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WIS, WWA | $14, $15, $16

What I Spent

A black kitten in Sonia's arms.

gratuitous kitten photo

I spent:

  • $14 at BJ’s
  • $15 at Aldi
  • $16 at Weis
  • $7 at Giant

So, $52 total.

I did not do this on purpose, but I realized my first three receipts are in numerical order, quite by happenstance! 

If only I had spent $18 at Giant, it would have been perfect. 🙂

What We Ate


Mr. FG and I had been out for our anniversary the night before, so we did not do our usual Saturday date night.

I just threw a bag of Trader Joe’s frozen orange chicken in the oven, cooked some Jasmine rice, and cut up some produce.


We were at my parents’ pool and we grilled bratwurst there.

bratwurst on grill


I am trying to get my iron levels high enough to donate blood, so I put burgers on the menu.


A burger in a bun with lettuce, tomato, and onion.

We had raw veggies and watermelon on the side, plus some potato chips left from Sunday.

Did I store the extra watermelon half with my silicone cover??

Yes, yes I did!

silicone watermelon cover


Sonia and Zoe were with their cousins at dinner, so it was just Mr. FG and me. At first I thought, “Hmm, it feels not worth it to cook for just two people!”

And then I realized that I had better learn to think differently about this because in not so long, it will be just the two of us here for dinner on the regular.

Kristen and Mr. FG smiling at the camera.

For the first several years of our marriage, I cooked for just two people and thought nothing of it.

But my current problem is that because I cooked for six people every night for so many years, two somehow seems extremely small. 


I sautéed a bag of frozen sea scallops from Aldi*, toasted some Italian bread, and sautéed some Hungry Harvest asparagus. 

*advantage of having only two diners: a $10 bag of sea scallops is enough for dinner!


I made a green salad topped with brineraded chicken, mandarin oranges, blueberries, and sugared almonds.

A green salad with chicken and fruit.

And we had toasted Italian bread on the side.


Sonia did her math placement test (college algebra or pre-calc, here she comes!) and we decided to celebrate with Chick-Fil-A takeout, which is Sonia’s favorite.

I had plenty of money in the grocery budget to cover it. 🙂


I think I am either going to try a recipe for an Asian noodle dish or an orzo dish, both of which look super easy and quick.

What did you have for dinner this week? 

P.S. I’m going to close the Vitamix giveaway on Sunday night.

And before then, I need to hire someone to add comment numbers to my blog. If I draw something like commenter #742, I am going to lose my mind trying to manually count to find it! I totally forgot my new theme doesn’t number comments. Whoops.

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Tracey Curry

Saturday 21st of August 2021

It really is an adjustment to cook for two after the kids are gone. I've found I still cook too much. It is easier, though, because one child was vegan, another was vegetarian and the third was the pickiest eater on the planet. It seemed like some nights you could not please everyone. But, I wouldn't have traded those family meals for anything. I look forward to those rare times now when we can all connect around the table. Spent $72 grocery shopping this week, including food for my husband's motocross race this weekend. It's been really hot and humid here, so I kept cooking/baking time to a minimum. Here's what we ate:

Saturday - Take out cheese pizza from our local parlor (our once a week support local business meal). Sunday - while grocery shopping, I picked up fresh-made sushi for the vegetarian and chicken french, potatoes au gratin and sauteed greens for me and the hubby. Monday - bagels with cream cheese and fresh figs Tuesday - BLT with onion rings. Wednesday - BBQ chicken breasts, rice and steamed broccoli. Thursday - Italian sausage with peppers and onions and corn in the cob. Friday - hot dogs, fried potatoes and pears.


Saturday 21st of August 2021

I didn't quite understand about the contest. Each person should just comment/enter once, right? Do/can you verify that somehow? On other blogs, I've seen things get really crazy with people trying center dozens of times, and sometimes that's encouraged, but other times, it's cheating. If someone else was here and used my computer, does it show my IP address? Or theirs, if they are suing their own email account?


Saturday 21st of August 2021

If someone entered on your computer, then yes, it would show your IP address under their comment.

Generally speaking, it's pretty obvious on my end if someone is doing this; like, a slew of comments from the same IP address. That's generally not going to happen organcially!

L Bryant

Friday 20th of August 2021

great me3sl suggestions


Friday 20th of August 2021

We are at T minus 6 days until our first empty nest day. The house is much quieter already and I have been wondering about cooking vs eating out also. And how soon will I cancel the Costco membership? Enjoy your last few years.

Cathy L Dale

Friday 20th of August 2021

I've always wanted a Vitamix blender so I could make smoothies, even with fruit peels and not hurt the motor!! Thank you for my entry!

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