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WIS, WWA | A pho-less week

What I Spent

After my pho spree last week, I am happy to tell you I didn’t get any this week. 😉

(For those of you who were asking, pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup, and you say it like, “fuh”.)

I spent:

  • $85 at Aldi
  • $40 at Safeway
  • $30 on a Hungry Harvest delivery

So, $155.

The funny thing is: I spent $70 on pho last week, and still, my food spending was about the same as this week. Hmm.

Not sure what to make of that!

What We Ate


I made chicken sandwiches, using this roasted red pepper and basil mayo, which is so, so good. If you haven’t made it yet….well, you should. 😉

Red pepper and basil mayo in a glass dish.


I made a pot of chili, which we topped with lettuce, sour cream, chips, and cheese.

chili with toppings.

I also made a batch of butternut squash rolls, and we had homemade applesauce from the freezer.

Butternut Squash Rolls


We had leftover chili, and I sauteed some broccoli.

a bolw of chili.


Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches, because apparently, we are on a soup kick this week.


We all ate something different!

Lisey ate some leftover soup, Zoe ate a bowl of mac and cheese, and I ate some mashed potatoes topped with fried eggs.


I made Swiss mushroom chicken except I did not add mushrooms because I no longer feed anyone who likes mushrooms! So…I guess it’s just Swiss chicken now?

Swiss Mushroom Chicken

a picture from when I had added mushrooms, obviously

We had toasted ciabatta rolls and a fruit salad on the side.


I think the girls and I might do a Friday night takeout meal together. 🙂

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Monday 12th of December 2022

Good luck with your finals this week.


Saturday 10th of December 2022

I made a half batch of the butternut rolls today (I had 1/2 c of baked butternut squash leftover and 1 packet of yeast on hand). I only had a hand mixer with dough hooks but it was enough. I was initially concerned that the dough did not rise as much as I expected- but they turned out great and are so delicious. The "orange"' color was more pronounced once they finished baking. A great recipe - thx.

Michelle S.

Saturday 10th of December 2022

@Jean, Agreed! I made these yesterday and they are sooo yummy! I used pumpkin and organic whole wheat pastry flour. They turned out fantastic! :)


Friday 9th of December 2022

* Sheppard pie * chicken pot pie * lasagna * roast beef sandwichs (got to add mayo and dill pickles in there!)

... that's all I can remember.


Friday 9th of December 2022

I'm so annoyed with myself because I wrote out my spending and eating for the past week (which was such a bananas week!) last night so I could just cut and paste it in this morning since I didn't think I would have time before work with my new schedule. I was all proud of my clever self, and then my phone deleted what I wrote. Sigh. It was all funny and weird because of my schedule change too...I am too tired to write it all out again now which is itself hilarious considering this long comment but what can I say? I'm a riddle of contradictions. Also, it involved a lot of anyway, if I'm not too tired tomorrow, I will write it all out for like the four of you who still read on the weekends, and in the meantime, I hope everyone has an awesome weekend!


Saturday 10th of December 2022


Ok, I'm just too lazy to do all the math again, but I think I remember my total for food this past week was around 187 and change when I subtracted all the non-food purchases which is actually not too bad considering I had NINE receipts from the week...I think I was processing the stress of the changes at work by grocery shopping, but also needing to buy goodbye gifts for people and last minute Christmas gifts since we are celebrating early. And then I did a proper grocery run yesterday at Aldi and spent another 266.69, so to anyone who feels bad about their spending, you are not alone!!! And it is definitely true that the more time you spend in a store, the more money you spend! Luckily, I will have a bigger paycheck very soon here and also I will definitely have less time to grocery shop so I'm probably going back to every other week shopping.

Here's what we ate:

Fri: sweet and spicy swiss chard, turkey tenderloins made to taste like orange chicken Chinese food, both served over buttered rotini noodles and topped with shredded parmesan. Yum! Raspberries, chocolate cookies and fresh whipped cream for dessert.

Sat: sauteed baby bok choi in sesame oil, pepperoni and mozzarella focaccia, baby carrots and hummus.

Sun: broiled chicken breasts with guacamole on top, veggie rice, celery and hummus.

Mon: hotdogs, buns, grapes and cookies because sometimes we eat like toddlers.

Tue: Korean beef soup with rice, tatsoi greens and sesame drizzle. So good! Grapes and orange slices on the side.

Wed: fried fish fillets, leftover veggie rice, raspberries and fresh whipped cream because we're freakin' ballers now!

Thu: first day of new job! Celebratory Little Caesar's pizza and kale/carrot salad. Donut ice cream for dessert.

Fri: salad, baked chili casserole with cheese and bread crumb topping, tortilla chips and sour cream on the side.

Tonight: fancy Christmas dinner! Steak and maybe some kind of fish and/or potatoes. Also, bread wreath with brie in the middle. Yum!


Friday 9th of December 2022

I love pho! We have a local restaurant that was awesome, then they changed hands and it isn't quite the same. It's not terrible, by any means. Just a little different. Maybe one of these days we'll find a place that's better, which is not a bad assignment to say the least, but we just don't go out that often.

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