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Thursday is shopping day

Seems like I’ve moved my grocery shopping day to Thursday. Last night we made our week’s menu at dinner time. This is always an interesting adventure. I ask anyone have a meal they want or don’t want for the week ahead? Sometimes I get answers other times not so much. Richard is better at this then the boys. But, they are often good at coming up with things we have ALL THE TIME. I’m the type of person who likes variety, my guys like routine, or so it seems.

This week we are having:

  • BBQ chicken lasagna (leftovers)
  • hamburgers and hot dogs – haven’t had this in a while actually other than eating out
  • TBD- probably go out to Zuppas since we haven’t been there in a while and the boys have mentioned going
  • steak with sweet potato fries
  • pork tenderloin and apple sauce- haven’t had this in a while too
  • make your own scramblers
  • Tex-Mex chicken totchos – think nachos on tater tots

Ok meal planning.✓

Does anyone need anything else from the grocery store? crickets! But then they complain when I didn’t buy x, y, or z. Or like yesterday at the oddest time they will say can you pick up Alfredo sauce? It’s not as bad on the days they think of it while I’m actually making the list. The worst is the day after I went shopping, oh I needed you to get _______. Too bad, you’ll have to wait until next week. Remember to add it to the list.

So I’m going to get ready to head to the store. Typically I’d go to the gym first since they are on the same street, but not today. I am not sure what I did, but my hip has been killing me since Tuesday. It hurts to walk up and down the stairs, it hurts to get on and off the chair, it just hurts. I refuse to stop moving. Yesterday the four of us went on a walk around the neighborhood after dinner and I walked 1.47 miles and we do not live in a flat neighborhood. (looking at my map my hike info the elevation change was 128 ft between the min and max elevations). But, I’m not going to go to the gym and push it to the point of doing more damage to whatever I did. UGH getting old sucks!

So I will head out in the snow… yes it is snowing AGAIN. Yesterday we had temps in the upper 50s for a high and right now it is 33F and snowing. Here I thought it was spring. Ok mother nature we get it… we aren’t in Florida anymore. It isn’t 80s and sunny 90% of the year. But, can’t we move onto the season of spring? You know the season of renewal and rebirth? The season of flowers, allergies and sunshine? The season that leads into summer? I’m ready… any day now! At least looking at the 10 day forecast at this point there is no snow forecast after today and there are actually days in the 60s. I’ll take it… please!

So, what’s on your menu this week ahead? Do you like to have the same things over and over or do you like to switch things up pretty regularly? Has spring sprung where you live or are you suffering with the season of Spinter like me?

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What’s on the menu?

So before I moved to PA, I would menu plan before I went to the grocery store. In FL, I would stand in the kitchen at the island. I would write the menu item on the chalk board. Then search the fridge, freezer and pantry for which items I need. Them make my grocery list. This was all done at the same time. Everyone who wanted to contribute to meal suggestions needed to be in the kitchen, or ear shot, while I made the menu. The meals were listed on the chalkboard and that is what we ate that week. I could move around what day we had what, but I knew what we were having and so did my guys.

Living in the townhouse we have a tiny fridge and freezer so I don’t have extra food hanging around. We already purchased our new appliances for the new house and a bigger fridge and a free standing freezer were on the list! We still sit down normally and make a plan and grocery list. But, I’ve found that I don’t always pick all my meals since I’m buying all the items weekly. Sometimes I just wait and see what hits me in the meat section.


Today I was off to the boys school for a volunteer meeting and then the first PTO meeting. Originally I didn’t think I’d get to the store. I knew I needed to come home and make apple pie taquitos to take the ladies night in our new neighborhood. When I did get home I decided I had time to shop.  Off to Giant Eagle Market District I went.  So where did I start shopping when you don’t have a menu plan?  In the meat section. I picked our proteins and then went back to the produce dept to get the fruits and veggies to go with the meals.

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So here’s what on our menu this week:

  • Pork chops with homemade applesauce (bone in pork chops were on sale)
  • Spaghetti squash mock lasagna with meatballs (leftover sauce and meatballs are being pulled out of the fridge)
  • Scramblers with bacon
  • Fish tacos (frozen talipia was on sale)
  • Chicken something (that’s called I don’t know what kind of chicken yet… but I’ll figure it out)… my go to protein!
  • Pressed sandwiches

Do you menu plan? What’s on your menu this week??