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Grocery Spending/Menu Plan | Our power went off last night.

Usually when this happens, there’s been some sort of storm or at least a lot of wind, but last night, it just quietly went out. Thankfully, it happened around 8:00, when it wasn’t quite as hot and when we were heading to bed anyway.

It came on a few hours later, much to my relief. In heat like this, it doesn’t take long for the house to get hot and then for the freezer/fridge to get warm. That would make for a dreadful Food Waste Friday post.

Yay for power! I’m so grateful.

I am not as grateful for this wickedly hot weather. It’s hard to believe just last weekend the weather was cooler, drier, and we had multiple picnics at multiple parks.

Kristen and Zoe, holding hands.
Photo by Sonia, who always has specific instructions. “Walk down there and hold Zoe’s hand.” A candid photographer, she is not.

Kristen helping Zoe on the playground.

But that’s why we take advantage of breaks in the weather.
Children on a slide.

We know they’re just that…breaks in a long string of hot and humid days.

Children's shoes in the sand.

It’s hard to believe I will ever be cold again.

Kristen walking on a beach.
In fact, in these days when even a pool feels too warm, I almost forget what being cold is like.

Zoe standing in the water on the beach.

But fall will come all too soon, I know, and then winter.

Children on a beach.

And in wintertime, days when it’s pleasant to be outside are much rarer than they are in summer, so I’m not really wishing away these warm months.

Zoe on a swing.

At the same time, I’m not going to complain when the heat spell breaks (I think lower 90s are forecast for a few days next week, and at this point, lower 90s sound downright cool).

Hmm. I got a lot more picture-happy there than I was planning to. On to food!

This week was a mostly no-shopping week…at least, a no-big-shopping-trip week. I did stop at the produce stand and I spent $11 on corn, peaches, and strawberries. Totally delicious. Oh yes.

And after I went to the gym yesterday, I stopped at Aldi for milk and a few other things. I spent $12.81 there.

I also scored a whole bunch of produce from my parents’ garden, and I’d like to show you a picture of all the cherry/grape tomatoes we got, but they’re pretty much gone. My kids and I all love to eat them plain by the handful…they’re so sweet, it’s sort of like eating fruit.

So, most of the food that came into my house this week was produce, which is as it should be on an off-week.

What are we eating this week?

Breakfast options will be yogurt, smoothies, fruit, granola, scrambled eggs, and toast.

Lunches will be comprised of sandwiches made with whole wheat bread, homemade yogurt, yogurt smoothies, cottage cheese, fruit, raw veggies, nuts, cheese, and leftovers as necessary. Of course, we don’t eat all of that every single day…it’s just a list of the things we choose from for lunch each day. And Mr. FG eats leftovers for lunch pretty much every day.

Here’s my dinner plan.



  • I’m not sure…our plans are a little bit up in the air and I need to talk to Mr. FG before making any firm dinner decisions.



  • Chicken Quesadillas
  • chips/salsa
  • raw veggies




Is it crazy hot where you live? If it is, I hope you have A/C or access to a pool so that you can enjoy your weekend.

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Monday 25th of July 2011

Just you have/use AC? I would love to stop using ours...but it is just so humid here that we choke without it. If you don't, what are some of your tricks to keep your house cool?


Monday 25th of July 2011

Oh yes, we do! It's crazy humid here too, and no A/C is bad for my piano.

We set it at 78, try to bake less, close blinds/curtains when the sun shines on them, and dress as minimally as possible (within reason. We don't run around naked!).

LeeAnn @ Living the Dream

Monday 25th of July 2011

It's super-duper-extra crazy hot here in the midwest. Today we're having a "cool front" which means the high is only 90 with a 100 degree heat index instead of a high of 100 with a 110 heat index.

Needless to say it makes baking and cooking in the oven a lot less appealing. I've been pulling out the Crockpot a lot more lately.


Monday 25th of July 2011

Great photos. Sorry about your power. If you need it very badly I found you can buy $2000 generators for only about $200 at pawn shops. They work great but, you have to have enough air flow to avoid too much carbon dioxide.

S. Davis

Sunday 24th of July 2011

I don't mean to be ugly, but to tease you - you mentioned "it's sort of like eating fruit" about the tomatoes, but tomatoes are fruit - so you should eat them like fruit!


Sunday 24th of July 2011

Technically, that is very true. But there are a LOT of "fruits" that we typically think of as veggies, and tomatoes are one of those for me. I think of fruits as the super sweet produce and veggies as the not-so-sweet. :)

CoNod Blues

Saturday 23rd of July 2011

Sat summer we had a multi day blackout. It was much more stressful than the weeklong winter blackout because at least then we could but our frozen food in the garage in a cooler to keep.

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