How did it get to be the last week of August?  Is anyone else wondering how September could possibly already be on the horizon?  We have another busy week where we’re still getting into the swing of the back to school routines so once again our menu plan is going to be pretty basic.  Once fall officially arrives and we are more into our routine, then perhaps I’ll add some more exciting items to our menus.  I’m also going to plan lunches again this week.  While I didn’t follow the lunch plans exactly, it did help me to actually eat lunch during the week.  Amazingly, I felt much better on the days where I actually took the time to stop and eat lunch!  Here’s our weekly menu for the final week of August 2012:

 MONDAY (I have a 4p.m. meeting)

 Dinner:  Spaghetti and meatballs with salad and garlic toast.

Lunches:  J: peanut butter sandwich, chips, strawberries, yogurt, brownie, and juice (standard fare), G: home sick today so it will depend on what he feels like eating.   My lunch:  will probably depend on what G wants to eat.

 TUESDAY

Dinner:  French toast, strawberries, orange juice

 Lunches:  J:  Salami, String Cheese, Olives, Crackers, and a dessert, G: ham sandwich, chips, strawberries, yogurt, and water.  My lunch:  meatball sub on garlic bread

 WEDNESDAY (Our fourteen year wedding anniversary)

 Dinner:  I don’t care as long as I’m not cooking it!  We’ll probably order pizza.

 Lunches:  J and G:  French toast sticks, peanut butter, yogurt, and fruit. My lunch: ham sandwich  

 THURSDAY (Back to School Night at J’s elementary school)

Dinner:  Hotdogs for us (yes, we did this exact same thing last week) and either leftover spaghetti or pizza for J who doesn’t like hotdogs.  If I get ambitious, I may actually throw a roast in the crockpot for BBQ so we can have sandwiches for lunch throughout the weekend (and I can have a backup dinner for my husband who didn’t find a hotdog and chips to be a very filling meal last Thursday!)

Lunches:  J: Salami, String Cheese, Olives, Crackers, and a dessert, G: ham sandwich, chips, watermelon, yogurt, and a dessert.  My lunch:  grilled cheese and tomato soup

 FRIDAY

 Dinner:  Homemade chicken strips and French fries (carried over from last week)

Lunches:  G and J:  peanut butter sandwiches, chips, watermelon, yogurt, and a brownie.  My lunch:  maybe a BBQ sandwich (see Thursday) or a homemade quesadilla

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My husband insisted we go grocery shopping at Walmart over the weekend.  I am not a Walmart shopper and I am REALLY not an entire family grocery store shopper.  Hy-Vee is my happy place.  While in Walmart, I wanted to just lean my head on the freezer doors and cry but I couldn’t because there were too many people about!  Perhaps I’m just wired differently.  I cannot get into the buy it all at one store mentality.  I think it messes up my focus.   We ended up spending more on that trip and I still have to return to Hy-Vee to get several items we missed.  I’m curious though are you a one-stop shopper or do you prefer (like I do) to separate your Walmart (or Target) trips from your grocery shopping experience?   Don’t forget to check out Meal Plan Monday over at www.orgjunkie.com for ideas and inspiration to help plan your menus!

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