Thursday, September 13, 2012

Plans Make My World Go Round (and Round)

I’m a planner.

I like to write things down.

Check them off.

I need to know what I’m doing.

Granted things don’t always go according to plan but I feel better knowing there is a plan in place.

One of the places my plan doesn’t work is with keeping our home clean.

Joey is out of town – ALL THE TIME. If not, He’s working late. We have a dog and two cats in the house.

And this kid.

He can make a mess. Much quicker then I am capable of cleaning it up.

My house is also full of STUFF. Stuff we are supposed to sort through and purge. This hasn’t happened because of the reasons listed above. Especially that kid. J

I also do not have a dishwasher.

You can shed a tear over that one. There are days that I do.

So, there are days where my house does indeed resemble an episode of Hoarders. Often, here lately. I’ve just been so dang tired I can’t keep up.

The one place I do a good job though – meal planning.

We recently got a BJ’s membership and I went a little crazy. As in I went three weeks ago and my freezer is still full.


I also always freeze leftovers so I can use them again later. I may have to change it up a little to get Joey to eat them but meal planning helps me keep my sanity.

I use to subscribe to emeals but I found that as Jellybean started eating more meals with us they just weren’t very toddler friendly. Plus they seemed to recycle the same meals quite often.

Now I do it mainly on my own. I know our favorites. I check with $5 Dollar Dinners to see what their plan has and I use Pinterest.

It literally makes me happy to know that my meals are at least thought out. I try to do prep work on the weekends when Joey is home. Slicing veggies. Precooking ground beef. Things like that.

Then during the week I try to either get the next nights dinner ready the night before or I let it cook in the crock pot overnight and reheat when I get home. I found I was gone to long during the day to keep my meals from burning in the crock pot even on low.

If I deviate from my plan the goal is to do it without buying anything so I can cook something else but I need to use things we already have. That usually translates to grilled cheese, sandwiches, or hot dogs.

Jellybean likes it when Mom is feeling lazy!

So knowing what a lifesaver meal planning has been for me I figured I’d share my plan with you for the next week! I’ll let you know how well I did sticking to it next Friday!

Jellybean also usually gets yogurt, fruit and healthy snacks sent to day care too.

Breakfast – Jellybean - Daycare serves
                  Me - McDonald's :) (I deserve a treat too!)
Lunch – Leftover Tortellini - Jellybean
             Soup and Sandwich - Me
Dinner – Cheesesteak, Mashed Cauliflower

Breakfast – Waffles with Cream Cheese and Strawberries
Lunch/Dinner – At my Mom’s

Breakfast – Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Biscuits
Lunch – Hot Dogs, Chips, Pickles, Fruit
Dinner – Homemade Fish Sticks, Fries, Homemade Cole Slaw

Breakfast – Sunday Breakfast Leftovers
Lunch – Diana – Tuna Sandwich, Chips, Salad
                Jellybean – Cheese Quesadilla, Peas
Dinner – Chicken Cutlets w/marinara sauce, Pasta with Pesto, Salad

Lunch – Leftovers!
Dinner – Beef Stroganoff

Breakfast – Hardboiled Eggs, Cheese Toast, Fruit
Lunch – Pizza, Carrot sticks
Dinner – Tomato Bacon Pie or Spinach and Cream Cheese Quiche ( I just add a block of cream cheese to this)

Breakfast – Oatmeal with fresh fruit
Lunch – Leftovers
Dinner – Ziti and Broccoli

Then I freeze any leftovers and we have a base for the next two weeks or so!


S.I.F. said...

Oh I SO wish I was a better meal planner. Most nights, I'm lucky if I get myself a peanut butter and jelly.

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

Baby steps.... so the house isn't clean, but dang, girl! You've got it together with the cooking!

My house isn't clean either and I'll use my last freezer crockpot meal this week, so I need to go on another "date" to BJ's and stock up again!

Sara S said...

Your meal plan looks great! I try & plan 2 weeks out, it helps me stay with my budget & makes shopping so much easier!

Di said...

Pinterest would be awesome for you especially with all your meal restrictions. You can always use my plans and just modify them. I won't mind. :)

Could you and the roommate take turns on who is in charge of dinner? That might be fun too!

Di said...

Staying on budget is the hardest part for me but mainly because we buy so much fresh fruit to support Jellybean's addiction!


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