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What I Spent, What We Ate | Next one will be September!

I am definitely ready for some slightly cooler weather, but I’m also a little sad that our summer break is coming to an end.

sun and flowers

But, it’s going to end no matter how I feel about it, so I’m going to focus on the fact that I am getting pretty tired of hot and humid weather. Bring on the temperature change!

What I Spent

I spent $148 at the grocery store this week (I skipped my Hungry Harvest because I was going to Ohio.)

Since we’re at the end of August, here’s how my month of spending went and then also how my year of spending is going so far.

August Spending

Week 1: $184

Week 2: $134

Week 3: $92

Week 3: $148

Year to Date Grocery Spending

I’m averaging $150.11/week thus far.

January: $619

February: $485

March: $702

April: $791

May: $806

June: $598

July: $695

August: $558

What We Ate


We had a cookout over Mia’s fire pit.

fire pit


The girls and I ate carnitas in Ohio with Mia and her kids.

Mr. FG and Joshua made steak and poblano tacos at home and ate those with Lisey. 🙂


We had just gotten back from Ohio, so we ate frozen pizzas.  Cheaper than takeout!


I tried a recipe from ATK’s Quick Family cookbook for ham and swiss roll ups.  These called for a can of biscuits, but I just mixed up a batch of cream biscuits (the same mentioned in the chicken and biscuits recipe) and that worked out fine.

ham and swiss roll ups

I’ve never had a Hot Pocket, but these seemed like something along those lines, and they reheated quite well.


We had pulled chicken sandwiches, veggie chips, fruit salad, and cucumber slices.


I tried a Cook’s Illustrated recipe for chorizo and potato tacos with a tomatillo sauce.

tomatillo sauce

Everyone but Sonia liked them, because Sonia’s not really into Mexican spices.

chorizo and potato tacos


Since it’s not beastly hot out, I’m planning to grill some pizzas for dinner tonight. I hate grilling when it’s crazy hot because then the heat from the grill makes me extra sweaty.

Happily, the dough is already sitting in the fridge just waiting to be grilled.  Yay, Kristen from yesterday!

What did you eat for dinner this week?

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Sunday 1st of September 2019

I made some similar chorizo and potato quesadillas from an ATK magazine I picked up at Costco. (Mostly fro your recommendation) I used the ring chorizo and chipotle cheddar instead, but they were delicious and I made the leftovers into breakfast burritos with some scrambled eggs.

Rebecca N

Saturday 31st of August 2019

You must share the recipe for the roll ups. They look really good!


Sunday 1st of September 2019

Yes, the recipe for the roll ups please! Thanks.

Betta from daVille

Saturday 31st of August 2019

Yes! I, too, love reading these posts for inspiration.


Saturday: grilled ribs with corn from dad's [big] garden, salad, caprese salad Sunday: grilled salmon with blistered green beans [from our tiny garden] with miso (epicurious) Monday: ravioli with sautéed cherry tomatoes [dad's garden] and summer squash Tuesday: Mediterranean chicken salad with grilled green beans, salad Wednesday: avegolemeno Thursday: pork carnitas with the fixins, sauéed corn with peppers and summer squash Friday: chard and spinach spanikopita (, jajek, crudite with spicy feta dip, baba ganoush Tonight: leftovers


Sunday 1st of September 2019

Any chance of your avgolemono recipe?


Saturday 31st of August 2019

Dinner is always decided on logistics of the evening between rehearsals and practices

1) Pork Chops on the grill with Dijon, Balsamic and Rosemary marinade (yummy!). I think with couscous. 2) Sloppy Joes , chips and sliced green pepper 3) Arby's. During the school year if the kids want to see Dad at all for the day we meet him close to work before he heads off to rehearsal. So our "night out" is now Wednesday. A little pricey and not really convenient, but we think it is important to connect. 4) Fend for yourself - eggs, leftover sloppy joe, chicken salad from the neighbor, grilled cheese 5) Chicken Cordon Blu with rice and sliced green pepper. Teaching the kids to cook and this is what they picked. This is their third attempt an I was hands off this time. It might take an extra hour but that is why we do it on a non school night.


Friday 30th of August 2019

We have had a strange week which has found me having bowls of oatmeal and sandwiches at dinner time. We had lunch out a few times. It has been an extremely busy week which has seen me making super quick meals such as steak, mashed potato, carrots and asparagus or reheating something from the freezer.

Stay safe and dry everyone.

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