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WIS, WWA | Also, about those bars

So you know how yesterday I said I was thankful for the bars by my walking trails?

Well, a lot of you read that and your first thought was that perhaps there were microbreweries along my wooded trails.

But nope. These are the aforementioned bars:

chinup bars.

Since I don’t drink (I just don’t like alcohol!), these types of bars are actually much more useful for me. 😉

What I Spent

I made it to Aldi this week for the first time in a bit!

Aldi shopping carts.

I spent:

  • $120 at Aldi
  • $29 at Safeway
  • $30 on fast food (See Monday below)

So…$179 this week. A little higher than my previous few weeks!

What We Ate


This is the night I made that shrimp taco salad I mentioned in this week’s Five Frugal Things post.

shrimp taco salad in white bowl.


BLTs: an inevitable result of Lisey and me being in the house together for any length of time. She is a fellow sandwich-lover. 🙂

BLT and broccoli on a white plate.


Monday involved sitting in a very long traffic backup and barely getting home before my evening chemistry class started.

So…we picked up fast food.


I had a few sub rolls in the freezer that needed to be used, so I made pizza subs, and we had raw veggies on the side.

Two pizza subs on a baking sheet.


I made this tortellini Caesar salad, with toasted cheese bread on the side.

Caesar salad on a white plate.


Zoe and I made those classic King’s Hawaiian slider sandwiches, plus a fruit salad.


Well…I am waiting to find out what my girls’ plans are for tonight. A couple of things are up in the air and I don’t know who will be here and who will not!

What did you have for dinner this week?

P.S. Yes, I know we had sandwiches three times this week. I see no issue. 😉

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Tuesday 27th of September 2022

Birthday part for our boys. We served pulled beef sandwiches, chips and dip, pasta salad, potato salad, watermelon, veggies and dip. Chocolate cake and ice cream for dessert.

Used leftover beef for for burritos. Also in the burritos black beans, rice, sour cream, cheese, roasted red peppers, avocado, and lettuce.

Creamy garlic mushroom pasta

Salads with beets, mandarin oranges, garlic vinaigrette, feta cheese, and walnuts. 7 minute eggs on top.

Vegetable and bean chili with sour cream, cheese, and tortilla chips.

Mac and cheese with leftover chili on top.

Bibimbap bowls with leftover beef, mushrooms, fried sweet potatoes, and pickled radishes.


Sunday 25th of September 2022

It was a chemo week here, so meals were easy.

Saturday - PC chicken burger, raw veggies on the side Sunday - roast chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, grilled acorn squash (from my garden!) Monday - chicken salsa, new potatoes, broccoli Tuesday - frozen spicy chicken pizza, green salad (start of chemo cycle, lucky to have anything beyond cereal, haha) Wednesday - Costco broccoli and ham quiche, bagged salad mix (Taylor farms Maple Bourbon Bacon mix was delicious!) Thursday - oven baked halibut (frozen prepared), petit pois (frozen), oven fries (frozen) Friday - steak, loaded baked potatoes, green beans

This is not the most frugal week as I've paid more for some convenience foods. I've come to terms with this as I feel I must do what works for us right now. I do look at what's on sale and menu plan accordingly. For example, there's a few bagged salad mixes that we really like. They were on sale last week at No Frills and we tried a couple we hadn't had before. The Maple Bourbon Bacon mix was delicious and we'll definitely have it again. And it means we are both getting some healthy food into us on the challenging chemo week and that's the priority. Well, actually taste is the priority because it would seem we're food snobs, lol.


Thursday 29th of September 2022

@Kristen, Thanks, Kristen, this means a lot to me. I think I am doing pretty well too. It's probably a good thing I still have a 15 yo to think about, if left to myself it might be tea and toast, lol! And considering I'm supposed to get 115 grams of protein every day according to the cancer clinic dietician, that would not be a good diet.


Sunday 25th of September 2022

I think that in challenging times like chemo weeks (!!!) you need to do whatever is necessary to keep people fed. I think you are doing such a great job of this.

Terri Cheney

Saturday 24th of September 2022

We had leftovers from a restaurant meal on Saturday (that's when our week starts), on Sunday we picked up Fried chicken at the grocery deli and got macaroni salad and potato salads to go with it. On Monday I made spaghetti and meatballs, Tuesday we had bologna and cheese sandwiches and chips. Wednesday, I made Arroz con Pollo, served with peas and pineapple tidbits. Thursday, we had Stuffed Cabbage Rolls and mashed potatoes. Friday nights with our three year old grandson are always hotdogs and chips. This week I served them with mandarin oranges.


Saturday 24th of September 2022

Sandwich week here too! Friday night: linguini with squash and zucchini, with Jello and yogurt for dessert Thursday: tuna salad sandwiches with raw veggie on the side Wed: Tomatoes (from the garden) on open faced sandwiches and veggies on side Tuesday: It was our anniversary and we SPLURGED (door dash) lobster, caesar salad, onion rings and cheese cake. Monday: huge salad Sunday: Halibut with loaded rice (broccoli ,bok choy and spinach)

Hawaii Planner

Friday 23rd of September 2022

As always, I struggle to remember. But: -Beef kebabs & rice x2 -Tacos x2 -Chicken fajitas (freezer leftovers, which were good, but the peppers don't reheat well) -Roasted chicken

Tonight will be: chicken wings, gyozas & salads. One of my kids isn't a fan of this meal, but he'll be at school watching a volleyball match, & likely eating at the concessions.

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