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What I Spent, What We Ate | Happy Birthday, Sonia!

Sonia is now 15 years old!

What I Spent

Let’s see!

I spent $109 at Aldi, $25 on my Hungry Harvest, and $32 elsewhere.

That makes my total $166 for the week.

March Spending

Week 1: $76

Week 2: $166

What We Ate


This was Sonia’s birthday party night.

She chose fettucine alfredo topped with chicken, a fruit salad, garlic pull-apart bread, and a layered Oreo dessert.



Mr. FG roasted a chicken and veggies, I made some buttermilk biscuits, and cut up some fruit. Teamwork. 😉


I made the shrimp and grits recipe I’d seen on Enjoying the Small Things, and it was really yummy!

Definitely recommend.


I made a pot of chicken noodle soup, plus some loaves of French bread.

homemade french bread

I never cease to be amazed by how yummy that bread is, given that it’s just water, salt, yeast, flour, and a little bit of sugar.

Somehow, those plain ingredients become crazy delicious.

I gotta add that this bread is a pretty easy one to make, even if you are a beginner yeast baker.  Lots of my fledging-baker readers have tried it with success.  Recipe is right here.

And here’s a more printable version.  I really need to add a printable recipe card right to the recipe post…I’ll put it on my to-do list!


I made quesadillas with a lime, corn, chili, and cheese filling.

Of course, we also had pico de gallo and guacamole.  I cut up some grapefruit as well.


I cleaned out the fridge and discovered that we were a little overrun with veggies.  So I scrapped my original plan and made ramen bowls, which are handy for using up random vegetables.


I have book club on Saturday, so Mr. FG and I will likely do our date night tonight instead.

And I will probably make a small pot of broccoli cheese noodle soup for the girls because I still have more broccoli to use even after our ramen bowls last night.

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Jennifer Y.

Monday 11th of March 2019

Happy Birthday to Sonia!

Monday: burgers and salad Tuesday: (cannot recall...) Wednesday: lamb, rice, green beans Thursday: lamb, salad, roast peppers Friday: zucchini, tomato over polenta Saturday: Ate out (Zinburger - very good veggie burger!) Sunday: Salmon and mushroom risotto


Sunday 10th of March 2019

Monday- Leftover pizza. I took pizza over to my dad, did not think he would eat it but he did! He is 95. Thus the soup and mashed taters I made him can be for his dinner or lunch the next day.

Tuesday -Tacos & Nachos with salad

Wednesday- Birthday for FIL his is 86, currently dating a 90 year old. I'm glad they found each other. MIL died in early 2018.

Thursday -Aldi Chicken Lo Mein. Needed something that required 0 energy to prepare. It was pretty good but way to salty. Next time I would add more chicken and veggies.

Friday another too tired to cook. We scrounged veggie soup, sausage and salad out of fridge.

Saturday -I was on my own so dinner was yogurt & a heated tortilla. Not that those go together...

I did manage to use my Instant Pot to make a huge batch of dog food. I have enough for at least 2 months. Glad to get it out of the way. That was their meal but I could have ate it too!


Saturday 9th of March 2019

Your biscuits look amazing, and the chicken looks pretty good as well. Yes, love teamwork.

Hawaii Planner

Saturday 9th of March 2019

Happy birthday to Sonia! Still remember reading your blog when all of the kids were so young!

We have been having a hybrid of recipes due to food restrictions. Last week was: -Chicken, cheese, cauliflower casserole -Mini burgers cooked in a tomato sauce, served with cabbage -Carnitas We had those throughout the week, plus one meal out with a gift card. I ended up with four teen boys after soccer, so this seemed like the wise choice.


Saturday 9th of March 2019

Happy birthday Sonia.

I can't truly remember what meals we have had. Lots of soft stuff to keep my mother happy and things I truly don't like. We have so much scalloped potato I could scream'

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