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What I Spent

Hello there! We’re starting out with a picture of Chiquita just because she’s cute. And also because she is always right where I am. 😉

calico cat looking up.

This week, I spent:

  • $2 at Weis (I just needed some ibuprofen!)
  • $73 at Aldi

Sooo, $75 for me.

eggs and vegetables on a white plate.

One of my random breakfasts!

What We Ate


Leftover Zuppa Toscana. I like this soup because it is a meal in one; meat, veggies, and carbs!

bowl of zuppa toscana.


Zoe was out with some friends at a skate park and she ate with them. I made some crab cakes, which I ate with sauteed asparagus and also some watermelon.


I went to visit my friend Polly for dinner at her house. I met Polly back in the early 2000s on a parenting message board, and we met in person two times back around 2010.

But I hadn’t seen her since then! We had a fun time catching up on life.

Kristen and her friend Polly.

Recognize my dress? It’s the one I got for $9.97 last September!

Polly loves to cook, and she made Texas beef brisket, Mexican street corn, orange crush mocktails, and peach cobbler for dessert.

Also, you should know that she has a super cute cat that she fostered and then adopted. Her name’s Sophie, and she has only half a tail. I took a picture of her because I knew my girls would want to see her; they love all cats everywhere. 😉

brown and white cat.

And Sonia has a particular affinity for any cats with a disability or difference, such as half a tail. 🙂


I had gotten some free bacon cheddar burgers from a local grocery store (they sent out some promotional coupons, which of course I redeemed!)

I grilled Zoe’s burger pretty late at night since had a work shift until 9:00, and I discovered that my grill is a little far away from the light by the carport door.

burger on a dark grill.

I had to use my phone flashlight to check if the burger was done!


I cooked the flank steak from my freezer challenge and we made tacos with it.

steak tacos.

Oh hey! More of the corn tortillas from my freezer. THEY ARE UNENDING.

I’ll give ya some more details about the flank steak in my freezer report next week.


I used the leftover flank steak to make a kind-of taco salad, with lettuce, tomatoes, chipotle sauce, steak, and cilantro.

steak taco salad.


Soooo, my friend Carrie is coming to see me for the weekend!

Carrie in a pink shirt.

We’ve known each other online for many, many years but this will be our first time meeting up in person. We are gonna have so much fun!

I have some meal ideas, but I’m gonna put my head together with her when she gets here to figure out what she’d like to do in what order. 🙂

What did you have for dinner this week?

P.S. When I was looking for the post about my $9.97 Old Navy dress, I came across this post from 2008, where I got an Old Navy dress for $0.97!

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Friday 11th of August 2023

Your daughter is ok? She’s not on Maui?


Friday 11th of August 2023

Yes, she’s fine. She’s on Oahu, but of course we are so sad for all the people on Maui. So heartbreaking!


Friday 11th of August 2023

Mm, your flank steak leftovers look fantastic! I want some. Also, Shelly and Chiquita are such a funny pair! Aren't cats just the best!!

Rachel R.

Friday 11th of August 2023

Yay for friends & fun finds!


Friday 11th of August 2023

Kristen, your .97 dress looks lovely!

Our dinners: Sunday- chicken quesadillas Monday- BLT salad Tuesday- potato/broccoli/bacon casserole Wednesday- BL T salad Thursday- leftover potato casserole for my daughter and me. My husband couldn’t eat because he had a tooth pulled and the area just wouldn’t stop bleeding even with gauze. After three hours, my husband called the dentist for advice on how to stop the bleeding. He was told to put a tea bag on the site. We’d never heard of this trick but it really did stop the bleeding in about 30 minutes. Friday- tonight our daughter and I will have salad but my husband will have either soup or refried beans. I’m not sure what our weekend meals will be.

Michelle D.

Friday 11th of August 2023

Nothing constructive to add, just noting that Carrie's hair is FABULOUS!!


Friday 11th of August 2023

@Michelle D., Compliments are always constructive.

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