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WIS, WWA | And I’m off to NH

I haven’t been on a plane since early 2020, but today I’m heading out for a bridesmaids weekend in New Hampshire.

It’s going to be so weird to travel again, but I am excited!

A view of a city from an airplane window.

What I Spent

You know how last week I was all, “Hmm, we haven’t been spending much on groceries lately!”?

Well, the low spending came to a screeching halt this week because we spent $218, which included a fairly big trip to Aldi.

And I’m adding in $47 for takeout, bringing our total food spending to $265.

May Grocery Spending

Week 1: $98

Week 2: $106

Week 3: $124.50

Week 4: $265

Still, I averaged $148/week for the month, so it all levels out.

(On average, I spend about $150/week over the course of a year.)

What We Ate


The girls fended for themselves; Mr. FG and I had a date night at a locally owned seafood place.

(We have a separate budget item for date nights, which is why I don’t add that to my grocery budget.)


The girls were all out at dinnertime, so in between dropping off and picking up Sonia and Zoe, Mr. FG and I popped into Mod Pizza and ate dinner there ($21).

Lucky me; two dinners out in a row! 


I had a super late lunch, which meant I wasn’t remotely hungry at dinnertime.

And Sonia was very hungry when she came home from her first training shift, so we picked up chicken nuggets for them, a request from Sonia ($26).

I ate a fried egg and some toast later that night when I got hungry.


I made chicken tacos on corn tortillas.

Chicken Taco ingredients


Sonia was not here for dinner, so I thought I should make something with cheese in it. And since I do not think two days in a row is too much Tex-Mex, I made chicken quesadillas.

Sonia had a grilled ham sandwich when she got home from work at 10 pm! It’s a little like a grilled cheese sandwich, but it just has chipotle mayo and deli ham in it since Sonia can’t have cheese.


I had some scallops in the freezer, so I sautéed those and put them on top of a green salad (chicken instead for Zoe) and made these garlic breadsticks.


I’m out for the next few nights, so it’s up to Mr. FG and the girls to decide what they will be eating in my absence!

What did you have for dinner this week? 

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Friday 4th of June 2021

Saturday - Pasta, Garlic bread, brussel sprouts and strawberries (we picked the brussel sprouts and strawberries ourselves from a nearby farm that afternoon!) Sunday - Veggie burgers, corn on the cob, french fries, fresh fruit, mom's baklava Monday - I think I made ravioli for my youngest but can't remember what the rest of us had Tuesday - Quesadillas, green beans, carrots, and fruit Wednesday - Bibimbap-type bowls (sticky rice, pickled cucumbers, kimchi spiced cucumbers, green onions, pickled plum, carrots, tempeh, sauteed baby bok choy, mushrooms) Thursday - Went out to dinner to celebrate the last day of school. There were churros involved! Friday - might hit the easy button and do breakfast for dinner.

Erika W.

Tuesday 1st of June 2021

Dear Kristin,

This is out of place but I need to tell you that Craig's mother died early this morning, June 1st, She was in a caring and loving hospice in El Paso and the daughter who lives there and Craig's eldest sister, who had come down the day before, were both with her at her end.

I have several letters to write and will be tuning out for a couple of days but I will be back to answer questions.

Take care, Erika W.


Tuesday 1st of June 2021

I am so sorry to hear this. Much love to you and Craig!

MB in MN

Saturday 29th of May 2021

- Vegetarian meatball hoagies - Salad sampler: potato salad, corn-bean salad and marinated tofu - Popcorn and fruit - Bang bang cauliflower - Beet sliders with avocado, goat cheese and lettuce - No-cook spinach-artichoke dip with leftover French bread


Saturday 29th of May 2021

Rigatony with sliced olives in the home made sauce from freezer.Salad

Fish Curry over rice with palak paneer and applesauce. From frozen aisle of Trader Joe. Like going out to eat,except cheaper and no driving!! Always keep a few fun entrees in the freezer for the two of us. Saves so much take out money!

Lasagna and salad

Chicken Shawerma, rice, asparagus,tzatziki.The Shawerma meat that i toss on the grill makes TWO meals for us.I freeze half and slice the other half to serve right away.

Turkey and havarti sandwiches with applesauce.. feeling lazy and not very hungry.


Saturday 29th of May 2021

Some things at TJ's actually taste as good or better than eating out ;)

Meira Bear

Saturday 29th of May 2021

We got off the takeout train!

Monday: Hot and sour soup with homemade broth from the freezer. Tuesday: Tortellini and tomato sauce. Wednesday: Veggie and tofu stir-fry with rice. Thursday: Salmon with green beans, salad, and rice Friday: Leftover salmon with salad and fries

It felt very, very nice not to get takeout this week. Although one senior doctor did buy me a breakfast sandwich as an apology for getting me confused with someone else and phoning me VERY early in the morning. I like it better when takeout is a treat. Anyway, I'm on vacation next week so I can replenish our freezer with easy dinners. Hurrah!

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