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Menu Plan 10/7/2013

Pumpkin-Patch

Time to start easing into the Fall food! Pumpkins and soups, coming up!  It must be Fall, because around here, a lot of leaves got swept up and moved to the chickens’ area this weekend! The chickens are very happy to have some new playthings, but I think the kiddos are going to be vying for their own leaf pile to jump in on the next leaf-sweeping go-round!  In the meantime, here’s the general game plan for feeding everyone this week:

Monday

Pumpkin Spiced Oatmeal
Black Bean Soup, Chips, Apples and Melons
Roast Chicken, Roasted Asparagus and Carrots

Tuesday

GF Pancakes
Pasta and Salads, Grapes and Apples
Crock Pot Baked Potatoes with Butter and Roast Beef

Wednesday

Leftover GF Pancakes
Roast Beef Wraps and fruit
Dinner at church

Thursdsay

Lizy’s Special Oatmeal (Chocolate Chip Oatmeal)
Hummus and chips, baby carrots, apples and grapes
Lamb kabobs with peppers and mushrooms

Friday

Cold Cereal
Roast Beef and Munster Wraps
GF BBQ Chicken Pizza, Salad and Fruit, GF Snickerdoodles

Saturday

Bacon, Eggs, and GF Carrot Zucchini Muffins
Goat cheese or Hummus and GF Wheat Thins, Grapes and Apples
Smoothies and Popcorn (Movie Night!)

Snacks for the week

Homemade: Super Swim Bars (Granola Bars), Smoothies, Yogurt and Granola, Popcorn
Storebought: Fruit PouchesFreeze-dried FruitGranola BarsGluten Free Pretzels
 
If you’re looking for a menu plan template, you are welcome to download this one by clicking on the image below. It’s in Word, so you can edit to your heart’s content.

This Week's Menu

 

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Shopping for Groceries Online

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I am CONSTANTLY having conversations with friends (or acquaintances) where I mention a grocery item that I purchase online, or I mention how infrequently I go to the grocery store (and mostly for things like bananas and spinach) and my friends are really SHOCKED that I purchase a LOT of groceries from Amazon.

Apparently, many people are still not aware of Amazon’s great “Subscribe and Save” program.  Using this program, you can subscribe to certain items (not all items are available for subscription) and get an additional 5% discount on the item, plus free shipping.  If, in any given month, you have 5 or more “Subscribe and Save” items shipping to you, you’ll save 20% instead of the usual 5%! It can be a GREAT deal, and depending on the item, WELL below the cost of a comparable item at the grocery store.

Pros of “Subscribe and Save” – 

  • You can cancel your subscription any time.  This means that you can order something ONCE, get the great deal on it, and then cancel your subscription if you don’t like it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done this! You do need to make sure that it’s before the window closes for shipping in the following month (usually about 10 days before your order will ship), but that time frame is clearly posted on Amazon’s site under “Manage my Subscribe and Save Orders” and Amazon sends an email to you during the month to remind you that your order is approaching and letting you know your last day to make changes to it.
  • You can skip a delivery at any time. Again, you must make that change prior to the shipping window closing, just like with the cancellations discussed above.
  • You can choose from a range of delivery options (from once a month to once every six months) and receive the exact same discount.

Cons of “Subscribe and Save” – 

  • Your entire order ships at once. If you decide to subscribe to something in the middle of the month you must wait to receive it with the remainder of your “Subscribe and Save” order if you want the discount. Otherwise, you will pay Amazon’s regular price.

So, what kind of things can you order with “Subscribe and Save?”  Below are the items that I currently have subscriptions to.  There are many more that I’ve had subscriptions to over the past few years (I went back and looked just to see how long I’ve participated in this program, and it looks like at least 4 years!), but have cancelled for one reason or another.

 Snacks
41KMeoNEmmL._SL500_SL85_ Enjoy Life not nuts! Mountain Mambo Nut Free Trail Mix, Gluten, Dairy & Nut Free, 6-Ounce Pouch (Pack of 6)
Current price: $15.46 ($0.43 / oz) after 20% discount.
51x3m7hEDJL._SL500_SL85_ KIND Healthy Grains Granola Bars, Variety Pack, 5 Count (Pack of 3) 
Flavor Name: Variety Pack 
Current price: $11.92 ($0.64 / oz) after 20% discount.
51JqnPrZW7L._SL500_SL85_ Plum Kids Organic Fruit and Veggie Mashups, Beetbox Berry, 4-Count (Pack of 6)
Flavor Name: Fruit and Veggie: Beetbox Berry
Current price: $19.15 ($0.80 / count) after 20% discount.
31yr-nDT7ML._SL500_SL85_ Plum Kids Organic Fruit Mashups, Mixed Berry, 4-Count (Pack of 6)
Flavor Name: Fruit: Mixed Berry
Current price: $19.15 ($0.80 / count) after 20% discount.
51yfzVJcIfL._SL500_SL85_ Plum Kids Organic Fruit Mashups, Tropical, 4-Count (Pack of 6)
Flavor Name: Fruit: Tropical 
Current price: $19.15 ($0.80 / count) after 20% discount.
51EcYkS8oFL._SL500_SL85_ Brothers-ALL-Natural Variety Pack Crisps (Fuji Apple, Asian Pear, Strawberry/Banana), Single Serve Bags, (pack of 24)
Flavor Name: Variety Pack, Size Name: 24-Count Bags 
Current price: $20.41 ($0.85 / count) after 20% discount.
 Vitamins, Essential Oils, Etc.
41sHWRnvycL._SL500_SL85_ NOW Foods Lavender Oil, 2 ounceCurrent price: $11.22 ($5.61 / oz) after 20% discount.
51Iaoy-K-yL._SL500_SL85_ Garden of Life Vitamin Code Perfect Family Multi 120 CNT CAPCurrent price: $20.04 ($0.17 / capsule) after 20% discount.
41k-eJX6R5L._SL500_SL85_ Thera Tears Nutrition, 1200mg Omega-3 Supplement Capsules, 90-CountCurrent price: $8.79 ($0.10 / count) after 20% discount.
417i+KT+BwL._SL500_SL85_ Amazing Grass Kidz SuperFood Powder, Outrageous Chocolate Flavor, 60 Servings, 360-Gram Current price: $22.59 ($1.78 / oz) after 20% discount.
 Beauty
31W8yPBH-ML._SL500_SL85_ Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer, Peony, 0.09 Ounce Tube 

Current price: $2.79 after 20% discount.

41eFTDpvcxL._SL500_SL85_ Blue Lizard Australian Suncreen, Face SPF 30+, 5-Ounce 

Current price: $11.70 after 20% discount.

 Gluten Free
51S5CUr59AL._SL500_SL85_ Van’s Gluten Free Cereal, Cinnamon Heaven, 11 Ounce 

Current price: $4.87 ($0.44 / oz) after 20% discount.

51ne15ctQhL._SL500_SL85_ Glutino Gluten Free Pretzel Twists, 14.1-Ounce Bags (Pack of 12) 

Current price: $61.49 ($0.36 / oz) after 20% discount.

5136cgFQ7KL._SL500_SL85_ KinniToos Chocolate Sandwich Creme, Gluten Free, 8-Ounce Packages (Pack of 6) 

Current price: $20.06 ($0.42 / oz) after 20% discount.

 Baking
51At5dOMeuL._SL500_SL85_ Let’s Do…Organic Organic Cornstarch, 6-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 6) 

Current price: $13.97 ($0.39 / oz) after 20% discount.

Laundry and Cleaning
41OV-fT5LiL._SL500_SL85_ Purex Crystals Laundry Enhancer, Fresh Spring Waters, 55 Ounce 

Current price: $7.17 ($0.13 / oz) after 20% discount.

41qBUYlCUCL._SL500_SL85_ Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface Wipes, 70-count Tubs (Pack of 6) Packaging May Vary 

Current price: $24.58 ($0.06 / Count) after 20% discount.

 Paper and Plastic
516625VPmlL._SL500_SL85_ Ziploc Storage Bag, Gallon Value Pack, 40-Count(Pack of 3)Current price: $10.51 ($0.09 / Count) after 20% discount.
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Last time I ordered:Charmin Sensitive Toilet Paper 6 Giant Rolls (Pack of 8)Price was $43.98 after 20% discount

 Pet Products

41JaFDQopPL._SL500_SL85_ Tidy Cats 4 Count Breeze Litter Pad Refill (Pack of 10) 

Current price: $35.99 after 20% discount.

51ndiOmQ5pL._SL500_SL85_ Tidy Cats Breeze Litter Pellet Refill, 3.5-Pound Packages (Pack of 6) 

Current price: $43.15 after 20% discount.

41C51ws-iRL._SL500_SL85_ Wellness Complete Health Chicken Recipe, 30-Pound 

Current price: $40.79 after 20% discount.

41gpYdDf8pL._SL500_SL85_ Merrick Before Grain #1 Chicken Dry Cat Food, 11.1 Pound Bag 

Current price: $19.19 after 20% discount.

51YxPjvecwL._SL500_SL85_ Aqueon 06417 Filter Cartridge, Small, 6-Pack 

Current price: $8.87 after 20% discount.

Again, these are just a sampling of the things that I’ve ordered from Amazon’s Subscribe and Save program. If these aren’t the types of items that interest you, just do a search on Amazon for your item and include terms “Subscribe and Save” in the search box, or shop all of Amazon’s Subscribe and Save items by clicking here.

 

Menu Plan 9/23/2013

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Well, it’s officially FALL! Tomorrow, I’ve got to get going and actually switch out some of the summer decor around here for fall things! I love fall, but the last two years, I’ve been so busy during September and October that it’s usually November before I’ve really thought about getting some fall decor going, and by then . . . it’s pretty much time for Christmas! I’m bound and determined to get it out and enjoy it this year!

It’s also probably time to switch to more fall-like food, but I’m just not quite there emotionally, yet.  SOON, though, especially if the weather continues to feel fall-ish.

In the meantime, here’s the general menu plan for the week!

Monday

Yogurt and granola
Sandwiches, baby carrots, apples and melon
Pot roast, roasted okra, mashed potatoes

Tuesday

Gluten Free Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
Hummus and Chips, baby carrots, apples and grapes
Shepherd’s Pie

Wednesday

Leftover muffins (always double the recipe!)
Roast Beef Wraps and fruit
Dinner at church

Thursdsay

Oatmeal or cereal
Hummus and chips, baby carrots, apples and grapes
Lamb kabobs with peppers and mushrooms

Friday

Smoothies
Sandwiches, apples and bananas
Out

 

Snacks for the week

Homemade: Super swim bars, Smoothies, Yogurt and Granola, Popcorn
Storebought: Fruit PouchesFreeze-dried FruitGranola BarsGluten Free Pretzels
 
If you’re looking for a menu plan template, you are welcome to download this one by clicking on the image below. It’s in Word, so you can edit to your heart’s content.

This Week's Menu

Menu Plan 9/9/2013

It’s going to be another busy week around here and I know that I do better when I actually have a plan (of some sort) for what we’ll be eating for the week!  All things are subject to change, of course . . . but if you live in the real world, you already knew that.

If you’re looking for a menu plan document that works for you, below is the template that I use. You can see it filled out for this upcoming week (the colors are just to remind me of things I need to do, like make something that takes a little preparation or post the recipe here on the blog). If you click on the image below it should allow you to download the blank template for your use. It’s in Word format so that you can alter it to your heart’s content. :-)

This Week's Menu

Monday

Gluten Free Pancakes, Cantaloupe
Hummus and Chips, Baby carrots, Apples and Melon
Roast chicken, Zucchini chips, Roast Carrots

Tuesday

Oatmeal or Cereal
Sandwiches or Wraps, Baby carrots
Baked potatoes in the crock pot

Wednesday

Gluten Free Pancakes
Roast Beef Wraps and fruit
Dinner at church

Thursdsay

Oatmeal or cereal
Hummus and chips
Chicken and Rice casserole, green beans, melon

Friday

Gluten Free Muffins
Sandwiches or wraps
Salmon and rice

Saturday

Gluten Free Muffins
Lunch Out
Burgers, Baked Beans, Oven fries

 

Snacks for the week

Homemade: Super swim bars, Smoothies, Yogurt and Granola, Popcorn
Storebought: Fruit Pouches, Freeze-dried Fruit, Granola Bars, Gluten Free Pretzels
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