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What I Spent, What We Ate | 4th of July week

Well, hi!

I’ve been absent for two days, due partially to the holiday and also to the fact that I have been busy painting. I have things to show you next week!

Kristen painting clothes

What I Spent

Mr. FG cooking

I spent $120 at the grocery stores this week, and I accidentally did not get a Hungry Harvest.

I forgot to update the new expiration date for my credit card, so it didn’t go through in time.

What We Ate


Zoe was wanting pulled chicken, while Sonia had a hankering for grits.

So, I made the grits from this recipe and we topped them with pulled chicken.

grits with chicken


Mr. FG has been cooking on Sunday nights, and he chose to make a fattoush salad from Dinner Illustrated

And I don’t have a picture, unfortunately!


Mr. FG and I tried a new recipe from Cook’s Country for strawberry vanilla pancakes. Verdict: we like strawberries better as a raw topping, rather than as a cooked add-in.

strawberry vanilla pancakes

Also, I didn’t think their buttermilk pancake base was quite as good as the usual recipe I use, and the berries made the pancakes stick to the griddle.

So I’d say, use this buttermilk pancake recipe, and top your pancakes with whipped cream and fresh berries. 

Easier, and more delicious!

orange julius

We had orange julius and local pork sausages with our pancakes.

Whenever Mr. FG is cooking, the girls tease him and tell him he’s a domestic goddess now.  So, for Father’s Day, we got him this apron to make him very official. 😉

domestic goddess apron


I tried a garlic spaghetti recipe from Dinner Illustrated. It was a vegetarian recipe, but I added in some Italian chicken sausages from Aldi (sliced and browned in a pan).

galic spaghetti

I grilled bratwurst and we ate those with cherries and watermelon.


By the way, I’ve discovered how much better burger and hot dog buns are if you toast them, either on the grill or in a buttered skillet. SO GOOD.

Aldi cherries


I tried a quinoa taco salad recipe from Dinner Illustrated. It was good, for a vegetarian taco salad. But I think I prefer mine with beef, chicken, or shrimp.

We went to see some fireworks after dinner, of course.



Mr. FG and I have a Groupon that expires today, so we’re gonna go use that tonight and then eat dinner with the girls tomorrow night (just flip-flopping our date night).

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Tuesday 9th of July 2019

Me and DH cooked this past week. We had:

smoked chicken/mixed veg pot roast/carrots/potatoes/garlic bread breaded chicken/Spanish rice grilled meats/oven fries

I can't remember what else... I know I wanted to bake but never got to it. Maybe this week.

Betta from daVille

Monday 8th of July 2019

I was in Alaska for a conference, followed by a trip up to Maine with the inlaws and the bro-in-law, so we all took turns cooking.

Saturday: Alaska conference, ate out. Sunday: airport food in Seattle Monday: gazpacho and nuts Tuesday: sandwich in the car Wednesday: beef and veg kabobs, rice, salad Thursday: pork carnitas tacos with all the fixins, grilled corn on the cob, roasted cherry sorbet (food52 recipe) and Mexican wedding cookies Friday: out for steamers & lobster, woopie pies Saturday: raw oysters, grilled Artic char, new potatoes, peas & peas, angel food cake with fresh berries Sunday: leftovers


Saturday 6th of July 2019

Clearly I had very little desire to cook this week:

Sunday - I nibbled on some cold rotisserie chicken and some fruit.

Monday - I steamed some broccoli and made a box of mac & cheese.

Tuesday - hot dogs and beans

Wednesday - I had a sandwich but I did cook up stuff for the 4th of July

Thursday - My brother smoked a pork shoulder so we had pulled pork sandwiches. I contributed homemade potato salad and key lime pie.

Friday - Sandwich and left over potato salad.

All together too many sandwiches and not enough fruit and veg. (I don't supposed key lime pie counts as a serving of fruit? Heh.) Next week will be better!

Stacy Whitaker

Saturday 6th of July 2019

We made that fatoush salad last night. Even my little kids who are usually salad averse liked it! I’ve been pleasantly surprised how much use I’ve gotten out of Dinner Illustrated.


Saturday 6th of July 2019

Those bratwurst look yummy, and I totally agree about cooked strawberries! This week we ate: Monday - Thai Chicken Salad, fresh fruit Tuesday - Tuna Salad on Toast, 3 Bean Salad Wednesday -Skillet Elgin Sausage, homemade mac and cheese, carrots Thursday - BBQ ribs, coleslaw, (freezer) pintos and brisket, queso and fritos, watermelon, chocolate chip pecan bars (mom worked) Friday - Aztec Quiche, sauteed brussels sprouts Saturday - maybe pizza - we are eating lunch out though Sunday - (freezer) Pulled Pork on buns, potato salad, leftover watermelon (mom and dad to winery pick-up party until 5 p.m.) I am trying to avoid using the oven as much as possible!

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