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What I Spent, What We Ate | I haven’t been sleeping well.

Mr. FG has been out of town on a work trip this week and as so often happens when he’s gone, I haven’t been sleeping very well.

sleep app

(My sleep app keeps giving me red “bad” ratings. Ha.)

I’m not anxious when he’s gone and I don’t feel distressed when I go to bed…but somehow my sub-conscious seems to know something is missing, and I have a hard time sleeping.

The girls suggested I put Franklin the fox in bed with me, but I am sorry to report that he has been quite ineffective.

Franklin the Fox

Luckily Mr. FG comes back tonight!

What I Spent

I spent $156 on groceries, which (drum roll!) includes a trip to Costco.

Usually I’m in much worse shape post-Costco.

And I also spent $9.70 at Chick-FilA (see Thursday on the What We Ate section below)

So, I’m at $165.70. Which we’ll just round up to $166.

November Spending

Soo…it has been an expensive grocery month for us so far. Maybe next week I should plan my meals around what’s already in my freezer.

Week 1: $198

Week 2: $147

Week 3: $172.50

Week 4: $166

What We Ate


Mr. FG and I went out, and I can’t remember what I made for Sonia and Zoe. Geez.

I did feed them, I promise.


Mr. FG’s turn to cook dinner. He made a gnocchi dish from the ATK Quick Family Cookbook* and we had asparagus on the side.

*out of print, buy the used copies available on Amazon!

baked gnocchi

Gnocchi is underneath the cheese and sauce 😉


Mr. FG flew out on Monday, and for dinner, the girls and I had chicken tikka masala on naan, with broccoli on the side.


Another naan meal! We had BBQ chicken pizzas.

BBQ chicken pizza naan


I made corn/lime/cilantro/green onion-filled quesadillas, which we ate with some raw veggies.


Sonia and Zoe and I went to Chick-Fil-A just for fun. After my in-app freebies, we spent $9.70.


Mr. FG is coming home today! I was going to make pizza for dinner, but he ate pizza last night in Nashville.

So, I think maybe I’ll make ham and swiss roll-ups.

ham and swiss roll ups

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Sunday 24th of November 2019

You've probably answered this at some point, but do you include cleaning/paper/hygiene products in your grocery totals, or is it strictly edibles?


Saturday 23rd of November 2019

Still on "financial tighten up plan" due to unexpected lay off and holidays coming up.. Husband did get a new job very quickly but we are not sure how long this will last( appears to be a very toxic work environment- no wonder there were openings!)So I will continue to be financially TIGHT and he will do what he needs to do...

Sunday- pulled shredded pork shoulder from freezer and reheated in the oven to give it some crispy edges.. I ate mine bunless and the others used up the last 4 buns I pulled from the freezer... Made a pot of macaroni and cheese using up random bags of shredded cheese, frozen veggies and applesauce.

Monday- Husband gone for the week.. my oldest ate leftovers before work, I finished what he left.. other 2 kids were thrilled with a pot of noodle soup and grilled cheese sandwiches and a leftover fruit tray I brought home from work! lol

Tuesday- defrosted a 4pk of burger patties from our meat order and broke the meat apart and fried it up to make a box of hamburger helper.. yes its pretty gross.. but the boys love it and its simple... ate with canned corn and fruit..

Wed- I promised I would grab them take out after running an errand- picked 2 up McDonalds and grabbed a chinese combo for #3..I ate random odds and ends

Thursday- 1 ate leftover chinese and HH before work( he is like a human garbage disposal!). I heated up some frozen pizza for 1 kid and I and made a pot of rice for the sick child- easy on the sore throat

Friday- poached some chicken breast from the freezer in homemade broth.. added a ton of diced carrot and a package of saffron rice.

Saturday- thinking I will take the bags of cheese lasagna and make a lazy lasagna.. Could make a meat sauce.. or I could layer with pepperoni? Not sure...

Arlyn H Schaefer

Friday 22nd of November 2019

A weighted blanket helps me sleep better. Have you ever tried one?


Friday 22nd of November 2019

Awww. I love Franklin. Hard to believe he didn't help you. :)

When my husband is gone, I put pillows lengthwise in bed where he would normally be to simulate him laying next to me. If it's cold out, I'll also take my microwaveable corn bag to bed with me, as well. These are offbeat ideas but maybe they will help.


Friday 22nd of November 2019

Yes! I tried the pillows-next-to-me trick too, and still no luck.

Happily, he is now home, so I anticipate my sub-conscious will be happy tonight.


Friday 22nd of November 2019

Oh wow -- that sleep app is amazing (and unnerving!) I am shocked, indeed, that Franklin proved ineffective. :)

Another middling week -- wins and some fails:

1. Saturday -- Walked to nearby Chinese restaurant that was not too expensive but meh. Did order from the dinner special menu, which was cheaper than a la carte.

2. Sunday -- Met daughter to see a movie and then we met husband and family friend and split a pizza and salad. It surprisingly fed all of us.

3. Monday -- Spaghetti with turkey bolognese, salad (discounted turkey and salad kit).

4. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday -- Used deeply discounted chicken breasts on bone from the "use it or freeze it now" clearance all week. So. Much. Poultry.

Tuesday -- Lemon garlic roasted chicken over brown rice, salad Wednesday -- Husband cooked the final breast in some leftover spaghetti sauce, salad. Thursday -- Ate the leftover lemon garlic chicken and rice, broccoli, salad.

Yup, there's still some spaghetti sauce for 1 - 2 people.

Friday night -- will do something fun and cheap -- Happy hour appetizers? bring in Mexican? I think we should only eat veggies between now and T-Day. Happy Weekend!


Friday 22nd of November 2019

How could someone so cute NOT help me sleep? It is a mystery indeed.

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