One of my targets for the year involves budgeting, and one of the areas that has always hindered our success has been weekly meal planning. We don't eat out often, but, when we do, it's usually because I failed to plan our dinners for that week. There is nothing wrong with eating out, but I've found that, if it's a rush decision, we tend to make less healthy choices for the sake of time and, in these situations, we are not thinking of the effect on our budget, either.
Chicken Lo Mein with Peanut Sauce
Did you know? I can make 4 large servings of this
Lo Mein for the same price our favorite local
Chinese restaurant charges for a single entree.
- Beans (Navy or Pinto) with Jalapeno Cornbread
- Stuffed Sole(scallops & crabmeat) and Potatoes au Gratin (both from Omaha Steaks)
- Chicken Lo Mein with Peanut Sauce
- Chili with Corn Cake Toppers
- Salad & Pizza Night
- Crock Pot Baked Potatoes loaded w/leftover chili
- Breakfast for Dinner
|New burlap covered oatmeal containers taking care of the mess!|
Clutter Dilemma # 1 - The space above my built-in oven has evolved into a dumping ground for grilling utensils, large kitchen utensils as well as odd pots and pans. I've had this space organized at times but obviously had not tackled the real problem because it always goes back to being a clutter pile. This 'before' shot is embarrassing but is necessary to illustrate my progress in the quest to de-clutter!
My Solution -Make a home for all of the large cooking utensils that do not fit in my kitchen drawers and find a new home for the seasonal grilling utensils. I also added more S hooks to the rods so I can hang more of my kitchen wares.
|3 of stages construction - full sized container,|
container cut in half and finally sliding the top
into bottom half for stability
How I made my utensil canisters for Zero $$:
- I took empty oatmeal boxes and cut them to the height I wanted to accommodate the utensils. Then cut a slit in the top portion of the oat container and slid it inside the bottom half to reinforce the new container. NOTE - Our local grocer brand oat boxes actually work better than Quaker brand because the rolled top has a little give but the plastic ring on top on Quaker containers creates a bulge when you slide it into the bottom.
- You might want to put a quick coat of paint on the oat container so the container colors don't show through your material.
- I chose to cover my new canister in burlap since I already had it on hand and my goal was to spend no money on this project. I simply hot glued the burlap to the canister in sections smoothing as I went.