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What I Spent

camping lantern

We took a camping trip last weekend in the Shenandoah valley with my brothers and my parents last weekend, which was a lot of fun!


We did a pretty big bike ride together (Zoe did a 32 mile trip for the first time ever!)

Kristen Zoe Bike

only a part of our biking crew. There were a lot more of us. 😉

camping bikes

Shenendoah valley

Sonia Zoe

Mr. FG camping

It was pretty chilly weather for sleeping, which made us all the more appreciative of our comfy beds here at home.

Despite the chilly weather, most of us jumped into the 55-degree creek. I might have been one of the last ones to cave to the familial peer pressure. 😉

Kristen camping creek

Anyway! Once we got home, I spent $105 at the grocery store, plus $25 on my Hungry Harvest.

(What’s Hungry Harvest?)

So, I’m at $130 for this week.

October Spending

Week 1: $260 (!)

Week 2: $148

Week 3: $130

What We Ate


We had hamburgers and hot dogs, cooked over the campfire, plus green beans (not cooked over the fire) and watermelon (also not cooked on the fire. Ha.)

Sonia campfire


We got back from camping late afternoon, and only a few of us were hungry. So, a frozen pizza it was!


I sauteed some chicken sausages, which we ate with mashed potatoes and sauteed asparagus.

sausage, mashed potatoes, asparagus


I made a pot of Thai chicken soup, which we ate with toast and some fresh produce.


We had an unusual night because Mr. FG and I went to see my cousin graduate from the police academy.

I had a late lunch, which meant I wasn’t hungry at dinnertime.

I left pigs in a blanket for the girls.

pigs in a blanket

And Mr. FG got Chick Fil A on the way to the graduation ceremony.


I made one pan chicken and veggie ramen bowls, which cover all the main food groups (I made them with asparagus this time.)

One-Pan Chicken and Veggie Ramen Bowls


I think Mr. FG and I might do our date night tonight and visit Lisey at the restaurant where she works.

What did you eat for dinner this week?

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Monday 21st of October 2019

Yummo! Your meals look delish and everything tastes better outdoors.

Well, had better success this week with a planned fail and uh, a completely random fail. Reading these lists really helps me -- thanks to you all :)

Sunday -- um, the pistons aren't firing. Coulda been anything . . .

Monday -- chicken thighs cooked in SoyVay sauce with steamed broccoli, and brown rice. Emptied freezer and pantry a bit except for broccoli

Tuesday -- FAIL -- Subway using coupon for two 12 inch for $12. No particular reason.

Wednesday -- Turkey burgers from freezer stash, broccoli, salad

Thursday -- Spaghetti sauce with last of ground turkey stash, ww pasta, salad (?)

Friday -- PLANNED FAIL -- Date night at happy hour so lots of food pretty cheap and home early enough to veg out with Netflix and dessert at home.

Saturday -- Frozen pizza doctored up with onions and broccoli with lemon butter, ice cream


Tuesday 22nd of October 2019

Regarding is AMAZINGLY hard to remember what you ate all week, isn't it??

Kymberlee Fisher

Sunday 20th of October 2019

Sunday - Bean Soup Monday - Chicken Pot Pie Tuesday - l/o Bean Soup Wednesday - Chicken Marsala Thursday - Hamburgers Friday - I was home alone, after a small run to the grocery store, I went to Wendy's Saturday - Ate out @ Ruby Tuesday

Mary ~ Reflections Around the Campfire

Saturday 19th of October 2019

Thanks so much for sharing your camping photos, Kristen! It's such an enjoyable way to spend time with family or friends - we love both the fun-filled activities and the quiet relaxation that camping provides. Although, I have to admit, I don't think I would have had the courage to tackle a 55 degree creek!


Friday 18th of October 2019

After week 6 of pantry and freezer eating and only buying fresh necessities, I had to grocery shop because my daughter (vegetarian) was coming home from college for the Columbus Day holiday and there were none of her favorites in the house. I took stock of what we had, made a list and stuck to it at the grocery store. Spent $52 with store card discounts and coupons. Here's what we ate:

Saturday - My oldest daughter (vegan) came for dinner to visit her baby sister. I made lettuce wraps (think PF Chang style). There were tofu ones for the girls and chicken ones for me and the hubby. They were served with a hoisin/soy sauce mixture and spicy Asian green beans on the side. Vegan cookies and homemade rum cake (the youngest's favorite) for dessert.

Sunday - Had dinner at Red Robin with family friends. Had a $50 gift card from Christmas. Spent less than $3, including tip, for my daughter, hubby and I to eat.

Monday - Grilled vege burgers and hamburgers with tater tots and salad on the side.

Tuesday - Took my daughter back to college. After the four hour drive, the hubby and I had leftovers. I ate lettuce wraps. The hubby had goulash.

Wednesday - Chicken salad sandwiches dressed with cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion. The chicken was leftover from a rotisserie chicken I'd frozen last week. The bones and such were made into stock and frozen.

Thursday - The hubby had leftovers. I meet a bunch of quilting girlfriends for dinner once a month. Had french onion soup and a salad for $6.95.

Friday - Breakfast for dinner! We had eggs (fresh from the neighbor's free range chickens) over easy and toast.

With the child back at college, my goal is a zero grocery bill next week. She didn't take everything I bought with her, so we'll eat it instead!


Monday 21st of October 2019

It's great how you manage to satisfy so many different diets and everyone is happy and well-fed. Nice!


Friday 18th of October 2019

1 I am dying for all beef hot dogs with chow chow and toasted buns.

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