Skip to Content

What I Spent, What We Ate | and there was a birthday…

I spent $10 on chicken at the organic store, $84.59 at Aldi, $7.38 for a bit of produce at a regular grocery store, $32 on my produce box,   and $49.09 on a few other miscellaneous trips.

(If you couldn’t tell, it was not the most efficient week of grocery shopping ever.)

Oh, and I also spent $10 on a half bushel of bruised apples, which I turned into 10 quarts of applesauce.

apples for applesauce

I spent $193.06.

By the way, I realized that I forgot to do year-to-date tally like I normally do at the end of a month.


So, here you go!

Spending Year To Date (avg. $154/week)

January: $681

February: $650

March: $823

April: $623

May: $656

June: $682

July: $706

August: $589


What We Ate


I made BBQ chicken burrito bowls from Budget Bytes, and they went over pretty well with my crew.

Sonia said it’s a weird combination, but it works.   😉


I seasoned some tilapia fillets with Old Bay and sauteed them in butter.   I also made potato cubes and a green salad like this one.


I was at the pool all afternoon, so I scrapped my original plan and made chicken bacon wraps.


We had Joshua’s (17th!) birthday celebration a day early and he picked Chicken Tikka Masala.

Joshua's birthday

We also had naan, a tomato salad, and the orange jello salad that seems to always make an appearance on birthdays!

Plus a German chocolate cake.

joshua cake candles



We might switch up our usual weekend date night to tonight, but I gotta chat with Mr. FG about that.


What was for dinner at your house this week? Do share!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Tuesday 13th of September 2016

Chicken Tikka Masala = Yum!

Would you share the recipe you use? Ours is just so-so; we're always looking for ways to tweak it to kick it up a notch.



Tuesday 13th of September 2016

I'd never made it before, but I used a recipe from Cook's Illustrated (my default. Ha.)


Thursday 8th of September 2016

Our house is down to three adults from a family of five (sigh)...

Monday: sausages with peppers, onions, and mushrooms plus garden cucumber salad , steamed kale, and freezer coconut cake Tuesday: my birthday so DH got takeout ( chicken pontalba on cheese grits) and a pint of chocolate ice cream with a candle Wednesday: vegetarian chili and chicken-pimiento cheese quesadillas with avocado Thursday: pizza, plums, and homemade yogurt Friday: leftover veggie chili burritos with goat cheese , guacamole, sour cream, rice and kale salad Saturday: roasted garden veggies, watermelon/tomato salad with feta cheese, cold shrimp Sunday: leftover-loaded baked potatoes, garlic kale, peaches, biscuits

Hawaii Planner

Tuesday 6th of September 2016

Let's see - it was a crazy week, as I was out of town all weekend at an adventure relay, & flew back late on Sunday. Because of that, it was much more hit or miss than usual.

Monday - rice, kebabs & yogurt sauce Tuesday - out, for a teacher/parent fundraiser dinner Wednesday - pasta with meatballs Thursday - leftovers Friday - oven baked chicken risotto Saturday - date night! The kids had chicken nuggets & pasta Sunday - at a potluck. I brought a pasta salad & lemon bread. Both made from ingredients around the house


Friday 2nd of September 2016

Happy Birthday Joshua! He's all grown up, when did that happen??

Monday: cooked a whole chicken in the crockpot. Had sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce with it. Plenty of leftover chicken for lunches and dinner Thursday night. Tuesday: lasagna, salad, and garlic bread. Wednesday: it's our fend for yourself night, and I'm pretty sure we had ribs leftover from the weekend. Thursday: chicken and dressing casserole, using the leftover chicken from Monday; fried okra from a co-workers garden; and pound cake for dessert. Tonight- Hubby mentioned eating out, but our a/c is out ( please pity me, I live in Houston) so depending upon: when the repairman shows up, and how much the repair costs, we may not only NOT be eating out, we may be eating beans and rice for the foreseeable future.


Friday 2nd of September 2016

We had to use up chicken this week, so meals included baked chicken, chicken/cheese/tortilla/green salsa bake, and chicken and corn chowder. Served with various combinations of rolls, salad, broccoli, and fruit (we're still working on a watermelon, even though it was a small one). And one night was grilled cheese and tomato soup.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.