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WIS, WWA | and also Chiquita

What I Spent

calico cat.

gratuitous Chiquita picture because she was there while I was also photographing some food for this post.

I spent:

  • $69 at Aldi
  • $40 on a Hungry Harvest box

So, $109 for me.

cat looking out window.

What We Ate


Hibachi over rice, with yum yum sauce, OF COURSE.

A skillet of hibachi chicken and shrimp.

Hibachi without yum yum sauce would be rather sad!

Here’s how I make my inauthentic hibachi.


Leftover hibachi. 🙂


I made the quesadillas I mentioned in my freezer report.

corn tortilla quesadilla.



I made chicken katsu, which is not at all a traditional 4th of July food.

chicken katsu on a plate.

But I wanted to take pictures of the recipe for you guys since many of you requested the recipe.

A post is forthcoming!


I tried this one-pot chicken sausage pasta recipe, with a few changes: I used hot Italian sausage, light cream instead of heavy cream (the store was out of heavy cream!) and I used more spinach than recommended.

I also didn’t chop the spinach because spinach shrinks down to nothing when you cook it anyway.

Verdict: it’s a good recipe, but I kinda thought it would be better if it was spicier! Maybe I needed hotter sausage.


Leftover pasta, buttttt I added sliced jalapenos to my serving when I reheated it and I thought it was way better that way.  Your mileage may vary if you don’t like spicy food. 😉


I’m gonna try to use up some of my last few freezer foods. Wish me luck!

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Sunday 9th of July 2023

I am in the midst of a kitchen remodel. No sink or countertop.

We are eating grilled meats. Microwave sides. Fruit. And pretzels. ON PAPER PLATES



Saturday 8th of July 2023

Kristen, is your yum yum sauce the same as the marinade/sauce in the hibachi chicken/shrimp recipe?

Blue Gate Farmgirl

Friday 7th of July 2023

Such a hot, hot, hot week! We slogged to the nearest big town on Monday and spent $136 for the month's groceries. Saturday - grilled steaks, grilled veggies and fresh cherries and ice cream Sunday - Cowboy beans, fresh corn and watermelon Monday - late lunch burgers, watermelon for dinner/dessert Tuesday - Grilled homemade hotdogs, pasta coleslaw and brownies w/fresh ice cream Wednesday - Steak salad Thursday - Chicken Fried Steak, corn, salad and cherries Friday - late lunch out with friends/leftovers for dinner with cherries for dessert Saturday will be a big work day so breakfast for dinner


Friday 7th of July 2023

I do not like cats. I am wildly allergic to them, as in if I sit next to a cat owner I can start feeling my lips swell. Thus, I am not sure if I dislike cats just because or if that came after experiencing an airplane ride as a kid where I had to be moved because the lady next to me had a cat in a carrier under her seat and I was soon unable to breathe. That being said, those pictures of Chiquita are just too stinking cute! Just for a moment I thought, "Maybe I could find a way to live with a cat."


Friday 7th of July 2023

Chiquita says that this is a high compliment. ;)


Friday 7th of July 2023

Love the food pics and recipes! I’ve been enjoying a guy I found on YouTube videos who’s channel is called Sip and Feast. You all help me up my meal time repertoire!

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