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What I Spent

A lot of times, I spend part of Sunday afternoon or evening planning out my week.

But I didn’t do any of that this Sunday, which mostly is fine because on Easter, I hung out with my family and went for a bikeride with Mr. FG, and all of that trumps planning.

It did make for a haphazard week of grocery shopping, though!

I feel like this is becoming a habit for me…maybe I should treat a week with an organized shopping trip as an anomaly instead of the opposite. Ha.

On Saturday, I got my Hungry Harvest box ($15).

Then I went to a grocery store to buy a ham and a few other things for Easter dinner ($27.15).

Monday, I made a stop at a local grocery to buy things to make clam chowder ($12.13).

Tuesday, I went to Aldi and spent $26 to buy some necessities, including the ingredients for this week’s new recipe.

Wednesday, I went to Aldi again (embarrassed face) and spent $40.

All told, that adds up to $120. So at least my multiple shopping trips didn’t blow my budget!

April Spending

Week 1: $160

Week 2: $166

Week 3: $120

What We Ate

Monday night I took Lisey out for a birthday date.

For my family at home, I left a pot of clam chowder and some loaves of French bread.

clam chowder

And I left instructions to cut up some oranges, but no one remembered to do that. 😉


I made bacon cheddar quesadillas, which we ate with fruit, plus chips and salsa/queso.


This is the night I tried the new Shrimp Cobb Salad recipe.   We had toasted and buttered French bread too (leftover from Monday).


We had a very miscellaneous night.   Most of us had snacked late in the afternoon and weren’t really hungry by dinnertime.   So, we picked up a sub for Mr. FG and Sonia (the only two who were hungry!) and the rest of us just had a snack here and there once we got hungry.

(I, um, ate a bowl of Cheerios. Ha.)


I’ve got a lot on my plate today, so I’m going to call it early: I’m pressing the easy button and getting takeout pizza tonight. 😉

What have you been eating?

Dish in the comments!


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Liz F.

Saturday 22nd of April 2017

Monday - Easter leftovers. Yum! Ham, cheesy potatoes, brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes. Tuesday -ham fried rice with potstickers Wednesday-spaghetti and meatballs with Italian bread Thursday- Chinese takeout is on sale at our favorite grocery store. We got 7 meals out of the $14! Friday- tacos for kiddos and my parents, date night for my hubby and me. Woo hoo! These are few​ and far between since we became a family of five last October.


Saturday 22nd of April 2017

Monday- Salmon, baked potato, salad

Tuesday- broccoli cheese soup, veggie sandwich consisting of cucumbers, tomatoes, feta cheese on Whole Wheat buns.

Wednesday- Lasagna, bread stick, mixed veggies and Boston Cream Pie

Thursday-Chicken stir fry which included green peppers, onions, and broccoli

Friday- Appetizers- red wine, pretzels, avocado dip, and popcorn


Friday 21st of April 2017

It was a big week for chicken

Monday--chicken thighs leftover from Sunday

Tuesday -chicken fingers, broccoli, bread(except not for me--I miss bread)

Wednesday -family night at Moms Senior Living Center

Thursday -lovely but lazy, lazy,lazy.... left over chicken fingers warmed and sliced, thin slices of Irish Cheddar, water crackers and a nice glass of South American Cabernet. My husband thought it (I) was genius.... must have been the wine

Friday... more lazy..pulled pork.... prepared by my friends at hyvee...they are awesome

Happy Weekend! Enjoy ever moment!

Liz F.

Saturday 22nd of April 2017

I love hyvee! We had it growing up and our local one has been here for 1.5 years now. At and choice of date night, I wanted to go to Hy-Vee market grille! On Fridays this month, it's buy one burger get one half off PLUS a free piece of cheesecake. Yum!


Friday 21st of April 2017

Due to the fact that my back had gone out Sunday morning and I was in bed most of the day Monday, I don't know what my family ate that day. They had to fend for themselves.

On Tuesday I managed to put a crockpot meal together by mostly sitting on a stool. I tried a new recipe called Swiss steak which included cut up round steak, potatoes, carrots, and onions cooked in a brown gravy with diced tomatoes added. I served this over noodles. It is a meal that I'll fix again.

Wednesday I made homemade mac & cheese, green beans, applesauce, & garlic bread.

On Thursday it was a drive through evening. Two of the girls had baton and finished in just enough time to get Dylan to play practice. I did not get home until 8:00.

Friday - My daughter had fixed a frozen pizza that was done when I came in from work.


Friday 21st of April 2017

Oh, man, I spent way more than anticipated. On the plus side, freezer is stocked up...

Usual shopping trips M and Th. Daughter got braces and was in so.much.pain (ALL the drama) we had to stop to before school to get more yogurt, etc. for lunches. Then Easter stuff. Then we were invited for Easter brunch, so the ham went in the freezer and I went shopping *again* to get ingredients for brunch items. So, meals last week and this included kalua pork, gnocchi, shakshuka, tortellini, burritos, and turkey burgers.

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