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What I Spent

I was thinking this week…feeding only three people for dinner is a whole lot easier than what I’m used to! And that’s a serious mercy since I am spending so much time on schoolwork these days.

red mushroom.

Don’t worry; I did not eat this mushroom. 😉

This week, I spent:

  • $25 on a Hungry Harvest box
  • $11 at Safeway
  • $50 at Lidl
  • $16 at Aldi
  • $14 on a bowl of pho

So, $116 for me this week. That’s better than last week, which included my BJ’s trip!

What We Ate


Oh man, I am struggling to remember.

A sanded dining chair.

I remember that I spent a lot of my day sanding and painting the dining chair, so I probably made something easy for dinner, but my goodness, I cannot remember what.


The girls both had plans, so I got a bowl of shrimp pho. 🙂


sautéed broccoli.

I made ATK’s skillet-baked ziti, and on the side, we had sauteed broccoli.

baked ziti in a steel skillet.


grilled hamburger in a bun.


I had a bag of potatoes I needed to work on using, so I made burgers with potato cubes and some fresh produce on the side.

homemade potato cubes


Lisey was out with friends for a birthday dinner, so Zoe ate the last burger and I made some mashed potatoes and topped them with two fried eggs.

mashed potatoes with fried eggs.


I made a pot of broccoli-cheese noodle soup plus a batch of cream biscuits.


I’m waiting to hear what the girls’ Friday night plans are so I know how many people I’m feeding!

If it’s just me here, I might repeat my mashed potato/egg bowl because that was so good.

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Tuesday 1st of November 2022


So.. on an earlier (but recent) post, you referenced your method for making chicken broth.. Thank goodness for you!!!

I have a long living and well loved upright commercial freezer in my house. A very useful item when there are 6 or more people at any given time. The issue is that the door is juuuuuuust out of alignment, so if you do not press it all the way closed, it might not close. With 3 littles (pre-teen/teen) in the house, they are in too big of a hurry to make sure the door is shut every time.. so... it snows in my freezer semi-regularly. This weekend I had to defrost the freezer because I no longer had any idea what was in it. In the snow piles, I found 5 chicken leg quarters that were starting to get a little freezer burn on the edges. I put those out to thaw, and completed my freezer cleaning and reorganizing, and then browned up the skins and backbones off the quarters in the bottom of my pot and followed your directions from there. Can I say.. the BEST chicken broth I have had in ages!!! And it made delicious "Campbell's" style chicken noodle soup for dinner a few nights later! Years ago, I would have just thrown out the chicken and moved on. This was a MUCH better use of food.

Thank you Kristen!

Hawaii Planner

Sunday 30th of October 2022

We were on vacation all week, and ate some amazing meals out. My parents were at our house with the teens, and made lots of yummy meals, and left a few things in our freezer, for future dinners. We are so lucky! On Friday, I was not feeling it, so I made Trader Joes orange chicken & fried rice. It was delicious & easy. Just what was needed.

On vacation, we had lots of delicious things, but the Hawaiian snapper was a favorite (over a bed of amazing risotto), as well as fish & chips at my favorite spot (made with local fish as well). Yum. I don't drink cocktails much, but I also had a game changer pina colada one day. Woo, it was so delicious.

Ruth T

Friday 28th of October 2022

I should come in slightly under budget this month! Yay! I've been slowly trying to lessen what's in the freezer and I'll need to kick that into gear next month so I have room for turkeys.

WWA: Saturday: We were at my aunt and uncle's 50th anniversary party, so I didn't have to cook! Sunday: I made my last Easter ham and we had skillet corn and applesauce with it Monday: One-pot ham and veggie pasta (my 4yo ate 3 helpings of this!! Win!) with veggies and hummus on the side Tuesday: Air fryer pizza puffs Wednesday: Cheesy scalloped potatoes with ham Thursday: Summer vegetarian chili over brown rice Friday: I pulled a pan of stuffed shells out of the freezer. I just stopped by the produce store and came home with a purple cauliflower, so I may roast that to go with it!


Friday 28th of October 2022


How do you prepare your potato cubes? Do you par boil then fry? Or just fry them raw?


Friday 28th of October 2022

Those potato cubes look so crispy and yummy, Kristen! We had a kitchen fire a couple of weeks ago and I have been scared to cook since. So, we eat 1 or 2 meals a day and it's mostly fruit/veg, take out, frozen meals from Trader Joes. So this will be kind of a sad food week recap haha Monday - Frozen TJ butter chicken and salad Tuesday - Thai food (pad kee mao) with a new friend Wednesday - dips and carrots Thursday - Turkish meal with a new-ish friend Friday - salad and frozen chicken pot pie

I need to get over this fear because cooking is my most favourite thing! I also just moved that this is the biggest kitchen I have ever had in NYC. But just the thought of turning the stove on scares me.


Friday 4th of November 2022


I'm sending you some more love, Samosa! I hope you post today! Even reading your takeout menu is exciting because there is just so much variety in NYC.


Saturday 29th of October 2022

@Becca, thank you so, so much for all the support! i did make post it notes above my stove so I can see it and feel safe. Still haven't cooked today! Soon. fingers x.


Friday 28th of October 2022

Oh my goodness, I'm so sorry to hear that you had a fire. I hope that you can feel comfortable in your kitchen again soon.


Friday 28th of October 2022


No! He says one should say "Technically, it's charred."


Friday 28th of October 2022


At first I was like "Yay! Samosa is back to posting!" And then I was like "What? A fire? In the new kitchen? No!!!" And by the time I got to the end, I was emotionally wrung out! I'm sending good vibes for you to conquer this totally legitimate fear so you can get back to what you love! Maybe keep like a big old pot lid, a bowl of baking soda and a fire extinguisher right next to your stove and call them your fire besties just in casies? I think you should draw faces on them with a sharpie and conversation bubbles that say reassuring or amusing confirmations, like "Don't worry! I got this covered!" on the lid. I've put my husband on thinking up funnier ones for the baking soda and extinguisher...he says the baking soda could say "Fire just adds flavor!" and the extinguisher could say "It's still good!"

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