Menu Plan Monday: Week Of 1/16/16


Have you made your menu plan yet for the weekAs I’ve been sharing this last week we’re using my friend Tiffany’s Eat at  Home Menu Plans grocery list and menu plan, and goodness I am in love.

 

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The prices on Tiffany’s menu plans go up TOMORROW NIGHT, so I definitely recommend checking them out if you’ve been struggling to keep up with your grocery list. Our family has eaten better than we have in ages, my kids have loved her meals, and we’ve saved at the very least $100 by shopping this week with a menu plan in place and by just eating at home.

 

The best part?

 

I’ve kind of renewed my interest in cooking.

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(A peek at the Eat at Home Cooks Slow Cooker Menu Plan this week ~ I can’t wait to make these!)

For(ever?) I feel like I’ve kind of gotten in a slump making the same old things for dinner, so I feel inspired to try some new recipes each night. And so far we really have loved every single one.

 

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Curious what’s on the menu plan this week? 

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Here you go . . . 

(FYI – We’re using the Whole Foods Plan this week. You get the Whole Foods Plan, Slow Cooker, or Traditional Menu Plan all for the same price, but we’ve loved the whole foods meals so far!)

 

  • Monday – African Pulled Beef, Acorn Squash and Skillet Greens
  • Tuesday – Quick and Easy Skillet Chicken Jumbalaya, Green Beans
  • Wednesday – Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches, Tomato Soup, Salad
  • Thursday – Asian Glazed Oven Fried Chicken, Brown Rice, Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower
  • Friday – Pork Chop, Veggie & Cranberries Sheet Pan Dinner, Rice
  • Saturday – Mexican Vegetables on Cornbread, Side Salad, Zucchini and Carrot Cake for dessert
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If you’ve struggled to get dinner done, I highly recommend these meal plans while they last (the price on them goes up tomorrow night, so not much longer left!) 
You can definitely pinch a few more pennies by creating a menu plan and grocery list yourself, but if you’re a crazy busy mom like me, spending as little as $1.15 per week for meals throughout the entire year might just be worth it for you. Head on over HERE and see what you think!

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Do you have anything yummy on your menu plan this week?  I’d love to hear what you’re having, and if you have any great recipe ideas please leave a comment to share!  

 

 

Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas.  This post is linked up to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday where you can find lots more menu planning ideas! 

 

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3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Beef Tacos

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Slow Cooker Beef Tacos

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I’m so stinkin’ excited about this! If you’ve been following along with PPP, you know we’re working on our 4 Weeks to a Better Grocery Budget series this month, and this, my friends is how it’s done.

 

 

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It’s called.

 

Dinner.

 

And.

 

it’s amazing.

 

Because it’s planned. And prepared. And actually on the table when it’s supposed to be. 

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I just love that. 😉

 

As I shared yesterday, I’m using my friend Tiffany’s menu plan (I LOVE IT!), and this week her recipe for slow cooker beef tacos were so good I couldn’t wait to share them with you.

 

Plus they were ridiculously easy.

 

So you’ve got absolutely no excuse at all not to pull out Mrs. Potts and get to work. 🙂

 

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Monday we made Tiffany’s recipe for Chicken Florentine Quesadillas (so, so, so good), and tonight we’re having her loaded baked potatoes with Homemade Cheese Sauce. She’s got three meal plans to choose from (Slow Cooker, Whole Foods, and Traditional Menu Plans), and we’re using her Whole Foods plan this week.

 

All this organization is even impressing myself. 🙂 
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If you’re interested in joining me with getting your menu plan and grocery budget in place, I HIGHLY recommend Tiffany’s Menu Plans (they go up in price in just a few days, so this is a great time to get started!) As I mentioned yesterday, just by using her list I drastically dropped our grocery budget, and actually only spent $46 on everything I needed for the week.

 

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Check her menu plans out over HERE

 

. . . and finally . . . on to the recipe. 😉

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3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Beef Tacos

Ingredients

  • 1 can enchilada sauce
  • 1 can chopped green chiles
  • 1 2-3 lb beef roast (I used a shoulder roast)
  • taco seasoning (optional ~ my  homemade version is over HERE)
  • taco toppings (lettuce, tomato, cheese, sour cream, green onions)

 

Directions

  1. Place roast in your slow cooker.
  2. Pour enchilada sauce and green chiles on top of roast.
  3. Slow cook 8 hours on low.
  4. Shred beef and serve on tacos ~ easy!

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Would you love to get dinner done tonight easily too?

 

Head on over HERE and check out Tiffany’s Menu Plans ~ through next week they cost as little as 1.15 per week, and I really do just love mine. If you’ve tried them out in the past I’d love to know if they’ve worked for you!

 

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12 Days Christmas Baking: Peanut Butter Buckeye Balls

 

This weekend we finished up our 12 Days of Christmas Baking series making Peanut Butter Buckeye Balls, and oh my goodness, they are soooooo good! 

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Download your free 12 Days of Christmas Baking Grocery List and Cookbook over HERE if you didn’t get the chance already ~ I’ve so enjoyed making everything this week (and hope you’ve made a few too!) I’m amazed at how much easier it is to get ready for Christmas with a plan in place, and having this list has just made Christmas easier at our house this year.

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The Best Baking Supply Bargains

 

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Now that we’ve almost finished our 12 days of Christmas baking series (download your free grocery list and cookbook over HERE) I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite ways to package all those goodies up!

 

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I found most of my supplies at Hobby Lobby  . . .

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wrapped them up with inexpensive ribbon,

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and found a few bargains at Michael’s & The Dollar Tree too.

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I love those stores. 

 

 

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Here’s how the math on each container added up: 

Big red and white carry out box 66¢ per box

Santa tin $1.75 at Hobby Lobby

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Tiny box containers at Hobby Lobby 20¢ per box

Sliding Boxes from Hobby Lobby 50¢ per box

Polka Dot Sliding Box Containers from Hobby Lobby 75¢ each

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Plastic bags 12/$1 at the Dollar Tree 8.3¢ each

Merry Christmas tag from Hobby Lobby 5¢ each

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Merry Christmas Box $1 at Hobby Lobby

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Christmas Tin $1 at the Dollar Tree

Green Christmas Santa Box $1 at Michael’s

Merry Bag and Santa Hat tag 15¢ at Hobby Lobby

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Polka Dot and Striped Bags 12¢ per box

Chalkboard Clothespins 13¢ per box

Gift Card Holder 50¢ each

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Be Merry Box 75¢ per box at Hobby Lobby

 

Hope this helps you pinch a few extra pennies this Christmas, as well as spoil someone special you’re thankful for this year. Enjoy!

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Looking for more bargain DIYs?

 

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I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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12 Days Christmas Baking: Happy Birthday Jesus Cake

Of all the recipes included in the 12 Days of Christmas Baking Cookbook, I think this is my favorite! It’s so super simple to make, and we love the tradition of baking a Happy Birthday Jesus cake on Christmas morning in our home.
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Download your free 12 Days of Christmas Baking Grocery List and Cookbook over HERE. I’m amazed at how much easier it is to get ready for Christmas with a plan in place, and having this list has just made Christmas easier at our house this year!

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12 Days Christmas Baking: Easiest Fudge Ever

 

Today we’re making the easiest fudge ever over on PPP ~ if you’ve been looking for a no fail recipe, this one’s for you!

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Make it in under 5 minutes flat, and pack it up so you’re ready to go.

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Download your free 12 Days of Christmas Baking Grocery List and Cookbook over HERE. I’m amazed at how much easier it is to get ready for Christmas with a plan in place, and having this list has just made Christmas easier at our house this year!
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12 Days Christmas Baking: Best Chocolate Chip Cookies EVER

Today we’re making the best chocolate chip cookies EVER ~ I promise if you make one recipe from PPP this Christmas this is the one to make!

 

As you can tell in the video that we shared last night over on Facebook, Reagan clearly bakes with me a wee bit too often (and it was definitely her bed time), but we had fun making them together either way. 😉

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Download your free 12 Days of Christmas Baking Grocery List and Cookbook over HERE. I’m amazed at how much easier it is to get ready for Christmas with a plan in place, and having this list has just made Christmas easier at our house this year!
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12 Days Christmas Baking: Peppermint Fudge

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Today’s 12 days of Christmas baking recipe is Peppermint Chocolate Fudge, and oh my goodness, this one is so simple and just delicious!

 

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(Download the recipe over HERE.)

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After making up a batch I set up this homemade hot chocolate bar (completely inspired by my friend Julie at Less Than perfect Life of Bliss ~ check out hers over HERE), which was perfect since we’re getting our first bit of snow here at our house today.

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I’d love for you to download your free 12 Days of Christmas Baking Grocery List and Cookbook over HERE. I’m amazed at how much easier it is to get ready for Christmas with a plan in place, and having this list has just made Christmas easier at our house this year.
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12 Days Christmas Baking: No Bake Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars

Here’s a peek at today’s Christmas Baking Recipe ~ yum! And, if you missed us making Christmas Crack yesterday (it was a wee bit of a disaster . . . ) you can check it out over HERE.


I’d love for you to download your free 12 Days of Christmas Baking Grocery List and Cookbook over HERE. I’m amazed at how much easier it is to get ready for Christmas with a plan in place, and having this list has just made Christmas easier at our house this year.
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I’d love for you to join me, and can’t wait to spend this month taking care of our families and friends while we prepare for Christmas! If you’re making any yummy recipes this month, I’d s0 love for you to leave a comment and share what you’re making.

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12 Days Christmas Baking: Homemade Cinnabons

Today we’re making Almost Homemade Cinnamon Rolls ~ yummmm!

 

If you love Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls you have got to try these – they cost about $1 for a dozen cinnamon rolls, and your kids will think you’re a rockstar when you’re done.

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And, as I mentioned in the video, Flirty Aprons is offering a big discount right now when you use the code SHOPNOW at checkout! You’ll get an extra 60% off site-wide, plus free shipping. That is a fantastic deal. Valid through 12/11!
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Download your free 12 Days of Christmas Baking Grocery List and Cookbook over HERE. I’m amazed at how much easier it is to get ready for Christmas with a plan in place, and having this list has just made Christmas easier at our house this year ~ hope it makes Christmas go more smoothly in your home too!

 

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