Menu Plan Monday - January 2nd to 8th, 2012

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It has literally been months since I have done an official meal plan.  My grocery budget, and family have noticed.  When I started my Etsy shop in October it took off like gangbusters (no complaints here, believe me) and I found myself just trying to get all of the holiday orders completed with no time to do any meal plans, much less cook.  So with the beginning of the new year are coming some new changes. 

The first, meal planning is going to be a priority.  When I don't make meal planning a priority I find I spend more at the grocery, can't figure out what to eat for dinner, and often end up just ordering out. 

Next, I have gotten away from using new recipes and cooking from scratch.  In the past I have always tried to cook at least one new recipe a week.  I haven't tried a new recipe in a long time.  So trying at least one new recipe a week, and cooking from scratch are going to be a priority again.

Three, I have gotten away from couponing and stockpiling.  I haven't been doing a lot of true grocery shopping and the meat in my freezer is running low.  I am going to have to start couponing and stockpiling again this month.

I also really have to start planning snacks for the kids.  When the kids were younger I did a really good job of planning out what the kids were going to have for a snack each day, now it seems like it is always just whatever they can find is what they have for snacks. 

Last but not least, my pantry is an absolute mess.  I really need to reorganize my pantry.  In addition to reorganizing my pantry, I am going to be participating in the Pantry Challenge that Jessica is hosting at Good Cheap Eats.  I have soo many things that have just been hanging around on the pantry shelves and need to be used up soon.  So for the month of January I will be focusing on using up my items that are in the pantry, and organizing my weekly menus around that.

Sooo, here's what I have planned for our first week of the brand new year...
links to recipes are in red

Monday - Soup and Sandwiches
Tuesday - I am cooking a 20 pound turkey that I have had in the freezer.  We will eat part of it for supper and the rest will be packaged for use in the future.  Stuffing, mashed potatoes, and toasted bread will be our sides.

Snack: Brownies

Wednesday - Shake and Bake Pork Chops, Cheesy Hot Potatoes , Peas, Cornbread

Snack: Orange Jello

Thursday - Monterey Chicken (new recipe), Mashed Potatoes, Corn

Snack: Cinnamom Muffins

Friday - Tacos

Snack:  Chocolate Chip Cookies

Snack:  Popcorn

Sunday - Lunch:  Chili

Dinner:  Crescent Roll Breakfast Wreath (New Recipe)


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