Menu Plan – February 23, 2014 – Showing Love

Weekly Menu Plan May 2013


  1. Shakes
  2. Cereal
  3. Eggs, toast, fruit
  4. Pancakes (freezer)
  5. Shakes
  6. Oatmeal
  7. Eggs, toast, fruit



  1. Eat Out
  2. Pork Chops with Caribbean Rub and Mango Salsa, jasmine rice
  3. Salad
  4. Pizza
  5. Spaghetti with meat sauce
  6. Pork with Balsamic Vinegar, rice, beets
  7. Dad’s Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, beets, steamed carrots

3-packet roast beets green beans


Who says leftovers have to be boring and unappealing?


  1. Leftovers
  2. Breakfast for supper (grits, eggs, biscotti, hot cocoa)
  3. Falafel
  4. Chicken Enchilada
  5. Tomato soup, corn meal muffins
  6. PB&J sandwiches, chips, fruit – Date Night!
  7. Salad

Nutella and banana sandwich

Last week I finally bought meat at the store for the first time in over a month.  Well, apart from the random pound of this or that to fill in where needed.  Yeah, my totals reflected it too, as I would buy the “Reduced for Quick Sale” or “Family Pack” meats since the per pound price was cheaper, though per package it was more expensive.

My husband made a comment that brought a smile to my face and a teasing response to my tongue:

“Fresh ground beef in our house?!  I didn’t know that was allowed!” he said.

“It’s not.  Just give me a few minutes…” i.e. to freeze/cook it.

A few weeks ago when I bought cappuccino mix, here was part of the discussion following my husband finding out:

“So you finally bought more.  What took you so long?!”

“I love you … but only $3 worth, not $6 worth. $6 was asking too much,” said with a smile and twinkle in my eye.  Followed quickly by a kiss.

He has told me that when we first started dating, the fact that I teased back surprised him and is part of what he liked about me.  I didn’t realize until then that no other female had ever given back what they got from him. It had actually caught him off guard.  I blame my mother 100% for this.  She was a bad, bad example and I love her so much for it.

I don’t tease my husband as much now as I used to, I blame it on brain cells being used to keep track of little people.  Every so often, though, enough of those brain cells get together to formulate a response coherent enough to actually make sense.  Life is too short to take everything so seriously.

organized pantry shelves 5

This past week I joined a friend on a shopping trip to some country stores.  I hadn’t planned on going, but took the opportunity to spend time and get to know this new friend better.  While browsing through the store I saw something that was completely not on my list – lemon flavored meringues.  These are good, though not necessarily a favorite, must-have-when-I see-them, will-eat-the-whole-box-in-one-sitting good.  For my husband, though, they are a favorite, must-have-when-I-see-them, will-eat-the-whole-box-in-one-sitting good. So I bought them.

For $.99 I made my husband’s day when he got home from work.  This is why we don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day or birthdays or even much at Christmas.  We would rather take the time to do little things throughout the year on non-holiday days to show that we’re thinking of each other.  Being that neither of us are gift givers and both like saving money, he is more than happy with a $.99 box of meringues that he can sit and share with the kids, knowing that his wife knows him all too well to have passed these by.  They are the kind of splurges he makes when he goes with me that throws my shopping trips off.  At least I got them for less than half what he normally spends on them. My apologies for no photo to go with this story.  They were all eaten before I was able to take a picture. 😉

What have you done this week to show someone you care?  Did it involve food?

Linked up with OrgJunkie and This Week For Dinner.

Also check out Confessions of a Homeschooler’s February’s Monthly Meal Plan.