Friday, June 13, 2008

Dave Ramsey style date......

Only someone who has "blow" money can truly appreciate this. Hubby called last night and asked if I wanted to go see 'Sex & the City'. My first thought, "Movie theater? Expensive. Not to mention that we have to get a sitter..." So instead of ruining my husband's sweet gesture of an adult evening out, I say "Oh yes, that sounds like fun! It will be a lot of blow money though." In true FPU form he says, "Well, we can split it. We'll go dutch!" Keep in mind that we split our blow money so hence the splitting the movie. It's so funny how our thinking has changed. Back in the day we would have paid the sitter, gone to a nice dinner, gotten pizza for the kids, bought popcorn and candy and soda, and easily dropped $200, just to see a movie. We still spent a ridiculous amount of money last night, $44, including a bean burrito for Peyton, sitter, and popcorn and a coke but that's our big night out for the month.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Menu Planning

I know, I have been M.I.A. for a while. It seems like since my mom's passing I can't come up with much that seems important enough to write about. However, this blog helps hold me accountable. Therefore I am going to try, again, to get back into the swing of writing. I am starting to feel like a normal person again so hopefully it won't be such a daunting task. I am posting my menu plan for this week. A menu plan really helps me to only buy the things at the store I will actually use for the week and it also makes it easier for me to cook. I know that sounds weird. When I can just go to my plan and see what the meal for the evening is it seems easier to make it. I know I have all the ingredients and I don't have to come up with something off the top of my head. When I have to "create" something, I am more apt to go to the drive thru. I don't plan breakfast and lunches as much as I do dinner b/c I work outside of the home and I just send the girls lunches. Hubby and I don't really eat lunch. I may grab a snack or sandwich when I get home before dinner but not enough to have a formal plan. On the weeks I know I will be home with the girls, all day, I do plan breakfast and lunch b/c I know that will cut out grabbing McD's while running errands. I find my kids eat better when I have a schedule and not just grab junk on the way out to play. For all of that being said, here's the plan for this week........

Quick Chick (from
Garlic Red Potatoes
Green Beans

Soft Tacos
Mexican Rice
Refried Beans

Grilled Chicken (marinated in Zesty Italian dressing)
Rice a Roni Chicken rice

Sesame Chicken w/ steamed broccoli & vermicelli

Chicken Quesadillas
leftover mexican rice
leftover refried beans

Frozen Pizza (Red Baron's new Garlic Crust pizza's are SOOO good!)

I do all my house work and laundry on Saturday's and it seems like by dinner time I am exhausted. That is bad combination for not eating out. So instead of planning on cooking something I planned the frozen pizza. All I have to do is preheat and put it on a baking stone. I can make the salad in the morning and dinner is done! I know myself well enough to know I will go out b/c I don't want to 1. cook and 2. mess up my clean kitchen! I also always keep and couple of cans of Spaghetti O's around in case my kids won't eat what I'm making. 59 cents is worth it for them to not talk me into going out. If you participate in Menu Plan Monday leave a comment! I always like to see what other people are having. New ideas keep staying home exciting!