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WIS, WWA | I can’t stop eating watermelon

morning glory flower.

A flower from one of my walks this week

What I Spent

I have been happily eating so much watermelon this week…somehow, even at the end of summer, I am not tired of it.

I spent:

  • $55 at Safeway
  • $21 at Giant
  • $35 at Chipotle

So, $111, which is pretty good considering we got takeout one night.

What We Ate


I made pulled chicken sandwiches, and on the side, we had watermelon and sauteed asparagus.

peppered asparagus on a tray.

(I almost said, “sauteed asparagus and watermelon” but then that sounded like I had sauteed the watermelon. And that’s a big nope for me. I do not want my watermelon cooked in any way. 😉 )

Watermelon slices on a black plate

Actually…I recently learned that some people bake watermelon to make a vegan raw tuna dish and I gotta say: I AM EXTREMELY SKEPTICAL that this tastes anything like tuna.

I will continue to eat my cold, crisp watermelon as-is, thankyouverymuch.

On another note: did I use my handy-dandy silicone cover to store the other half of the watermelon?

But of course.

Lekue silicone lid for watermelon


If you want more info, here’s a little YouTube video I did about the silicone cover.


We were not all home together at dinner at all; I ate a late lunch/early dinner and then went to the outdoor symphony (which I mentioned in this week’s Five Frugal Things), Zoe was with Sonia, and Lisey was with a friend.


Labor Day! I spent almost the entire day working on homework. And at dinnertime, I emerged from my office (err, study cave) and the girls and I ordered Chipotle.


I made quesadillas to use up some random things in the fridge and freezer.

A corn tortilla quesadilla.

On the side: cucumbers and watermelon.

watermelon in a bowl.


I made those bahn mi style sandwiches again (from a Cook’s Country recipe.) Basically, they’re filled with lime-sriracha mayo, chicken, pickled veggies, and cilantro. So good!

sub sandwich.


The girls wanted French toast, which is a very easy dinner request. Excellent.

We topped our French toast with whipped cream and strawberries and we had some orange juice to drink.


I dunno! Zoe’s working, and given that it’s Friday night, I’m guessing Lisey may have some social plans.

A white bowl with sausage, eggs, and asparagus inside of it.

The type of thing I eat when I’m feeding just myself! Quick, easy, and great for using up odds and ends.

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Sunday 11th of September 2022

Monday: Buttermilk blueberry pancakes with bacons (Kristen's pancake recipe) Tuesday: Chicken tenders and salad Wednesday: Spaghetti and sausage (I usually make my own sauce, this week Rao's did) Thursday: Potato and leek soup Friday: Fend night

Ruth T

Friday 9th of September 2022

Not my best week as I'm still adjusting to life with more evening activities than we're used to. But no one starved.

Sunday: Pizza and breadsticks Monday: Leftover pizza and some fruit Tuesday: Soccer practice is 5:45-6:45 and I've not yet figured out a good dinner plan for these nights. I made chicken tenders in the air fryer (my first week of using an air fryer!!!) and I don't think we had anything to go with them. Wednesday: I made IP macaroni and cheese plus green beans for everyone else, I had salad and pizza at a meeting. Thursday: Chili cheese fries and watermelon Friday: I was at a birthday party with my 6yo and we had pizza. Those at home had more chicken tenders.

Like I said... Not my best, but no one starved. The one plus is that I gained confidence with the air fryer this week!

Tamara R

Friday 9th of September 2022

WWA, RV’ing Edition

We are on a 28 day RV trip along the Calif Central Coast, which was a great place to wait out our just-now-departing heat dome/wave! Anyhow, normally we enjoy dining out a few times a week during any RV trip, but our current local in Santa Cruz is so commute hour traffic-y, we have been dining in instead. It’s all about simplicity when we are RVing - my prep galley and fridge are both very small!

Sat- Mini pizzas, salad, garlic bread Sun- Tacos, fruit Mon- Taco salad, fruit Tue- Steak w/sautéed mushrooms, rice, broccoli Wed- Tacos, green pepper strips Thur- Cheeseburgers, air fried potato fries, green pepper strips Fri- Grilled cheese and ham sandwiches, air fried potato fries, salad

Next week we’ll be in a less traffic-y town, and I am looking forward to some dinner out once again.

Tamara R

Saturday 10th of September 2022

@KristaZ, We went there a few days ago! We’d hiked 10 miles in The Forest of Nicene Marks SP, and decided we’d earned it! We shared a scoop of Heaven, after our server pointed it out as one of their top sellers. It was great!


Saturday 10th of September 2022

@Tamara R, If you like ice cream, I can definitely recommend Marianne’s, 1020 Ocean street. :) There’s usually street parking on the back side of the block.

Natalie K.

Friday 9th of September 2022

I don't think I could ever get tired of watermelon. It's just so good! Glad to hear you are still enjoying it too.

That flower at the beginning of the post is so pretty. :)

Let's see, this week I ate: chicken fajitas and potatoes (those lasted me 4 nights, yay!) and a chicken Alfredo Lean Cuisine tonight because I didn't feel like cooking (which is bad, I know, but it's a once-in-a-while treat, not something I have regularly).

Natalie K.

Saturday 10th of September 2022

@Natalie J, Love it! I think that is a GREAT attitude! :)

Natalie J

Friday 9th of September 2022

@Natalie K., I am a strong believer that there's no such thing as "bad" foods. All food can serve a purpose, and if it gets you fed, that's half the battle!

Natalie J

Friday 9th of September 2022

Sunday: Pasta carbonara with salad. Monday: We were going to make pork lo mein, but we were invited to a neighbor's BBQ. We brought watermelon, and we ate that the rest of the week. Tuesday: Celebrated our daughter's first day of preschool! She requested "The restaurant with the chocolate strawberries" (aka Zupas). Wednesday: We made the lo mein from Monday. It was fine, but we won't be doing that recipe again. Watermelon on the side. Thursday: Tacos! We tried the pre cooked carnitas from Trader Joe's, it was about the same price as a pound of ground beef not on sale. Our AC is still out, and we were in the middle of a nine day streak of 100+ weather, so it was really nice to be able to just microwave it. Watermelon on the side. Friday: Leftover tacos and lo mein, watermelon on the side. Saturday: Probably leftovers, probably with watermelon!

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