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What I Spent

This week started off with some very warm weather; in fact, on Monday I was walking into class and I felt rather indignant that I was sweating right through my shirt.

“This should not be happening in October!”, I thought.

But now some chilly temperatures have arrived, and honestly, I do not even have to try to have a good attitude about it.

morning sun through trees.

I’m just happy!

frosted blackberry leaves.

It’s wild to look at the blackberry leaves and think that just a few months ago, I was picking berries off of these plants.

blackberry leaves.


This week, I spent:

So, $70.

What We Ate


Zoe was heading off to a pre-Halloween costume gathering with friends, so I just made a box of mac and cheese.

I have a picture of her all dressed up, eating her mac and cheese, but I need to ask her if it’s ok to post it. Stay tuned. 😉


My Hungry Harvest box sent me a huge butternut squash, so I made a pot of this soup.

bowl of butternut squash soup.

I don’t really measure anything anymore when I make it; I eyeball pretty much everything about it, which works nicely when you have squashes of varying proportions.


An oft-repeated meal of late: I grilled chipotle chicken kebabs and we ate them on a green salad, with the accompanying sauce as a dressing.

chipotle chicken salad.

Toasted croissants on the side.


Halloween night: Zoe was out with friends (I think they ate pizza?) and I just made some cheese quesadillas for myself.

chicken quesadillas in a pan.

And then I worked on homework while intermittently answering the door and handing out candy.


A classic easy-button night: refrigerated cheese tortellini topped with jarred sauce and shredded Parmesan. A simple green salad on the side.

bowl of tortellini


I had a simulation lab that went on until 5:30, and when I got home, I made a Dinnerly meal: a mac and cheese skillet, topped with pulled pork.

pulled pork on mac and cheese.

And I just added some fresh fruit on the side.


I have an evening lab, but there are leftovers here so that’s probably what Zoe will eat after work.

I think this is my last Friday night lab, but that’s because from now through the end of the semester, I have labs and clinicals all weekend long.

stethoscope on textbook.

We party hard in nursing school. 😉

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Saturday 4th of November 2023

Just starting clinicals??EXCITING!!!!!!!!!!


Saturday 4th of November 2023

I spent a ridiculous 293 at Sam’s club but restocked food paper products and laundry stuff.

Monday : chicken noodle soup made from Sam’s rotisserie chicken carcass and ream’s noodles. Tuesday: large bagged Caesar salad from Sam’s turned into chicken Caesar wraps with cottage cheese and tomatoes on the side. Wednesday: home grown homemade pesto baked salmon fillets. Air fryer potatoes and carrots. Thursday; leftover salmon on top of bowls of homemade creamed spinach. Friday: pizza with cucumber salad. Saturday: today! Slow cooker bbq chicken with coleslaw and jalapeño chips.


Saturday 4th of November 2023

That always happens at warehouse clubs! :)

Blue Gate Farmgirl

Friday 3rd of November 2023

WIS: $14.87 Grocery Outlet, $20 Farmer Co-op for 50 lbs potatoes & 50 lbs yellow onions. Sunday - Round steak marinated, scalloped potatoes, green beans & fruit salad M - Leftover steak quick warmed in garlic butter, squash saute and green salad T - Shipwreck, coleslaw w/apples and cranberries W - Cobb Salad Th - BBQ chicken, oven baked mac and cheese, garlic green beans Fri - Leftovers from lunch w/friends (Cantonese restaurant) Sat - White Chicken Chili, cornbread, harvest fruit salad

Kristen, you have the best attitude and I am cheering you on! I remember well the exhausting schedule, my nursing school was 65 miles from home but my best friend drove because he's a guy...ha! I studied and quizzed on our long rides. I worked full time, raising a family, farming and going to nursing school. It was 3 crazy years that I do not remember, thankfully I journal every night. I loved weekend clinicals and chose to work those shifts as well.


Saturday 4th of November 2023

Aww, thanks for the encouragement!


Friday 3rd of November 2023

We've had a busy, busy week. The most notable meal was a typical Halloween fare: chili in the crock pot. It makes cooking and eating easy while we're answering the doorbell!


Friday 3rd of November 2023

The pulled pork skillet meal is one of my favorite easy button meals here. When we smoke a big pork butt I will break it down into meal size portions and freeze. I pull it out to go on top of fried potatoes (with cheese and sour cream) or on baked potatoes, on nachos, etc. I spent $24 at Lowes Foods...we ate out of the pantry/freezer this week to make room for Thanksgiving stuff. I have surgery the week before Thanksgiving so I am doing as much prep as I can now and also prepping freezer meals for my husband to just warm up after surgery. Sunday: I roasted a turkey I had broken down. Saved most of the meat and made tons of stock with the bones and the thighs. Pressure canned the stock for Thanksgiving (for dressing/dumplings/etc). That night we had turkey, mashed potatoes, and salad. Monday: My husband works from home, so I had him tend to the smoker all day. Smoked a boston butt, 2 racks of ribs, and a beef roast. We had ribs, sweet potato fries, and green beans. Tuesday: Pulled pork carnitas/homemade refried beans, corn, salad Wednesday: homemade tomato soup, cornbread biscuits, salad Thursday: Kentucky hot browns with the turkey, fruit, and some pita chips/hummus Friday: Finishing up the turkey with dressing, carrots, and brussels sprouts

I froze a rack of smoked ribs, a couple portions of smoked boston butt, one portion of turkey, a shepherd's pie with the smoked roast from above, and a beef stew with the roast for meals later. Also canned cranberry jeally and a chutney for Thanksgiving.

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