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What I Spent

I got my $25 Hungry Harvest box, and you guys, I forgot to take a photo.   Which is weird, because I am normally so faithful at doing that.

Please enjoy these squash friends instead:

I spent $27.80 at Aldi, on chicken, oats, milks, syrup, naan, vanilla, and a jar of Tikka Masala sauce.

I made a small stop at Lisey’s grocery store ($10.46).

I went to Costco where I spent $59 on frozen fruit. And also on one box of Costco brand granola bars that are basically the same as Kind bars.

And I made a stop for milk, kielbasa, and an onion ($8.74).

So, I’m at $121, which is very fabulous for a week that I went to Costco.

November Spending

Week One:  $127

Week Two:  $181

Week Three: $121

What We Ate


Hibachi night to use up zucchini from Hungry Harvest!

How to make Hibachi Chicken and Shrimp at home


I made a double batch of pulled pork.   We ate one batch and I put the other one in the freezer for a future easy meal.

This recipe is super easy, and it turns out such tender, delicious pork. You need to try it!


This was the day I was crabby, and while my thankful list helped some, I just wasn’t really at 100% all day long.

Time for the easy button!

Mr. FG had a super late lunch, so he didn’t want dinner, and Joshua and Lisey were at work. So, Sonia and Zoe ate cheese tortellini topped with jarred marinara sauce, and I ate some leftovers.


I grilled kebabs with kielbasa, shrimp, onions, and peppers.   And I roasted some fingerling potatoes from my Hungry Harvest box.

The potatoes were red outside AND inside.   Which made them look kind of like little pieces of ham once I roasted them.

We also had cucumber slices and apple slices.


Last Friday night, Mr. FG and I ended up going out on a date (whee!), so I didn’t make pizza. But this week, I think I’ll do the small thin crust pizzas like I’ve been making lately.

So handy to be able to easily customize everyone’s pizza!

Whatcha been cooking for dinner at your house this week?

And have you been sticking to your grocery budget?

P.S. Sonia’s got a new post up!

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Friday 17th of November 2017

I have been under budget for a while but not today. However I am over only by the amount of the sale ham I will freeze for Christmas. I have moved my shopping day from Sunday to Friday as I now work in the town where I prefer to shop. Monday was sautéed okra, summer squash and onions and pork cutlets. Tuesday was stir fry which included pork I held out just for this. Wednesday was crockpot Brunswick stew. Thursday was a no cook day as I babysat two of the grandchildren at their house and my meal was provided. The husband had leftovers. Tonight is a steak I bought on sale plus a salad.


Friday 17th of November 2017

Saturday -out for Chinese Sunday mashed taters, pork cutlets & corn Monday spaghetti and garlic toast Tuesday leftovers Wednesday Paninis Thursday - rough busy day and I nuked a boxed lasagna (and it was horrible!) Friday mustard chicken, rice and veggies or a salad. I am amazed that I am not a particular fan of mustard but I found a mustard chicken marinade and it just adds so much flavor with out tasting like mustard. go figure.

Alison R

Friday 17th of November 2017

S Pizza, salad, fruit M Poppyseed chicken casserole, buttered noodles, spinach orange salad with toasted sesame dressing T 6 yr. old Mr. had a school program so we had grilled sandwiches and fruit salad W Bbq chicken, brown rice, green beans, fruit T Fried chicken, wheat rolls, carrots, fruit F Not sure as of yet.........................


Friday 17th of November 2017

Mon.- Ground turkey sandwiches and tortilla chips

Tues.- Subway Spicy Italian sandwiches and fruit

Wed.- Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup

Thurs- Spaghetti and marinara sauce, garlic bread and applesauce

Fri.- Pepperoni pizza


Friday 17th of November 2017

I to went to Costco and walked out with a few things that weren't necessarily on my list...BUT...I've been craving steak and caramelized onions (I splurged on the steak, cheesy breadsticks and Havarti ...bad april)...sooo last Sunday I found myself roasting veggies for the week ahead, dividing the steak I'll stretch for 3 meals and caramelizing an embarrassing amount of was onions in everything it seemed...they were good though.

Monday: Roasted veggie spaghetti (so quick when the veggies are all ready to go), breadsticks

Tuesday: Beef (marinated ahead of time) and peppers stir-fry, rice (rice cooker), avocado halves

Wednesday: Caramelized onion and Havarti on puff pastry ( I do cheat and get the pepperage farm it with a coupon though :) it speedy and good) , mixed greens salad, bread sticks

Thursday: Baked acorn squash (crockpot), mixed greens salad (again) topped with pears, blue cheese crumbles and walnuts, bread sticks

Friday: looking forward to beef stew (crockpot), breadsticks, cheese

Saturday: I made enough stew for leftovers ...what is it about stew that makes it taste even better as leftovers?? Must be the caramelized onions heh heh

Everyone have a good weekend!!


Monday 20th of November 2017

Over the weekend I tried CI's faster onion carmelization method. Takes about 20 min. Slice 3 lbs onions from pole to pole (as opposed to the usual along-the-equator method), put in non-stick pan with 3/4c. water, 2T oil, about 1 t each salt and sugar. Simmer till water almost evaporated. Then saute on med-low, stirring occasionally, till onions mostly golden brown. Sprinkle with 1/8 t. baking soda and saute, stirring, for about a minute.

It is definitely faster, I haven't tried them yet but they look good.

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