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What I Spent

So, the only shopping I did this week was a $151 trip to Costco.

Normally when I go to Costco, it pretty much blows my budget for that week. But apparently it works out all right if Costco is the ONLY place I go.

Kristen in a polka dot tank top

Some of you told me my wardrobe is too plain, so I wanted you to know that I wore polka-dots to Costco. Neutral, yes, but it IS a patterned fabric! Do I get points for this?

August Spending

Week 1: $76

Week 2: $162

Week 3: $151

What We Ate


It was our anniversary and Mr. FG and I did a takeout date night (the pizza in the car I mentioned earlier this week), while the girls fended for themselves.


My siblings and parents met up at my parents’ pool to celebrate my dad’s 75th birthday.


I had to go to Costco, so I bought a rotisserie chicken for dinner.

I made a little gravy at home, using the juices in the bottom of the chicken container, and we also had croissants and some fresh produce.


My aunt insisted on feeding us when we went up to pick up the quilt, so that’s where we had dinner.

Calico cat sleeping on puzzle

my aunt and uncle’s cat

My aunt is one of those people who is so comfortable in the kitchen that she can put a multi-item meal on the table while making it seem completely effortless.

I aspire to this because I mean, I do feed people, but I don’t think I really give off effortless vibes.

Maybe I need some lessons from her…


The girls were not home at dinnertime, so I used the leftover rotisserie chicken to make a small dish of chicken and biscuits for Mr. FG and me to eat.

chicken and biscuits

We had watermelon with that, plus I ate some fresh tomatoes (Mr. FG does not really love tomatoes, even summer ones. He merely tolerates them and I am confounded by this.)


I made turkey, onion, and cheese panini with chipotle mayo.

I blend my chipotles up and store them in the fridge, and that makes it very easy to mix up chipotle mayo whenever I need it.

smoked turkey panini

And I am sorry to say we ate watermelon with our sandwiches. Again.

This was not a particularly vegetable-full week for us at dinner!


Mr. FG and I are hoping to get outdoor reservations at a favorite restaurant of ours for a belated anniversary dinner. We haven’t eaten out anywhere since the start of Covid, but things are fairly stable here in our county, so we thought we’d try for a deck meal if the weather is good.

If not, well, we’ll just do takeout.

What did you eat for dinner this week?

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Monday 24th of August 2020

You are always well dressed and if patterns just do not work for you- then don't buy them! I've had to acknowledge that even if I buy clothes with patterns, I will very rarely wear them. I will simply forget their existence- even in the most recent heatwave I forgot I had a lightweight but decent floral dress! When you consider the materials, water, transport and labor that go into garments - let them be worn by someone who feels comfortable in them!

What we ate: homecooked meals throughout the week, in spite of said heatwave. One of the tastiest meals was steak and watermelon salad with mint. But we also had green salads and potato salads and paella with seafruit. The paella was also a bigt hit, it was cooked with homemade broth. Perfect hot weather meals!

Diane C

Saturday 22nd of August 2020

OMG, the kitty on the puzzle picture melts my heart! My kitty went to heaven last year, and she loved, loved, loved puzzles! It was hilarious to watch her pick her way over a puzzle in progress. The pieces would get caught on her claws and she would shake them off with the funniest flicking motion. She was also a calico, so all my puzzles had white cat hair on them, because of course they are an excellent sleeping surface. And I would always find puzzle pieces on the chairs and the floor in the morning. She would look up at me with that innocent, "Who, me?" face, which cracked me up every time.

I recently cleaned out the far reaches of my big closet. As I went through the pants section, the lower third of the darkest trouser legs were absolutely coated in white cat hair. I never knew this was one of her secret hideaways. RIP, sweet Alice.

Lol, when I saw the polka dots mentioned, I thought this was going to be another Stitch Fix update. Hint, hint.


Friday 21st of August 2020

Backwards from last night. Friday - Chinese from the local takeaway that only opened earlier this year. Thursday - salmon cakes with a hollandaise sauce centre, pan-fried basa, frozen mixed veggies and mashed potatoes. All from Aldi. Wednesday - daughter had mac and cheese and we had leftovers or sandwiches. Tuesday - marinated chicken breast steaks, rice, and stir-fried veggies for 4 with 2 guests. Daughter and I had toad on a road and bacon. Monday - I seriously can't remember this one. Sunday - blank again. Saturday - leftover pizza from Friday.


Friday 21st of August 2020

Love the polka dots!! I have finally decided to embrace my style and not force myself too far out of it. I regret those purchases, not frugal! Plain/plain with textures/stripes/lace/polka dots and maaaaaybe the occasional floral....


Friday 21st of August 2020

We had sandwiches every night. My family would like for me to cook something, but I come shambling in from work like a zombie and slap something between two pieces of bread, add some carrots and fruit, and call it good. We have ice cream for dessert.

Diane C

Wednesday 26th of August 2020

Ice cream cures a lot. We are also on a Root Beer Float kick, which is also fun and super easy.

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