Shopping trip and menu revision

Thursday, March 13, 2008

I ended up revising the rest of the week's menu.   I ended up having no tomatoes or spaghetti sauce for Wed night so had to switch things up a bit.  Michelle and I ran to the store after she got out of work for a few things.  I had the receipt and meant to post a list of what I bought but have since misplaced it.  

Wednesday....BBQ cocktail weinies, baked beans, canned sweet peas
Thursday....spaghetti and meatballs
Friday.... Eggs, sausage and toast
Saturday...Late lunch of spaghetti and sauce with a  later "snack" of venison

The venison was an unexpected but welcomed gift.  Someone Tom knows has permits and takes down damage causing deer.  He called Sat morning to say he had 2 small does for us.  Tom and his brother did the butchering and split the meat.   We bagged up the meat for the freezer.  Then cooked the backstraps/loins for dinner YUM!    They aren't very seasoned in butchering so things were a bit chopped up.  Most of it will probably end up as meat chunks with the larger hunks becoming roasts.   I was wishing they'd saved the hides, I'd love to try to tan them.   Tom thought it was too much work and he's probably right.  It just seems like a huge waste!  Maybe if we get more he'll allow me to have it.    

I bought a few things that weren't on my list from the earlier post.   Mostly it was 2 bags of apples, 2 heads of cabbage and 4 - 22.5 oz pkgs  of spreadable cheddar cheese.  Oh and a loaf of bread.  I haven't been so great about baking our bread.  Right now my excuse is that my dough hook for my kitchenaid seems to be missing.   I could do it by hand but I'd be lucky to have enough freehand time to throw things in the mixer.   I couldn't pass up the cheese they were 2 for $2.00!  Each pkg contains 1 container of chipolte and one container of smokey bacon.   I'm thinking at the very least I can use them to make mac and cheese.   I'll be looking for other ideas too, so share if you have them.

Crab Rangoon

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

2 - 8oz blocks cream cheese
1 can crab meat
dash soy sauce
green onions or onion powder
pkg wonton wrappers

Soften cream cheese
Drain can crab
Mix first 4 ingredients together
Put a small spoonful of mixture in center of wonton wrapper.* Wet fingertip with water and paint edges along 2 sides of the wrapper. Fold wrapper in half...forming a triangle, press edges...gluing together.

Fry in 375 degree oil for about 3 mins

*Note...overfilling will cause filling to leak out of wonton during cooking

Midweek report

This weekend I cooked up the last 2lbs of bacon I had in the fridge and divided it up into 3 meals. Originally they were going to be Baked beans, cowboy beans and potato soup. Being snowed in on Sunday, without a set plan on what to make special for Val's birthday...we opted for Pizza. I was out of margarine/butter and oil so made the dough using shortening, it didn't come out half bad. Knowing I had cooked the bacon earlier Val asked if one of the pizzas could be garlic bacon...oh well baked beans can be done without bacon. I also made one BBQ chicken (used chicken nuggets for the meat..wasn't enough for a meal) and 2 pepperonis. There were leftovers for breakfast the next day. :o) I also whipped up some crab rangoons which I ended up baking. They were OK but would've been better fried.

After cooking up the bacon I cut up and fried the hot dogs for cowboy beans. Tom and I were planning on taking Val and her boyfriend to dinner for her birthday (gift cards and borrowed money from Michelle). Having the cowboy beans almost done helped out Michelle for dinner that night. It was basically a mix and heat type of deal.

Tuesday night's potato soup was interesting. It started with me being out of butter still and almost out of milk. So powdered milk it was. Unfortunately the butter was missed. I tried to compensate it with added bouillon which helped. It wasn't the best soup but served it's purpose.

Tonight is spaghetti and meatball. I THINK I have everything I need for it. Guess I should go check my canned tomato supply. Oops...looks like I'm going to the store tonight. Man! I hate running out of things!

Shopping list so far...

veg oil
canned tomatoes
black pepper
garlic powder
onion powder
cat food

Menu...March 9 - 15

Things are REALLY tight around here this pay period (2wks) so I took inventory and planned a menu with minimal groceries needed. It's going to be not so "fun" as I haven't kept up my stocked pantry/freezer. I'll definitely need to go shopping when I'm done.

Sunday... Pizzas, baked crab rangoons (Val's birthday)
Monday... Cowboy beans, canned green beans (kids meal)
Tuesday... Potato Soup, crackers
Wednesday... Spaghetti and meatballs, bread
Thursday... Bean and cheese burritos, canned corn
Friday... Pancakes, eggs and sausage
Saturday... Pork Roast, sauteed Normandy blend veggies, mashed potatoes