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WIS, WWA | I spent all the dollars at BJs

What I Spent

Three glass jars of coins.

I haven’t been to BJs for at least 7 months. I was in the area this week, though, so I stopped in and promptly spent $130.

But that’s fine; some of the things I bought, like laundry detergent and dishwasher detergent, won’t need to be bought again for a nice long while.

I also spent $25 on a Hungry Harvest box and $37 at Safeway.

So, my total this week is $192, which is definitely on the high side. That always happens on weeks when I go to a warehouse club!

What We Ate


I made this chicken and sweet potato curry, which we ate over rice.

sweet potato curry


We were at my parents’ house for a birthday gathering for my dad.


This was the day that was my anniversary, and I went to spend the night at the hotel.

A hotel bed.


Zoe thought French toast sounded good, so that’s what I made. We topped ours with whipped cream and berries because we will always choose that over butter and syrup if we can. 😉

French toast

Strawberries in a white bowl.



It was just Zoe and me here, and we had quesadillas plus pan-sauteed broccoli.

a head of broccoli



I had a few plain bagels in the freezer, so I thawed them and made pizza bagels, with a green salad on the side.


I think I might make some sauteed tilapia, with broccoli and some kind of starch on the side.

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Saturday 20th of August 2022

We have a restaurant here called BJ’s, so I was thinking a $130 meal was very out of character for you!


Friday 19th of August 2022

I was away so didn't read this week's posts until now: thinking of you, Kristin, and I hope that you are able to channel all of the positive energy that is flowing your way!

WWS: $?? it was a weird week as we were on vacation staying on the cape at a house that bil rented, with family friends who stayed at another rental house.... the amount in beer that was spent is embarrassing so I'll move on.... WWA: Sat: Korean meatballs over rice with roasted broccoli (food52). Delicious but I would cut the amount of gochujang as it was really too spicy for me. Sun: leftovers Mon: catsitters/housesitters who benefitted from a free place to stay for their vacation week: pork larb, rice, salad greens, cucumber & red pepper salad. She brought peach tart. Tues: I made dinner for 16: hamburgers & hotdogs, baked mac & cheese, doctored up baked beans with kielbasa, Slovenian cabbage salad, tomato salad, homemade ice cream cake. (The ground beef, rolls, cheese, milk, ice cream were free from mystery shop. Pasta, baked beans, molasses, bought on deep discount. Tomatoes were from the garden.) I think my total cost was about $28 out of pocket for 16 plus leftovers, which I see as a win... until I add in the cost of the beer for the week!). Wed: mil made cioppino, ate with garlic bread, salad & finished off the ice cream cake. Thus: lobster, corn-on-the-cob, shrimp boil, steamers, etc. etc. at friend's house. I made a cucumber salad & broccoli salad, & leftover mac & cheese (that they requested). Fri: banh mi from a Vietnamese grocery & bakery. ($7 per sandwich, big enough for 2 meals).


Friday 19th of August 2022

@Kristen, So SORRY - I keep spelling your name Kristin, rather than Kristen. One of my BFF spells it Kristin, so I promise that it is from a fond place in my heart!


Friday 19th of August 2022

That sounds like such a wonderful week! And it sounds like your trip included lots of good eats.

Thank you for the kind words. :)


Friday 19th of August 2022

I made a meat loaf. I don't know what I was thinking, the recipe called for a pound of burger, a pound of lamb and a pound of sausage. We don't like lamb, despite having lived on a sheep farm in Scotland for a year, so I used beef burger, moose burger and Jimmy Dean's pork sausage. And, as usual, I added shredded carrot and zucchini that was still lingering in the freezer from last summer's garden. The result was so enormous a hunk of meat loaf that we ate it every single day for dinner and tonight the last of it is appearing in spaghetti sauce. I don't know what came over me, not to realize how much cooked meat we'd end up with. I wanted to freeze it after day 2 of eating it, but the husband said he loved it (I hardly ever make meat loaf) and could we just keep eating it until it was gone. We had salad from the garden every night, too. A boring week food-wise but so few dishes after the first night of cooking! I am so lucky that he is content to have the same thing day after day, it has saved me a lot of work over the years. Hmmm...or maybe it is that the one who doesn't cook does the clean up so he is saving himself work!!


Friday 19th of August 2022


Hahaha! You and your sandwiches!


Friday 19th of August 2022

Do you ever make meatloaf sandwiches? I remember that thinly sliced leftover meatloaf is so good in a sandwich!


Friday 19th of August 2022

I spent $90 at Aldi, $50 at Walmart. Monday: meatloaf, Mac and cheese, and peas. Oh, and pickled beets with onions.

Tuesday: tacos and charro beans, and sliced avocado.

Wednesday: burgers

Thursday: enchiladas, rice

Tonight? Well see


Friday 19th of August 2022

Monday-green salad with roasted chicken on top Tuesday-crockpot beef and oven-roasted veggies Wednesday-green salad with leftover beef and vegetables Thursday-BLT’s Tonight-green salad with bacon on top Tomorrow-something Italian at a local restaurant ( celebrating a friend’s birthday… ) I’ll bring my leftovers home for my husband:)

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