Menu Plan Monday


by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on March 19, 2014

It’s a ‘home week’ this week…which I’m soaking up every minute, as next week begins a flurry of travel for me…NYC, Dallas, Tampa in 2 weeks. I’m planning on putting together some slow cooker packs for the freezer throughout the week and get prepared for the upcoming wacky schedule! Tonight or this afternoon, depending on […]


The Spring Break Edition ~ Chase Family Meal Plan

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on March 12, 2014

It’s spring break y’all. And we’re having all kinds of fun this week…so I’m going to keep this short… We started off with a BBQ bang. And we’ll be doing make your own pizza night, as well as grilling burgers/dogs and s’mores…plus a slow cooker meal or two. Now…I’m back to making sure the boys’ […]

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(Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Chicken Curry from my One Dish Dinners site.) So this week has been a little nutty. I’m in New York right now. About to head to the ‘blowdry bar’ to get my hair straightened…before I head to the set of Rachael Ray’s morning show. (Yes, you read that right.) Stop […]


Y’all. I’m sorry to tease you with this…but I have exciting news to share with you…soon! It’s taken every ounce of adrenaline induced energy I have to not spill all the deets yet, but I can’t hardly stand to stay quiet anymore…soon…I promise, soon! It involves a trip to New York City for an amazing […]


I Had A Dream about Mangoes… ~ Chase Family Meal Plan

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 12, 2014

Last week I was traveling to a blogger’s conference and while out and about, I saw on Instagram that a gal was working on her 20 Meals from Costco for $150 shopping and prepping experience and noticed that she had mangoes in her photo. I commented about how I wish my store had mangoes again…as […]


Cuatro’s First Year Litany ~ Chase Family Meal Plan

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 5, 2014

Seriously y’all. I blinked and he’s already a year. The litany… 4 teeth. (With one that I didn’t notice coming in, until it was all the way in. #fourthchildproblems) 3 ear infections. 4 sinus infections. 1 ticket to the ENT. (He would catch a cold from his brothers and not be able to clear it […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]