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    The end of our month got a little screwy too, but we didn't eat out and that's all that matters to me at the end of the day! Will make tacos tonight or nachos. Then when kiddos are in bed I am gonna meal plan for feb! Hubby is outta town, and although he never bothers me he does love talking to me so it's hard to meal plan. Kids ask me to buy everything and anything! Lol.

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    Our meal plan for this week and possibly next will be really messed up as well.

    The last thing we loaded on the POD before we moved from Florida was the deep freeze. The deep freeze was the very first thing we off loaded in to the garage when we finally found our place here in the mountains. I made a point to tell the husband to make sure it was plugged in, immediately, so it could come down to temp and we could transfer what we had stockpiled at his mom's while we were in transition. It was unusually warm the week we were moving in and while I was working the husband was transferring what few belongings we had at his mothers to our new house, including everything I had stashed in her basement deep freeze, about $400 worth of meat. We went through a really fast cycle of warm(ish) weather to freezing then back to warm(ish). I sent the husband out to get some meat from the deep freeze and he realized his mistake. Yes, he plugged the deep freeze in, NO…he never turned it on. So, from the time he dropped everything inside some things had apparently thawed then refroze with natural temps, then started to thaw again. That's when he realized his mistake. Most everything has been thrown away but there were a few things that were in the middle to bottom that might have made it. I pulled everything out of the house freezer and transferred all the questionable meats to the house. The only way we're going to be able to tell if it's to safe to eat is to start thawing and smelling. Any whiff of badness and it goes in the trash.

    Tonight a package of bacon smelled fine so we had BLT's for dinner.

    We have some fresh chicken wings to make for tomorrow along with celery, carrots and blue cheese.

    Thawing the next couple days will be Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sausage and Jenni-O Ground Turkey. If they survived we'll have Sausage Gravy over toast and Turkey Burgers of some kind the next night. If I find a failure we have some frozen dinners as emergency back ups.

    Meal by meal, package by package at this point.

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    Our meal plan for this week and possibly next will be really messed up as well.

    The last thing we loaded on the POD before we moved from Florida was the deep freeze. The deep freeze was the very first thing we off loaded in to the garage when we finally found our place here in the mountains. I made a point to tell the husband to make sure it was plugged in, immediately, so it could come down to temp and we could transfer what we had stockpiled at his mom's while we were in transition. It was unusually warm the week we were moving in and while I was working the husband was transferring what few belongings we had at his mothers to our new house, including everything I had stashed in her basement deep freeze, about $400 worth of meat. We went through a really fast cycle of warm(ish) weather to freezing then back to warm(ish). I sent the husband out to get some meat from the deep freeze and he realized his mistake. Yes, he plugged the deep freeze in, NO…he never turned it on. So, from the time he dropped everything inside some things had apparently thawed then refroze with natural temps, then started to thaw again. That's when he realized his mistake. Most everything has been thrown away but there were a few things that were in the middle to bottom that might have made it. Today I pulled everything out of the house freezer and transferred all the questionable meats to the house. The only way we're going to be able to tell if it's to safe to eat is to start thawing and smelling. Any whiff of badness and it goes in the trash.

    Tonight a package of bacon smelled fine so we had BLT's for dinner.

    We have some fresh chicken wings to make for tomorrow along with celery, carrots and blue cheese.

    Thawing the next couple days will be Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sausage and Jenni-O Ground Turkey. If they survived we'll have Sausage Gravy over toast and Turkey Burgers of some kind the next night. If I find a failure we have some frozen dinners as emergency back ups.

    Meal by meal, package by package at this point.

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    Sorry for the double post. That's never happened to me before and it won't let me edit or delete. :-/

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    MADH-do be careful. When the kids were younger we had that so I put a 5 gal. water jug in front so It couldnt pop. Money.

    Made mac-n-cheese w/ cubed ham,still have 2 pieces of the lagsane and will wing it until Feb.

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    Thank you, FW2. This was just a simple, stupid and COSTLY mistake the husband made. He feels terrible about it. Actually made himself sick over it which made me feel that much more worse. We both do the sniff test on the meat. We both have good sniffers but agreed that if either one of us have a hint of question it goes in the trash. No amount of meat is worth a case of food poisoning. :-)

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    MADH-see; if you moved here you would have all your meat-Because its 10 degrees out!!! We are going up to 30 in a few days but we are supposed to get 8"
    tomorrow during the Stooper bowl. I have in past years stored food in tubs in the garage. However,you have to stack it or the eggs could freeze solid.

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    Alright got another month down!

    2/1- we had Italian Sunday supper
    2/2- L\O
    2/3- brats, beans and potato salad
    2/4- grilled cheese & tomato soup
    2/5- rotisserie chicken, veg
    2/6- date night out
    2/7- venizun fajitas
    2/8- fish fry
    2/9- L/O
    2/10- Philly cheese steaks
    2/11-pizza night
    2/12-pork tenderloin, squash, veg
    2/13- L/O
    2/14- backstraps, veg, baked tater. Or go out???
    2/15- Italian Sunday supper
    2/16- L/O
    2/17- lemon pepper chicken, veg
    2/18- grilled chicken paninis
    2/19- minestrone soup
    2/20- L/O
    2/21- burrito night with homemade refried beans
    2/22- dirty rice w/ sausage
    2/23-salmon and Veg
    2/24- L/O
    2/25- stuffed porkchops, pasta side and veg
    2/26- pizza night
    2/27- BBQ pulled pork, sides
    2/28- roast beef, squash, veg

    Woohoo! 2/12 months planned! Pizza nights are not delivery, I make home made pizzas.

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    ~For February:

    LO
    potato onion soup, sliced cukes and fresh pineapple, popovers
    lime chicken/quorn tacos with all the fixins & fresh guac, corncake
    ham/spinach personal quiche, garden salad
    LO
    HM pizza
    pineapple grilled chicken, grilled pineapple slices, pasta salad, deviled eggs
    quinoa enchilada casserole, sopapillas
    mushroom parm tortellini soup, hm wheat bagels, crudites
    LO
    pasta bake, french bread, caesar salad, sausage
    drumsticks, stuffing, roasted rutabaga, green beans almondine, baked sweet potatoes
    pizza
    grilled beef and bean burgers, grilled pineapple slices, french fries
    chicken and faux-fil-a nuggets, mac&cheese, baked tomatoes, dinner rolls, broccoli
    vegetarian chili, cornbread
    LO
    mushu veg & pancakes, hoisin
    pork loin roast, twice baked potatoes,corn, lima beans
    pizza
    grilled beef and salmon steaks, black rice, asparagus
    felafel, pitas, cuke dressing
    asparagus soup, sesame breadsticks, fruit and dip
    meatball/shroomball subs, salad
    rotisserie chicken, au gratin potatoes, zucchini
    LO
    Pizza
    breakfast for dinner(probably blueberry pancakes, bacon and hash)

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    Hi everybody,
    2-3 sandwiches, chips
    2-4 potato, kale, and sausage soup
    2-5 leftovers
    2-6 ham and potato augratin
    2-7 out to eat
    2-8 meatloaf, mac & cheese, greenbeans
    2-9 leftovers

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    Hi,
    Wow, I have got to get better at posting my menu's. Can't believe tomorrow is March already.
    Sunday-shrimp and sausage pesto pasta.
    Monday- homemade KFC bowl
    Tuesday- leftovers
    Wednesday- beef burritos with Spanish rice
    Thursday- bacon and pancakes
    Friday- leftovers
    Saturday-homemade pizza
    Sunday- chicken stir-fry over rice

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    Forgot about this thread! I did meal plan for march tho! Here it is:

    3/1- Italian Sunday supper
    3/2- BBQ pulled pork and sides
    3/3- salmon and veggies
    3/4- porkchops with stuffing and squash
    3/5- rotisserie chicken, asparagus and Parmesan noodles
    3/6- Venizun strognauf
    3/7- L/O
    3/8- Shepards pie (made one for the freezer)
    3/9- chicken and broccoli braid
    3/10- steak and twice baked taters
    3/11-L/O
    3/12- chicken taco night
    3/13- chicken Seasame
    3/14- pizza night
    3/15- Italian Sunday supper
    3/16-L/O
    3/17- Reuben's!
    3/18- breakfast for dinner with corned beef hash
    3/19- grill out day
    3/20- fish packets and veg
    3/21-L/O
    3/22-steak and twice baked taters
    3/23- gyros
    3/24- chicken, lemon, chard soup
    3/25- L/O
    3/26- Montgomery chicken
    3/27- taco night
    3/28- chicken broccoli braid
    3/29- Italian Sunday supper
    3/30- L/O
    3/31- Seasame chicken


    As you can see there are some repeats. It's cause we didn't have those that night. (Had too many left overs or whatever) so I moved them down. Don't remember what we had those nights, except last night which was Pb and jelly cause me and hubby had the stomach flu!

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    We are still eating every meal (almost) at home but I have lost my way w/ the meal planning. I have just discovered a great site w/ more contemporary cooking.
    Check out Budget Bytes. She is a microbiologist who does budget pantry meals. Theres at least 100 recipes there.

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    So I FINALLY sat down to plan our menu for the rest of the month and keep the possibility of eating out to a minimum. Here's what I have:
    17 - Chicken noodle soup
    18 - Pancakes & eggs
    19 - Out of town at my mom's
    20 - ditto
    21 - ditto
    22 - sandwiches
    23 - Brats & homemade fries
    24 - Spaghetti w/ meat sauce & homemade garlic bread
    25 - Beans (crockpot) and noodles
    26 - Roasted chicken & veggies
    27 - Enchildadas
    28 - Bierocks
    29 - Pork loin (crockpot) & stuffing
    30 - Leftovers
    31 - Chicken pot pie

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    Quote Originally Posted by frugalwarrior2 View Post
    We are still eating every meal (almost) at home but I have lost my way w/ the meal planning. I have just discovered a great site w/ more contemporary cooking.
    Check out Budget Bytes. She is a microbiologist who does budget pantry meals. Theres at least 100 recipes there.
    This is FANTSTIC! I am so excited to try some of these recipes!

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