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What I Spent, What We Ate | $204

What I Spent

It was an expensive week for us here!

I spent $179 at Aldi and Costco, plus $25 on my Hungry Harvest box.

collard green salad

Luckily, I only spent $120 last week.

July Spending

Week 1: $120

Week 2: $204

What We Ate


Easy button night: we got some frozen pizzas!


We were at my in-laws, and my contribution to the meal was egg bread.

two loaves egg bread

My girls polished off the leftovers of that bread in a pretty big hurry.  Lisey especially likes to toast it and spread it with Nutella.

Pretty much anything is good when spread with Nutella, though.


I made buttermilk pancakes and Orange Julius, while Mr. FG cooked up some bacon. 

Breakfast for dinner is such a quick and easy meal!


We had pork cutlet Cuban sandwiches, using a recipe from Cook’s Country.

pork cubans


I tried a Cook’s Country recipe for fettuccine with asparagus, chicken, and bacon.

Cooks Country fettuccine with bacon and asparagus

We had the collard green salad and cantaloupe as well.

collard green salad

I really have to give massive props to this salad recipe…it’s helped me get through massive amounts of hardy greens that would otherwise have gone uneaten.

(I really do not prefer cooked greens, so a salad is perfect for me!)


I had leftover chicken from Wednesday night, so I pulled out some naan from the freezer (Aldi has very affordable naan) and used it to make BBQ chicken pizzas.


I have book club tomorrow night, so I think maybe Mr. FG and I will do our date night tonight.

What did you eat for dinner this week?

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Hawaii Planner

Saturday 13th of July 2019

Why is it always so hard to remember what we ate? I struggle with this every week, but I know we ate. :-)

Tacos, carnitas, grilled chicken sausages on salads, salmon. I think that was the menu, more or less.

Betta from daVille

Friday 12th of July 2019

Saturday: grilled Artic char with lemon & dill; new potatoes; sautéed peas & peas Sunday: leftover pork carnitas tacos with the fixins' Monday: salad with grilled chicken thighs; yellow tomato gazpacho Tuesday: salad with grilled chicken thighs; popcorn Wednesday: dinner at work: prime rib, scalloped potatoes, green beans & carrots Thursday: tuna fish sandwich in the car for the 3.5 hour drive home Friday: out to dinner with friends.

kristin @ going country

Friday 12th of July 2019

Last week of beach eating. I am not too sad about this. Definitely ready to get back to my own kitchen and not rushing every evening to cook and haul food 300 yards downhill to the beach to feed a dozen people.

Saturday: The power went out as I was cooking bacon, so the end result for dinner was bacon, peanut butter bread, baby carrots, tortilla chips, and a kind of dense loaf cake my MiL makes called cider cake. But at least the stormy weather meant that everyone ate on the front porch instead of at the beach.

Sunday: Rack of ribs, boneless sirloin steak, hot dogs, corn on the cob, all on the beach fire, cornbread my MiL made and transported to the beach still hot in the skillet, baby carrots, cherries, s'mores

Monday: Pork chops from my uncle-in-law's pigs (HOORAY, SO GOOD), Julia Child's potato salad (dry Vermouth, diced shallot, and a mustard vinaigrette on warm boiled potato chunks), baby carrots. So many baby carrots on the beach.

Tuesday: Italian sausage and hot dogs on the beach, tortilla chips, garlic scapes, fresh cucumber slices, Grandma's bread and butter pickles, grape tomatoes, watermelon

Wednesday: Pulled pork, potato chips, cucumber slices, s'mores

Thursday: The day my children didn't consume a single fruit or vegetable all day. Sigh. They ate some hot dogs someone else cooked on the beach at like 2 p.m., and then I threw together a skillet of browned ground beef, black beans, salsa, and pepper jack cheese, which I brought down to the beach still in the hot skillet--wrapped in a towel--and put out with tortilla chips for scooping.

Friday: Hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, all on the beach fire, sugar snap peas, potato chips


Friday 12th of July 2019

I was horrified when Nutella came to the U.S. I fell in love with it when we were living in Scotland and was glad I could not get it when we returned home...then one day it showed up in the grocery store. I cannot keep it in the house because when I want some chocolate, I have been known to pull a jar out of the fridge (where it gets nice and hard) and eat it by the spoonful! My husband buys me a jar for my birthday but other than that I stay away from it.


Friday 12th of July 2019

I looked up your recipe for Orange Julius. I see that you reference it often on your blog, but I can't seem to find how many servings it makes. In your recipe: does that serve your whole family or do you have to double it? I'm thinking of making it tomorrow with our "brinner" (breakfast for dinner). Also, I noticed that you're family regularly eats sausage/bacon with pancakes. I was surprised because I always associated pancakes with eggs. Are they not fans of eggs with breakfast? Just curious. Thanks!


Friday 12th of July 2019

It depends how much Orange Julius you want! For six of us, I doubled it, but now that there are usually only four of us here, one recipe works fine.

You will need to do two separate batches, as your blender is probably not large enough to accommodate a double batch. My Vita Mix can only hold one batch.

Eggs: Some of us do like eggs, but we tend to cook those for ourselves at breakfast or lunch, and not so much when we are having breakfast for dinner. Mr. FG definitely does not like eggs except as ingredients in things (like French Toast). I think eggs make a great side for breakfast foods, though!

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