Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Menu Plan Tuesday

Sorry I am behind this week. We had a busy weekend and my normal Saturday chores got moved to Monday. I am still working on my 30 day meal plan for October. All the recipes this week can be found in previous posts. Just click on 'recipes' or 'menu planning'.

Monday- Red beans and rice, smoked sausage, salad

Tuesday- Chicken fajitas, rice, refried beans (I missed making these last time I planned.)

Wednesday- Lemon garlic crockpot chicken, green beans, rice, salad

Thursday- Broccoli and Chicken casserole, salad

Friday- Homemade pizza, salad

Saturday- Hot dogs, mac and cheese, carrot sticks

Sunday- Roast with potatoes and carrots

Have a good week!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Free grapes at Target!!

I love free stuff. Free fresh items are almost unheard of! This week Target has their grapes on sale for $1/pd. There is a coupon for $1 off grapes on their website. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

My Homeland- stockpiling trip. 9/28

I was going to post a pic but my camera is broken. My 3 yr old said, "Mommy, are we going to take a picture of the groceries? I have ruined her!

Tonight I got.....
30 bags of Lipton rice
6 boxes of wheat thins
7 bottles of Kraft dressing
3 bags of chex mix
4 bottles of Dawn
2 refried beans
3 grands biscuits
1 cascade rinse aid
More kool-aid than we will ever drink

total: 13.40
total savings: 118.51

I did buy some of the coupons I had so I spent about $10 on that. I was going to get Easy Mac but they were out.

A picture would have been much more impressive. The best thing about this trip is that we will use all of the items I got, eventually.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Oh I wish.......

Got this in an email regarding the Big Bailout...


I’m against the $85,000,000,000.00 bailout of AIG.

Instead, I’m in favor of giving $85,000,000,000 to America in
a We Deserve It Dividend.

To make the math simple, let’s assume there are 200,000,000
bonafide U.S. Citizens 18+.

Our population is about 301,000,000 +/- counting every man, woman
and child. So 200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up..

So divide 200 million adults 18+ into $85 billon that equals $425,000.00.

My plan is to give $425,000 to eve ry person 18+ as a
We Deserve It Dividend.

Of course, it would NOT be tax free.
So let’s assume a tax rate of 30%.

Every individual 18+ has to pay $127,500.00 in taxes.
That sends $25,500,000,000 right back to Uncle Sam.

But it means that every adult 18+ has $297,500.00 in their pocket.
A husband and wife has $595,000.00.

What would you do with $297,500.00 to $595,000.00 in your family?
Pay off your mortgage – housing crisis solved.
Repay college loans – what a great boost to new grads
Put away money for college – it’ll be there
Save in a bank – create money to loan to entrepreneurs.
Buy a new car – create jobs
Invest in the market – capital drives growth
Pay for your parent’s medical insurance – health care improves
Enable Deadbeat Dads to come clean – or else

Remember this is for every adult U S Citizen 18+ including the folks
who lost their jobs at Lehman Brothers and every other company
that is cutting back. And of course, for those serving in our Armed Forces.

If we’re going to re-distribute wealth let’s really do it...instead of
trickling out
a puny $1000.00 ( “vote buy” ) economic incentive that is being proposed by
one of our candidates for President.

If we’re going to do an $85 billion bailout, let’s bail ou t every adult U S
Citizen 18+!

As for AIG – liquidate it. Sell off its parts.
Let American General go back to being American General.
Sell off the real estate. < BR>Let the private sector bargain hunters cut it
up and clean it up.

Here’s my rationale. We deserve it and AIG doesn’t.

Sure it’s a crazy idea that can “never work.”

But can you imagine the Coast-To-Coast Block Party!

How do you spell Economic Boom?

I trust my fellow adult Americans to know how to use the $85 Billion
We Deserve It Dividend more than I do the geniuses at AIG or in Washington

And remember, The Birk plan only really costs $59.5 Billion because $25.5
Billion is returned
instantly in taxes to Uncle Sam.

Ahhh...I feel so much better getting that off my chest.
Kindest personal regards,
T. J. Birkenmeier, A Creative Guy & Citizen of the Republic

Don't know who this is, but what a great idea. Maybe this guy should run for office!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Menu Plan Monday- with recipes

Monday- Spaghetti Pie, Salad, Garlic Bread
Spaghetti Pie
6 oz. spaghetti
2 tbsp butter
1/3 c. Parmesan
1 egg
1 pd. ground beef
1 can or jar of spaghetti sauce
1 c. cottage or ricotta cheese
1/2 c shredded mozzarella

Directions: Brown the ground beef, drain, and add spaghetti sauce. While the ground beef is browning, cook the spaghetti according to package directions and drain. Add butter, Parmesan, and egg to the hot spaghetti. Place the spaghetti mixture in the bottom of a greased pie plate. Spread the ricotta over the spaghetti. Spread the meat sauce over the ricotta. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Spread the mozzarella over the pie and bake until melted. Let stand 5 minutes, cut into wedges, and serve.

Tuesday- Boneless Pork Ribs, Baked Beans, Corn, Rolls
Recipe from COOKS.COM

3-4 lbs. country style ribs (boneless)
1 lg. bottle BBQ sauce
1 thinly sliced onion
Brown sugar
Garlic powder

Place ribs in 9 x 13 inch pan. Sprinkle with garlic. Bake at 400 degrees for 45-60 minutes. Remove from oven. Lower temperature to 250 degrees. Drain fat from meat. Sprinkle with a little more garlic and brown sugar to taste. Pour BBQ sauce on top with thinly sliced onion. Bake 3 more hours at 250 degrees. Don't over cook.

Wednesday- Peppery Beef & Veggies, Beef Rice (Lipton sides), Egg Drop Soup
This recipe looks involved but if you read through it, it's not so bad.

4 oz. thin spaghetti
1/2 c. water
3 tblsp. soy sauce
2 tsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. ground red pepper
non stick cooking spray
1 c. fresh or frozen pea pods, halved crosswise
1/2 c. chopped green or red sweet pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 c. fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 tblsp. cooking oil
3/4 pd. lean boneless beef, cut into thin bite size strips

1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain well and keep warm.
2. Meanwhile, for sauce, in a small bowl stir together soy sauce, cornstarch, black and red pepper. Set aside.
3. Spray a cold wok or large skillet with non stick cooking spray. Heat over med-high heat. Add pea pods, green or red sweet pepper and garlic; stirfry 1 minute. Add mushrooms; stirfry 1-2 more minutes or until vegetables are tender. Remove veggies from wok.
3. Add oil to wok. Stirfry beef in hot oil for 3-4 minutes or until done. Push the beef to the sides of the wok. Stir sauce and pour into center of wok. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Return veggies to wok; cook and stir all ingredients 1 minute. Toss with spaghetti. Makes 4 servings.

Thursday- Chicken Flautas w/ black beans, Rice, Guacamole

6 10-inch tortillas
1/2 c. chopped onion
1 clove garlic minced
1 tsp. cooking oil
2 c. shredded chicken
1 c. canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 c. bottled salsa
1/2 c. shredded Mexican cheese
Cooking oil for frying
3 c. shredded lettuce

1. Preheat oven to 350. Wrap tortillas tightly in foil. Heat in oven about 10 minutes or until heated through.
2. Meanwhile, for filling, in a large saucepan, cook onion and garlic in the 1 tsp. hot oil until tender. Stir in chicken, black beans, 1/2 c. salsa, and cheese.
3. For each flauta, spoon about 1/2 c. filling across each warm tortilla about 1 1/2 inches from one edge. Roll up tortillas as tight as possible. Secure with wooden toothpicks.
4. In a very large, deep skillet, heat 1-1/2 inches of cooking oil to 365. Fry flautas, 2 at a time, for 2-3 minutes or until crisp and golden brown, turning once. Drain on paper towels. Keep fried flautas warm in a 300 degree oven.
5. To serve, remove toothpicks. Halve flautas crosswise. If desired, serve with lettuce, guacamole, salsa, and sour cream.

*Baked flautas: Prepare as directed. Place flautas on a large baking sheet and brush with 1 tblsp cooking oil. Bake in a 350 oven for 30-40 minutes or until heated through. Serve as directed.

Friday-Pork tenderloin, broccoli & cheese rice, salad, rolls

Saturday-Sesame chicken w/ broccoli
Speedy Chicken Stir-Fry
8 oz. angel hair pasta (capellini), uncooked
2 cups small broccoli florets
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
1/2 cup KRAFT Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1/4 tsp. each: ground ginger, garlic powder, crushed red pepper
1/3 cup chopped PLANTERS Dry Roasted Peanuts

COOK pasta as directed on package, adding broccoli to the boiling water for the last 3 min. of the pasta cooking time.

MEANWHILE, spray large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 6 to 8 min. or until cooked through, stirring occasionally. Stir in dressing, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and crushed red pepper; cook 1 min., stirring occasionally.

DRAIN pasta mixture; place in large bowl. Add chicken mixture; mix lightly. Spoon evenly into four serving bowls; sprinkle with the peanuts.

Sunday-Crockpot roasted chicken, mixed veggies, garlic red potatoes
I love this site. I have gotten lots of great recipes from it.


Sunday, September 21, 2008

CVS this week- 9/21

Ok so I got some decent deals today but I am most excited to tell you that the Malt o Meal cereal is clearanced 75% off! I don't need any more cereal, but for .25 a box I am thinking of building the kids a fort in the living room! It will be like a gingerbread house, only cereal boxes. I know how this going to go. This week they will be excited. Next week, they might have a couple of bowls for a snack. Next month, they will be giving it to the mail man. I sure hope he likes 'Froot Loops'.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Target dealios!

I like Target. I don't shop EVERY SINGLE deal there because I end up wandering through the kids clothes and shoes and buy things I don't need. Therefore I save nothing, and spend money I wasn't planning. I know I need to work on my self-control. However, I have 2 deals that I can only get at Target and they are too good to pass up. I will be putting on my blinders. "They do not need more clothes. They do not need more clothes. 75% or not, they do not need more clothes."

Deal 1-Iams dog food
If you signed up for the free Iams dog food coupon a few weeks back, you should be receiving your coupon anytime. I just got mine today. On 's Target coupon generator there is a coupon for $5 off any 6lb or larger Iams dog food. My free coupon states 'free up to $7'. If you combine it with the $5 coupon you can get a good size bag for a few cents. Woo Hoo!

Deal 2- Barbie lunch pails
Remember when we bought all that Skippy peanut butter at Target? Remember the $5 off Barbie sportswear peelie on the creamy variety? I made a mental note of these at the time. Well, now the Barbie lunch pails are on sale for 4.98. I guess they are considered sportswear b/c the coupons are being reported as working. These will make good birthday gifts. I love really good free stuff!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Homeland deals 9/17-9/23

Quite a few good ones this week. The final price is after the doubled coupon.

Tyson Any'tizers 3.50 ($1/1 All You Sept) =1.50
Pop Secret 1.50 (.60/1 ip) =.30
Special K Bars 2.00 ($1/1 Vocalpoint) =FREE
Crest 1.66 (.75/1 8/31 PG) =.16
Rice krispie treats 2/$4 ($1/2q SS 8/3K) = $1 each
Cheerios 2/$5 ($1 ip)= .50 each
Rice A Roni 10/$10 (If you have any of the .50 ip's this is free. They are not available anymore.)
Yogos 2/$4 ($1 ip) =FREE
KC Masterpiece 1.50 (.75 ip) =FREE
Easy Mac cups 1.00 ($1/2 ip) =FREE
Pillsbury Ready to Bake Cookies 2/$5 ($1/2 ip) =2/$3
Vive Pro 2/$7 ($1/1 7/13 SS) = 1/$1
Lean Cuisine 50%off- PSA? ($1/1ip) = close to free of free
Dole Fruit Naturals 4/$5 (.55/1 8/10ss#3)= .15 each
Dole Salad Kits 2/$5 (.50/1 9/14 SS)= 1.50 each

These are the best deals I see. Anyone else have anything to add? BTW- Most of the ip's are on smart source. Google the others.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Menu Plan Monday- with recipes

Monday- Dirty Rice, Green Beans, and Cornbread

No recipe here. I buy the Zatarain's box mix.

Tuesday- Chicken Fajitas, Mexican Rice, Black Beans

2 pds. chicken
1 bell pepper
1/2 red onion
1 1/2 tblsp. chili powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
1/2 c. olive oil

1. Slice chicken into 3-in. strips approximately 3/4 inch wide.
2. Slice bell pepper lengthwise, approximately 1/2 inch wide.
3. Slice onion into 1/2 inch wide strips.
4. Mix all spices together in a small bowl.
5. Pour olive oil into large bowl; add spices and mix well.
6. Marinate meat, pepper, onion, in olive oil- spice mix for 10 minutes. Be sure meat and vegetables are coated well.
7. Heat a large skillet on medium high heat. Add meat and veggies. Cook until chicken is cooked through.

Wednesday- Breakfast for dinner

Bacon, eggs, and Cinnamon Rolls

Thursday- Parmesan Chicken, buttered noodles, salad, garlic bread

From Kraft Foods.com

4 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1 lb.)
1/4 cup KRAFT Light Zesty Italian Dressing
1/4 cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese

PLACE all ingredients in large resealable plastic bag; seal bag. Turn bag over several times to evenly coat chicken with dressing and cheese.

REFRIGERATE 30 min. to marinate, laying bag flat so chicken pieces do not overlap in bag.
PREHEAT oven to 425ºF. Remove chicken from marinade; discard bag and marinade. Arrange chicken on foil-covered baking sheet. Bake 20 min. or until cooked through (165ºF).
Make Ahead
Freeze bagged chicken and dressing up to 3 months. Remove chicken from bag; discard bag and marinade. Place frozen chicken in single layer on foil-covered baking sheet. Bake at 350ºF for 1 hour or until chicken is cooked through (165ºF).
Variation - Asian Sesame Chicken
Prepare as directed, using KRAFT Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing and substituting 1 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds for the 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.

Friday- Homemade Pizza, Salad

Saturday- Stir fry veggies & chicken, fried rice, egg drop soup
I'm using the stir fry sauce I talked about a few weeks back. Easy and yummy!

Sunday- Crock pot Chicken, Green Beans, Chicken Rice, Rolls

  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 (12 ounce) jar turkey gravy
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt-free herb seasoning blend
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • Directions

    1. Place chicken and gravy into a slow cooker. Season with paprika, seasoning blend and soy sauce. Cook on high for 4 hours or for 6 to 8 hours on medium. Tear chicken into pieces. Serve over rice, noodles or potatoes.

    Enjoy! Have a good week!

    Drugstore Deals 9/14-9/20

    I don't normally shop Walgreens. The whole rebate thing seems like a lot of work to me. If I didn't get so much at CVS I might feel differently, but I enjoy the instant gratification of CVS. However, the last couple of weeks Walgreens has had some great Register Reward deals (these will be referred to as RR). I totally missed the Robitussin deal from last week but I will be paying more attention from now on!! Here are the best deals I see for the week at both stores.


    Excedrin Express Gel Tablets 20 ct 3.99 get 3.99 ecb= FREE (limit 1)
    -$2 7/13 SS
    $2 printable http://www.excedrin.com/index.shtml

    Purex detergent 2.99 get 1 ecb (limit 5)
    -.50 8/10 SS

    $3.00 ECB wyb $10.00 worth of Covergirl Limit 1 (eyeshadow 2.99, lashblast 6.49, wetslicks 3.99, aquasmoothers line 5.49)
    Cover Girl Lip Product B1G1F (9-30-08) P & G 8/31/08
    Cover Girl Product, any $1 (9-30-08) P & G 8/31/08

    $5.00 ECB wyb $10.00 St Ives products Limit 1
    Buy One Elements Product Get One Free (expires 10/31/08) SS 8/10
    $1/1 St. Ives bodywash or lotion (expires 10/31/08) SS 8/10

    $3.00 ECB wyb Aleve D Sinus & Cold or Sinus Headache @ $3.99 Limit 1
    Aleve, any 20 ct.+ .75 (10-31-08) V 7/27/08
    $1.00 off Aleve D printable FREE after ECB

    Colgate 2-n-1 4.6 oz, or Max Fresh Original 6 oz ($2.99, or 99c after Super q)
    $1/1 Any Colgate Max Fresh, All You September
    $.75/1 Any Colgate 4 oz.+, 8/24/08 SS
    $1.50/1 All You magazine June, July,and August
    1.50/1 printable at www.colgate.com

    Irish Spring 8 pack bar soap or 18 oz body wash ($3.99, or $1.99 after Super q)

    Twin Pack Speed Stick Ladies or Mens ($3.99, or $1.99 after Super q)
    $1/1 Men's Speed Stick Printable

    Softsoap Liquid Hand Soap 12 oz ($2.99, or 99c after Super q)
    $.35/1 Softsoap Liquid Handsoap, any 7.5 oz or 12 oz. 8/24/08 SS

    There is also some Glade coupons out there for a Glade deal. I have tried to read and read other forums about this deal but I gotta tell ya, I am too confused to explain it. If I figure it out, I will edit this post. If any of you know how to do it, please post it in the comments section.

    Monday, September 8, 2008

    30 days of meals- September

    OK here it is. For all that have asked for my 30 days of dinners, here we go. It's actually 28 because the last Monday is on the 29th. That's when I'll start October. I am not going to post the recipes now. Just know that I will post them each Monday, with Menu Plan Monday.

    1. Chicken and Veggie Stir fry, Chicken Fried Rice, Egg Drop Soup*
    2. French Dip Sandwiches, corn, buttered pasta
    3. Chicken quesadillas, Mexican rice, black beans
    4. Broccoli & Chicken Casserole, salad, garlic bread
    5. Jambalaya & cornbread
    6. Pizza & Salad*
    7. Grilled pork steaks, (hot dogs for the kids) grilled corn, twice baked potatoes
    8. Chili and cornbread
    9. Breakfast casserole & biscuits
    10. Lemon Garlic Chicken, green beans, rice, rolls
    11. Tostadas, Mexican rice, black beans
    12. Sandwiches & salad
    13. Spaghetti, salad, & garlic bread
    14. Beef Stroganoff, peas, rolls
    15. Dirty rice, green beans, cornbread
    16. Chicken fajitas, rice, black beans
    17. Bacon, eggs, hash browns, cinnamon rolls
    18. Parmesan chicken, salad, buttered pasta, garlic bread
    19. pizza, salad*
    20. Chicken and veggie stir fry, fried rice, egg drop soup*
    21. Crock pot chicken (quick chick), green beans, rice, rolls
    22. spaghetti pie, salad, garlic bread
    23. boneless pork ribs, baked beans, corn, & rolls
    24. pepper beef & veggies, beef rice, egg drop soup
    25. chicken flautas, rice, guacamole
    26. Pork tenderloin, broccoli and cheese rice, salad, rolls
    27. sesame chicken, steamed broccoli
    28. crock pot roasted chicken, mixed veggies, garlic red potatoes
    29. This is the last Monday of the month so I will make my new plan, starting today, for October.
    * These items repeat.

    Menu Plan Monday- with recipes

    Sorry I am late in the day posting this. I had to work this morning and we are attempting to re-paint our master bedroom. I always forget how much I dislike painting until it's time to do it. Without furthur ado...

    Monday- Crockpot chili and cornbread

    No real recipe here. I just make the chili on the back of the McCormick package and let it simmer in the crockpot. It makes the meat so tender! When you use canned beans, make sure you put them in about an hour before your meal time so they aren't mush. Jiffy cornbread. It's the best!

    Tuesday- Breakfast casserole, biscuits

    I haven't made this but I got the recipe from one of the many posters on orgjunkie.com. I also have a roll of sausage I got for free, so that helps.

    Breakfast Casserole

    7 eggs
    2 c. milk
    8-12 slices of bread (whatever you have on hand)
    8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
    1 lb. of sausage
    Seasoning of your choice (italian, sage, etc)
    Salt to taste


    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8x11 or 9x13 pan with oil.

    Slice crusts of bread and cube. Place in pan.

    Beat eggs and milk. Pour over bread. Using fork, lightly mix bread untill all cubes are soaked.

    Brown sausage while bread cubes are soaking. Drain grease. Layer sausage on top of bread mixture. Layer cheese on top of sausage. Sprinkle seasoning on cheese.

    Bake for 45 min. Serves 6-8.

    Wednesday- Lemon Garlic Chicken, green beans, rice, rolls

    This is the same recipe I posted a couple of weeks back. I make this in the crockpot and it's a family favorite.

    Thursday- Tostadas, mexican rice, black beans

    These are just flat tacos. You can find the tostada shells with the crispy taco shells. Cover with lettuce, cheese and tomatoes.

    Friday- Bagel sandwiches, salad

    Hubby's late night at work.

    Saturday- Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread

    Hubby usually gets home late this night as well. The longer the sauce cooks, the better it is so I can feed the kids early and keep it hot for him.

    Sunday- Beef Stroganoff, peas, rolls

    I love this recipe. It's SO, SO good, and way easy!

    Beef Stroganoff

    1-2 lbs stew meat
    1 package lipton onion soup
    1/2 can sprite
    1 can cream of mushroom soup
    *8 oz sour cream, for after cooking
    *white rice, for after cooking

    Place first four ingredients in crockpot. Cook on low for 8 hours, or high for 6 hours.

    1 hour before cook time is over, remove sour cream from refrigerator. When cook time is finished, add room temperature sour cream, and stir. Serve over white rice.

    I have received a few requests for my 30 day dinner plan so I am going to post it asap. I will still post each week on Monday, with the recipes. WHat are having at your house this week? Please post your comments!

    Thursday, September 4, 2008

    New Kraft magazine

    The very nice people at Kraft must have read my post about making a 30 day meal plan because they sent me a magazine full of recipes- for free! No, seriously, I have been receiving the Kraft Food & Family magazine for a few years now and it is awesome! I have gotten many a recipes from their publications and I still have every issue! It is a bright, colorful, helpful magazine with lots of quick and easy meals. They send it out every quarter, or season, for free! What's better than that? To sign up, just copy and paste the link. There are even a few coupons in this issue.

    Wednesday, September 3, 2008

    Task complete...

    After reading the orgjunkie.com's Menu Plan Monday posts for the past two evenings, my 30 day dinner plan is finished! Thirty meals with no repeats is A LOT! (I don't know how Rachael Ray wrote the 365 -no repeats book. Aye, yi, yi!) OK I shouldn't say no repeats because we are having pizza 3 times, but I'm still pleased with the plan. Actually I am feeling VERY ORGANIZED today. I printed a blank calendar and (in pencil) I wrote in all my dinners, important school dates (progress reports, school pics, P/T conferences), when my step-daughter will be here, any evenings that I have to work (few and far between, but I am getting into my busier time of year at work), etc. Now I can glance at the day and know what it will hold instead of digging for the 5 million notes to realize that I already missed something because I remembered the date wrong. I only did this for September, as to not get overwhelmed, but I am already finding it helpful. I showed it, and explained it, to hubby. I'm hoping we can all be on the same track this month. Is there something easy you do to help keep your family more organized? Please share!

    Monday, September 1, 2008

    Menu Plan Monday- with recipes

    I finally did it. I spent 39.67 at the store today. Under $40! But then I remembered I had to get milk and eggs. And butter. Darn it! So, my goal of a $40 a week grocery budget is still in the distance. Sigh. Here's the plan for this week.

    Monday- Chicken and Veggie Stir-fry, Chicken Fried Rice, Egg Drop Soup

    I found a recipe on Allrecipes.com for stirfry, but I forgot that I had found it. So I bought some stir fry sauce at the store. I'll stick with the sauce, and let you know how it turns out. If you've never made egg drop soup, it is ridiculously easy. Basically, you boil chicken broth, beat an egg and drop in forkfuls into the boiling broth. I know, too easy right?

    Tuesday- French Dip Sandwiches, grilled corn, butter and garlic pasta

    I am using the leftover roast from Sunday for these. Broil some hoagie rolls, add provolone and use the juice from the roast to dip. Yummy!

    Wednesday- Chicken quesadillas, rice, and black beans

    I made extra chicken when we had fajitas last week for these. Add some fresh grilled onions to the chicken and cheese. I make these like a grilled cheese sandwich, only with tortillas. Put a little olive oil in the pan, and wait for the cheese to melt. Then cut into quarters.

    Thursday- Broccoli and Chicken Casserole, Garlic Bread, Salad

    I posted this recipe a few weeks back. (Click on recipe link.) I really like this one because I can keep the ingredients on hand all the time. Everything is in the freezer, or pantry.

    Friday- Sandwiches, Soup and Salad

    Saturday- Homemade pizza, salad

    I know I am going against all the other ladies here but I have a secret. I use Jiffy pizza crust mix. SHHHHHHHHHH! It's only .48 a box, and I don't have to measure anything. If I had a lot of time on my hands I would pre-measure these into ziploc bags but I have kids. And a job. And pets. And a hubby. Maybe one of these days when I get a day to myself, this will be one of the things I will do. Until then, I will spend .48!

    I do not have Sunday planned because this week is the end of my first attempt at a 1 month menu plan. I really enjoyed not having to think of a plan each week. I just looked at my week at the beginning of the week, and got the things I needed. This seriously cut down on the thinking time. It only took me about an hour one afternoon to write the plan for the month. I think I will do it again for September!

    Please link us to your menu plan on the comments page. I have 30 meals to write. I know I need some inspiration!