No Spend Challenge: My No Spend Month Meals

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No Spend Month Meals

I told you all yesterday that I’d be back with my list of No Spend Month Meals! The list is nothing earth shattering, but perhaps you’ll find a new recipe or two that your family might enjoy! I wrote it all down in a free monthly planner my mom picked up for me from a local realtor. 😉

No Spend Month Meals

So according to our favourite meals and what we already have on hand in the pantry and fridge/freezers, here’s what we will be eating this month:

Dinners:

All dinners are served with vegetables and/or fruit and/or salad. Some meals will get made more than once. I will be working from the pantry as much as I can, but will be buying any ingredients that we need as well as fresh produce/dairy/meat.

Breakfasts:

  • smoothies
  • oatmeal
  • Peanut butter toast
  • Eggs and toast

Lunches:

I’m planning on freezing some of the soups so that I can take them out all month long for easy lunches.

My youngest if really starting to get into finger foods so I want to make a batch or two of Cottage Cheese pancakes and Falafels so I can freeze some.

I’d love it if you left a comment listing at least one meal idea from the list you just made!  Don’t forget to check back to see the ideas that others have left!

A No Spend Challenge: 28 Days of Being Simply Frugal.

Easy Chocolate Peppermint Fudge

Chocolate Peppermint Fudge

Now here’s a Christmas fudge recipe that will be great for gift giving!  I think it would pair nicely with this Homemade Peppermint Bark!

I’m afraid I’m getting a reputation for only making easy things, but really, if you have to add extra things to your already full calendar, why spend a lot of time creating?  It’s the thought that counts, right?  Anyways, this recipe is so easy, it only calls for four ingredients. That, my friends, is how you impress on a budget and use minimal effort and time. 🙂

Chocolate Peppermint Fudge

Chocolate Peppermint Fudge
 
Ingredients
  • 2 packages of 12 oz. Wilton dark chocolate candy melts
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 ½ Cans of sweetened condensed milk (14 oz cans)
  • 6 candy canes, crushed
Instructions
  1. Spray an 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Pour the candy melts and the sweetened condensed milk into a large microwave safe dish. Add in the 1 tsp of peppermint extract.
  3. Heat in the microwave for 1 minute and stir. Heat for another minute and stir again, heat again in 20 second increments stirring if not completely melted.
  4. Immediately pour the melted mixture into the baking dish and sprinkle with the crushed candy canes (see photo).
  5. Allow the chocolate to cool at room temperature. Once it is cool, place the baking dish in the fridge (covered) to allow the fudge to completely set.
  6. Cut into 12 large squares or 24 mini squares.

Chocolate Peppermint Fudge 2I sure hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

A Homemade Christmas Gift: Peppermint Bark

Simple and quick homemade peppermint bark! Makes a great gift!

One of my favourite things to give as gifts is homemade edible goods.  In my mind, it’s the perfect little something.  It’s a treat as well as a gift that won’t take up room in the recipient’s home!

Today’ I’d like to share this recipe for Peppermint Bark.  Not only do I love it because it’s tasty, it’s really simple to make!

Peppermint Bark
 
Ingredients
  • 270g bag Milk Chocolate Baking Chips
  • 225g bag White Baking Chips
  • ½ tsp Peppermint Extract
  • 12 Candy Canes
Instructions
  1. Place the Candy Canes in a Food Processor and crush or place them in a Ziploc bag and crush with a rolling pin.
  2. Line a pan with parchment paper.
  3. Melt milk chocolate chips in the microwave by heating at 50% for 1 minute and stirring until smooth.
  4. Pour melted milk chocolate chips into the pan and level.
  5. Place in refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  6. Melt White Chocolate chips in microwave by heating at 50% for 1 minute and stirring until smooth.
  7. Add peppermint extract to the white chocolate chips, stir.
  8. Pour melted white chocolate chips into the pan on top of the milk chocolate and level.
  9. Sprinkle crushed peppermint over the white chocolate.
  10. Place in refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  11. Break apart into pieces and put the pieces into gift bags for gift giving!

What is your favourite edible gift to give?

8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas: Plan your Food

I think this will be a fun week in the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas series!  It’s all about food! Specifically, we’re going to plan our holiday menus.  You’ll want to think about:

  • Christmas dinner
  • Christmas brunch
  • Christmas eve
  • Boxing day

And well, any meal surrounding Christmas day.  My planning is quite simple.  My parents cook our Christmas brunch and dinner so all I have to do is bring the cheesecake and some baking!

For inspiration, I highly recommend taking a look through Pinterest.

While you’re planning out your dishes, be sure to start adding items to a grocery list.  You don’t want to forget anything!

To help you out, you’ll want to check out the Christmas dinner planner and grocery list that are available in the Holiday Planner, here.

Also be sure to print off the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas checklists to make sure you’re on track for the final week’s until Christmas day!

What will be on your holiday menu?  Leave it in the comments! Any food traditions you have to uphold?  How do you keep on budget?

Sign up for the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas newsletter to receive a FREE Christmas Dinner Checklist!  This checklist is quite detailed and will help you remember all the details needed for a memory filled dinner with family and friends. You’ll also receive a weekly email with each week’s “task”.

Here are the posts in the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas series so far:

8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas

This Week’s Menu Plan: November 14 – 20

This week's menu plan from Simply Frugal

This week’s Menu Plan: November 14 – 20, 2016:

Breakfasts:

  • Eggs and toast
  • Peanut butter toast and apples
  • Waffles/cereal

Lunches:

  • Leftovers
  • Quesadillas and beans
  • Grilled Cheese sandwiches

Dinner:

Once again, I’d love to know what you’ve got planned for your meals this week. Let me know in the comment section below!

This Week’s Menu Plan: November 7 – 13, 2016

This week's menu plan from Simply Frugal

Well, the verdict is in. Not having a menu plan means we don’t eat “proper” meals around here. I was feeling so drained last week that I was pulling random things out of the freezer and fridge and calling it good. While I don’t think we ate terribly, it could have been so much better if I had taken the time to plan a menu. Lesson learned…again. 🙂

 

Here’s the plan for November 7 – 13, 2016:

Breakfasts:

  • Eggs and toast
  • Peanut butter toast and apples
  • Waffles/cereal

Lunches:

  • Leftovers
  • Quesadillas and beans
  • Grilled Cheese sandwiches

Dinner:

What’s on your menu this week? Let us know in the comments!

This Week’s Menu Plan: October 24 – 30, 2016

This week's menu plan from Simply Frugal

Have you guys tried the Click & Collect from Superstore? I’ve been having fun trying it out the last couple of weeks and I absolutely love it! Such a time saver. And money saver too, I might add, since I’m not picking up random things that I ‘need’ each time! I’m definitely sold on the service.

This week I’m doing something a bit different for dinners. I came across the My FreezEasy Make One, Freeze One Challenge, so I signed up! You get to choose one free meal plan. I chose the Traditional plan. The idea is to make one dinner and double it to add one to the freezer. But I’m only going to make one to eat each night.

Here’s the plan for October 24 – 30, 2016:

Breakfasts:

  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut butter toast and apples
  • Waffles/cereal

Lunches:

  • Leftovers
  • Soup
  • Grilled Cheese sandwiches

Dinner:

I’m doing the My FreezEasy Make One, Freeze One Challenge for four meals. My husband requested Pesto Chicken Stuffed Shells.

What’s on your menu this week? Let us know in the comments!

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This Week’s Menu Plan: October 17 – 23

menu template

What a blur last week was! I had no menu planned and we ate out entirely too often. Sometimes, life throws some things at you that requires cutting yourself some slack so the important things get taken care of. We were fed, not the most nutritious meals, but the important things got taken care of.

I’m feeling a bit more like I can tackle this week after my mini blogging break, especially since I have a menu planned! However, some things may get pushed off the list because we may have to do some hospital visits due to our situation last week. (Extended family health emergency.)

Here’s the plan for October 17 – 23, 2016:

Breakfasts:

  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut butter toast and apples
  • Waffles/cereal

Lunches:

  • Leftovers
  • Smoothies
  • Grilled Cheese sandwiches

Dinner:

MondayChicken in Basil Sauce
Tuesday: Tacos
WednesdayHam, mashed potatoes, veggies
Thursday: Chicken Pot Pie (freezer meal)
Friday: Hamburger Soup
Saturday: Leftovers
Sunday: Dinner at parents

What’s on your menu this week? Let us know in the comments!

This Week’s Menu Plan: October 3 – 9

menu template

Well, sickness hit our household which threw off most of my plans for dinner. Somehow, I managed to escape the sickness, but I’ve been busy tending to everyone else! However, looking at the list, I did make the spaghetti, Hashay and Sausage & Potato bake. Not too bad I guess.

This week I’ve got a pretty easy week for dinners because of Thanksgiving (read: I’m spoiled 😉 ) We’ve got dinner taken care of us for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I’m in charge of making dessert so I’m bringing my mini pumpkin cheesecakes.

Here’s the plan for October 3 – 9, 2016:

Breakfasts:

  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut butter toast and apples
  • Waffles/cereal

Lunches:

  • Leftovers
  • Smoothies
  • Egg salad sandwiches

Dinner:

MondayPeanut Chicken Pasta
Tuesday: Oatmeal Pancakes, bacon
Wednesday: Stirfry
Thursday: Meatballs, mashed potatoes, veggies
Friday: Weiner roast with family
Saturday: Thanksgiving dinner with family
Sunday: Thanksgiving dinner at parents

What’s on your menu this week? Let us know in the comments!

This Week’s Menu Plan: September 26 – October 2

menu template

 

I’m happy to report that last week all of the meals I had planned got made! Now that’s progress! How did you do? Did you try any new recipes that were a hit?

Here’s the plan for September 26 – October 2, 2016:

Breakfasts:

  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut butter toast and apples
  • Waffles/cereal

Lunches:

  • Leftovers
  • Smoothies
  • Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese

Dinner:

Monday: Spaghetti
Tuesday: Oatmeal Pancakes, bacon
Wednesday: Hashay
Thursday: Sausage & Potato Bake
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Snack Party plate
Sunday: Dinner at my parents

What’s on your menu this week? Let up know in the comments!