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How’s Your Tuesday going?

Hello World! Greetings for the swamps of Southeast Louisiana. How’s your Tuesday going? I hope this post greets you in the best of health and spirits. Today started off bad, I had my GYN appointment, which was very painful on many levels, but that’s behind me now.

My hysterectomy is scheduled for 6/5. I am trying to get everything done and ready to go for me to be down for about two weeks. I am hoping that my granddaughter’s Chiari brain surgery can wait at least til I have recovered enough to go to the hospital to stay the length of her hospital stay. Kristie will see the neurosurgeon on 6/3, so we will know from there, when the surgery will be and what we should expect.

Lauren has another art class at the library tonite, so I am sitting outside on the deck, typing this blog. Again, weather is nice and warm, light breeze blowing, sun is going down and no mosquitoes are out, so yea at this moment life is good today.

Dinner will be either egg or grilled cheese sandwiches, depending on what Lauren wants when we get home. I usually throw something into the crockpot on days when I know I won’t be home most of the day, but the day started off late, since Lauren and I both overslept, so we had to dress, eat breakfast and out the door we went for me to make my doctor’s  appointment.

I am not a Mom to swear off processed foods for my child, although I do monitor the amount she has because so of those additives in the processed foods have been known to cause allergies and with her mental state, I don’t need any other problems. So, 90% of what is fixed in my house is fresh or at least out of a box. I tend to stay away from those tv dinners. Not only due to the additives, but with Lauren growing so much, so fast, it would take at least two of the smaller dinners to fill her up.

Ok, I guess that’s about it for this babbling session,
I hope everyone has a great evening,
Reba

 

Feeding Us on Little Money

Hello world! I am here to talk food, mainly meats. With today’s economy as it is, the food prices are going up. Around here we are paying 4.00 for a gallon of 2% white milk, can’t afford the chocolate milk anymore.

I am a stay at home mom, not by choice. Lauren is a handful between the seizures, the PTSD, the homeschooling, and her other issues, that I couldn’t possible get a job that would pay me enough to pay a sitter to keep her. Remember Lauren is 16 years old and still requires around the clock attention. From the time my eyes open in the morning until the time I close my eyes at night, and many times throughout the night, I am dealing with Lauren.

So rather than cry over spilled milk, I just go on and make the best of the current situation. One of the ways I make the best of the situation is by shopping sales. When I shop the sales, I buy in bulk as much as possible, then come home and freeze the purchased meat flat. Yep, I put cookie sheets into the freezer with my meats on there and let that freeze, then I put all of it into Ziploc bags. Like that if it’s only me eating, I can take out just one serving of meat, if we have company, I can take out an extra serving without taking out several extra servings. Lauren will not eat leftovers for the most part.

Today alone, I bought pork sirloin chops at .97 cents per pound, 8 chops per pack, whole package cost me 7.50. A family pack of ground chuck at 2.47 per pound, a 3 1/2 pound package, I paid 8.46 per package on the ground meat. I got these deals at our local grocery store.

Since the package of chops has several in there that are too big for just one of us to eat, that one chop will be a meal for the two of us, probably smothered in onions, with a brown gravy, served over white rice with a vegetable on the side. The whole meal will be less than 1.10 per serving, can’t beat that. The smaller chops I will eventually do shake and bake with those, since that is Lauren’s favorite or I can add two to the crock pot and let it cook like that with a gravy over creamed potatoes.

The ground meat. I will make us 6 patties, freeze those flat, then use the rest of the ground meat to make 1 pound packages that I will throw into the freezer. So the hamburgers are less than .50 each at best. Add some French fries and corn on the cob then we are good to go.

From our local wholesale club I get great deals on meat. Boneless, skinless chicken breast is 1.77 per pound, I can usually get about 5-7 per package at 14.00 per package. I freeze those flat as well. Those will later become chicken spaghetti, chicken alfredo, chicken casserole, chicken fingers, the list goes on. I get as many meals as I have chicken breast because the breasts are big enough to where one is enough for a meal and we both have adequate amounts of meat.

At the wholesale club I also pick up on bone in chicken legs. I can usually get say 10-14 legs per package and I pay like 6.00 for the package. Lauren loves her chicken legs, so this is a treat for her. I usually do the chicken legs in a stew, shake and bake, smothered, or baked. Again, one meal per week, will be chicken legs. I am at 5 meals per week with meat and my cost for the meat is right at about 45.00? Again the chicken legs are frozen flat, so I only take out what I need for a meal. I hate to waste food with food cost ever climbing.

I buy the Bar-S sausage at the local grocery store for about 4.00 for a package that contains 16 sausages. I freeze those flat as well. When dried beans are for dinner, I take a couple of sausage links out of the freezer, chop those up, and add those to the beans. This will make the servings of beans pennies on the dollar. I serve all my beans over white rice.

I also buy the big packs of Bar-S bun length hotdogs, I freeze those flat as well. Like that I can have a quick meal for Lauren and I without wasting a whole pack of hotdogs, remember, Lauren does not eat leftovers. I know hot dogs are bad for us humans, but Lauren doesn’t like the turkey dogs, I am not a fan either.

At the wholesale warehouse, I find great deals on pork. I bought a lean pork roast, cut that in 1/2 and we have at least 4 servings in each portion. I do the roasts mainly when we are having company. Same time I bought the roast, I bought the pork stew meat, it was priced 2.20 per lb, paid 8.30 for the package, so I was able to squeeze four 1 pound servings out of that one package.

Also at the wholesale warehouse, I also pick up the Tyson chicken patties or the Tyson chicken strips. I alternate the bag I buy per month. Since the bag is so big, we can’t eat the whole bag in one month, so I alternate what I purchase so I can alternate meals.

There’s a list of the meats I buy per month, my meat purchases per month are right at 50.00 give or take per month. Of course, I do try to shop our local little grocery stores for the best sales possible. I already posted the blog about our monthly menu of ideas for meals for Lauren and I. I will go and re-blog that for anyone who missed the original post.
Thanks for the read,
Later,
Reba

So Much for Spring Cleaning…..

Just when I think I am on a roll and making progress, things went all wrong. I went to the deep freeze to take out something for dinner, when I realized that the freezer was thawing. I was completely out done. Upon digging into the freezer, I realized that only the top half of the freezer had thawed.

SO, ditched the spring cleaning plan and started cooking the meat that had thawed. Made me sick at the thoughts, I had just put most of the meat into the freezer over the past week or so. Tonight’s dinner meal was smothered pork steaks, fish sticks, corn on the cob, and a beef rice as a side dish. Oh also had a cucumber salad and I had served boiled eggs, that were getting to be outdated, I hate to waste.

Tomorrow’s lunch, will be fish sticks with a frozen veggie of sort that thawed and some sort of side dish. Tomorrow’s dinner will be, again pork chops, just cooked a different way. My oldest daughter, Becky, just so happened to show up, as I was going through the freezer, so she took all the pork stew meat home with her and smothered that down to be put back into the freezer.

After all is said and done, after I cleaned, cooked, and cleaned again, I am exhausted and ready for bed. I wanted to put out some quality blogs today, BUT there went that idea huh, but luckily I did go open the freezer when I did.

I hope everyone has a great evening, see y’all in the morning,
Later,
Reba

Lemon And Garlic Chicken

I have been promising all week to start sharing some of the recipes from my 33 day menu. Sorry it has taken so long. I won’t promise when the next recipe will post, due to life keep getting in the way, but I do promise it will be this week.

Lemon and Garlic Chicken
1 whole chicken (watch for sales, buy 2, one for later use)
1/2 lb of baby carrots is enough for my family of 2
3 Medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 large onion, sliced, chopped is not necessary
2 small lemons, quartered
1 tsp of minced garlic
seasoning, i.e. season salt, onion powder, pepper, what ever your hearts desire
1 tablespoon of plain old flour
1 Large reynold’s baking bag (the see thru kind)

Put the flour into your bag and shake to coat the bag. Remove the innards from the chicken and discard.
On a clean plate, season your chicken. with your favorite seasoning.
Place the chicken into the bag when you are done.
Arrange potatoes and carrots around the chicken, evenly.
Put the onion slices on the top of the vegetables and inside the chicken.
Sprinkle the minced garlic the best you can on top of veggies and the chicken.
Squeeze the lemons on top of the chicken, on top of veggies, then lay the lemons on top of veggies or in the chicken.
Close the bag according to the directions, pop into a preheated oven @425 for an hour.
Open with caution as the bag is hot, enjoy.

A friend gave me this recipe over 20 years ago, it’s still a family favorite!
Thanks,
Reba

33 Day Menu

Here’s my own version of the month worth of menu. I go far beyond the traditional 30 day menus because I like a little wiggle room, when planning my weekly menu. Substitutions will be presented at the bottom of the list.

Another reason is my daughter would eat shake and bake something seven nights a week if I would let her. Like this she can choose what she likes and we have a better selection. Since the menu does not list shake and bake chicken or shake and bake pork chops more than once a month, that’s how often we have that meal.

Notice almost all my meals include some sort of meat dish. Kate will not eat her meals without meat or a veggie. I change up the veggies to fit the meal we are having, but the most of our veggies for now are out of the can or frozen.

33 Day Menu
1)Lemon garlic chicken and veggies
2) Spaghetti—you choose the base, veggies only, ground meat, chicken, shrimp, hot dogs, sausage, fish
3)Pork chops and au gratin potatoes (shake and bake, baked, grilled, smothered)
4)Fish sticks and macaroni and cheese
5)Smothered chicken and green beans, served over white rice
6) white beans and rice with smoked sausage
7) Red beans and white rice with smoked sausage
8)Chicken stew with white rice
9) Potato stew
10) Hamburger steaks, brown gravy, mashed potatoes
11) Grandma’s meal
12) Fresh sausage (smothered, fried, or grilled) with a package side and a veggie
13) Pork roast, with fresh veggies, white rice, fresh breads
14) Beef Goulash
15) Jambalaya with corn on the cob (choose your meat–hot dogs, smoked sausage, chicken, beef, shrimp)
16) Lima beans, rice, smothered chicken
17) seven steaks smothered, with a red gravy, white rice, and field peas
18) Shake and bake chicken, potato dish
19) New recipe
20) Kate’s choice of meal
21) Baked chicken, rice dressing, sweet peas
22) pancakes and sausage
23) breakfast for supper (eggs, biscuits, sausage or bacon, jelly on the side, grits)
24)shepard’s pie
25) Chili Mac
26) Banquet Crockpot meals
27)Mexican night (tacos, burritos, cheese roll ups, rice, salad)
28)Penne pasta bake
29) Chili and chili beans
30) pork stew
31) gumbo (chicken, shrimp, with okra, without okra, sausage, seafood again choose your on meat and veggies to add)
32) hot dogs and chili, chips and cucumber sticks
33) chicken alfredo, green beans, bread sticks
34) Chicken patties sandwiches (we like Tyson the best), tator tots or French fries
35) French bread pizza (pizza sauce then the sky is the limit on what else you add, hamburger meat crumbled, pepperoni, just veggies, bacon, ham bits)

Potato soups, veggie soups, beef or chicken soups are quick and easy. I keep all my fresh prepared soups in the freezer except for the potato soup as it doesn’t freeze well. Also I can almost always pull off a salad as a meal with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and shredded cheese. With the same shredded cheese I can make cheese tacos. I always also have on hand eggs, so I can do scrambled/fried eggs, egg or  tuna salads.

Enjoy, I hope ya’ll like the read,
Reba

 

 

I always have fast foods handy, French fries, tator tots, hot dogs, smoked sausages, corn dogs, frozen pizzas. The banquet crock pot meals have recently jumped up in our area by 3.00, so that will be off the menu in the next week or so.

I will post recipes, my variations, and an round about guess at price per meal.