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What I Spent

I think this is the first time I’ve ever had grocery spending at 7-11.

half and half container.

I bought two of these from 7-11!


But man, I had tried so many other places in search of cream or half and half, and 7-11 is the only place that came through for me.

grocery store sign.

I spent:

  • $63 at Aldi
  • $30 at Giant
  • $32 at Safeway
  • $35 at Chick-Fil-A
  • $7 at 7-11

So, $167 for me this week.

What We Ate


I’m wanting to donate blood again soon, but since I struggle to get my iron levels up enough to qualify, I need to get back on my supplements and also eat some more iron-rich foods.

So, in an effort to get some beef into my system, I made ground beef tacos.



I had done some volunteer work on Saturday and brought home an entire pizza that was leftover. So, I heated that up in the oven and we ate it for dinner.


For a wide-ranging list of reasons, Zoe and Lisey and I all had an extremely crappy day. Lots of tears were involved, and I was in no shape to cook dinner.

So, I ran out to Chick-Fil-A and got food for us before my online chemistry class.

Sometimes, that’s what you have to do.


I tried a chicken gnocchi soup recipe which is basically a one-dish meal: meat, veggies, and carbs in a pot. We had some fruit on the side.

gnocchi soup.

I’m sorry that all I have is this poorly-lit photo!

And we ate our soup in our lovely new bowls, which did indeed keep our soup hot.

bowls on a shelf.


I made a pot of pulled pork which we ate on buns with fruit on the side.

pork chunks in a pot with barbeque sauce.

Since this makes a pretty big batch, and since we are a pretty small household now, I froze two meal-size portions to use for easy dinners in the future.


Sonia came over and the four of us had a very non-traditional Thanksgiving meal: waffles, whipped cream, berries, fried mush, bacon, and orange juice.

fried cornmeal mush with butter and syrup

All of us were happy with that (perhaps most especially me because hello, that was an easy meal to make!)

After dinner, we watched Grease together since Lisey was shocked that Sonia and Zoe and I had never seen it before. 

Grease movie poster.

My conclusion: I don’t know quite what to think of that movie. The plotline (or lack thereof?) is rather…non-traditional. If I was going to try to graph it on the classic storyline (tension, climax, resolution), I really don’t know how I would do it!

We had a rather hilarious time watching it, though, and at the end, Sonia said, “I’m really confused, but I had fun.”



We are going over to my mom and dad’s house for a more traditional dinner, and I’m bringing these honey-glazed pan rolls.

glazed honey pan rolls

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Jen M.

Monday 28th of November 2022

I donate platelets every couple of weeks, and my iron levels have been low to borderline lately, even with supplements. A friend recently recommended eating cream of wheat for breakfast. I had only been doing it for a few days when I last gave blood, and my hemoglobin cleared on the first try! I'm weird about textures, but I've been adding PB and a drizzle of maple syrup, and it's been completely fine and filling!


Monday 28th of November 2022

I must have missed this post on Friday - the weekend went by in a blur. Very sorry to hear about the bad day for you. Sometimes holidays start out bad but get much better. I hope yours is on the way to much better! Last week at my house: Monday - (freezer) Spicy Beef Tacos, broccoli Tuesday - (freezer) a leftover meal - not sure which one will be left Wednesday - I picked up Taco Cabana on my way home from work and it was a 5 out of 10. Thursday - Thanksgiving Meal - I made the turkey, dressing, gravy, and cranberry sauce. My peeps brought: crockpot sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, corn casserole, and an apple pie. We had just enough leftovers to send everyone home with a couple of meals and I threw my two into the freezer. Friday - Pulled Pork Sammies, chips, pickles and onions (my goodness this was delish, it cooked all night and made the house smell so good) Saturday - Fried Chicken Bowls (a la KFC) Sunday - Turkey Soup with my daughter - also a very good meal! Happy Cyber Monday!


Saturday 26th of November 2022

I am sorry you had an especially difficult Monday with the girls. It seems that teenage girls have a very hard time with parental separation. I have seen more couples split at around the 20 plus mark than any other time. One would think since the kids are older and perhaps even out of the house that it is easier on them Not true from what I have seen. Girls seem to fair worse and even good kids act out in destructive ways. I have seen heaps of abuse towards the parent who needed to get out of a toxic environment. Easier to be angry at that person I guess. I, of course, do not know your situation but do encourage therapy if needed. Thoughts and prayers


Sunday 27th of November 2022

My daughter hasn't spoken to her father since he left when she was 16, 9 years ago.


Sunday 27th of November 2022

Oh, none of our difficulties were actually with each other! They were all problems outside of us, thankfully.

I have seen situations like you're talking about, but I am very, very blessed in that all of my girls are very supportive of me leaving him (mostly they wonder, "Why not sooner?") and I am also blessed to have good therapists helping us.

Heidi Louise

Sunday 27th of November 2022

Sometimes a crappy day is just a crappy day, regardless of the personalities or circumstances of the individual people involved: Accidents, losses, somethings denied 0r missed, illnesses. In such circumstances, a treat for supper is a comforting choice.


Saturday 26th of November 2022

We were non-traditional in that I did not make turkey, but I envy you breakfast for dinner! I would’ve much prefer that on every level. I also can’t believe you’ve never seen grease! I saw the play on Broadway several times as a kid and my own children were obsessed with the movie for a while. I’m glad you had so much fun!


Saturday 26th of November 2022

Ok Kristen, if Grease is kind of strange to you, google the theory that it never happened. At the very beginning, Danny says says “I met a girl. She kinda died…”. One theory is the whole story is the deranged vision Sandy has when she drowned. Apparently, some think they were never together and he just tried to save her at the beach and was too late. That one took me down at big long rabbit hole! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


Sunday 27th of November 2022

Oh wow. That DOES make it even more strange!!

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