Happy Monday my friends! Did you enjoy your weekend? It was beautiful up here in the sierra foothills. After the cold bit of weather we were having, the sun feels very good.
When I woke up this morning, I wasn’t in my “get up and go” mode. I feel much more relaxed, organized and composed. Not that I’m not like this normally, but today feels different. Maybe, because today is my first day of being a “temporary” SAHM. I say temporary because I don’t know for how long. After 7 1/2 years, my employer decided to do some “re-structuring” and I was let go. I was given the opportunity to work two more weeks and last Friday was my last day. I’ve been a working mom outside of the home (over 22 years) for so long do I really want to go back? Financially yes, maybe, mentally no.
I’m sure or hoping there are lots of moms out there who can relate in some way or another. I don’t feel as stressed as maybe one should. Financially speaking that is. Not that we’re Richie Rich, just that I’m a very determined minded person who is resourceful and will look at all avenues of saving my family money. With me not working, that is a huge financial chunk of change gone for us. But, I think we’ll be alright. There’s an upside to every drastic lifestyle change in a person’s life. We’ll just have to see where this road takes us. But I can say, it’s truly a blessing to be able to stay with the kids and hubby more.
In preparation for this family lifestyle change, meal planning has been crucial. Groceries are a huge part of our family’s budget. Now that we will be living more frugally, I’ll be using crock pot freezer cooking a lot more. And you probably already know by now how much I love my crock pot. Yep, I pretty much had to invest in a second one months ago because it makes dinner time so easy. If you don’t own a crock pot, you need one. Seriously. Everyone should own one. This week’s meal plan is based on the comforts and savings of crock pot meals.
I meal plan at the beginning of each week. For me, it’s Sunday mornings when the house is quite and everyone’s still sleeping. I try and manage a decent frugal grocery budget and not go to the grocery store on a weekly basis unless we need dairy products like milk. Weekly meal planning saves our family money, reduces food waste, and keeps us from the urge to say, “Let’s eat out!”
Here’s our plan for the week.
My weekly meal plan and shopping list is completed and posted on our fridge:
(served with fruit)
French toast casserole
Biscuits and Sausage Gravy
Scrambled, Fried, or Hard-Boiled Eggs
Mini Apple Pies or Turnovers
Sandwiches or Wraps (Tuna salad, egg salad, chicken salad, turkey salad, leftover meats, grilled cheese, blt, pb&j)
Leftovers from dinner
Homemade Pizza Pockets
Suppers Your Family Will Love
Need ideas for your weekly meal plan? It’s time for another weekly menu. I enjoy menu planning because of the simplicity it provides for my life. It enables me to decrease my grocery shopping excursions to twice a month and it allows me to have more free time to focus on my family and home. For ideas in the weekly meal plan, we’ll be focusing on a variety of family meals. You’ll find the recipes on the weekly meal plan also available on my Recipe Index page with a grocery list included.
Dinner (recipes will post throughout the week, given time to cook and photograph )
Note: an asterisk* means it’s from the freezer
Sunday: Sunday Supper~ Crock Pot Lasagna, Garlic Bread* –used second crock pot to roast a whole chicken for tomorrow night’s dinner.
Monday: Crock Pot Chicken Tacos
Tuesday: Crock Pot Italian Sausage and Peppers served over white rice
Wednesday: Crock Pot Spaghetti with Homemade Sauce and Garlic Bread*
Thursday: Crock Pot Mexican Chicken Soup, served with tortillas
Friday: Family Favorites Night, Crock Pot Baked Potatoes, Garden Salad
Saturday: Crock Pot Stuffed Bell Peppers, Cornbread
For more great family recipes, be sure to visit my new recipe box page.
What’s cooking at your house this week? Has your family gone through any lifestyle changes?