Monthly Meal Plan, Round 2! {November}

First, a recap on October:

My first month trying this full menu for a month planning. It worked so WELL! I cooked more than normal with less stress than normal, and less money than normal. I baked almost all of my bread myself… Including rolls, which worked for hamburger buns, tortillas, and sourdough bread. I still bought 2 loaves of wheat bread at Costco, as well as a pack of muffins, which is my Sunday morning saving grace… ;-) I came in under budget. I do my bulk shopping in the first week of the month, with a smaller trip to replenish dairy items and produce ONLY sometime during the third week of the month. I have done this the past few months, and its been an awesome money and time saver. (Taking fewer trips!) The monthly meal plan is just an extra bonus to take off some of the work.

Chicken Stir Fry
Chicken Stir Fry

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October Meal Plan (with a lot of LINKS!!!!)

This month I’m trying to plan my WHOLE menu out at the beginning. I definitely notice a difference in my budget if I plan it each week so I figure I should get even better return planning out an even bigger chunk right? Maybe! We shall see :-)

wpid-20140805_133714.jpg(ahhhh the work I can accomplish during nap time bliss! Thank you Lord for making babes need LOTS of sleep!)

I got all the way through the last week, which I just finally completed today. I procrastinated a little, but with an “input needed” post to FB, all the slots got filled rather quicly!!! Sometimes I could kiss social media!

I can’t stand hand written sloppy paper though, so I wanted to store it here. I figure once I’ve done this it for a few months, it will be way easier to see what our favorite meals are. (HINT! Favorites are bound to use a LOT of fresh tortillas!)

wpid-img_20141010_003738.jpgWe have very busy Tuesday nights, (10 minutes after the husband gets home to feed him and get the babies in the car and then we aren’t home until 9:30PM after youth group!) so we try to stick with Taco Tuesdays! And on Thursday nights I try to do something in the crock pot or a soup, because we host small group at our house every week… Which normally requires a little bit (or a lot depending on my week!) of extra prep time from me ,and my kiddos have to be able to start dinner right after naps because they’re super pokey eaters! :-) Other than that, it should be mostly normal and I might be able to cycle through it in 3 or 4 months again who knows?! That’d be so handy!

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