Our house is ancient and I don’t know how anyone ever stored food in it before! I have a bookshelf in the dining room and a shelf in a very small broom closet. I will be back to “steal” some of your recipes! Thanks!!

    10. I wanna win! I don’t like to cook but I love money 🙂

    11. I appreciate the recipe organization–really it will be handy–but I am Desperately Seeking the next installment of Our Story. To hold me over I have been rereading the long haired hippie portions and just laughing at your craziness!

    12. I wanted to get the recipe for the Mini Corndog Muffins, but it’s not on your recipe page and the link in the post above only gets me a 404 not found error.

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