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This week’s menu


Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets, Pancakes, Cereal, Eggs, and/or Fruit


Pancakes, eggs, fruit x 2
Snack-y lunch
Mac & cheese, veggies, fruit
Cheese Quesadillas, oranges, carrot sticks
Corn Chowder, Olive Garden Bread Sticks


Hard-boiled eggs
Healthful Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

Freezer Cooking

Holiday Bark
Cookie Dough Bites
Best Brownies


Dinner with extended family
Taco Soup, Corn Chips, Veggies, Fruit
Corn Chowder, Olive Garden Bread Sticks, veggies, fruit
Steak, mashed potatoes, Olive Garden Bread Sticks, fruit
Ham & Bean Soup, Biscuits, Veggies, fruit
Dinner out
Dinner with extended family

What’s on your menu this week? Share details and/or your link to your menu plan in the comments.

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      • Becky says

        I do that, too! Or, since my husband *always* takes leftovers for his lunch, sometimes I will freeze multiple lunch-size portions for my husband for those days when we don’t have leftovers from “last night” for him to take for lunch.

  1. Marty says

    I made the muffins last week and was so excited only to realize I left out the sugar. They are edible but would be so much better with the sugar going to try again soon.

    • Becky says

      I’ve done that before, too! And once I accidentally only included half the sugar in a cake. It was edible, but I definitely made sure there was extra frosting on it. :)

  2. says

    Pinned the Holiday Bark recipe. There are so many variations of that recipe. I started making mine with saltines like you do about 12 or so years ago. Then a few years back I started making them with graham crackers and LOVE IT that way, but peanut butter and M&M’s that sound amazing!

  3. Ashley says

    I’m gonna try the olive garden breadsticks and the bark .. hopefully I don’t burn it I over stir a lot. The whole wheat gingerbread cookies sound good too!!

  4. Charity says

    Your menu looks so good! But I have to tell you, I’m going to blame you for any extra weight gained this pregnancy after linking to that Cookie Dough Bite recipe! I’m wondering if I use whole wheat flour in them if I can call them healthy? :)

  5. K says

    I noticed that you and your family have at least one night when you eat out. Do you all look out for special deals, like kids eat free, in order to save on these outings.

    Please, please understand that I by no means am suggesting that you don’t deserve the break! :) I was just curious since you enjoy saving and not overspending. Also, I could possibly learn of some ideas/deals on how my family and I could eat out more often w/out overspending.

    By the way, your menu sounds delicious, warm, and hearty.

    • says

      We budget for eating out, so that’s where the $$ for it comes from. Sometimes, we use Kids Eat Free coupons (like from Chili’s), a coupon for the restaurant (like a Buy One, Get One Free offer), or a gift card (that we’ve been given or I’ve earned through Swagbucks). It varies each week, depending upon what’s available coupon-wise, what we’re in the mood for, and how much money we have in the Eating Out budget. :)

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