Jessica's Jottings:

On faith, food, family and frugality

Weekly Menu Plan for 1/5 – 1/11and a few notes

on January 9, 2014

We’re in an interesting place this week because the yeast* that I ordered last week from Amazon still hasn’t shipped yet. I was expecting it to get here mid-week and now, I’m having to adjust the meal plan accordingly. This is cool though, as it will force me to seek out other options. Options like this one that, thankfully, came across my Facebook feed this morning.

We’re also in a tight place because it was time to order a new 5 gallon bucket of coconut oil. This puts an unusual burden on our monthly grocery budget and so there’s no more grocery money until the next paycheck. Thankfully, I was able to restock our frozen veggie supply at the beginning of the month, so the lack of fresh produce is not all that big of a deal. Instead, it’s a LOT like our “Eat Down the Pantry Challenge” that we participated in last year. I’m sure that by the end of next week, we’ll be creating all sorts of new and unusual recipes! 🙂

On a side note, our house that was for sale and vacant was just rented! This most excellent blessing allowed us to put new tires on our family’s van *and* TO PAY IT OFF!!! We were able to PAY OFF our van on the last day of 2013!!! This is HUGE. This puts us at one more debt to go (plus the two houses out of state that are currently rented and haven’t sold despite repeated attempts) and we, Lord willing, will be consumer debt free before September 2014!

We are, as I type this on my seven year old laptop, paying a price to win. We’ve been without a TV since April of 2013 when our five year old daughter threw the remote at the TV and cracked the screen. We had the most minimal of Christmases, but we got to go see our families, which was really what mattered to us. (We also got sick while we were there, but that’s another story. 😉 )

Sunday, January 5

Breakfast: Leftover Breakfast Rice and Paleo Pumpkin Muffins (Note to self: Next time, add the honey.)
Lunch: PB&J’s
Dinner: Spaghetti and oven bread

Tasks: Pack N’s lunch.

Monday, January 6

Breakfast: Pumpkin Pie Casserole
Lunch: Leftovers
Chef salads

Tasks:  Make big salad bowl. Make french and sweet onion dressings. Pack N’s lunch.

Tuesday, January 7

Breakfast: Pancakes
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Baked Tilapia, broccoli and cauliflower


Wednesday, January 8

Breakfast: Biscuits and Banana smoothies
Lunch: Leftovers
Zucchini fritters and salad (the kids swarmed the salad bowl! Wowzers!)

Tasks: Pack N’s lunch. Make mayonnaise.

Thursday, January 9 – a.m. Homeschool group meeting, p.m. small group for N

Breakfast: Oatmeal
Lunch: Leftovers
Meatloaf and green peas, chocolate chip cookies and baked grapefruit for dessert

Tasks: Pack N’s lunch.  Thaw out ground beef and ground bison. Make bison sausage.

Friday, January 10

Breakfast: Baked Oatmeal
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Salmon patties, Sweet Potato Flatbread, and green peas

Tasks: Make Gwen’s Magnesium supplement.

Saturday, January 11

Breakfast: Pancakes or Waffles, Chef’s Choice
Lunch: Leftovers
Chicken soup and biscuits

Tasks: Make new meal plan. Thaw out chicken stock.

*If you do any kind of home bread baking, this is the way to go! You save SO much money by ordering in bulk. It works extremely well (I store the extras in my freezer) and has lasted us for well over a year. At $4.50-ish/4 oz. at Wal-Mart, the same amount of yeast would be $36.00 in individual jars. That’s a $25 savings!

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