It’s been awhile since I’ve put together a weekly dinner menu online, we were a little laid back on the menus during the summer but now that school is back in session, it’s time to start focusing on routines, homework, menus and more.
Over the weekend, we enjoyed a huge treasure outing. First, we started off with the 30th Annual Labor Day Weekend Yard Sale at the Sierra Presbyterian Church. Throughout the day, we stopped in to check out the small thrift shops. Usually the first weekend of the month, items are 50% off or more. You can usually find me somewhere in the housewares, kitchen or cookbook section. I found some kitchen treasures along the way and some new throw pillow for our couches. Here are a few of my frugal finds:
Sears Roebuck CO. Chef Quality Aluminum Maid of Honor Canisters-$3.00
They are in perfect condition, not sure exactly what year they are from. Can anyone date these?
Pampered Chef Ice Shaver/Sno Cone Maker-$2.50
It’s an older model dated in 1995 before my time as a Pampered Chef Consultant. The only thing missing is the ice maker cups with the lids. I have enough small freezer containers with lids that would work to use as a substitute. I enjoy finding and collecting older Pampered Chef products.
The Pampered Chef Favorites II and Amy Sutherland’s COOKOFF-$0.50
Two more great books to add to my collection. The Pampered Chef Favorites II is from 1994. More great recipes from appetizers to desserts. I love the recipes-Taco Lasagna, Cinnamon Swirl Loaf, Banana Split Brownie Pizza-YUM! Amy Sutherland’s COOKOFF is about her experience as a journalist taking readers on a guided tour of the vast competitive cooking competitions and the people she meets along the way. I can’t wait to read it!
And lastly, I found a Belgium Waffle Maker in perfect condition. Outside is a little faded in color but inside is in great shape. I’ve been wanting a waffle maker for some time now. This is perfect for making waffles ahead of time and freezing them. Kids can pull out of the freezer for a quick breakfast.
Belgium Waffle Maker-$4.00
Okay, enough frugal thrift talking, let’s plan the week’s menu:
Monday: BBQ Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Slow-Cooker Baked Beans, a juicy watermelon and for dessert, a French Vanilla Blueberry cake.
Tuesday: Apple Pork Chops, covered with sliced baking apples.( marinated in refrigerator the night before. This recipe does take an extra 15 minutes to cook, but it’s so worth it. )
Wednesday: Southwestern Sausage Gumbo served over rice.
Thursday: Cooked Pinto Beans with Mozzerella cheese
Friday: Pizza, fresh veggies and fruit platter
Saturday: Breakfast for Dinner–Belgium waffles, scrambled eggs, sausage and apple sauce.
Hope you had a great weekend and have a safe Labor Day!
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