Sunday, August 2, 2015

Fail To Plan. Plan To Fail

Holy cow Inservice starts this week!!!!! Which means school starts next week!!! I feel like there is so much to do in my classroom and there isn't enough time before now and then to get everything ready!! I have list upon list of things to do I am so ready to start checking things off!

Before I wrap my head around the upcoming school year with coaching cross country and getting the girl to soccer practice I have to remember to feed myself and my family. That means it is time to get back to meal planning and putting together my freezer meals because for some reason having everything all planned and written out just gives me a sense of calm and peace in this mess I call my brain.

I have already purchased all of the ingredients for 8 meals (5 dinners and 3 lunches) so we are off to a good start for the first few weeks of school. Some of these meals I will also be splitting in half and swapping with my friend who is a making a bunch of meals so we can swap. That means I will have at east 12 meals that I don't have to think about! If you can find a friend to swap meals with I highly recommend it. You get a variety of meals and it is fun to get together to swap meals, grill yummy food, and drink yummy drinks.

To make things even easier on myself I have a very loose schedule of what types of meals I make each day which helps me plug everything into my nifty difty handy dandy dry erase calendar. Every Monday I use one of my crock pot freezer meals because it is Monday and I am usually exhausted on Mondays plus the fact that it is Monday makes me sad so I want to make everything as easy as possible. Tuesday is Taco Tuesday and we typically make turkey tacos or chicken fajitas or some sort of stir fry this day. Wednesday we have spaghetti or some sort of pasta (zucchini noodles with chicken meatballs, inside outside ravioli, etc). Thursday is typically another crock pot day because it is the end of the week and I don't really feel like cooking. Friday isn't really planned out because we usually have leftovers or we have date night so we usually grill out and every now and then we go out. This is a very tentative schedule and we throw in a meatless night every now and then to shake things up.

I shopped at Costco and Kroger to collect everything I needed and since I already had all of the spices, gluten free soy sauce, and the chicken for the fajitas I am not including them in my Grocery List and final total

What I am making

Beef and Broccoli
Mongolian Beef
Pepper Steak
Chicken Fajitas
Stuffed Pepper Soup
Sweet Potato Chili
Hamburger Soup 
Zucchini Noodles With Pesto and Chicken Meatballs

 What I Bought

8 lbs. Ground Turkey $20.00
4 lbs. Flank Steak $32.81
Ground Chicken $3.99
Pesto $5.39
3 Yellow Onions $1.21
1 Purple Onion $.79
Tomato Sauce $7.99
Diced Tomatoes $5.99
4 Boxes Beef Broth $8.37
Bag of Carrots $1.99
2Red, 2 Green, 2 Yellow Bell Peppers $7.58
Bag Red Potatoes $2.00
Bag Sweet Peppers $4.99
Frozen Bag Broccoli $1.50
4 Zucchini $1.93
4 Sweet Potatoes $2.97
Balsamic Vinegar $4.99
Sesame Oil $3.99
Almond Meal $7.99

What I Spent 

Tomorrow to save my sanity while cooking I am taking my child to the redbox and letting her pick 2 new movies which I will let her binge watch while I cook, prep, and bag everything! Typically I would be doing all of this on the weekend while Brent is home, but I know my child and if I don't entertain her somehow she will ask me every 5 seconds when I will be done cooking so we can play hungry hungry hippos. Now don't get me wrong I absolutely love playing with my girl and we spend most of our time at home playing hide-n-seek, hungry hungry hippos, hi-ho cherry-o, sneaky snacky squirrel, puzzles, my little ponies, to name just a few things. Tomorrow I need about 2 hours of non interrupted cooking time so I figured I could let her watch a couple movies for a few hours kind of like how I am watching The Office right now.

Wish me luck and  pray the girl picks 2 really good movies and lets me cook and drink a few cups of coffee for a little while.


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