Monday, March 24, 2008

Menu-Plan-Monday with Costs!

We had a lovely sunrise service yesterday. Just so touching and meaningful. I feel so fortunate to have found my church. Mike and I were talking on the way home that it really does feel like family. Without all the bickering. Mostly. : )

It's been a while. Definitely time to get back in the saddle so to speak on my menu plan and on my home. Specifically cleaning and organizing. It's A M A Z I N G what being ill for just a little while can do to the my home! I'm not sure I'll ever get laundry caught totally up. And I've been buying bread instead of making it, and I hope to get back to making it this week (read: today).

But be that as it may, the brood here still wants to eat. So menu planning I'll do.

What I'm working with this week:
A ham the size of Nebraska. Really. Remember in the Grinch (the cartoon one) where the Grinch is sitting at the table toward the end carving the "Roast Beast"? And he keeps carving and carving and it stays exactly the same size? That is our ham.
We also have a lot of cabbage, some root vegetables, and odd "I've been sick and bought weird stuff" in the fridge that I'd like to use up.

On to the menu. Prices are rounded to the nearest 25¢. The total price of food is counted on the day that it is cooked. Leftovers are counted as $0. On any day that no vegetable is mentioned there is a raw vegetable platter served and $2 is added to the menu cost for that day for the cost of the vegetables with dressing. There are always homemade rolls. They cost me less than 35¢ to make and last for several days.

Monday - Leftover ham, fried cabbage $1

Tuesday - Bean soup (with ham), cornbread $4

Wednesday - Dinner at the church. Mexican. I'll bring Alanna's Mexican Rice Bake and cornbread. I know, but I can't help it. I'm Southern. $11

Thursday - Leftover bean soup, homemade whole wheat bread $4

Friday - Leftover Mexican Rice bake (not really, but I'll make 2 on Wednesday because there is so much food at church that my family probably won't even touch what I bring there, so it's all new to them), salad $4

Total for the work week - $24 (but only because we have so many leftovers)

For more menu inspiration, head over to Laura's Blog!


Canadian Saver said...

Wow, you're going to eat very well and very cheaply too!!

Barb J. said...

I got into a "buy everything at the store premade" mode for awhile, but Hubby has been requesting that I make some more of the rolls from your recipe. Maybe I'll do that tomorrow. Did you ever figure out if we could freeze or refrigerate the dough? I tried to freeze some, but then forgot they were in there until it was too late...

My name is Michelle. said...

Thanks canadian saver! You have a great blog, I marked it and will check in from time to time...looks like lots of useful info.

Barb, I almost wrote you the other day to ask you! LOL I put one in the freezer to try and then promptly forgot about it until I found it all freezer burned the other day. So, I still don't know. And btw, I have a pan rising right now!