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Ta-dah! The menu post, it is back.

Welcome to the first installment of the new weekly menu posts!

menu board with chalk ink

Menu board made from ugly Goodwill framed print

To keep it super real around here, I’m going to try something new: posting what we’ve eaten for the last week rather than what I plan for us to eat.

(Because heaven knows you can be all, “We will eat All Of The Vegetables and I’ll make from-scratch meals every night!” and then your plans get all derailed.   So, this method will give you an honest-to-goodness idea of what we actually are eating.)


I don’t have a grocery photo for you…sorry! I’ll take one next week.

I can tell you that this year, I’ve averaged about $200/week on groceries, which is up from the $150 I use to shoot for a few years ago.   Partly this is due to my kids getting older and hungrier, and partly it’s because I’m buying more in the way of organic and local food.

It would be awesome if that bill went down, but it’s not something I’m spending a lot of time stressing out about.

The Menu

Weekends are not that interesting around here menu-wise because we usually have a $20 date night and Sunday nights are frequently snacky meals or breakfast for dinner.

Soo, I’m thinking that our Monday-Friday eats would probably be the most helpful to you all!


  • Well-Done Grilled Hamburgers
  • Potato Cubes (because some of my potatoes rotted and I wanted to hurry and use the rest of the bag before they too went bad.   Related: rotten potatoes are, like, the stinkiest thing ever.)
  • Apple Slices


Mr. FG and I went out to use a soon-to-expire Groupon.

(Wasn’t this an unusually lovely week? Tuesday night dates are very infrequent!)

Lisey made Fettucini Alfredo at home.


swedish meatballs



Fridays are almost always pizza night at our house.   Sometimes we buy it, sometimes I make it, but either way, it’s nice to have one night a week where I don’t have to think very hard about coming up with a meal idea.

Here’s how I make my homemade pizza.

And that’s all, folks!

(until next week’s menu. 😉 )

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T Troy

Tuesday 13th of October 2015

This really has nothing to do with your menu post but do you still have that other site where you featured your daughter Lisey cooking? I can't remember the name of it.


Tuesday 13th of October 2015


Glory Lennon

Tuesday 13th of October 2015

And don't you know it, it's always the potato waaay at the bottom of a huge bag that goes bad and by the time you find it...ugh...maggots! Creeps me out.


Monday 12th of October 2015

I just made pizza today using your recipe, and I must was amazing! Thanks for the tip on the hot oven and preheating the pizza stone! My only comment would parchment paper hung over the edges of the pizza stone, and got really brown. I was a little afraid they might catch fire, so next time I'll trim it to the size of the round stone. I used the bottom rack...maybe that was why the paper browned. Do you use the bottom rack for a browner crust, or the center rack?


Monday 12th of October 2015

Yeah, mine does that too if I don't trim it to a circle. It's never actually caught on fire, but it does get dry and brown.

I usually use my second-to-the-lowest rack.

So glad your pizza was tasty!


Monday 12th of October 2015

Love this post, Kristen. It's nice to know how other families do it.


Saturday 10th of October 2015

I'm with you on the smell of rotten potatoes. I can't stand it. We try to do Pizza night on Fridays, too. :)

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