Monday, August 31, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: Beef and Barley Soup & Biscuits (beef $2 clearance, barley .89, mixed veggies 1, biscuits free)
Tuesday: Chicken Chili & Crescent Rolls (chicken .88, McCormic pack 1.29, beans .89, rolls free)
Wednesday: Sesame Chicken with Sauteed garlic Green Beans (have not found a recipe yet) (chicken .88, green beans 1)
Thursday: Chicken Enchiladas (using leftover chili and a can of green chilis that mom gave me, wraps were .69)
Friday: Pork Chops & Baked Sweet Potatoes ($2 pork, $2 pack of sweet potatoes)
Saturday: L: Chicken Wings / D: Chili Cheese Potato Casserole with Cornbread Casserole
Sunday: L: Hotdog wrapped with Crescent Rolls / D: Italian

I stayed on track last week and doing good. Now if only I could figure out how to get my kids to eat what I make. Seems like they will eat whatever dish I make anywhere else except home.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Shopping online for new kids Sneakers


Do kids need new sneakers for school? Not always. But for my son who spent the summer in either crocks or flip flops we had not realized his sneakers did not fit at all. His heart was set on the new Slimers shoes by Stride Rite. Considering I live 50 miles from the closest mall, I really wanted another option. I would spend another $20 to $30 just getting to the mall. So I looked online. First with Amazon. We joined Amazon for the discount shipping. Living in a small town, we like this Amazon shopping option. They did not have the exact shoe we were looking for, however.

That is when I found Shoebuy. This site offers free shipping as well as free return shipping. So my next task was to try and determine his shoe size.

Size, thats another issue with ordering shoes online. offers a printable sizing chart for kids. You can print it out and try your luck. We first sampled it with my daughter. Hers said she was exactly the size she feels comfortable with. My son's however was another story. His said he should be a full size smaller than what actually fits his foot. My husband feels its a manufacturing difference. There is a chance no matter what.

His Sketchers were a size 1, were tight and his toe went all the way to the end. I went with a 2 wide. I was always told that children's sneakers should have a thumbs width from end of toe to the end of shoe. I was pretty happy with the fact that this site had a huge selection of all the shoes my son was interested in and had his size too, great!

First thing I do before checking out is go to and look for codes. Cool, they have a code that offered me $5.20 off my order. Registering with Shoebuy resulted in another 10% discount of $4.68. In the end I spent $42.00 for a nice pair of Stride Rite shoes with shipping. That same shoe retails for $55 in the store. So I feel like I did very good.

If you are shopping online, I strongly suggest you go to retailmenot first. They have never failed to save me some money.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Fair is in Town

We took our kids to the Fair last night. Arm bands were $14 dollars. A good deal if you break down cost per ride. The kids went on rides at least 20 times. Thats $.70 per ride. The entire night I was fondly remembering going to the Carnival when I was growing up. It was always this time of year, just about fall. We would just be started back to school. We would wait so eagerly all week for arm band day. I remember how crowded it would be. How extra sparkly the stars seemed under the blinking lights of the rides. How my brothers would be running around and not really going on rides. It was special just to walk around. I wanted those sort of memories for my children.

The whole family had a great time and I hope that my children fondly remember the wonderful time they had at our Fair.

This is the second time I have seen the Fair come to town since we moved here in April. I must say, I'm pretty impressed with how many events this town hosts. So far the Fair twice, Main Street Festival, the Circus and the Car Show. You never have to go very far either, its always hosted in the park. For such a small town, it sure does know how to show a resident a good time :-).

Thursday, August 27, 2009

What to do with the Pork loin, my favorite pork marinades

I'm going to process the pork I purchased today by slicing both 4 pound loins in half . I'll get approximately 8 1" cuts from one and I'll wrap those in bacon and freeze. The other 3 I'll marinade for the freezer in three different recipes. One will be Martha Stewart's Honeyed Butter recipe, the second will be Alton Brown's grilled pork marinade and finally Paula Deen's recipe.

Tomorrow I'll cook the chicken in the crock pot and sort out the meat into two freezer bags for later.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

One of these days, I'll figure out how to post the icon. Menu Plan Monday is not my idea but that of a lady named Laura at Although I am sure menu planning has been going on for centuries. I have tried in the past to do my own menu planning before I even knew this blog existed. It has never really come together for me like it has now. Sorta like Weight Watchers I suppose. If you know that somebody else may be watching, you are more likely t0 do it. Right? Anyway, knowing what I'm doing in advance sure does make for a better meal time. I'm more relaxed at dinner time. Therefore my family is more relaxed. I have more time to pay attention to the children. Even my mom has commented (at her last visit) at how much I have my "act" together now. She says, "Wow, you really have this meal planning thing mastered". I owe that to Lara at Orgjunkie.

I have so many canned biscuit products to use up next week from the Kroger sale. I need to think of meal ideas. For the grands, I'm going to break open the pack, lay them all on a cookie sheet and individually freeze them and then store them in a freezer bag. Just like the ones you buy in the freezer section. I'm not so sure this will work for crescent rolls or sweet rolls though.

Here is the line up for this week:

Monday: Pepper Steak
Tuesday: Rosemary Chicken
Wednesday: Taco Dinner
Thursday: Chicken Pot Pie
Friday: Cheese Steaks, Fries
Saturday: Crescent Roll wrapped Hot Dogs/Sirloin Roast and twice baked potatoes
Sunday: Hamburgers/ Spaghetti and meat sauce

Keep in mind that my children eat breakfast and lunch at school. Hubby has cereal for breakfast and leftover dinner for lunch. So I really have no need during school to plan these items.


Monday, August 17, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

If I do not have a menu plan, then dinner becomes a hassle. Uninspired and often started late. Lots of minutes staring inside the freezer. I need this plan to stay organized. To ensure I actually make dinner :-). I still feel this meal plan lacks inspiration. I've been this way since we returned from vacation. A mental protest I suppose?

Here it is:

M: Meatloaf /Mashed Potatoes
T: Chicken & Dumplings
W: Veggie Fried Rice/Dumplings; Rice Pudding
Th: Chicken Enchiladas/rice
F: Home Made Pizza
Sat: L - Hot Wings; D - Pepper Steak
Sun: L - Hot Dogs & beans; D - Baked Ziti/bread
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