Man, I love November. The weather has finally cooled down a bit…finally!…and at the end of this month we will celebrate Thanksgiving, which is my favorite of all holidays. I mean, Thanksgiving is really the best. There is no pressure for gifts or extra gatherings. It’s just family and friends around a table enjoying each other and being reflective and thankful. Does anyone else feel this way about Thanksgiving? I will go into December with my heels in the ground.
Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy celebrating the birthday of my Savior, but it’s just all the extra stuff that goes with December…the presents, the expectations, all the parties, the stress, all of it. Said all that to say, I love you November.
If this month’s menu plan has a theme, it’s called, “Let’s see how little I can spend at the grocery”. That sounds good, doesn’t it?!? Man, we go through some groceries. Anybody else?!? So, plan along with me and jump on board with “Let’s see how little we can spend at the grocery”. Hey, while you’re at it, try giving all your kid’s toys away. We did it last year and it was a huge blessing for our family.
I normally cook 3-4 things for breakfast each week, but this month we are living on the cheap with simple ideas like:
- Cinnamon Toast
- Scrambled Eggs
- Cream of Wheat
- Bagels with Cream Cheese
- Egg Sandwiches
- Pancakes (If I don’t make homemade pancakes, I will use Kodiak Pancake Mix. Have you tried this stuff? It’s amazing. And no, they are not paying me to say this. I wish.)
- Sausage Biscuits
- Brownie Baked Oatmeal by Thriving Home Blog
- Green Chili Corn Fritters by Maebells
- Turkey Sausage and Cheese
- Rotisserie Chicken
- Firecracker Asian Salmon by Thriving Home Blog
- Something from this post
- Fried Rice with Sweet Soy Sauce by Thriving Home Blog (I add diced chicken.)
- Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce
- Simple Alfredo Sauce
- Pizza Buns (My crew could eat these once a week. I serve them on green peppers or mushrooms to save on carbs.)
- Steak Poppers
- Classic Ham and Beans
- Ding Dong Cake (Now listen, I’m not saying you should eat this for dinner, but what I am saying is that if you choose to eat this for dinner you will receive no judgement from me. None at all…especially if you call me to come share a piece. Wink.)
Each month I meet up with a couple of friends and we swap freezer meals. Here are some of the things that will be filling our freezers.
PS-All of these ideas came from Thriving Home Blog. They are the girls that first taught me about freezer cooking.
- And I made Chocolate Chip Cookies from Thriving Home Blog because it seemed like the right thing to do. Grin.
Are you new to menu planning? This video clip below shows you how to plan for the month and think through your menu. By planning your menu (and sticking to it!!!) you will save time and money…I promise!
Want someone to do the planning for you?? My friend, Laura, over at Heavenly Homemakers will do just that! For $1 a week, she will email you her plan, Simple Meals. Does it get any simpler?? I think not.
PS-By using the code, SIMPLE10, you will receive $10 off of the year, making the cost less than $1 per week. How lovely, right?!?
Click here to get your free printable menu plan.
This post, and others like it, can be found at Meal Plan Monday.
Welcome November! I’ll love you forever!