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What I Spent, What We Ate | Three left until 2020

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What I Spent

I didn’t do a WIS, WWA post last week, but I spent $176 total between the two weeks so I’m just gonna average it and give each week $88.

Tuxedo cat

Year to Date Grocery Spending

It’s week #43 of 2019, and I’m averaging $147/week with one month left.

January: $619

February: $485

March: $702

April: $791

May: $806

June: $598

July: $695

August: $558

September: $484

October: $672

November: $772

What We Ate


Mr. FG and I had a date night at Panda Express.


I had a free entree coupon from the back of a previous visit’s receipt (fill out a survey, get a code for a free entree), and our new receipt had the same offer.

Naturally, I did the survey, so I have a new coupon now.


Mr. FG has been wanting to learn how to make bread, so I walked him through the process of making glazed honey pan rolls.

glazed honey pan rolls

We also made some cinnamon butter, and you guys, those rolls hot from the oven, topped with cinnamon butter, are SO good.

We’d have been quite happy to just eat rolls, but we also had a green salad and a spiral-sliced ham.


I made orzo with sausage and asparagus.

skillet sausage with orzo


This is a one dish meal (meat, veggie, pasta), but I cut up some apples for us to eat on the side too, since I still have some left from the last bruised box I bought.


We went out to get our Christmas tree, and beforehand we ate dinner at Panera because I had a gift certificate from Sixth Continent.

Christmas tree shopping

(Sixth Continent has had some issues in the past, but of late, any certificates I’ve gotten through them have been delivered without any problems. If you’ve still been using them, I’d love to know how it’s going for you.)

We went to Starbucks for hot chocolate after we got our tree, where we used another gift card (from Sixth Continent). I got that one a while ago and had forgotten I’d uploaded it to the app!


I made pulled chicken sandwiches (a favorite of Zoe’s) because the poor girl had to have toenail surgery and I thought she could use a favorite dinner.

We had Sun Chips and fruit salad on the side, and I got Zoe some strawberry ice cream for dessert.


We had slow-cooker Japanese pork ramen and I cooked up some frozen potstickers from Costco to eat on the side.

Japanese Pork Ramen soup


I have some leftover chicken from Wednesday’s dinner, so I think I’ll use it to make some BBQ chicken pizzas.

What did you eat for dinner this week?


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Tuesday 10th of December 2019

Oh the slow cooker ramen sounds very good! Would you mind sharing the recipe?


Tuesday 10th of December 2019

Sure! I think I linked it in the post, but here's a link as well:

Caitlin Pinnt

Sunday 8th of December 2019

We just had a really yummy bbq chicken pizza! If you google cpk bbq chicken pizza, their recipe is really yummy! you add a little Gouda to your cheese and sprinkle cilantro on top after it’s cooked and those touches makes it so yummy!


Saturday 7th of December 2019

We made the most our Thanksgiving leftovers this week. The only thing I bought was a gallon of milk and popcorn (the kind you pop in a pan yourself...a necessity in our house).

Saturday: Our daughter was home from college for the holiday and her best friend's family took us out for dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant.

Sunday: My husband braved the ice and snow storm driving our daughter back to college. A two hour trip was nearly doubled. Served a nice, warm hearty meal. Homemade calzones made with layers of cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, stuffing and turkey. Served with gravy on the side as a dipping sauce. Corn and green beans. Apple pie a la mode for dessert.

Monday: Portabella mushroom and cheese omelette using fresh eggs gifted by our neighbor.

Tuesday: Turkey salad sandwiches. Pumpkin pie.

Wednesday: Hot turkey sandwiches with the last of the Thanksgiving mashed potatoes, stuffing and cranberry sauce.

Thursday: Frozen pizza - one supreme and one with garlic, spinach and mushrooms.

Friday: Homemade soup made with turkey stock, turkey, the last of the leftover Thanksgiving veggies and some random pinto beans leftover from the tofurkey our vegan daughter made.

I froze the rest of the leftover turkey and stock for future use.

Erika W.

Saturday 7th of December 2019

Just a piece of fun: Some years ago we bought a board game in the UK and played it first time with a group of friends there. The aim of the game is to cook a several course meal with the cards you draw. My husband drew terrible cards but was voted the winner by all of us because of his ingenuity. In desperation he killed and cooked both the cat and the mailman--two otherwise useless cards.


Wednesday 11th of December 2019

Erika, what is the game called?

Alison R

Saturday 7th of December 2019

Sat - Turkey poppyseed casserole, green salad, wheat rolls Sun - Turkey shepherd's pie, fruit Mon - Turkey stuffing balls ( like meatballs) with cranberries and green peas Thur - Finished up all of the leftovers: green beans, broccoli casserole, sliced turkey, cranberries, jello salad, wheat rolls, corn pudding and fruit Fri - ds had a scout event, we took the littles to Applebees on a gc and only had to pay the tip in cash Sat - (tonight) turkey soup in instant pot, veggies and dip, wheat crackers Sun - no idea at all : )

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