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What I Spent

brineraded chicken breast

I spent $92 at the grocery store this week, partly because I had a crazy week and I just kept putting off going to the store.

So, I relied on what was in my fridge and freezer, which is good for the budget as well as avoiding food waste!

Also, there were more nights than usual this week that we did not eat at home.

August Spending

Week 1: $184

Week 2: $134

Week 3: $92

What We Ate


Mr. FG and I had just been out for an anniversary date the night before. 

Mr. FG Kristen anniversary date

So, instead of a date night, we got subs with Sonia and Zoe on Saturday night.


We were at my parents’ house for my dad’s birthday party.  My contribution was two pans of brownies. Pretty easy!

(Not-from-a-box brownie recipe is right here.)


I made polenta with smoky tomato sauce and chicken sausage from ATK’s Quick Family Cookbook.

This time, I tried frying the polenta like you do when you make fried mush, but honestly, I don’t think it was worth the extra step.  The crispiness disappears as soon as you spoon the sauce over top.

tomato sauce


I made chicken sandwiches on croissants, with basil red pepper mayo. That mayo is so good and so easy.

croissant sandwiches

I used the chicken brinerade I posted about earlier this week.


Sonia and Zoe were both at a sleepover with a cousin, so Mr. FG and I did our date night early (Saturday won’t work this week.)  We went to Mod Pizza, which is great for a budget night.


We had a somewhat random use-it-up night!

I made a small batch of blueberry pancakes to use up a cup of buttermilk plus the last of the blueberries.

blueberry pancakes

I made French toast to use up some bread ends.

French toast

I used the last of the red potatoes to make potato wedges (toss with a little oil, microwave until softened, brown in bacon grease, salt when finished).

potato wedges

I also cup up bunch of tomatoes that were getting wrinkly, plus I fried up two egg whites left from some recipe and topped them with the last of the basil/red pepper mayo I made this week.

basil red pepper mayo


Sonia, Zoe, and I are driving to visit our friends in Ohio today! Yay!

So we’ll be eating dinner there and Mr. FG and Lisey will fend for themselves while we are away.

I’m sure I’ll be doing some instagramming over the weekend, so follow me over there if you’d like to stay abreast of our travels. 🙂

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Friday 30th of August 2019

Approx how long does it take to soften the potato wedges in the microwave? Can this be done in the oven or boiled briefly with the same result as the microwave?


Friday 30th of August 2019

I think you could boil them briefly, but baking seems like it might dry them out too much.

The time in the microwave all depends on how many potatoes you have. I'd say a pound of potato wedges takes maybe 6-7 minutes. It also will depend upon your microwave's wattage.

Savannah @ Dirt Road Daisy

Monday 26th of August 2019

I'd love that basil red pepper mayo recipe :)


Monday 26th of August 2019

I can't remember everyday, but here's the gist of the weekly menu:

Mon-cheese pizza Tue- deli sandwiches Wed- bbq pizza Thurs- beef enchiladas Fri- oven fried chicken & fries Sat- oven popcorn shrimp

Michele Davidson

Saturday 24th of August 2019

We had BLTs one night, (a crowd favorite) with spicy oven fries, fish tacos with homemade slaw another, and baked ziti with garlic bread last eve. Can't recall any other meals, but we never went out to eat, so we must have rummaged!

Tamara R

Saturday 24th of August 2019

It's finally been warm enough to eat dinner outside this week (we've had a relatively cool coastal California summer so far, and no, not complaining!) so lots of dinner salads this week:

Sun - Chicken fajitas, sauteed sweet corn, Mexican caesar salad Mon- Antipasta green salad, cut watermelon, garlic bread. Tue- Monday leftovers. Wed- Tuna green salad with all the fixings, garlic bread. Thur- Chicken green salad with mandarin oranges. Fri- Out with friends at a wine bar, where dinner was reasonably priced, but very unexciting- 'eh' meatballs, hummus w/pita, and dry paninis. Sat/Tonight- Big backyard party here, and I've been prepping for days. On the menu, all items and sauces made by me vs. storebought, is Bruschetta w/sliced bagettes, plus Tomato pizza tartlets as starter, grilled steaks with chimichurri, sour cream, and steak sauce as topping options, baked sweet potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts finished with a drizzle of ages balsamic vinegar, and key lime pie for dessert.

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