Monday, July 5, 2010

Menu Plan Monday 7/5 - 7/11

I hope your Fourth of July was fun and safe. While you're here, stop by and read about my giveaway. I'm drawing a winner Friday from my Google public followers.

This week is up in the air, because I might have to go to Florida for a little while, so I'm just laying out a plan, not set in stone.

Tonight, we're grilling our Porterhouse steaks. It's a treat for us to have these. They are my favorite cut of beef, but they sure don't fit into any sort of frugal budget on a regular occasion. I have a rule about things like the steaks: Deprivation is the surest way to fail in the frugal lifestyle. If you perceive you're "suffering" or making major sacrifices, you aren't going to be able to stick with this for the long haul. You need to treat yourself. That might mean that you have one expensive (or processed) snack that you buy yourself each week. Or, it might mean that for one month out of the year, you disregard your budget and get what you feel like getting. We've done it both ways. A balance of those two processes works for us. We don't indulge every week, but we do make sure we get things we want, and we usually have a splurge month once a year. This is when I do things like buy truffle oil and big thick Porterhouse steaks. ;)


Bacon & Eggs
Eggs & Toast
Mini Berry Muffins
English Muffins
Fresh Berries, Bananas, & Melons
Greek Yogurt
Orange Juice
Almond, Soy, and Rice Milks


Fresh Berries & Melons
Might be playing with Bento Boxes


Porterhouse Steaks on the grill with Corn on the Cob & Grilled Portabellas
Black Beans & Rice
Soybean Burritos
Veggie Burgers & fries
Pasta Primavera & Garlic Bread
Chorizo "Dogs" & Salad
Shrimp Scampi for Husband / Veggie Burgers for the rest of us

Snacks, Desserts, Baking Plans:

Tie Dye Cookies (making)
Pizza Dough for the Freezer (making)
Corn Puffs (making)
Salsa (making)
Chocolate Covered Cranberries (bought)
Peanuts & Cashews & Almonds

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Andrea said...

I'm right there with you on the splurge/indulgences. For the most part we heed our tight budget but every now & then, well the good stuff must be had :) Can't wait to see your tie dye cookies!

StephenC said...

What a sensible idea to plan ahead in detail. Makes shopping easier. We do a few days at a time. I shop daily (like a real German hausfrau). Only 1 block to Safeway.

M @ Betty Crapper said...

I prefer ribeyes, but I'll take some of your porterhouse steaks off your hands! Have a great cooking week.

FoodontheTable said...

Porterhouse is my favorite too. You have to treat yourself every once in a while and just be sure to buy them on sale!

April said...

I'm with you on the splurge thing. My hubby LOVES ribeyes, so once a month I'll splurge and make a steak dinner. It's the least I can do for all the hard work he does.

Polly said...

I love, love, love your blog!! I can't say it enough. these are just the kinds of recipes I have been looking for. I can hardly wait till I have time to get still and read through every single post so I won't miss anything!! Thank you so much!!!

M @ Betty Crapper said...

p.s. I've given you an award. Come and get it.

Amy said...

I'm excited to hear more about the tie-dye cookies!

Kim said...

i have to ask, what are tie dye cookies...they sound intriguing and fun!

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