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What I Spent, What We Ate | It’s the shortest day of the year!

When I got up this morning and got out the devotional that Mr. FG and I read together, I looked and the date and realized, OOH! Today is the shortest day of the year!

That in itself is not cause for rejoicing, exactly, because I hate dark days. 

But what it means is that longer days are coming.  Every day from here on out will get longer and longer until warm weather is here.

So. That is a cheerful thought for me. 

More light is on its way!

What I Spent

I spent $167 at the store this week. Plus there was my $25 Hungry Harvest.

Which means I spent $192. I’m having an expensive grocery month!

But it’s ok because my overall yearly spending was actually coming up a little below budget.

December Spending

Week 1: $131

Week 2: $182

Week 3: $192

What We Ate


We had a packed day where we were barely home.  We picked up Chick Fil A for Sonia and Zoe on our way home at dinnertime.

And Mr. FG and I went out for a burger at Five Guys at 9 pm.


I made naan pizzas, to use up the mozzarella from my freezer challenge.


I made baked potato soup and we had sauteed asparagus on the side.


We had BLTs, and inspired by a magazine article I saw, we added shrimp to ours.  But I gotta say, it seemed like kind of a waste of shrimp because the bacon really overpowers the flavor of the shrimp.


I made Japanese pork ramen.

Japanese slow-cooker noodle soup

We had some pot-stickers alongside that (frozen, from Costco), and the rest of the asparagus.


I made naan pizzas again.  The frozen mozzarella is all used up!


I have exactly zero ideas for dinner tonight. But you know, it’s 8:30 am as I write this. I have time to think. 😉

What did you have for dinner this week?


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Sunday 23rd of December 2018

We had tacos, spaghetti with meatballs, and a bunch of freezer leftovers before we headed out on vacation. This week will be: two nights of eating with the family at Christmas, salmon, more spaghetti with meatballs, tacos, & a baguette stuffed with chicken (a family favorite)

Molly F.C.

Saturday 22nd of December 2018

Kristen, gorgeous photos of the sun on the water at the top of post!

Corrine Wilson

Friday 21st of December 2018

Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday- sesame chicken, broccoli, and brown rice Wednesday and Thursday- vegetarian pizzas with homemade pesto and homemade pizza crusts Friday- stuffed shells and vegetarian lasagna that was given to us after having our baby recently Not sure what our grocery bill was this week, as my husband did the shopping, but we usually spend $50-$75 for food and household needs.


Friday 21st of December 2018

Yay for the shortest day: that means it's almost Summer, break out the flip flops haha :D

I'd been hoping to get signed up for Hungry Harvest after reading about it here on your blog, but they aren't available where I live (Northern California). But I stumbled on a similar version, Imperfect Produce, and signed up. Only 1 box so far, but it looks like it should be a good option for us to get some extra veggies for a good price.


Friday 21st of December 2018

just a question about "what you spent." Does that money include toilet paper and Tide? or just food products?


Friday 21st of December 2018

Yep, it includes toiletries/cleaning products. I bought a big pack of toilet paper this week, actually.

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