Meal Planning

VIDEO ~ Meal Planning Made Simple Chat

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 30, 2014

Tonight at 9 EST/6 PST, I’m going to be chatting LIVE  and tonight’s topic is Meal Planning Made Simple. I’ll be sharing several different methods for meal planning, and some tricks to get started and getting back on the bandwagon if you’ve fallen off! We’ve got 30 minutes, and we’ll see how much we can squeeze […]

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Pocket Knives in Our Future, plus The Chase Family Meal Plan

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 29, 2014

Another busy week for our family…it started Sunday, with a wild afternoon of Pinewood Derby with their Cub Scout pack, followed by more Cub Scout events and the Mexico-South Korea pre-World Cup (something like that!) soccer game tonight. Plus more to come tomorrow, Friday and into the weekend. (Who are you rooting for in the […]


Click to view This Week’s Eats 1/26 on GLOSSI.COM The Recipes Chicken Fajita Nachos Italian Pork Chops Mini Barbeque Chicken Pizzas Pizza Penne Bake Curried Quinoa Chicken Recipe Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal Pumpkin Chai Snickerdoodle Cookies Rolo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies And feel free to check out all the previous weekly meal plans with printable […]

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Hormonal Weather Makes It Hard to Meal Plan ~ Chase Family Meal Plan

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 22, 2014

January is hormonal weather month in Texas. When we lived in Ohio, the hormonal weather months were April and October.  Down south, it’s January…and December, this past year too. While it’s easy to manage the “what to wear” with a quick glance at the weather channel app on my phone each morning, the planning of […]


Click to view This Week’s Eats 1/19 on GLOSSI.COM   The Recipes Pork Chops with Cranberry Mustard Sauce Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes Chicken and Stuffing Skillet Dinner 15 Bean Pot Pie Taco Bites Pasta with Kale, Lemon & Parmesan Hearty Ham Breakfast Scramble Salted Caramel Mocha Fudge And feel free to check out all the previous […]


I *think* we are almost on a first name basis with the gals at Walgreens pharmacy. I wonder if next time the red van pulls into the drive thru lane, the gal will pick up the phone and say, “Good morning Erin, which kid is it this time?” Sigh. In the past week-ish, we’ve been […]


Click to view Best of 2013 Recipes on GLOSSI.COM The Recipes Slow Cooker Cilantro-Lime Chicken Slow Cooker Ranchero Chicken Quinoa Soft Tacos Hawaiian Meatloaf Cheeseburger Rice Taco Bites Beef and Bean Oven Tacos Pork Chops with Cranberry Mustard Sauce Strawberry Spinach Quinoa Salad Make Ahead Pumpkin Breakfast Quinoa Cherry Limeade Punch Gluten Free No Bake […]

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This past weekend/week, the 20 Meals from Costco for $150 blog post went viral, like 1 MILLION page views over the weekend. I thought it might break Facebook too, as it seemed to have just taken over. (Not really.) I’m grateful to my fabulous host for handling the surge without issue! This week is mostly […]


Click to view This Week’s Eats 1/5 on GLOSSI.COM PHOTO The Recipes Chorizo Black Bean Soup Dutch Oven Beef Stew Corn Chicken Chili Southwest Wild Rice Pilaf Split Pea and Asparagus Soup Shrimp and Mango Curry 7 Layer Tostadas Zucchini Carrot Whole Wheat Pancakes Raspberry Brownie Parfaits And feel free to check out all the […]


2014 Goals & Plans for $5 Dinners {Plus My “Word of the Year”}

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 2, 2014

Clean slate. Blank calendar. Fresh outlook. Wishes. Hopes. Desires. Dreams. Become…. Goals. Resolutions. Plans. This year, something is different. I’m not sure if it’s that my last baby is not really a baby anymore. He turns one in 2 weeks. (He was just born y’all.) He walks, practically runs, everywhere. He (kinda) loves our new […]