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WIS, WWA | Bones: yes. Cooking: no.

What I Spent

I felt like I spent this week kind of easing into the swing of things, especially since I had an exam right away after I got home, and then I promptly got an enormous bone terminology assignment.

pages of bone terminology.

I’ve been working hard on memorizing the six pages of bone terms (!), and I am making good progress. But I haven’t spent much time cooking, so there will be no chef-ing awards for me this week! I flew by the seat of my pants with a few slightly disorganized grocery trips, and no menu plan at all.

The good news is that despite my lack of planning, we did manage to mostly eat at home.

Here’s what we spent:

  • $22 at BJ’s
  • $13 at Giant
  • $23 at Lidl
  • $47 at Harris Teeter
  • $5 at Potbelly Sandwich (see Wednesday)

So, $110 altogether.

What We Ate


View of clouds from a plane window.

I came home from the airport on Saturday evening around 7:30 and I ate a sandwich.


Mr. FG and the girls had not eaten the Trader Joe’s orange chicken that I’d left in the freezer, so I threw that into the oven, made some jasmine rice, and cut up some produce.


rotisserie chicken

Mr. FG picked up a rotisserie chicken on the way home, and I made some gravy using the juices from the bottom of the chicken container. I also thawed some homemade rolls and made a fruit salad.

homemade cornmeal yeast rolls


Another easy-button night!

I made a grilled ham sandwich for Sonia, grilled cheese sandwiches for the rest of us, and I also heated up some canned tomato soup.

We had raw veggies and fruit on the side because: easy.


It was a night of conflicting schedules; I made lazy crepes for Sonia and Zoe:

swedish pancakes lazy crepes

And then after I dropped Zoe at youth group, I got a bowl of chili and a free cookie at Potbelly ($5 for the chili) and did some studying while I waited to take her home.

Mr. FG had a late lunch so he just ate a bowl of oatmeal when he got home.


I got a bag of homemade pork tinga out of the freezer and we used it to make tacos. Raw fruit and veggies on the side (oh hey, do we see a theme here??), plus chips and salsa.

Again: easy!


I think I might make chipped beef on toast, which is, no surprise, easy. 😉

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Monday 4th of October 2021

Here's what we ate for the week. It was a busy one with my sister visiting from NYC and helping our daughter move out of her apartment.

Saturday - Scallop skewers with sautéed greens and potatoes. Sunday - I honestly don't remember, so it must have been completely boring and unremarkable. Monday - Egg, cheese and sausage sandwich with hash browns after a late night at work. Tuesday - Pork and fried potatoes with green beans. Wednesday - Scrambled eggs and toast. Thursday - Veggie fettucine alfredo. Friday - Dinner invitation out with another couple. They paid!


Saturday 2nd of October 2021

I appreciate an easy button week! It's also always inspiring to get that reminder that dinner doesn't have to be a curated main + 2 sides :)

Our week: Sunday - Knockoff takeout BBQ chicken pizza (used leftover grilled chicken breast, red onion, BBQ sauce, cheese and a flatbread crust I had on hand), plus made yogurt ranch dressing with ranch seasoning Monday - Stuffed acorn squash with farro, gouda, herbs, toasted almonds, golden raisins (sounds fancy but very easy) Tuesday - Soyrizo & potato tacos with red onion & bell pepper Wednesday - Grilled ranch-seasoned chicken breast strips, roasted brussels sprouts, and I think we still had leftover farro Thursday - Salmon, green beans, & couscous (in the rice cooker - so easy) Friday - Takeout Chinese! We've discovered a place that's 5 min away that does a dinner combo that comes in at less than $12 and is PLENTY for two (A huge entree + fried rice + chow mein + one egg roll + one crab wonton). So this is one of our occasional takeout treats.


Saturday 2nd of October 2021

Working backwards and loving you guys' easy meals!

Friday we had pasta with mushrooms and parm and a side of roasted cauliflower. I used up some leftover marinara as a dip for the cauliflower.

Thursday we had fish tacos with leftover rice and beans

Wednesday we had chicken tenders, salad and roasted potatoes.

Tuesday I used leftover roasted chicken to make fajitas with rice and beans and slaw

Monday we had pasta with pesto from the freezer and cherry tomatoes from a friend's house.

Sunday we had roasted chicken with roasted sweet potatoes and sliced tomatoes.

a curious reader

Friday 1st of October 2021

Last Sunday I made breakfast burritos to freeze, they should last us a couple of weeks. I also made a huge batch of chicken & dumplings, a side salad and apple crisp with caramel sauce for dessert. I'm in a fall mood, even though temperatures are still in the 90s. We got Thai takeout one evening, and we had poached salmon w/ rice and vegetables another. The other days we kind of just ate odds and ends.


Friday 1st of October 2021

I love it when you are honest! I work 40 hours a week and I am always looking for ways to make a quick dinner. We used to do a lot of take out but have found that takeout food just makes me gain weight. Have a great weekend (sorry about the studying)!


Friday 1st of October 2021

This is why I do my posts like this instead of sharing menu plans. Menu plans can be awfully aspirational, but this is an accurate record of what ACTUALLY happened at dinnertime. :)

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