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    All great ideas - good thread.

    FW - haha my eyes were playing tricks on me. I read flat as flap. I should have realized but you have some clever ideas so thought maybe meat flap was something new. Had a good laugh though.

    We like leftovers so I will concentrate on cooking what we have on hand to begin the new year and then have it a couple days a week. I too only have the freezer on top of fridge.

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    First week of January:

    1. tuna sushi, spring rolls, brussels sprouts, peach tart
    2. kibbe, almond rice, broccoli
    3. baked chicken, veggie fries, salad
    4. broccoli cheese soup, sourdough bread
    5. baked chicken, zucchini fries
    6. chuck steak, peas, baked potatoes
    7. chicken stir fry, crab wontons, vegetable
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    I found frozen bread dough at Kroger again, I love to spray 2 pans and shove 2 loaves in to rise at night. Then just bake off in the morning. I have a ton of flavored honey and lots of diff. jams. yum. And of course easy pizza too.

    Dh and I were saying I should make some of my stir fry. It goes a long way (if we can stop pecking at it.

    I soaked the beans overnight but I'm too tired to cook them so I hope if I drain them it will be ok for tomorrow. I did get the garlic cloves,have the onions,bay leaves,parsley,broth,canned black beans, and the hot sausage. I will decide about any more hot as I cook it.

    CH-now you got me thinking about a sour dough bread bowl w/ broccoli cheese soup-ratz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Contrary Housewife View Post
    I'm old fashioned, I use a paper and pencil to plan my monthly menus. I get a calendar page from printfree.com. I write in pencil what meat we have on what day, sort of like ILC, but it is chicken (or turkey) every two (or sometimes 3) days, and then I fill in with fish once or twice per week, pork once or twice per month, pasta, etc according to DH's dietary restrictions. I leave one day a week blank, because inevitably we end up eating out, or we have a lot of leftovers to finish.
    I use pen and paper too, except I use one of the free calendars we get from the insurance company, our church, etc. (I always buy a large-print calendar to use as our family calendar, so this is just an extra.) I write-in the "eat-out" nights for things like out of town travel, birthdays, etc.

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    First two weeks of January (the meals marked with a * are new recipes I'm trying--working toward 52 new recipes tried for the year):

    1 - Crock-pot beans and rice
    2 - Pasta Puttanesca
    3 - Ham & Swiss Stromboli*
    4 - Chili & Cinnamon Rolls (using leftover beans)
    5 - Leftovers (or mac & cheese)
    6 - Bean & Cheese burritos (using beans I froze from Sunday)
    7 - Roasted turkey
    8 - Cashew turkey salad sandwiches*
    9 - Apple Chicken Curry*
    10 - Leftovers
    11 - Turkey Pot Pie (x2--will freeze one for another night)
    12 - Spaghetti and meat sauce
    13 - Eat out (DS's b-day meal)
    14 - Pancakes, eggs, and sausage

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    I love these challenges not only because it keeps me accountable but I love getting ideas from others who post!

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    wrong thread
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    Sunday - Cabbage with ham hock, black eyed peas with bacon
    Monday - Sausage Kale soup
    Tuesday - crack slaw
    Wednesday - cabbage rolls
    Thursday - lo

    Can ya tell cabbage is on sale for $0.25/pound???
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    Pay off Ohio House - PAID OFF!! March 2020
    Save for whole house generator - $0/$15,000 (Guess amount, no quote)
    Fully Fund all Retirement Accounts & HSA - $12,500/$43,000
    Save for fruit trees - $0/$2,000 (by December)
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    Here is my meal plan for next 7 days not necessary in order listed
    Tomato soup & grilled cheese
    Bacon scrambled egg,hash brown with onion and peppers,toast or biscuit
    spaghettie and meat balls toast
    Peas,home made mac.and cheese,fried okra corn muffin
    cereal and milk and snack before bed time
    chicken and dumplings and corn muffin
    spinach and scramled egg corn
    may be a left over day in there some time and when i eat large or late lunch is when i usually have cereal for dinner and usually popcorn or something later.

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    I haven't made my list yet. Still need to get some
    more groceries. Planning 1 week at a time.

    So far:
    Tilapia fillets
    Fiber one bars
    Fruit: grapes, apple slices, clementines, bananas
    Yogurt

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    Frugal WAHM-lets us know as you try some of this stuff I am so curious. DH is stuck in a rut guy but he may try things if I just hand it to him.

    Cheddar brats w/ green peppers was annoying. He said yes, sounds good then no to peppers and onion. Just a little mustard. Annoyed.

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    Frugalwarrior2--I definitely will! I've been sorting through tons of cooking magazines I've saved over the years (Taste of Home, Everyday With Rachael Ray, Cooking Light, etc.) and am tearing out recipes or storing them in my online recipe box in an effort to get rid of the clutter and to gain some extra room on/around my bookshelf. These are giving me so many ideas for new recipes! I swear, I could cook every night for the next two try ears and never repeat a recipe!

    I also wanted to say how excited I am when my meal planning allows us some wiggle room. I had all our meals planned out for the week but then a friend brought us a meal unexpectedly and we ended up eating up some more leftovers for another meal, so I was able to shuffle our menus around really easily and still have things planned out for the next few nights!

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    I'll dip a toe in this one. I don't meal plan very much at home, but have to do detailed meal planning for travel or I get completely off track on eating healthy. But I do need to plan suppers on a day by day basis at home. Otherwise it gets to the end of the day and my meal plan falls apart. So my goal for meal planning is to figure out early every morning what's for supper and then make that happen. That means going through my cookbooks for healthy eating and doing real cooking.

    I also have to review where I am in meal planning for travel. I did a lot of work on that last year but things have gotten disorganized since then. I'm hoping things settle down in the next few months and there's no state government shutdown which could cost us thousands again, so maybe we can take a trip or two or more, so I better be ready with the proper food. I actually kind of like doing meal planning for travel, but I hate it at home. Last trip, I realized I cannot have full packages of foods, especially snacks, or I overeat those because I can't judge portions and/or ignore portions because I don't want to bother. So I need to dream up a good way to package my foods into daily bundles like I do with my bento at home. That way, when the food is gone, I'm done for the day just like at home. I'm thinking Ziplocs for each day, completely labeled in detail, and stored in a pail under the camper bed. Should be workable. I've already replaced the battery in my food scale that goes into the camper, and will be adding to my WW tool bag I have for camping, so that's ready.

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    From last week:

    6. chuck steak, peas, baked potatoes (this got scratched)
    7. chicken stir fry, crab wontons, brussels sprouts (tonight)

    Next week:

    1. corn casserole (for potluck, maybe) otherwise, leftovers
    2. turkey steaks, cauliflower, stuffing
    3. kielbasa, stewed green beans, corn bread
    4. smoked chicken thighs, cheesy corn
    5. tomato soup, rosemary bread (maybe cheese sandwiches)
    6. ? chicken, veg
    7. ? fish, veg

    One of those days we will probably end up eating out again.
    Stop trying to organize all of your family’s crap. If organization worked for you, you’d have rocked it by now. It’s time to ditch stuff and de-crapify your world.

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    Gumbo with rice
    Chicken thighs, baked potatoes and peas
    cabbage rolls with home canned tomato soup
    Spaghetti with home canned sause and I'll make garlic bread in the sun oven tomorrow.
    2020 Goals:
    Pay off Ohio House - PAID OFF!! March 2020
    Save for whole house generator - $0/$15,000 (Guess amount, no quote)
    Fully Fund all Retirement Accounts & HSA - $12,500/$43,000
    Save for fruit trees - $0/$2,000 (by December)
    Survive Outage - 6-12s for 3-6 months.....love the pay, hate the hours
    Save for pond....now a 2022 goal

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