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What I Spent, What We Ate | Making up for last week

What I Spent

I got my $25 Hungry Harvest box on Saturday, as always. I was in Texas at the time, so I didn’t get a good picture, but here’s part of what was in the box.

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On Monday, I made a $21 stop at Aldi for a few things.

On Tuesday, I picked Lisey up from work and got bananas and smoked turkey ($14).

And on Wednesday, I made a bigger trip to Aldi and spent $49.26.

So, I’m only at $110 this week. Woohoo! That nicely makes up for the fact that I was over last week.

August Spending

Week 1: $176

Week 2: $110

What We Ate

In case you’re curious, Mr. FG and the kids got pizza one night while I was gone in Texas, while the next night, Mr. FG made French toast for dinner.   🙂 And Joshua cooked up some bacon.


I made bacon burgers topped with caramelized onions, and I used up some Hungry Harvest potatoes by making potato cubes.

I can’t for the life of me remember what else we had.

Watermelon? A salad? The world may never know.


I made a chopped salad with bacon, smoked turkey, lettuce, and apples, topped with a mustard vinaigrette.

I made a double batch of popovers (you don’t even need a popover pan!) to go with that.

popover in muffin tin

And I’m guessing we had watermelon, because we are eating watermelon all the time right now.


I made chipotle chicken kebabs with cilantro dipping sauce (so good! so easy! you should make some!), plus cream biscuits and fresh watermelon.

chipotle chicken kabobs


Tortellini topped with pesto, plus cut-up cantaloupe.

Joshua got home later and he made a pot of homemade ramen for himself, using leftover grilled chicken, chicken broth from the freezer, a hard-boiled egg from the fridge, and some other veggies/noodles.


I’m trying to decide if I want to make meatball subs, regular pizza, or calzones.

Decisions, decisions….


What’s been for dinner at your house this week?

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Tuesday 15th of August 2017

Monday - Chili ( barely 60 in colorado! ) Tuesday - Mojito Shrimp and a cucumber, mango salad and coconut rice (Green Chef free test it out box) Wednesday - Pesto grilled chicken and a salad (same as above) we enjoyed both but more work than I would normally do. Too much chopping of 12-15 ingredients in each) I know how to cook but umm..... I thought these were supposed to save you time and not so much. Thursday - between appointments my 2nd day back at work and EVERYTHING takeout chinese Friday - smoked salmon and Jambalaya (sp) at friends (soooo good to have foodie friends that don't have kids but love ours) Saturday - random dinner of leftovers Sunday - Spaghetti with a easy quick sauce and chicken italian sausage homemade ceasar salad and garlic bread. Monday - chicken curry, quinoa, and steamed broccoli

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Monday 14th of August 2017

My parents were in town last week, helping out with the kids, so they cooked. We had:

Sunday - spaghetti & meatballs, garlic bread + salad Monday - green chicken enchiladas (my favorite) with homemade guacamole + salad Tuesday - lasagna + bread + salad Wednesday - bacon & cheese quiche + fruit Thursday - leftover enchiladas Friday - pizza delivery (we were out for most of the day) Saturday - I made an oven baked chicken risotto, and threw in all of the leftover odds & ends of cheese that was in the fridge. Sunday - my husband made Persian beef kebabs + rice + potatoes on the grill. . . Yum!


Tuesday 15th of August 2017

Can your parents move in with us? Yum!


Monday 14th of August 2017

Cooks Illustrated's Sept issue has a short-cut recipe for Caramelized Onions. It involves starting the onions in water, and using a bit of baking soda at the end. I haven't tried them yet but it's CI.

Speaking of whom, I made a momentous decision: I will not be renewing my subscription. The magazine is still high-quality and enjoyable, but since I haven't been doing much cooking for the past 6-10 months, I'm not getting much use from them. If/when my cooking habits change, I can resubscribe. The completist in me is wailing; the rest of me is glad to regain the time and money.

I think.

Food this week was easy hunks o' meat, frozen dumplings, going out twice (!), and a frugal save of making mushroom-onion scrambled eggs using some leftover chopped onion before it went bad, and mushrooms from a lunchtime meal purchase. The pork loin, broccoli, and mushrooms were all fantastic but too much food. Omelets to the rescue!


Tuesday 15th of August 2017

You can always re-subscribe, should you change your mind. That makes it easier to take a break...knowing you can always go back.

Millennial Boss

Sunday 13th of August 2017

Those burgers with carmelized onions look amazing! I came to your blog after hearing Mrs FAF recommend you. Glad I stopped by!


Saturday 12th of August 2017

We were in vacation so we opted to google a recipe and use the first one that had most the of ingredients that we had! I don't recall which nights but we had spaghetti & baked meatballs with fried english muffins. Marinated rib eye with seasoned potatoes. Corn on the cob on the grill. Marinated chicken- used the Amazing Chicken Marinade that one is definitely a keeper the chicken was delicious! I thought it was the oddest combination. Mac N Cheese in the Instant Pot super easy and super creamy. I used Monterey Jack, evaporated milk & parmesan cheese. This would be a great spicy dish so I added some pepperjack to mine. We had various fruit and veggies at each meal too. At the end of the week I was pretty pleased that we did not waste to much food.

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