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WIS, WWA | BLTs for breakfast, lunch, and dinner

What I Spent

The first night Carrie got here, we had BLTs for dinner (I love a person who can enjoy a BLT with me!)

A grilled BLT sandwich, on a wooden cutting board.

The day she left, we had them for lunch.

The next morning, I looked at the last of the bacon and thought, “hmm, I wonder if a BLT for breakfast would be good!”

And it was.

So this week I ate a BLT at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Just not on the same day. 😉

(Although I can imagine myself eating that three times in one day!)

This week, I spent:

  • $4 at the produce stand (I needed some good tomatoes for BLTs with Carrie)
  • $7 at Aldi
  • $30 at Safeway
  • $15 on gnocchi (see Tuesday)

So, just $56 for me this week.

What We Ate


My friend Carrie was still here, and she took me out for dinner as a thank-you for hosting her. 🙂 We went to a local spot that serves crab cakes, since they are kind of a regional specialty.


Zoe and I used a Panera gift card to get some free sandwiches.

Panera sandwich.


I made baked ziti, plus a salad and some garlic bread.

baked ziti.


This was my anniversary and as I shared on Instagram, it was a tough day. So, like I did last year, I used my brother’s hotel discount to get a cheap night away for myself.

A hotel bed.

Sometimes, you just need a huge king bed to feel better

I got some gnocchi at an Italian restaurant, and Zoe fended for herself after her work shift. 🙂


I had some berries and heavy cream that needed to be used, so we had buttermilk waffles with whipped cream and berries.

waffles with berries and whipped cream

I know I’ve mentioned this before but in case you missed it: a 50/50 milk/yogurt mixture works perfectly as a buttermilk substitute, and it’s been my saving grace with a small household.

A whole quart of buttermilk is too much for us now, but I always have yogurt and milk on hand, and it’s super easy to mix the two together whenever I need buttermilk.

Two jars of homemade yogurt in Mason jars.

Also: this is definitely cheaper than powdered buttermilk!


In my freezer digging, I found several chicken breasts from a Butcher Box I ordered with a promotional price a long time ago. I don’t really love Butcher Box chicken, even though it is organic. It’s always seemed a little watery and lacking in flavor to me.

Butcher Box packages in Kristen's freezer.

I’d rather pay for something like Bell and Evans air-chilled chicken…that’s at least worth the high price!

Anyway, you live and learn, and I wanted to use these up.

So I thawed them, patted them dry, let them sit with salt and pepper in the fridge for an hour, sauteed them in a hot pan with a little oil, shredded the meat, and we ate it on buns with BBQ sauce.

And we had fruit on the side.


Today is Zoe’s half-birthday! On her actual birthday, I’d just gotten back from skiing, I was sick with some nasty virus, and I couldn’t do a whole lot ot celebrate her.

A dark photo of lit birthday candles on top of a cake.

from a long-ago birthday of Zoe’s. 😉

So, I promised I’d make it up to her on her half birthday, so we will make a cake and do a dinner of her choice. 🙂

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Sunday 20th of August 2023

I think that’s the green goddess sandwich from Panera? If so, just chiming in to say it’s my new favorite at Panera these days! So yummy!

Grandma Bev

Saturday 19th of August 2023

good comment making buttermilk, thanks

Blue Gate Farmgirl

Friday 18th of August 2023

WWA: It's tomato season!!! We had 5 days in a row of triple digits. It is small itty bitty heatwave compared to our Southern cousins! We do not have a/c through out the house, so we ate light. Sunday: BBQ ribs, potato salad, cucumber/onion/tomato salad and cut up the second of the 3 watermelon. Monday: BLT's, potato salad & watermelon Tuesday: Taco salads and fresh peaches Wednesday: Salad w/hot bacon dressing, watermelon Thursday: fajita's, pico de gallo, plums for dessert Friday: green salad with fajita's leftovers on the side, watermelon Saturday: Family reunion - making yummy dessert treats Kirsten, I too, have eaten many BLT's for breakfast! I used to make them with cornbread waffles as the bread for my girl's weekend at the beach. Always a hit!


Friday 18th of August 2023

The only things I bought this week were 2 1 lb jars of Peter Pan PB for 55cents each and gave to my PBJ addict kid. I’m going to make a Whole Foods trip to get some of their store brands. I like the marinara, ranch, taqueria salsa, canned beans, and gluten free chicken nuggets. I’m surprised how reasonably priced their 365 brand is. I’m trying to avoid the little grocer that has such good buys but the 77 cent organic celery and 1.27 head of cauliflower taunt me. Then a week later I’m still trying to finish it off. I’ve been enjoying bean, beet, broccoli and avocado bowls for some reason. My freezer has bags of broccoli I eat daily, chopped rotisserie chicken, salmon, sliced squash, gluten free bread, my hidden stash of gluten free powder sugar donuts and Twinkies, blueberries and grapes. My fridge has carrots, red onions, blueberries, beets, strawberries, eggs, green pepper, 2 sweet potatoes, almond milk, Kalamata olives, wild blueberry preserves, almond butter,green tomato chow chow, chicken dippin sauce and horsey sauce. My cabinets have some gluten free baking stuff, olive oil, vinegars, spices, green tea and a few canned goods. And avocados on the counter. Oh and there is a stash of Ghirardelli 86% chocolates I add to almond milk for hot cocoa.


Friday 18th of August 2023

BLT’s are so satisfying! We eat the sandwich version a lot but also as a salad… croutons cover the toast element.

Monday- BLT sandwiches Tuesday- sausage, sweet potatoes and coleslaw Wednesday- BLT salad Thursday- steak, couscous with some onion, leftover squash and red pepper mixed in Friday- tonight will be a green salad with sautéed chicken on top Not sure what the weekend will hold…

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