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WIS, WWA | a no-takeout week for me!

What I Spent

tomatillo salsa ingredients in a food processor.

This week, I spent:

  • $80 at Lidl
  • $25 at Safeway
  • $15 at a small Mexican grocery store
  • $30 on a Hungry Harvest box

So that’s $150 even. 

What We Ate

Lisey’s been at my aunt and uncle’s house this week (taking care of their chickens!), so I’ve just been feeding Zoe and me.


I made ground beef tacos with all the fixings, and we had fresh fruit on the side. 


I made pulled chicken sandwiches and we had some homemade applesauce on the side.

jars of applesauce


I made bourbon chicken with broccoli over rice. More applesauce on the side.

bourbon chicken with broccoli.


A leftover night! Zoe had the pulled chicken and I ate the bourbon chicken. 


I made chorizo and potato tacos, which we topped with a tomatillo sauce, onion, cilantro, and lime juice.

tomatillo sauce.

We had a fruit salad on the side. 


I had a one-person amount of frozen cheese tortellini, so Zoe ate that along with some cucumber slices.

And then for myself, I threw together a random dinner after poking through the fridge for odds and ends.

I made a green salad to use up some homemade Caesar dressing left from a previous meal.

For my main dish, I cooked a sweet potato, sautéed some green peppers, fried two eggs, cut up a jalapeño, and ate all of that together in a bowl. 

sweet potato bowl.

Everything* goes together if you top it with an egg. 

*ok, most things!


I am not sure; I think it might still just be Zoe and me here for dinner tonight. And I have just noticed that my dinners this week have been shockingly sandwich-free.

Sooo…perhaps some dinner sandwiches are in order tonight. 

What did you have for dinner this week? 

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Karen Parlier

Monday 17th of October 2022

What in the world is potato tacos? I have never heard of this??? Thanks.

Karen Parlier


Saturday 15th of October 2022

Been reading your blog for at least 10 years. I am a retired Nurse and I have especially enjoyed (and still enjoy!) watching you prepare for your career in nursing.I think you have all the qualities to make such an incredible nurse! I wish it didn’t take so long to get that education,as it does nowadays..when I attended school it was a 2 year VERY intense community college program, no prereqs— you took all the classes during the same semesters as your nursing and clinical.. hard, but so worth it..and then, you graduate and GET A JOB! Kudos to you.I also went back AFTER my son was in school.. he was 9 and I was 29. The best students in my class were the posse of us “moms”— women who were back in school after our kids were a bit grown.. and for some of us,second careers. Everyone went on to wonderful happy careers in Nursing..Of course I still also love all the frugality tips and ESPECIALLY the kindness and fortitude which your blog and YOU model for us..I have had some tough family illnesses since 2020 and reading your blog lifts my Spirit.


Saturday 15th of October 2022

Sunday-Western Ribs in the crockpot. It was a crazy weekend so I was focused on having some protein and everyone just helped themselves to main and sides from fridge/bread. Monday-Skyline Chili night- spaghetti noodles, hot dogs cooked in the canned sauce Tuesday-My husband ate something leftover before we left for volleyball.. I ate pepperoni rolls at the game Wednesday-"white people taco night" as the TikTok videos call it- seasoned ground beef , seasoned black beans, lettuce , tomatoes, cheese. I tossed a pack of flour tortillas on the table, a bag of tortilla chips and the container of queso I pick up at the local restaurant to round out my craving. Thursday- tossed a small pork shoulder in the crock pot and defatted/shredded it after work. I had pulled brioche buns from the freezer but no one really used those. It was grab and eat what you want before parents left to watch her last volleyball match... (I airfried the last of a bag of tots and ate mine all from a bowl) Friday-grilled hamburgers to go with leftover buns, served with oven roasted mini potatoes and iceburg lettuce salad. Made apple butterscotch bars while the oven was already running

Volleyball season is over.. Tournaments will only last a short while.. I need to figure out how to cook daily again! I love reading all of the meals, hoping to add new things to the rotation for variety while dealing with so much price increase!


Friday 14th of October 2022

Saturday - leftover Thai food from daughter’s birthday dinner Sunday - scallop appetizer, sirloin Oscar, veggies, fries, and creme brûlée for our anniversary dinner at fancy-ish restaurant Monday - thanksgiving turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, mashed squash & carrots, gravy, pickles, pumpkin pie Tuesday - leftover turkey, etc Wednesday - cabbage roll skillet Thursday - more leftover turkey, etc Friday - falafels, pita, tomatoe & cucumber salad, tahini lime sauce

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend


Friday 14th of October 2022

Shaw's $50.42 Aldi $13.37 Trucchi's $10.50

Friday: Salad with leftovers in the 'fridge and eggs from daughter's chickens Saturday: Pizza, salad. It was our anniversary weekend, and I wanted to go to lunch. As we were heading out, my husband didn't feel up to it, so I went with my sister-in-law for anniversaries--she and my brother had been married the same weekend 10 years before my husband and I. I brought the leftover home for my husband for dinner. Sunday: Anniversary Dinner--Strip steak, roasted potatoes, squash. Monday: Pot roast with potatoes and carrots. Tuesday: Worked. It was nice to have leftovers. Wednesday: Sausage patties, eggs, and English muffins. Thursday: I had the sandwiches this week--Tuna Fish with leftover vegetables . Friday: Clam chowder.

We bought a new refrigerator in June/July. I need the repair technician already. The gasket on the 'fridge door started flopping around, more recently the freezer gasket is flopping around, and I think because of this when the 'fridge door is closed, the freezer door pops so that it is not sealed and causing it to run a lot and frost over. The joys of getting the product made just before lunch or the end of the day? (lol)

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