A Week of Simple Meals and Friendly Hopping

As the holidays approach and the stress of shopping and family gatherings begin to pile on, I find myself in need of simple meals and some friendly interaction to offset the mood. So I’m joining in The Organizing Junkies Menu Plan Monday and the Meet Me Monday Blog Hop hosted by Inspiring You 2 Save and Stacy Uncorked.

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As the holidays approach and the stress of shopping and family gatherings begin to pile on, I find myself in need of simple meals and some friendly interaction to offset the mood. So I’m joining in The Organizing Junkies Menu Plan Monday and the Meet Me Monday Blog Hop hosted by Inspiring You 2 Save and Stacy Uncorked.

Simple Meals for Stressful Times

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

I don’t know about you, but I love trying new and tasty recipes, but the last thing I want is to put more stress on my plate than I have to. So when I’m feeling a little less than eager about getting into the kitchen I plan on familiar yet tasty dishes that I know my family loves. Here is the plan for this week. (I had hoped to share lovely photos with you via Pinterest, but I’ve come up with nothing but an irritating “500” error all morning)

Monday – We have to drive over an hour this afternoon for dentist appointments for all three kids so today is “Left Over Night.”

TuesdaySouthern Fried Chicken, Field Peas with Snaps and Garlic Cheese Biscuits.

Wednesday – A Simple Taco Bar.

ThursdayVenison Stew in bread bowls taken from the Quick Beef Stew in Bread Bowls recipe from Betty Crocker.

Friday – We’ll be curling up for a family movie night with Chicken Noodle Soup.

Saturday – We are attending a benefit for a friend so we will be “Eating Out.”

Sunday – No big to do of a Sunday dinner here, it will just be Spaghetti with Olives and Tomato Sauce served with some Herbed Garlic Bread.

Friendly Blog Hopping

I often forget to get post ready to join in a friendly blog hop to make some new friends, but I’m happy to say that I’ve managed to remember this week to join in with the Meet Me Monday Blog Hop, which I used to enjoy.  It is the simple things in life that help us to remember to smile and what better way to smile than to find some great new blogs to read!

How do you handle meals in the holiday season? Do you find yourself eating out way too much or to gravitate to the simple like I do?

A Menu Inspired by Apples and Fall

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Happy Monday Readers! I’m joining in Menu Plan Monday this week from "I'm an Organizing Junkie" (and hopefully for weeks to come) so that I have my butt in gear on cooking front and don’t become to frazzled in the holiday season.

So what do we plan to eat this week?

Monday

Baked Chicken with Apple Stuffing with Spinach with Apples and Pine Nuts

Tuesday

Hoppin' John and "JIFFY" Corn Fritters

Wednesday

Healthier Meat Loaf Makeover with Zucchini, Tomato, and Onion Casserole and Alphabet Breadsticks

Thursday

Orange Soy Pork Loin with Sesame Ginger Green Beans and Oven Roasted Potatoes

Friday

Eat Out Night

Saturday

Mom's Easy Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast with Steamed Broccoli

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

Sunday

No Clue yet, but there will be a No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake for dessert!

If you haven’t thought about your meal plan for the week, what are you waiting for? You’ll be glad you planned ahead.

Menu Plan Monday: Planning with a Two Day Disney Vacation in the Mix

I must admit, I do not menu plan that often. We keep lots of staples stocked up and veggies and meat in the freezer so I’m usually just a grab and go, pick a recipe on the fly kind of gal. Money is tight right now though thanks to relying on workman’s comp checks and we have a two-night trip out at Disney scheduled for this weekend.

Our original trip was four nights long and included the Disney kid races and home school day, a stay at the Caribbean resort complete with dining package. Since the hubs mangled hand put a wrench in those plans we cut back to a reasonably priced hotel with kitchenette for two nights so the kids can still compete in their race and instead of dining Disney the whole time, the majority of our meals will made in the room.

So, here we go….me actually planning out food for week…enjoy, it may not happen again for some time.

Monday

Breakfast – Pancakes & Turkey Bacon

Lunch – Leftover goulash & spaghetti

Dinner – Chicken & Sausage Gumbo

Tuesday

Breakfast – Cereal & Juice

Lunch – Salad & Chicken Nuggets

Dinner – Meat loaf with roasted garlic potatoes & corn

Wednesday

Breakfast – Eggs & Toast

Lunch – Chinese noodles (ramen w/no spice packet instead add in fresh herbs, onion etc…along with shredded carrots & broccoli)

Dinner -  Hot, Teriyaki & Plain chicken wings w/ cucumber salad & French fries

Thursday

Breakfast – Muffins (Still haven’t decided which type yet)

Lunch – Sandwiches

Dinner – Roast with Carrots & Cheddar broccoli rice

Friday (First night at hotel)

Breakfast – Cereal & Juice

Lunch – Leftovers

Dinner - Tuna Casserole made with a seafood bisque for the sauce, served with peas.

Saturday (Second night at hotel & Race Day)

Breakfast – Pancakes & Turkey Bacon

Lunch – Hamburgers & Grilled veggies (eggplant, zucchini)

Dinner – Pizza at Giordano's using restaurant.com

Sunday (Heading home in the afternoon)

Breakfast – Dunkin Donuts for a Treat (Mommy & Daddy want the pumpkin donuts…yummy)

Lunch – Somewhere at Magic Kingdom (still undecided)

Dinner – No Clue?????

I can tell you that as a family of five, this two-night stay could have easily cost us $250 and up just on eating cost alone. Instead, it should cost us no more than $75 tops. It also helps that we bring in our own juices, bottled waters and snacks while at the parks for the kids. Carrying around a small soft cooler is so worth the amount of money you save on drinks and snacks.

So, tell me, how do you save money on dining out while taking even a short vacation?

(Pssttt..I’m not linked up with the official menu plan Monday but you can still check it out over at I’m an Organizing Junkie)