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What I Spent

I was looking at the calendar and realizing: there’s only one more week in March! No wonder it’s looking so spring-like outside these days.

blossom on a tree branch.

My spending was very simple this week: $55 at Safeway! And that makes sense, given how much I spent last week. 🙂

What We Ate


We had two naan left from our tikka masala night, so I used those to make some quick pizzas in the toaster oven.

naan pizza.


I made myself a burger, potato wedges, and I ate some raw veggies on the side. Zoe was at work until 10 pm, I believe, and she just had a grilled cheese when she got home.

potato wedges


My usual when I’m on my own: an egg-based plate. 🙂

plate of eggs, sweet potatoes, and a salad.


I had the scholarship event at the winery with PEO, and food was served there. I wore my American Giant hoodie dress, by the way, because it’s a good choice for an event that is semi-casual.

Kristen in a green hoodie dress.

Oh, wow, as I was just looking through my files for the hoodie dress pictures, I came across my original American Giant hoodie, back in 2013.

American Giant

my original American Giant hoodie and t-shirt! Crazy that this was 11 years ago.

Anyway, Zoe got home from work after I got home from the event, and I made her a quick burger plus potato wedges.


Zoe was out with a friend, and I ate some cheese tortellini with marinara sauce.

bowl of tortellini


I went for a late afternoon walk in the sunshine, which was just delightful.

horse in a field.

And after I got home, I made bacon and cheese quesadillas, which we ate with salsa and sour cream, with some cut-up fruit on the side.

chicken quesadilla.


I think Zoe and I both have an empty evening! And if that’s the case, then we will probably have our weekly takeout + movie night. 🙂

black cat cuddling.

She always likes to cuddle on movie nights

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Joanne Mitchell

Sunday 24th of March 2024

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Saturday 23rd of March 2024

Market Basket Just over $100 (surprised, but not surprised) I really have not wanted to think about cooking, so it has been very sparse eating. I guess it is because dinnertime is just a chore lately.

Friday: Aldi fish&chips and crab cakes Saturday Burgers Sunday & Monday Corn beef sandwiches, pickles, fries Tuesday & Wed Hot dogs, beans, brown bread Wednesday: Leftovers Thursday: Lasagna rolls, meatballs Friday: Waffles and fruit

When I was at the grocery store Sunday, the people in front of me had 2 carts full (with a lot of plastic bags) of food. The charge came to over $600. It really was the first time I have paid attention to what other people are paying. I don’t know if they have a large family, were having a party, cook for others; but whatever it was a lot of money. Then Monday when I was at our local grocery store for the last minute cake for our friends, the young mother in front of me with a toddler spent over $200. A portion was paid by welfare food benefits. The “only” store in our town is expensive—I generally just stop in for small items. I wished she could shop at one of the area stores for better prices. Example: 2 small cans of baked beans in town $5; at the other store (next town over) on Sunday I bought 2 larger cans for $5. Thankfully I can hop in the car to go to other stores.


Saturday 23rd of March 2024

WIS: $44; WIA: Saturday: grilled steak tips with kale and roasted broccoli Caesar salad. (If anyone wants a great Caesar salad dressing, Serious Eats has one). Sunday: chickpea dosa, za’atar spiced roasted pear and cabbage, tahini sauce. A new recipe. Not good. Monday: homemade pizza. I always top mine with garlic scape pesto, mozz, pepperoni & broccoli Tuesday: chili mac with kale stems Wednesday: yogurt, popcorn & diet root beer. Don't judge - it was my birthday. Thursday: Korean meatloaf, mac n' cheese, broccoli (from the freezer) Friday: birthday dinner out: frankfurter & bratkartoffeln


Sunday 24th of March 2024


Happy Birthday!

What is Korean meatloaf? Meatloaf w/ kimchi mixed in?


Friday 22nd of March 2024

Week was pretty much of a blur since better half helps out with the election 4 straight days, I do one day. Saturday - Corned beef and cabbage - easy crock pot meal Sunday - takeout Mexican Monday - leftovers from Saturday and Sunday Tuesday - already cooked burgers from the freezer and baked potato salad Wednesday - takeout sushi - last day of election work Thursday - brats and "gourmet" fried cheesy potatoes - both from freezer. Potatoes fried up with mushrooms and onions. Friday - baked cod and wild rice enhanced with mushrooms and red peppers.

Blue Gate Farmgirl

Friday 22nd of March 2024

Big spend this week: $117 @ Costco, includes pets; $23 @ Grocery Outlet (.97 gal local milk); $68 Restaurant Supply; $7.87 @ Trader Joe's WWA: Sun: butter chicken, GF homemade naan, homegrown micro greens, green beans M: Dinner salad, GF french bread and apple salad T: Halibut Tacos + trimmings and cornmeal shortbread cookies with mango lime curd filling W: Grocery Shopping and Grain gettin' day, ate out at local brew pub, 2 sliders and veggie fries for $12 for both of us. Th: Grilled moose steaks, green salad F: Dinner salad w/leftover steaks, relish plate w/dilly beans, pickled beets, hot and spicy baby pickles and pickled cherries. S: Family Dinner: All the Salsas - fruit, guac, black bean and my pico de gallo, Enchiladas, refried beans, Mexican Street Corn, Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Sun: Church Family Dinner - I am bringing a bbq turkey, layered green salad, potato salad and garlic bread. This dear family in our community has lost 6 members to sudden death, cancer, stroke, motorcycle accident. We are giving the survivors love, support, great music and fellowship.

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