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WIS, WWA | I had a sandwich fail

See Wednesday’s meal for evidence of my sandwich fail. 😉

What I Spent


I spent:

  • $113 at Aldi
  • $30 at Safeway
  • $14 on pho

So, $157.

What We Ate

sunrise by a tower.


We ate an assortment of leftovers and sandwiches.


The girls were both out at separate places, and I got a bowl of shrimp pho after a hike.

riverin the woods.


I remember that Zoe was working, I don’t remember what Lisey ate, and I know I ate a sandwich after I got home from some volunteering at an after-school program.


Breakfast for dinner! We had buttermilk pancakes topped with fruit and whipped cream.

buttermilk pancakes cooking on an electric griddle.


sautéed broccoli.

I made ham and cheese grilled sandwiches with sauteed broccoli on the side.

My first effort was…boldly toasted. VERY BOLDLY TOASTED.

burnt sandwich.

I redeemed myself with the next effort.

grilled cheese sandwich.


I had planned to make Swiss Mushroom Chicken, but my afternoon ended up getting entirely away from me…so, um, we had boxed mac and cheese and cut-up oranges.


My brother and his kids are busy tonight, so I’m going out with my sister-in-law. And I’m leaving soup and butternut squash rolls here for my girls.

Butternut squash rolls

That should be more delicious than my butternut squash oatmeal from earlier this week. Heh.

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Friday 13th of January 2023

Sunday, beef borgignon Monday, potato chowder Tuesday, leftovers Wednesday, sandwiches and popcorn Thursday, roasted brussels sprouts Friday, tacos with hm refried beans


Friday 13th of January 2023

Sunday, my 8yo son made pancakes and sausage for dinner while I was out shopping. Monday, my daughter got her 5yo shots, so we went to our favorite local chicken strip restaurant. My husband was out of town most of the week, so on Tuesday I made chili that we ate on 3 nights. Tonight I'm cobbling together ingredients for beef enchiladas (including homemade sauce) and avocado salsa. Tomorrow we will make homemade pizzas and freeze several for a birthday party next weekend.


Friday 13th of January 2023

Avocados 2/1.00 Eggs 3.48 dozen I’m in a food is really uninteresting phase, make a sandwich or thaw some soup.


Friday 13th of January 2023

What I thought was hubs flu turned out to be Covid. By Saturday I had it also. So another crazy week. Sunday-taken out earlier &had to be cooked. slow over cooked pork butt with baby Yukon golds on>ns &green beans with bacon dressing( amazingly low sodium) Pot of chicken noodle &veg soup. We ate the above the rest of the week

Ruth T

Friday 13th of January 2023

My grocery spending for January has been crazy low thanks to a high December, some gift cards, and cleaning out my pantry. Yay!

Fun parenting side note about last Friday's dinner. I was trying a new recipe called Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta. It was eventually loved by all, but the meal started with one of my children crying because she thought we were having bacon, cheeseburgers, and pasta. She loves cheeseburgers and was VERY disappointed when she got to the table. I guess I should make actual cheeseburgers sometime soon!

Saturday: New recipe for us... Tortellini carbonara. It was quick, easy, and everyone liked it. Definitely being added to the rotation! Though I don't think it's very healthy (cheese, pasta, more cheese, cream, and bacon) so we will definitely need to have broccoli or green beans with it next time. Sunday: Pizza Monday: Another new recipe. Chicken and vegetable wild rice chowder. I *really* liked this! I think it'll be my winter go-to meal for taking meals to friends because it's delicious and makes a lot. We had Hawaiian rolls on the side. Tuesday: After getting home late from a library trip I scrapped Plan A and grabbed veggies out of the freezer to make vegetable beef soup. We had the rest of the Hawaiian rolls with it. Wednesday: Halloween-shaped pasta with meat sauce with a side of broccoli with cheese. Thursday: Baked chicken, sweet potato casserole (to use up some coconut and pecans from the pantry), and more broccoli with cheese. Friday: Leftover soup and probably some FG French bread.

Ruth T

Saturday 14th of January 2023

@Nancy in eastern Washington, I forgot to mention that there ingredients list says "8-oz packet" for the cooked wild rice blend. I think I ended up purchasing 2 small boxes of Rice-A-Roni wild rice blend for that item.

Ruth T

Friday 13th of January 2023

@Nancy in eastern Washington, Here's the link for the bacon cheeseburger pasta:

The chowder recipe is from a Better Homes and Gardens magazine... 1. Heat 2Tbsp olive oil in a pot or Dutch oven. Add 1 thinly sliced carrot, 2 thinly sliced celery stalks, 1 chopped yellow onion, and 2tsp dried sage; cook 5 minutes. Add 3 minced cloves of garlic; cook 1 minute. Add 1/4c flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Stir in 4c chicken broth, 2c milk, 3c cooked wild rice blend, 1c corn, and 1/2c chopped roasted red peppers; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer (stirring occasionally) for 10 minutes. 2. Add 2c shredded chicken and cook, uncovered, until heated through, about 5 minutes. 3. Season with salt and pepper. Top with 2 slices of roughly chopped cooked bacon.

I had to pause partway through making the chowder because I hadn't noticed that the wild rice blend had to be cooked ahead of time! Whoops! And I made my own roasted red peppers instead of using jarred.


Nancy in eastern Washington

Friday 13th of January 2023

@Ruth T, Would you please share the bacon cheeseburger pasta and vegetable wild rice soup recipes please? Those both sound so wonderful.

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