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Kristen skiing

I was gone for most of this week, skiing with my parents and siblings out in California at Lake Tahoe.

Kristen and her family

So, Mr. FG and the girls were at the helm in the kitchen, and they did quite a fabulous job. 🙂

I made a $75 Aldi trip before I left, and then while I was gone, Mr. FG bought another $53 of groceries while I was gone.

And then we spent $32 on subs when I got back, which brings our total to $160.

What We Ate


This is the day I left, and they had Chick-Fil-A.


Our kids really prefer Mr. FG’s French toast to mine, so of course it was on the menu while I was gone. 🙂

Sonia says to let you know that they used coconut milk in the French toast, and it worked out just fine.

Yay! One more thing that’s easy to make dairy-free for her.

They had bacon and OJ with the French toast.


I had left some pulled pork in the freezer for them, since Monday was a busy day and no one would have had time to cook dinner.

Here’s the pulled pork recipe I use.


They ate orange-glazed chicken (from the ATK Quick Family Cookbook) with broccoli on the side. And also some ciabatta.

orange glazed chicken

They tried frozen broccoli and they gave it a big thumbs down. 0/10, would not recommend. 😉


Mr. FG made strawberry grilled chicken salad wraps from Pioneer Woman.


Mr. FG picked me up at the airport around 7:30 pm and when I got home, we got subs from Firehouse because it felt quite too late to cook anything!


I’m not quite sure what we’re going to do tonight. Qdoba does have that Qdoba for a Kiss promotion today, so maybe we’ll take advantage of that.

Because I have no idea what all is in the fridge at this point and I most definitely do not have a menu plan!

What did you eat this week?

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Monday 17th of February 2020

How nice to be able to get away like that. It's good to just be one of the kids again for a little while, you are right. Siblings so rarely get to spend time together as siblings once they start getting married and having families.

I'm not too sure what we had, since I normally comment on that on Friday, but I can remember that I served steak and asparagus tips for Valentine's Day. I tried the Cook's Illustrated method that was in the latest magazine I got, that of flipping the steak over and over in a hot skillet. It worked, too.

A couple of nights I had my husband eat his delivered meals, so I could cook something I knew he wouldn't be interested in -- and broccoli was on one of those nights. I cooked bacon then sauteed the broccoli with garlic and onion in the bacon fat. I had something else with the broccoli and the bacon but I don't remember what. Another night I braved making chicken liver pate', made with lots of garlic and seasoning, which was pretty successful, because I've been able to eat the pate', even though I loathe liver. This recipe was from Mickey Trescott's Nutrient Dense cook book.

I decided to re-try beans in my diet with a mixed bean soup, but that didn't go well. Some of my dried beans were fairly old, and they never did get quite tender. Then it turned out that I couldn't tolerate bean soup all that well, so I ended up tossing the rest of that soup. I'm glad I started with a small pot of it. At least the cassava flat bread for me and the corn pone for him turned out well.

That's all I can remember. I did keep my grocery bill down some this past week!


Monday 17th of February 2020

We've been doing a bit of a pantry challenge this past month. I have a surgery scheduled in March, so we're trying to clear out the odds n ends beforehand. I've been trying to be more mindful of what leftovers we have and how to incorporate them into other meals. Sometimes it feels like a no brainer and then other times its a discombobulated plate of weird stuff.

Does Joshua ever come home for dinner or stop in for breakfast on the weekends? I always wonder if he misses being home with y'all! No cat shelter update this week? Did the large cat get adopted yet?!


Sunday 16th of February 2020

I love frozen broccoli for roasting! So easy! 425 oven, for 25 min. No need to defrost. I drizzle a little olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper over it. It's one of my daughter's favorite veggies!


Sunday 16th of February 2020

I roasted a chicken Monday night and served it with baked potatoes, green beans, and a choice of applesauce or sliced peaches with ice cream as dessert.

We had leftovers for a couple of nights, then I turned the remaining chicken into a chicken florentine casserole that was devoured. Stretch that bird!


Saturday 15th of February 2020

The only way to make frozen broccoli is seared a bit in the skillet, then a little bit of water with salt and pepper mixed in poured over to deglaze, then a lid on to steam. Delish and simple.

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