November 21, 2010

Menu Planning, Week of 11/22

Gobble, Gobble—Thanksgiving is almost here!

This meal plan includes Hubby, daughter, and me, and this week my sister and her family will also be in town. Normally we travel for the holiday and get to spend time with our extended family.  This year, it will be a little more low key.  Since I’m still recovering a bit from surgery, my sister and my dad are going to do most of the work for Thanksgiving this year.  It will be the first time since I can remember that I will not be helping as much.

NOTE—I often make enough food to freeze or have for another meal.  Because of this, leftovers are counted as $0 on the menu.  If we go to a restaurant, it counts in a different part of our family budget.


I’m going to try and convince my hubby to make us homemade pizza. 

Approximate cost: $5



Roasted chicken and rice (chicken was part of the Angel Food box—see below)

Corn on the cob (from Angel Food box)

Green beans (from Angel Food box)

Approximate cost: $8



We’ll be eating at my dad’s, no children’s church tonight due to the holiday. 

Approximate cost: $0



Thanksgiving Dinner

(Splitting the cost between my sister, my dad, and us.  I purchased an Angel Food holiday box this year so that I could help with the meal.  Cost of the Angel Food Box is $36, but we won’t be using some of the food it includes for this meal.)

Brie and crackers as appetizer (brie was free from Earth Fare, crackers were ones bought on sale with coupon) $1

Organic Turkey (bought by my sister, herbs and onions from our garden)

Ham (bought by us as part of the Angel Food Box)

Dressing (made by my sister, venison sausage used was from a deer my brother-in-law took over the winter, vegetables from our garden used)

Gravy (either homemade or using the gravy mix from the Angel Food Box)

Corn (froze this summer when bought on sale at Earth Fare) $1

Green Bean Casserole (cans of green beans bought on sale, Dad has the onions, my sister is making the soup from scratch) $1

Cranberry Sauce (part of Angel Food box)

Whole wheat bread (part of the Angel Food box)

Herbed butter (butter was free from Kroger, herbs are in the garden)

Sweet potatoes (made by my sister) or she said she might be roasting root vegetables.  If that is the case, I’ll contribute onions, sweet potatoes, and some butternut squash.

Relishes from our home canning—pickled beets, pickled green tomatoes, dill pickles, sweet pickles (from my sister-in-law), and jalapenos

Canned pears (home canned from pears that a friend gave me) 25cts

Allergen free ice cream (my sister will buy for her and my nephews to eat with the pears)

Pumpkin pie (from the Angel Food box)

Tea, sparkling organic cider (bought on sale for $1.50 and I used a $1/1 coupon!), organic milk (from a local farmer),and ginger ale (bought on Mega Event sale)

Approximate cost: $21-$25 (our portion)



Tons of leftovers….and Tums

Approximate cost: $0



Turkey Soup made with the leftover carcass and veggies from our garden

Approximate cost: $0



Either leftovers, or Hubby will make rice and a P.F. Chang’s frozen meal (bought at Walgreens with sale and coupon)

Approximate cost: $0-$4

1 comment:

  1. It will not take much convincing to make pizza. Last time it was great!