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WIS, WWA | In which I burn a sandwich

What I Spent

I am still adjusting to the heat of my new stove. It definitely runs hotter than my old one.


burnt sandwich

I don’t think I have ever made a sandwich that’s the same color as my cast iron skillet.


I will get better at this with a little more practice, though.

On grocery shopping: I didn’t really go this week.

I did a quick stop at Harris Teeter for $13.82 and then I spent $36 on a few grocery things at Target (I had to stop there for some other household items).

Plus, I spent $28 on Tuesday night’s dinner via UberEats…see below for more details.

So, I spent $78 altogether.

September Grocery Spending

Week 1: $99

Week 2: $155

Week 3$201

Week 4: $78

What We Ate


Mr. FG and I did a takeout date night using the Local Flavor voucher I mentioned in this week’s Five Frugal Things post.

(Through September 26th, you can get 25% off Local Flavor deals by clicking on this link. Sometimes my LocalFlavor site has some pretty good vouchers available, so take a peek at yours to see what’s there right now.)


I made panini with the bread I’d made from the yeast leftover from Zoe’s science experiment.

See, I CAN make a sandwich that is not burnt:

panini with ham and cheese

This meal used up the odds and ends of lunch meat in the fridge, so I was pleased about that.

I always make Sonia’s sandwich without cheese, which works fine as long as I use mayo inside the sandwich. That gives it a sufficiently creamy feel even without the cheese.


I made a main dish green salad using a recipe from Dinner Illustrated, and the girls voted for garlic pull-apart bread on the side.

Since I always have an extra pound of bread dough when I make that recipe (my dough recipe makes two loaves), I make one into garlic pull-apart bread and the other into cinnamon swirl bread.

This makes my girls doubly happy. 😉

Tuesday (an UberEats fail)

I got an email from UberEats offering me $30 off my first order.

So I was like, “Ooh! what a good deal.”

We placed an order with Panera, but as it turns out, $30 is not that good of a discount.

Between fees and tips, the $30 discount turned into only a $12 discount as compared to doing regular takeout.

Plus, it took an hour for our food to get here, which is way slower than getting it ourselves.

AND, you can’t do customizations through UberEats the way you can through the Panera app.

I don’t really see myself using UberEats again, but at least now I tried it and I know it’s not for me.


I was tired, my head hurt, and I was feeling kind of crabby.

These are not ideal conditions for making dinner.

So I threw a frozen pizza in the oven for Mr. FG, Lisey, and Zoe.

And since Sonia can’t do cheese pizza, I made a pot of polenta for the two of us, which we ate topped with a fried egg.

fried egg on polenta

Was this evening my best effort?


But people were fed, and we did not get takeout. So I give myself a solid B+.


This was sort of a random meal, based on stuff I pulled out of the freezer.

(This is what happens when you don’t go grocery shopping!)

I made a main dish green salad with pan-sauteed scallops for those who like scallops.

For scallop-haters (and those who are allergic, aka Zoe), I made some quick pulled chicken.

And I mashed some potatoes to go along with our varied proteins.


I have not decided yet, but I do know that I am going to the grocery store. My fridge is getting way too bare to make more meals.

What did you have for dinner this week?

P.S. This is totally off-topic, but I noticed that ThredUp is temporarily offering a $20 credit to new ThredUp customers. Usually the new account credit is $10, so this is a nice bump up!

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Saturday 26th of September 2020

Just a quick question about your glass top cooktop. My owners manual says not to use cast iron cookware. Is your cooktop a different design that makes it ok to use cast iron? I noticed that some people who commented also said they use cast iron on glass cooktops. I used a cast iron griddle on my old glass cooktop and it stopped working even though there were no cracks or obvious signs of breakage. I assumed that the stovetop overheated? and broke some inside mechanism due to the heat that built up in the cast iron griddle. I have cast iron cookware that I use in the oven and on the grill but not the stove.


Sunday 27th of September 2020

I know it's not recommended, but I thought it was mostly for fear of accidentally breaking the stove or scratching it from the weight of the cast iron. I just try to be really careful with mine...gentle when I set them down, and I lift them instead of scooting them around.

I'd been using cast iron pans on my stove for many many years with no ill effects...I just broke the stove from trying to get a lid off that was suctioned on. Ha.

That said, if your manufacturer says not to use cast iron pans, I can't recommend it to you. I can just tell you I've done it for years. :)


Saturday 26th of September 2020

I spent $31 at the grocery store this week. Here's what we ate:

Saturday - Chicken shawarma pita with french fries. Sunday - Cheese, onion and pepper quesadilla. Monday - I ordered a pizza from a local place that has a $10.99 Monday two-topping special. Tuesday - Italian sausage with cheese, peppers and onions, coleslaw and chips, Italian cream cake with lennon mousse filling. Wednesday - Chicken patty sandwiches, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans. Thursday - Tuna salad sandwiches with potato chips. Friday - Lemon pepper rotisserie chicken, mashed potatoes, corn and applesauce and raspberry turnovers.


Friday 25th of September 2020

.thankful for. ..chicken cooked in cream chicken soup with sour cream and water blk pepper 1.5 hrs at 375 over 2 bags asst minute rice.... thankful for grocery store deliveries. Also for giant salads at mellow mushroom. Neighbors that mow...


Friday 25th of September 2020

I can remember what we ate this week. Monday: salmon for two, basa for the other two, with rice, broccoli and sweet potato, and salad. Tuesday: honey teriyaki chicken and vegetable stir fry with rice. Wednesday: one-pot spaghetti bolognese. Thursday: leftover spaghetti bolognese. Friday: lamb stew, rice, and bread and butter.

Shandry Bullock

Friday 25th of September 2020

Chicken tetrazini, spinach salad Chicken pot pie, 2 nights Pork ramen noodles with carrots, green peas, green pepper and onions Sirloin pork roast with Okra succotash and rice, 2 nights

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