Meal Planning:

Over the past few weeks, I've been doing a lot of reading about meal planning especially with regard to saving money. Usually, we use the circulars that come on Wednesday to plan our grocery shopping for the week but, I just buy what is on sale and then decide what I make each night. Meal planning will certainly save me time during the school year because I will not have to think about what to make each night. We are starting by following Simple Mom's advice using a two week model. The next week looks like this:

8/13 Rosemary Turkey Meatloaf (*****)
8/14 Leftovers or dinner with my family
8/15 Quick Mediterranean Pasta (
8/16 Chicken and black bean casserole
8/17 Leftovers
8/18 Pulled pork
8/19 Leftovers or dinner with friends
8/20 Pasta primavera
8/21 Chickpea burgers or dinner with my family

Our meal plan for the week will be posted at and at StoneGable


  1. Welcome and congrats on your first menu plan!

    Do you have a recipe for the chickpea burgers? I'm in love with chickpeas and am always looking for yummy ways to incorporate them into our menu!!!

    Happy planning!

  2. What a great start to menu planning! I love the sound of Turkey Rosemary Chicken... yummy!
    Please join ON THE MENU MONDAY at my blog for a weekly menu and recipe linky party. Your menu would be a wonderful addition!

  3. Just stopping by from On The Menu Monday to say Hi. Your meal plan looks great for the week, looks like you are getting off to a great start. We would just love your Chicken and Black Bean Casserole. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week!
    Miz Helen

  4. Astoria Girl,
    Welcome to On The Menu Monday! I saw a few interesting menu items that will work On Crooked Creek in your list. I especially adore the one that states or dinner with friends!!!
    Here's hoping your school year is off to a fantastic start. I retired three years ago from a career of 33 years in education. The last 15 years, I served as a Para Educator! Thank you for sharing your first Menu with all of us in the Land of Blog!