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Large Family Weekly Meal Plan {Week Two}

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Week Two Meal Plan:

Saturday- Chicken Tenders; French Fries; corn

Sunday- Crockpot Loaded Baked Potato Soup; French bread

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Monday- Crockpot Chicken & Dumplings

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Tuesday- Scrambled eggs with fried rice

Wednesday- Crockpot Chicken Soft Tacos

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Thursday- French Fried Onion Chicken Pasta

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Friday- Football Friday (find your own dinner night)

Grocery Lists:

Aldi-
1 bag frozen shredded hashbrowns- $1.65
1 pkg cream cheese- $0.72
1 can refrigerated biscuits- $0.99
1 pkt taco seasoning- $0.35
1 can refried beans- $0.75
1 pack flour tortillas- $0.99
1 container refrigerated French Onion Dip- $1.29
1 pkg shredded Colby Jack cheese- $1.98

 $8.37

Walmart-
1 bag Frozen french fries- $1.68
5 cans chicken broth- $0.50 each
5 can cream of chicken soup- $0.50 each
1 box ready to heat precooked bacon- $2.49
1 loaf French bread- $1.00
1 bag frozen mixed vegetables- $1.00
Carton of 18 eggs- $0.96
1 jar chunky salsa- $1.62
1 bag shredded lettuce- $1.48
1 box pasta noodles- $1.00
1 bag french fried onions- $1.90

 $18.13

Notes:
*I buy two 10lb bags of frozen chicken breasts at Sam’s Club. The cost per dinner works out to be $1.67. 

*I buy rice in bulk from Sam’s Club once a month. The cost per dinner works out to be $0.45.

*I don’t include the cost of staples that I keep on hand such as oil, spices, milk, soy sauce, etc.

*There are quite a few items I buy at Sam’s Club that will be used all month long- like sour cream and shredded cheese- so I don’t include them in my cost per meal breakdown but I do include them in my overall budget. 

*Frozen chicken, frozen corn, sour cream, and shredded mexican cheese were included in last week’s cost breakdown. 

Sam’s Club Monthly Purchase for This Week’s Meals:

Box of Frozen Chicken Tenders- $13.98 (will get 2 meals out of one box)

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Cost Breakdown Per Meal:

Chicken Tenders; French Fries; corn- $9.65

Crockpot Loaded Baked Potato Soup; French bread- $8.00

Crockpot Chicken & Dumplings- $7.33

Scrambled eggs with fried rice- $1.41

Crockpot Chicken Soft Tacos- $6.86

French Fried Onion Chicken Pasta- $8.86

Total Cost for Week 2 Meals: $42.11 (average of $7.01 per meal)

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Life Lately {9.19.17}

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If you follow me on Instagram then you saw that Tyler has another concussion. He took a helmet to helmet hit in the game on Sept 8. He started feeling bad Sunday and saw his sports med doctor on Tuesday. He’s not happy. He is out of football for at least another week then he can start the impact return to play protocol so he’ll probably miss 2 games. He is very unhappy about it but his brain matters more. So far this week he’s made it to school for full days and then come home to sleep. Tomorrow he goes back to watch practice but he can’t participate. 

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I got some good pictures of him in that game from another parent who was down on the sidelines take photos. 

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While Tyler was recovering and taking it easy I got to spend some one on one time with the little kids. I like to take them one at a time when I run errands just to hang out with them. Mason went with me to Aldi and to pick up the Walmart order. He’s such a funny kid. He was looking out the skylight finding shapes in the clouds and all of a sudden he yelled out “I found Jesus.” Talk about swerving on the road. Ha!

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Then I took Zoey with me to Lowes to buy some caulk for the hot tub tube that’s leaking. She found a new friend. And named him Bones. Then we swung past Sam’s Club and I fed her dinner by walking past every single sample stand in the whole store…twice. No shame in my game. 

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We rounded out Saturday night with the Clemson & Louisville game. Tyler actually was able to watch a whole quarter of the game before he needed a break. That’s the first thing he’s been able to watch on TV in a week so progress!

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Large Family Weekly Meal Plan {Week One}

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Week One Meal Plan:

Saturday- Aldi take out pizzas; caesar side salad

Sunday- Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili

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Monday- Alfredo pasta with diced ham; broccoli; texas toast

Tuesday- Chicken Fried Rice

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Wednesday- Biscuits and sausage gravy

Thursday- Crockpot Orange Chicken & rice with peppers

Friday- Football Friday (find your own dinner night)

Grocery Lists:

Aldi-

2 Aldi’s take home pizzas- $4.99 each
caesar salad kit- $1.49
1 can tomato sauce- $0.25
1 can diced tomatoes- $0.46
1 packet taco seasoning- $0.35
2 jars Alfredo sauce- $1.69 each
Box of Texas Toast- $1.59
2 tubes refrigerated biscuits- $0.99 each
1 bottle BBQ sauce- $0.99

$20.47

Walmart-
1 can black beans- $0.57
1 can kidney beans- $0.57
Box of pasta noodles- $1.00
Diced Ham- $2.08 (half saved for a second meal)
Bag of frozen peas and carrots- $0.92
Carton of 18 eggs- $0.96 (half saved for a second meal)
2 packets Pioneer gravy mix- $0.88 each
1 lb breakfast sausage- $2.08
1 jar orange marmalade- $1.84
1 bag frozen stir fry peppers and onions- $1.96

$12.86

Notes: 

*I buy two 10lb bags of frozen chicken breasts at Sam’s Club. The cost per dinner works out to be $1.67. 

*I buy rice in bulk from Sam’s Club once a month. The cost per dinner works out to be $0.45.

*I don’t include the cost of staples that I keep on hand such as oil, spices, milk, soy sauce, etc.

*There are quite a few items I buy at Sam’s Club that will be used all month long- like sour cream and shredded cheese- so I don’t include them in my cost per meal breakdown but I do include them in my overall budget. 

Sam’s Club Monthly Purchase for This Week’s Meals:

10 lb bag frozen chicken breasts- $19.99
Tub of sour cream- $6.48
Shredded Mexican Cheese- $6.98
Bag of frozen broccoli- $5.58
Bag of frozen corn- $5.58

$44.61

Cost breakdown per meal:

2 Aldi take home pizzas; caesar salad- $11.47

Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili- $4.80

Alfredo pasta with diced ham; broccoli; texas toast- $8.13

Chicken Fried Rice- $3.07

Biscuits and sausage gravy- $5.82

Crockpot Orange Chicken & rice with peppers- $6.91

Total Cost for Week 1 Meals: $40.20 (average of $6.70 per meal)

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Easy Better Than Takeout Chicken Fried Rice

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Finding dinners that all my kids will eat without complaint is tricky. But my current struggle to get the grocery budget down means I have to be creative. This dinner originally started out as just scrambled eggs and rice but after a quick survey of what was in the pantry and fridge/freezer I realized I could make Chicken Fried Rice! This is the first time I’ve ever made it at home and it turned out fantastic! 

Ingredients:
9 eggs
1 cup milk
4 cups white rice, cooked and chilled
1-2 cups chicken breast, cooked and shredded
1 cup frozen peas and carrots
3/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup oyster sauce

Directions:
1. Crack eggs into large mixing bowl; add milk and whisk until smooth.
2. Add eggs to frying pan sprayed with cooking spray and heated over med-high heat.
3. Cook eggs until scrambled; break into small pieces and move to one side of pan.
4. Add rice to empty side of pan with 2-3 Tbsp cooking oil.
5. Add soy sauce and gently fold eggs and rice together; stirring constantly.
6. Add chicken and peas and carrots and continue to stir gently.
7. Add oyster sauce; reduce to heat to low and continue to stir gently.
8. Allow to simmer while still stirring occasionally for 5-10 minutes until vegetables and cooked and tender.

Notes: This made a ton for our family- we got 5 dinners, 5 lunches, and 4 snacks out of this one meal so feel free to adjust the amount if you aren’t feeding a giant football player 🙂 If you’re in a time crunch you can steam the vegetables in the microwave and then add them to the pan. I always cook the rice in the morning, allow it to cool, and then refrigerate so it doesn’t become mushy when I fry it. I cooked my chicken breast in the crockpot on High covered with water that morning but you can use leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken instead. I usually add onions along with the peas and carrots but I forgot to buy one this time. Adjust the soy and oyster sauce amounts according to your family’s tastes.

My kids loved this dinner! They adore takeout Chinese food but it’s too expensive for us to eat on a regular basis! This was a great alternative and they liked it even better than takeout. That’s some high praise, y’all! I’m definitely keeping this one on my dinner rotation!

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Weekly Book Club {9.13.17}

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I read 2 books in the last week- one I loved and one that was pretty good. I recently went through my Kindle collections and sorted them again- pulling books that I really really want to read and adding them to a TBR Top 20 list so they don’t get lost. I have 6 e-books from the library that need to be read and 10 books from my Kindle Unlimited subscription that need to be read. It makes my heart happy to have so many books waiting to be read. 

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Wrecked by Cynthia Eden– LOST Agent Ana Young was only fourteen when she was abducted by a madman, but unlike many kidnapping victims, she did go home. Now, her mission is to find the missing. But her new case has her on the hunt for the escaped convict who’s obsessed with her. And Ana has an unlikely partner—the sexy, supposedly-by-the-book FBI agent she had one amazing night with and had to forget. FBI Special Agent Cash Knox knows that Ana, the petite, tough-ass former bounty hunter, can get the job done again. But this time, someone else leads them to “Bernie-the-Butcher,” someone who’s been watching Ana. Waiting for her. Now, catching a deranged murderer means Ana must trust her guarded heart to the gorgeous, complicated G-man she wasn’t supposed to fall for.

My Rating: 5 Stars

I loved this book! It’s part of the LOST series. This is book 6 in the series. I’ve read book 1 and I own a couple of the other books but haven’t read them yet. I snagged this one from the library before I realized it was part of the series. I went ahead and read it anyway even though it was out of order. I followed the story just fine with no missing info so I’ll go back and read the rest of the books I’ve missed soon. This book had romance, suspense, action, a bad-ass heroine, and a hot alpha male. That’s my perfect book recipe, y’all. I’m a sucker for that stuff. 

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Until You Loved Me by Brenda Novak– After catching her fiancĂ© cheating—with another man–usually straight-laced, workaholic scientist Ellie Fisher liberates her wild side just long enough to indulge in a passionate one-night-stand with a tall, dark stranger she meets at a trendy Miami bar. Embarrassed by her recklessness, she ducks out the following morning without learning the guy’s full name, something that shouldn’t have been a problem…until a pregnancy test turns positive. Being a professional football player, Hudson King has always been cautious around women. But this one had been different—so disinterested in his celebrity, so convincingly into him. When Ellie tracks him down, claiming she’s carrying his baby, he’s stunned. And more than a little betrayed. But after growing up as an orphan, he’ll do anything to stay involved in his child’s life, so he urges Ellie to move to Silver Springs where they can co-parent. Hudson has a lot of love to give—certainly enough for his child, and when their initial spark reignites, perhaps for Ellie too.

My Rating: 4 Stars

I enjoyed this book, I read it quickly, and it was well written. So why not 5 stars? I don’t know exactly. I didn’t feel as connected to the characters as I wanted to. The author did a good job of telling me their emotions but I didn’t feel them. I didn’t feel the anger or the confusion or the pain, I only read about it. And I felt like the story was wrapped up in a nice little bow way too quickly. The ending was rushed and too convenient to be realistic. But that being said, I’m a sucker for an unexpected pregnancy story and I did enjoy this one. 

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