Menu Plan: 04/30–05/06


I confess, I’ve been very bad about menu planning the last few months.  When life became chaotic & I never knew when we would get home, I let my menu planning fall to the wayside.  (SIGH)  I know better. When I do this, my grocery budget suffers.  Badly.  As well as our eating out (read: swinging through the drive-thru) goes up.  Thankfully, things are settling down and I am finding more time to fix good homemade meals again.  And we’re all very thankful since we’d rather eat at home than eat out any day. 


AND, now that it’s summer-like weather here in good ol’ East Tennessee, it’s time for me to start switching over to my summer cooking routine.  This will be a bit hard through the month of May since we still have Awana and our homeschool co-op classes, but I’m going to do my best to stick to my plan and keep our eating out down to the very bare minimum (hopefully none).  My plan this week will include some of the chicken that I cooked Saturday night in the Crock Pot ™.  I put 5 pounds of chicken breasts into the Crock Pot ™ on Saturday.  I used 4 of them to make homemade chicken salad yesterday morning, which turned out delicious!!  (I’ll try to share the recipe with you later on this week.)  So, my menu plan this week will be using some of that chicken in another meal.  The rest will be divide  & frozen for future quick meals.  I’m also using ingredients that I already have on hand. 



  • Amish Baked Oatmeal with fresh/dried fruit added (made a double batch, which should last us most of the week)
  • Fruit/Yogurt
  • Oatmeal Pancakes
  • Egg Cups (Bacon & eggs baked in the oven in muffin tins)



  • Sandwiches on homemade whole wheat bread
  • Leftovers



  • Roasted chicken with veggies
  • Homemade Pizza (might do
  • Chicken Alfredo
  • Crock Pot ™ Beef Stew with homemade rolls
  • Chicken Enchiladas with homemade whole wheat tortillas & homemade enchilada sauce
  • Hoagie Sandwiches on homemade whole wheat bread- choice of Ham, Turkey, or homemade chicken salad
  • Spaghetti with sauce & homemade garlic bread

See, I’m keeping things pretty simple around here, but they will be good, home cooked, filling meals that will keep us from eating out!  So, what’s on your menu for the week? Not sure what to fix?  Head on over to Organizing Junkie for more great menu planning ideas!

Menu Plan: 01/09–01/15



As much as I love having a menu in place and am a huge advocate of them, I’ve really let mine slide for the last 3 months!  So, I’m jumping back on the bandwagon and getting back to planning my weekly menu.  Not only does it take the stress of dinner off, but it also really helps to keep our grocery budget in check.  So, here’s my menu plan for the week.




  • Leftovers
  • Sandwiches
  • Ravioli
  • Ramen Noodles (my kids love these)


  • Monday: Grandma’s Soup (aka Poor Man’s Soup)
  • Tuesday: Crock Pot Pinto Beans, cornbread, & potatoes
  • Wednesday: Refried bean burritos
  • Thursday: spaghetti with sauce & garlic bread
  • Friday: Chicken fajitas with Spanish Rice
  • Saturday: Leftovers
  • Sunday: Crock Pot Beef Tips & Rice

There’ll be more sides – just not sure what I’ll add with which dinner yet. 


There’s my first menu plan of 2012!  I honestly don’t know why I let menu planning fall to the way side last year, but I did.  I love having a plan in place.  It makes life so much simpler.  So, what’s on your menu this week?  Not sure?  Well, head on over the Organizing Junkie for more great menu plans & ideas!

Menu Plan: 04/17–04/23



I knew it had been a while since I had posted, but it’s hard to believe that it’s been a month! It’s been raining at our house, both figuratively and in reality.  But, it seems like things are finally starting to settle down, which I’m very happy about.  And it’s also about time that I get back to making out a menu & sticking to it, especially since I had gone to the store & have a few things that need to be used up.  Here’s our menu plan for the week:



  • Sandwiches
  • Leftovers
  • Salad


  • Sunday:  Sandwiches & nachos
  • Monday:  Crock Pot Beef Tips & Rice with steamed broccoli
  • Tuesday:  Fried chicken with mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, & homemade rolls
  • Wednesday:  Leftovers (spaghetti if needed)
  • Thursday: Hot Dogs
  • Friday:  Our Anniversary Dinner!  Special meal planned for my dear husband of 17 years!
  • Saturday:  Easter Dinner with my side of the family (making rolls & a dessert)

That about sums up our menu for the week.  For more great menu plans this week, don’t forget to check out Organizing Junkie & see what everyone else has planned this week.