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WIS, WWA | Hello, July!

What I Spent

A box of produce from Hungry Harvest.

  • $25 on a Hungry Harvest box
  • $20 at Harris Teeter
  • $72 at Aldi
  • $20 at BJS
  • $20 at Sprouts

And that adds up to $157 to start July off!

What We Ate


Kristen and Mr. FG smiling at the camera.

Mr. FG and I went out for our usual Saturday date night; we tried a pizza place near us that we’d never been to before and I ordered arancini as an appetizer because I was curious what it would taste like.

Two arancini on a white plate.

My verdict: tasty, but not so tasty that I will bother making the dish at home, because deep-frying is a pain.

After dinner, we went to Dairy Queen for a cone. We are nothing if not fancy on our date nights!

A chocolate-dipped DQ cone.


We had ham sandwiches because summer is a very good time to have sandwiches for dinner.

Other good times: fall, winter, and spring


I made a green salad topped with brined and grilled chicken, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, crunchy corn kernels, and some veggies.

A bowl of green salad, topped with chicken, veggies, cheese, and eggs.

We had homemade French bread on the side.

Two loaves of homemade French bread in a basket.


Lisey was out with a friend and Sonia and Zoe were headed to a sleepover. So, the two fo them ate a quick grilled ham sandwich and some watermelon before they headed out.

Since Mr. FG and I were left by ourselves, we went out to Mod Pizza for a mid-week date night.

I love going to Mod Pizza because I get my own personal pizza there. And that means I can put all the stuff on my pizza that no one else wants!

(tomato slices, red onions, hot peppers, and green peppers, to be specific)

This worked out nicely because Mr. FG has plans with a friend this coming Saturday. So this was an early substitute for our usual Saturday date.


I made a sausage and penne pasta skillet meal, which we ate with a salad.

Sonia cutting green onions into a skillet of pasta.


Sonia had a mid-afternoon dental visit that turned into a four-hour excursion because of storms and a tornado warning (the dentist didn’t want to start drilling in Sonia’s teeth only to have the power go out!)

Anyway, on the way home, I stopped at the grocery store, picked up two bags of frozen ravioli and a bag of cherries. We ate the ravioli with a jar of pasta sauce, with cherries on the side.

Not an award-winning meal, but we were all fed, and it cost way less than takeout.


I had thawed a chicken to cook last night, but obviously, I didn’t do that. So, I think I will grill it tonight instead.

What did you have for dinner this week? 

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Monday 5th of July 2021

I'm commenting pretty dang late - I worked yesterday and Saturday was busy and it seems like I'm in some kind of terrible work time loop!! Anyhoodle, last week we ate" Monday - Sunday's dinner of Skillet Meatballs and Beans that I was too tired to cook, carrots Tuesday - Skillet Tilapia, sauteed peppers and onion Wednesday -Cheese Enchiladas, brussels sprouts with carrots Thursday - (freezer) Polenta and Eggplant Parm, salad Friday - Dill Shrimp Salad on Toast, low salt chips, fresh fruit Saturday - I have no memory of what we had... Sunday - Grilled veggies burgers and the fixins' at my sister's house Happy Belated Independence Day!

Holly G

Sunday 4th of July 2021

Last week we were on vacation. Just got home last night and had takeout Chinese cause we had cleaned out the fridge before leaving for 10 days. WIS: ummm... Probably a lot. But I honestly don't care it was our first real vacation in 3 years. I might do the math later. WWA: delicious Maine things. Fish and chips. Blueberry pie. Lobster. Lobster rolls. Fried clams. Pizza from my childhood favorite and from a new place that was also delicious. I just weighed myself and came home lighter than when I left so I guess my plan to walk or hike daily to counteract the extra calories worked.


Sunday 4th of July 2021

Oh, fun! Where in Maine did you guys go? Mr. FG and I spent a night in Portland two weeks ago.


Saturday 3rd of July 2021

We spent $138, our most expensive shopping week in a month, but that was largely due to buying some big ticket items like a $16 box of laundry detergent, cat litter and bar soap in addition to groceries.

For suppers, we had one cheap meal at our favorite locally owned Mexican place. I made a huge pot of chili and cut up some fruit that needed to be eaten up quickly. Anyone not in the mood for chili had sandwiches with fruit, fresh veggies and pickles on the side.


Saturday 3rd of July 2021

I've started to make batches of salad mix on the weekends with store bought romaine mixed with my home grown kale and arugula. Not sure why it took me years to figure this out, and stop buying salad mix in those plastic containers! I also brought home lots of fresh fruit and veggies from a funeral reception, so: Dinners were: Chef salad Spaghetti with ground turkey, chopped mushrooms and salad on the side Burgers, grapes, kale chips Teriyaki stir fry chicken with lots of veggies and jasmine rice Grilled cheese, grapes and veggies w/ranch dip Egg salad and veggies w/ranch dip when the temp was in the 90s.


Saturday 3rd of July 2021

Last Saturday went from calm and relaxing to the world might end soon when we found a leak in some piping in our laundry/bathroom downstairs.. once the pipe was removed and repaired and the husband started to calm the rest of the terribly old, original piping cracked and the toilet started to leak.. so another run to Home Depot for more pipe items and a new toilet followed. I "soothed "the husband with unplanned date night at a local restaurant( subs and he got a beer). Sunday was miserably hot and humid and we were toiling in the basement repairing things so I pulled out all the chicken broth/stock from freezers and some chicken. Used my *instantpot* and defrosted/poached the meat. Made a pot of creamed chicken and veggies and quickly baked the last of a bag of frozen biscuits. Not the best supper for a wicked hot day but it was food we already owned.

This past week.. one day we had Keilbasa with broccoli and couscous... One night I browned up a pound of ground beef and used a Korean seasoning pouch.. served with lettuce, chinese crunchy noodles and rice... One night we went to a friends for *grilling during potential tornado"weather.. So loud and rainy but fun! I took my vita mix and margarita mixers lol Ordered cheap pizza one night after husband used that as a bribe to calm down a melt down emotional teen girl..lolol Oh well I had not pulled anything out yet so that worked. Friday husband took off work and we had date day! Used a Cheesecake factory gift card I had. Shared a slice of cheesecake that was comped by the manager when I complained about my lunch- server AND GM were horrified when they saw what the cook sent out- almost comical how burnt the veggies were on my plate! It was quickly replaced with a fresh and perfect plate of perfection! Saturday we are going to friends 4th on the 3rd celebration and we are taking buffalo chicken dip and dippers... Sunday- no clue


Saturday 3rd of July 2021

Oh wow, you had an eventful week!

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