Ok, friends. I hope to write 52 of these posts this year, partially as scaffolding for a book I want to write and partially to support my desire to be mindful at the grocery store this year, which, in turn, fits into my NYR about spending wisely.
Tuesday: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peas, and fluffy Jell-O. We used this Genius Kitchen meatloaf, which was perfect. (I only had to buy the meat, ketchup, onion, whole milk, and potatoes, so this entire dinner cost $21 or about $3.50/person)
Wednesday: Chicken and noodles over mashed potatoes with steamed broccoli and brownies. (I bought chicken, frozen egg noodles, and broccoli crowns, plus the eggs I used in the brownies, so about $16 or about $2.70/person)
Thursday: Leftovers. Although if I want to have leftover meatloaf, I am going to have to make more than one. YIKES. (The one I made was already extra meaty, featuring a pound of beef AND a pound of turkey. (ZERO DOLLARS)
Friday: Make-your-own pizzas with bread machine dough. Jack is going with a chicken/bacon/ranch situation. I got some pesto and loads of spinach. The rest of the fam seems to favor a more traditional cheese and pepperoni approach. Also popcorn and candy because it's FAMILY MOVIE FRIDAY. ($15 or $2.50/person)
Saturday: Our last turkey pot pie from Thanksgiving, bread machine French bread, cooked spinach, likely more brownies-- or, maybe, the rest of the Christmas tree ice creams. (I actually got nothing at the store for Saturday, but I don't plan to shop again until Sunday, and if we have leftover lunch meat, I will do grilled sandwiches, fries, and spinach instead. A game-time decision-- SUPER EXCITING. But also I feel like we have enough options to sort of wing it. Less than $20 for either option)
OH NO! A quick look at the Google Calendar tells me we will either have a super late night family movie Friday or will have to swap Friday and Saturday on the calendar because we have 2 Friday night hockey practices. It's a thrill a minute around here, folks.
I am happy to report, though, that I was $30 UNDER budget at the store, which means I have cash on hand to buy the laundry and dishwasher soap I forgot! Which, I mean, let's face it, I would have bought anyway because seriously.
One more thing! My MMB post for January is RIGHT HERE.