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We had much better week for eating in than last week, which is admittedly a low standard. 😉

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What I Spent

I spent $113 at Aldi and then $25 at another store.

Update after I wrote the first draft of this post: also a $9 stop for cereal, cheese, bananas, cilantro, and candy corn pumpkins (because Lisey really wanted some!)

So my total is now $147.

November Spending

Week 1: $198

Week 2: $147

What We Ate


Mr. FG’s band had a gig, so we ate dinner at the restaurant where he was playing.


We got real fancy with some frozen pizzas. Ha.

I did not burn them this time, though.  See a previous attempt:


I made a pot of tortellini soup,

tortellini soup

and a batch of basic homemade rolls.

The soup has lots of veggies in it, but I’m pretty sure I served some other kind of produce too.

I just don’t know what it was!


Mr. FG had an unexpected trip to the ER from work due to terrible vertigo. I drove over to the ER to be with him, of course, and I didn’t get home until 9:30 pm.

(He’s fine; they tested all sorts of scary causes and it turns out that an ear infection was causing the problem. Whew.)

The girls fended for themselves and I made myself a late night sandwich once I got home.

ham sandwich

A sandwich tastes AMAZING when it’s been a very long time since lunch.


Mr. FG got to come home from the hospital. He’s good to go now that his ear infection is being treated.

I made a pan of shrimp viennese*, which we ate with some leftover homemade rolls and some apples and grapes.

*I have most definitely just added the shrimp viennese post to my list of things to redo. Whyyyy did I put those awkward black letters on that photo in 2011?

Shrimp Viennese


I made chicken tacos from Dinner Illustrated.

Chicken Taco ingredients

chicken tacos


I will probably make this sausage and orzo dish, using asparagus for the veggie.

skillet sausage with orzo

What did you eat for dinner this week?


P.S. It’s almost always cheapest to buy groceries and cook dinner that way. But if you need a little help and Blue Apron is too pricey for you, I have a link with a coupon code for Dinnerly, which is half the price of other meal kit boxes. Get $20 off your first two boxes ($10 off each of the first two).


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Saturday 9th of November 2019

Tonight: BBQ chicken thighs, mashed potatoes, cucumbers and bell peppers with hummus

Thursday: shrimp stirfry

Wednesday: delivery pizza

Tuesday: pulled pork, mashed potatoes and green beans

Monday: lasagna

Sunday: leftovers

Saturday: rotisserie chicken, baked beans, pasta salad

Overall not a bad week for dinners.


Friday 8th of November 2019

My husband had a bout with vertigo a few years back. Scary when it happened. Hope your husband is better soon.

Here's what we ate:

Saturday - Our vegetarian daughter was home for the weekend from college and was desperate for enchiladas. So, I made black bean enchiladas, refried beans and homemade tortilla chips.

Sunday - Coffee and bagels on the road taking our daughter back to college.

Monday - Leftover enchiladas

Tuesday - Chicken parmesan over spaghetti pasta.

Wednesday - BLT sandwiches.

Thursday - Pulled pork sandwiches, steak fries and green beans.

Friday - Date night dinner out - fish fry with baked potatoes and salad.

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Friday 8th of November 2019

I always struggle to remember what we've eaten:

Sunday -homemade pizzas (cauliflower crust for 2, regular for the kids) + salad Monday - chicken sausages & roasted brussel sprouts Tuesday - salmon & coleslaw Wednesday - we went out. It was an absolutely chaotic day. We went to a local salad bar place, and ended up bumping into friends. Apparently, it was that day for everyone. Thursday - We had the rest of the chicken sausages, sprouts & salad Friday - I've made a big batch of ground beef taco meat & guacamole. We'll be having that with empanadas as soon as my parents arrive from the airport. Saturday - I'm taking my mom out to dinner. The kids, my husband & dad are having steak & roasted squash


Friday 8th of November 2019

Saturday: we went over to my aunt's for tacos.

Sunday: we had In n Out after church. Then ate random things for dinner.

Monday: We had the final walkthrough of our new house. So we drove through somewhere afterwards where I can't remember.

Tuesday: I think we had pasta.

Wednesday: We went to a friend's house for a birthday party.

Thursday: We closed on our house and ate Chipotle.

Friday. I made cheesy grits for myself and hubby went to dinner with his cousin.

I also did not grocery shop because 1) I knew it was going to be a crazy week and we would be eating out a lot and 2) I don't want to pack and move food.


Friday 8th of November 2019

Sorry -- i didn't mean to have all those spaces in the middle of the text-- won't let that happen again!

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