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WIS, WWA | $148

What I Spent

How about a gratuitous cat photo to start with?

A black cat sitting in front of a window.
the best spot to watch the birds

This week, we spent:

  • $36 at BJ’s
  • $56 at Lidl
  • $30 at Giant
  • $9.50 at Little Caesar’s
  • $17 at Chick Fil A

That all adds up to $148.50, so, despite the takeout expenditures, I am not over my food spending number for the week. Whew!


Mr. FG was at his parents’ house helping them with some projects, so it was just the girls and me here at dinnertime.

Sonia had a ham and pasta salad for dinner, Zoe had mac n cheese, and I made a dish of zoodles with tomato sauce, parmesan, and basil for myself.


Since we didn’t do our date night on Saturday night, Mr. FG and I did so on Sunday night, when we went to Panda Express to take advantage of the Venmo $10 cashback offer.

Two bowls from Panda Express.

Our meal only cost $7 after the cashback. Sweet!


I made breakfast for dinner, which included fried mush and waffles.

Serving plate of fried mush.

Fried mush has possibly the least-appetizing name of any dish out there, but it’s so tasty! You should give it a try if you haven’t already.

Recipe is here.

fried cornmeal mush with butter and syrup


Sonia went over to my parents’ house to get some plant cuttings from my mom (Sonia is in a serious houseplant phase right now) and she ended up staying there for dinner.

potted plants on a cardboard box.

I had spent the entire day doing lots of productive things (blog work, studying work) but I did not do anything productive in the kitchen! So, Mr. FG and Zoe and I got fast food takeout for $17, and I called it a night.


I irresponsibly watched Singin’ in the Rain with Sonia (see yesterday’s post) instead of doing any dinner prep.

Then Zoe and I went to feed the shelter cats and we had only a small window of time between that and her youth group.

Luckily, Zoe said she would love to have a Little Caesar’s pizza, so we picked one of those up on the way home along with some crazy bread.

Sonia can’t do pizza, obviously, but she ate crazy bread with us plus a microwaveable hot and sour noodle bowl.


I finished my bone terminology homework (woohoo!), and I had time to actually cook dinner.

I made a chef’s salad, with bacon, hard-boiled eggs, and the last of a bag of shrimp.

garlic rolls in a white dish.

I also tried a new recipe for garlic rolls from Cook’s Country, and while these were beautiful, we all agreed that my trusty garlic pull-apart bread is better.


I had planned to make pizza tonight, but since we unexpectedly had Little Caesar’s pizza midweek, I might swap this out for something else.

homemade pizza

What did you have for dinner this week?

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a curious reader

Sunday 10th of October 2021

congrats on finishing the bone terminology!

Last week was my "off" week from cooking, so I don't have much to share, but I just wanted to recommend the Cinnamon Rolls from Ambitious Kitchen:

Early on when we started dating, my boyfriend mentioned his aunts famous cinnamon rolls. This aunt has passed away, so I wouldn't be able to get the recipe from her. I tried making a batch, they were a resounding failure, and I didnt try again for the next 6 years. A few days ago someone recommended this recipe to me, and I had to try making them right away. They are super easy to make and so delicious! Im not a huge fan of cinnamon, but him and I devoured half a pan in one morning. Highly recommend!


Saturday 9th of October 2021

Sunday - date night/anniversary dinner (our anniversary was during the week and we couldn’t go until Sunday evening) We went to a new Japanese steakhouse that opened up near us and tried it.

Monday - broccoli cheddar soup w/ grilled ham and cheese sandwiches

Tuesday - Sun-dried tomato sausage orzo

Wednesday - chicken and avocado quesadillas

Thursday - Salmon w/ mashed potatoes and broccoli

Friday - Sheet pan steak fajitas


Saturday 9th of October 2021

I am an x-ray tech and yet I do not remember ALL of the bony landmarks myself! I did however learn all of the names of the bones (many have two) and I soaked up as much medical terminology as I could in those two years and I use it daily, along with a huge amount on-the-job...So congrats on that - you will use it. This week we ate: Monday - Rotisserie Chicken, chopped salad (this is becoming a go-to on Mondays) Tuesday - Sushi, courtesy of The Girl (today was my 36th wedding anniversary..} Wednesday - Turkey Tacos on corn/flour mix tortillas, refried pinto beans, avocados and lettuce Thursday - Crockpot Cowboy Chicken, rice Friday - Salmon pinwheels, sauteed mixed squash, Caesar salad Saturday - TBD but probably take-out on the way home from Brenham {visiting my mother} Sunday - TBD, but I will scare something up from the freezer to go with broccoli and maybe some pasta

Angie Day

Friday 8th of October 2021

Saturday - I made a huge pot of white chicken chili with loads of peppers from our garden, cannellini beans, and some chicken from the freezer. I also fried some corn chips to go with it and made some cornbread. Dessert was a homemade apple cake. Sunday - homemade fried chicken, rice, glazed carrots with ginger & rosemary, crowder peas & buttermilk biscuits Monday - leftovers Tuesday - homemade burgers with lettuce tomato, onion & home canned pickles with sweet potato fries and baked beans Wednesday - leftovers for some and a quick dinner out for the hubby & I at a local bbq spot…I had a chicken salad and he had pulled pork Thursday - leftovers for some, pb & j for the kiddo Friday - I am putting some ribs onto cook but they likely won’t be done in time for tonight so we will eat them later in the weekend. Breakfast for dinner maybe? Enjoy the weekend!!


Friday 8th of October 2021

Here's my week:

Monday - Radiatore pasta and meatballs with arabiatta sauce in the Instant Pot and green beans.

Tuesday - Salmon patties, corn on the cob (in the Instant Pot), and rolls.

Wednesday - Bratwurst, leftover German sweet and sour red cabbage (originally made in the slow cooker), and hot German potato salad (made in the microwave - yes, I actually COOK with the MW!).

Thursday - I have a standing date for dinner on Thursdays with two friends. We had Venezuelan arepas pabellanos - yum!

Friday's plan (today) - Leftover sauerbraten, leftover red cabbage, and potato latkes with applesauce and sour cream.

Saturday's plan - I have standing dates on the second Saturday of the month for both lunch and dinner with two groups of friends.

Sunday's plan - Leftover pasta and meatballs remade into a baked casserole with cheese, and asparagus.

That's the plan!

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