Menu Plan Monday - Bonnie - Edition 1

I've just discovered this site called I'm An Organizing Junkie !!
I don't need to tell anyone who knows me how much I love a site like this !!
Menu Plan Monday is a part of that site. Here's what Laura - The Organizing Junkie herself has to say about MPM. (I cut and pasted the red text from here)
I’m an Organizing Junkie is home to Menu Plan Monday. I truly believe that menu planning is one of the best places to start in your quest to get organized. Each week over 200 ladies share what’s on their menus for the week and we’d love to have you join us! It’s a wonderful opportunity to keep your menu planning efforts on track week after week not to mention the many great ideas and recipes that come from reading the menus of the many other participants. If you need further help with menu planning these posts may help get you started:
Why I Menu Plan
How I Menu Plan
I think this is a fabulous idea and plan to participate ! If you go to I'm An Organizing Junkie on a Monday, there will be a Mr. Linky where you can put your own link or click on the links to go to everyone else's Menu Plans !! See what I'm talking about here ...
Here's my menu plan for this week. It's not very exciting because we are trying to eat through our freezer and pantry this week without buying anything. Well ... we did buy a few things. Want to know what ? Too bad ... I'm telling you anyway !
Cat Food $4.87
Dish Soap $2.79
2L Milk $3.50
Mayo $4.19
Avocado $2.42
Sour Cream $1.88
A Lemon $ .92
Big Can Of Tuna $1.93
Green Bell Pepper $ .58
2 Loaves of Bread $2.48 each
Bag of Ice $2.05
A Dozen Eggs $2.80
Not bad for feeding a family of FOUR !
Ok here's what we're eating. I will link to the recipes I've already posted.
Home Made Spaghetti Sauce on Bow Tie Pasta
Whenever I make spaghetti sauce I
make a huge batch so we always have it on hand in the freezer !
I'll have to post my recipe next time I make it.
Cold Somen Noodles
Baked Potatoes Topped with Rest of Spaghetti Sauce
(I told you we were eating through the pantry and freezer, right ?!)
Aunt Jo's Beans
Quinoa Vegetable Soup
Chicken Fried Rice
I'll have to post my basic fried rice recipe too ...
once you know the basics you can make it into any variety you like !
Very easy and versatile dish ! I love it !
And that is the menu at our place for this week. I'd love to see what the other authors of this blog have planned for this week !!


PlanningQueen said...

Hi Bonnie, I am a newbie as well as this week is only my second week at posting on MPM. I am in Melbourne so it will be good to have some more Aussie ideas to check out as well. By the way, we are having fried rice this week too.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a good week. Thanks for stopping by blog. I hope you found something you can use.


Vickie said...

Hi Bonnie!
Thanks for stopping by my blog! Yes, the brown rice is wonderful. We make this dish all the time and it is so quick and easy. I am going to have to try your Quinoa dish. I have never used this grain before and have always wanted to. Have a great day!

Misslionheart said...

Of course you can eat with my kids!

It's a long flight, though....

Have a great week

Once Upon a Dream... said...

Hi Bonnie! Welcome to MPM! I've been participating for about a year off and on. lol Great menu!

Thank you for stopping by for a visit at my homemaking blog. I have 2 blogs:

Please feel free to visit. I'm saving you to my fav list, so I can visit you.

Here's my cranberry scones recipe:

Cranberry Scones


1 1/2 cups butter (no substitutes), softened
1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup butter (no substitutes)
1 cup chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
3/4 cup buttermilk

In a mixing bowl, cream butter. Stir in cranberries, confectioners; sugar and orange peel; mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Meanwhile, combine the dry ingredients in a bowl. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add cranberries. Stir in buttermilk just until moistened. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; gently knead 6-8 times. Divide in half. Pat each into an 8-in. circle. Cut into eight wedges. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pans to wire racks. Serve warm with cranberry-orange butter.

Makes 16.


Anonymous said...

What a great website! And your weekly grocery tab is stellar, that is pretty good for feeding a family of four!

I also have a weekly plan, but it is at home in my binder. Tonight is leftovers from last night. I made a fantastic baked macaroni and cheese with gouda, carmelized onions, and sweet italian sausage. YUM!

Stacy said...

That last comment was from me...I forgot to sign in! :)

Alaina said...

Welcome to MPM! I love it - I don't have the its-5 o'clock-what-in-the-world-do-I-make-? problem anymore. :)

JoAnn said...

I love it when I can eat almost completely from the freezer!

Candi said...

Yum---everything sounds great!! Thanks for sharing the recipe for the carbonara. It looks and sounds yummy!! This is a great site, too. I saved it in my favorites!!

Thanks for the comment on the hands pics. I get lots of comments on them. I'm not sure what prompted us to take a picture of our hands with our oldest when he was a baby, but I loved it. I knew once our youngest was born we had to do another hands picture. I have that set of three pictures framed and hanging in our living room. If we happen to have more kids, you can bet there will be more hands pictures!!

Jessica said...

I recently discovered The Organized Junkie, too! I'm addicted to her site!

Shhh, don't tell anyone :)

Great menu!

Boasting In My Weakness said...

Everything sounds very good!! I posted the crockpot chicken noodle soup recipe you asked for!! Have a wonderful week!


Jenny-up the hill said...

Chicken Fried Rice sounds good! Maybe I'll add that to next week's plans! Yummy!

Q&Q said...

Hi Bonnie. Welcome to Menu Plan Monday. Thanks for stopping by. I love cooking so my pantry is stuffed! Menu planning is the best. Freezer cooking is even better I think though . Yes Organized Junkie is a woman after my own heart. She collects those little plastic bins, I collect baskets. Organizing is so fun.

Khrista said...

Hey Bon,
Did you do the Mr.Linky thing. I'm a little confused as to how to go about doing that. Still a little confused as to what it is exactly. I am registered...what next?