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WIS, WWA | A 3-soup week

What I Spent

A cat sitting on a dining chair.

I think she would like to join us for dinner 😉

Let’s see! I spent:

  • $17 at Harris Teeter
  • $2 at Safeway (I just needed pasta!)
  • $64 at Aldi
  • $30 on a Hungry Harvest box
  • $35 on takeout

So, $148 altogether this week.

What We Ate


The girls and I usually get takeout together once a week, and this time around, we got Panera.

Panera takeout


We were at my brother’s house, for my niece’s birthday, so we had dinner there.

My niece had requested baked potato soup, which is a recipe I’ve shared here before!

sunset view by a river

the view from my brother’s house is PRETTY sweet


I made a chili, which we ate over cilantro-lime rice, topped with cilantro-lime sour cream. I think we had some fruit on the side, but I would not swear to that under oath. 😉

chili over rice.


I made a pot of this broccoli-cheese noodle soup, plus homemade french bread, and a fruit salad.

So, if you count the chili-over-rice as a soup, this was a VERY soup-ful week. 😉


We had enough leftover soup for a second meal, and I turned some of the leftover French bread into garlic bread.

(Me making garlic bread involves cutting a loaf in half lengthwise, spreading garlic butter on it, and then broiling it until it’s browned. Super easy.)


I made my aunt’s creamy chicken enchiladas, which we ate with pico de gallo, avocado, and limes.

pico de gallo


We have more chicken enchiladas left, so I think we will just eat those!

I am digging this whole “leftovers the next night” thing. 😉

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Monday 3rd of October 2022

I have just ! discovered a time saver-- 85 years old, active mom and grandmother -- gardener -- photographer. I haven't slowed down. It just dawned on me that I could save some time by measuring out the dry ingredients for homemade bread and things like cookies~ I don't have to get all those ingredients out every time I cook things that are regulars for me. For some reason I dread getting out the flour, baking power and soda salt, spices, etc. Then having to clean the counter and utensils. When making bread yesterday, I realized I could package up the combos of white, whole wheat and rye flour that I use every time I make bread. Same idea with the standby chocolate chip cookies. Being frugal with our time is the same as with shopping. Is there anything wrong with this idea? Thanks, Kirsten--I've been reading your column for years! You do a good job!


Monday 3rd of October 2022

Yes! I know people do something like this; making dry mixes. Then you only need the wet ingredients when it's time to bake.

And I love that you have not slowed down. That's my life goal!


Sunday 2nd of October 2022

I searched for your aunt’s creamy enchiladas recipe, but didn’t find it- only another non-creamy chicken enchiladas recipe- can you share your aunts?


Monday 3rd of October 2022

She uses this one: And I followed it pretty closely, except I made my own concoction to sub for the canned chicken soup.

Also, I used pepper jack cheese.


Saturday 1st of October 2022

Spent $130 at Walmart.

Monday: chicken enchiladas suizas, Mexican rice, Italian cream cake Tuesday: Cobb salads, buttered French bread, cake Wednesday: Fend for yourself Thursday: Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, fresh green beans with onion and bacon Saturday: Spinach dip with French bread chunks for a game day snack, then husband is bbq’ing ribs, I’ll make coleslaw and baked beans Sunday TBD


Friday 30th of September 2022

WIS: $190 Fred Meyer WWA: Sunday - made a crock pot of copycat Cafe Rio shredded chicken and ate crisp tacos. Monday - Grilled King salmon, asparagus and roasted little potatoes Tuesday - I had leftover salmon etc. at work, he had leftover tacos Wednesday - I had taco salad at work with the leftover chicken, he had tacos Thursday - I had Panera (paid for by my younger daughter - we typically do lunch for each of my girls and my birthdays and just couldn't find dates that worked for the 3 of us this month for mine, and next month for another, so we met at my granddaughter's ballroom dance competition at a local hotel and brought in Panera: dinner together and beautiful entertainment!) Not sure what leftovers he had. Tonight - not sure yet but maybe turkey burgers...we are kind of taco'd out :) Saturday - weekly dinner out, will try somewhere new in the nearby town a grandson is playing soccer in.


Friday 30th of September 2022

Went out to Texas Roadhouse for my son’s birthday.

Chicken chili and garlic pull apart bread

Gyros in pitas.

Loaded chicken nachos

Spaghetti with marinara, steamed asparagus, roasted broccoli and cauliflower

Frozen pizza and pasta salad

Tonight we are having Waldorf chicken salad lettuce cups

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