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What I Spent, What We Ate | Last one for October!

What I Spent

Greetings from the cat, who is keeping me company as I write this post. 😉

We spent $138 on food this week. including a Hungry Harvest.

October Spending

Week 1:  $230

Week 2:  $115

Week 3:  $145

Week 4:  $138

And here are the numbers for this year so far, in case you are the type who is interested!

2018 Monthly Averages

(goal is $150/week)

January: $544  

February: $588

March: $641

April: $728

May: $535

June: $749

July:  $578

August:  $498

September:  $598

October:  $628

Average so far is  $141/week.

What We Ate


We ate baked potato soup, plus cornbread, plus green beans.


Leftovers from Monday night.


We had a funny combo for dinner…first wedge salads, and then rice pudding. 😉


I roasted a pork tenderloin, cooked some Hungry Harvest baby potatoes in a cast iron pan, and steamed a spaghetti squash (also from Hungry Harvest!).


Sonia and Zoe are having dinner at a friend’s house, so Mr. FG and I are going to go grab a bite to eat on our own. We haven’t decided where yet, though!

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Friday 2nd of November 2018

Kristen, how do you cook the potatoes in cast iron? Just in oil, so they’re fried? Do you add any seasoning? You start off with raw potatoes? They look so good!


Friday 2nd of November 2018

So this recipe called for cooking the raw potatoes on both sides in a shallow pan of oil. But I have to say, I prefer my usual method of parcooking them in the microwave and then just browning them on the stovetop. It's faster, cooks the potatoes through more thoroughly, and you have less chance of burning the cut sides of the potatoes.


Monday 29th of October 2018

This week coming up, we will have:

Monday: Soft tacos with carnitas, black beans, yellow rice and toppings Tuesday: Korean chicken rice bowls (crock pot meal) Wednesday: Chili, cornbread and hot cider (we always have this for Halloween night and my kids would be very upset with a change in tradition) Thursday: Homemade pizza Friday: We have plans to hang out with friends and order some Chinese food.

Saturday night we will probably have leftovers and Sunday we are visiting my in-laws.


Sunday 28th of October 2018

Saturday I indulged a craving for homemade potatoes au gratin, which I haven't made in at least 5 years. Invited some family over to help me eat them and baked a ham and sautéed some veggies to go with, but the potatoes were definitely the star. We ate the whole pan and my family asked me to make them again for Christmas.

Sunday I made a creamy chicken and wild rice soup which I also ate Monday and Tuesday.

Wednesday I had a ham sandwich and fruit.

Thursday and Friday were pizza.


Saturday 27th of October 2018

We had a crazy week with 2 sickies and Mom feeling ugh! Monday - Greek lemon, chicken, orzo soup and bisquits Tuesday - baked tacos and cheesy rice Wednesday - my baby girl (21) treated me to dinner out Thursday - dinner out ($55) after 8.5 hours at the hospital. We celebrated a clean scan and were just exhausted. We are 9 months out from finishing treatment for Medullablastoma, a form of brain cancer that my daughter was diagnosed with 20 months ago. Friday - Take out pizza ($25), We had trunk or treat from 5-7 and I didn’t make it home from work till 4. Saturday - ranch chicken tacos Tomorrow - the hubby is smoking a pork butt and I am thankful because I’ve caught the bug the two sickies had.


Saturday 27th of October 2018

Fall baseball ended so things are really freeing up. That being said, soccer is now on the late fall schedule which means everything is 7:00-8:30 pm for us rather than spread between 5:30 & 8:30. On the plus side, its a bit easier to coordinate dinner for the younger set. On the downside, we have more days per week where the older set eat at 9 pm. Also, my ability to create interesting meals twice a night is running on empty.

Saturday - Balsamic roast beef (IP pot roast), mashed potatoes, carrots Sunday - Lemon chicken, pan fried potatoes, tossed salad Monday - younger three had chicken nuggets and broccoli; remaining five had homemade pizza late Tuesday - Pork chops with apples & cider, FG potato bread, spinach salad Wednesday - younger three had chicken nuggets with carrot sticks; remaining five had take out pizza Thursday - younger six had leftover pot roast sandwiches and carrot sticks; remaining two had homemade macaroni & cheese Friday - younger six had spaghetti & meatballs; remaining two had homemade pizza

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