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What I Spent

I currently am in managing, but barely mode. Like, I am getting pretty much everything done that I need to get done, but it’s all sort of in the nick of time.

So then when I get to the end of a week where I have blogged every day and turned in my schoolwork and cooked dinner, I feel a little surprised…like, oh, ok, I guess I did it!

Things were a little thrown-together and a little last-minute, but at least they got done.

Kristen with her cat.

gratuitous lap cat photo

I spent:

  • $23 at Aldi
  • $32 at Safeway
  • $30 on a Hungry Harvest box

And that’s it. An $83 week for meeee! <pats self on back>

What We Ate


All three of us were in different places for dinner, and zero of those places were at home.


I made quesadillas and I just cut up some fruit for us to eat on the side.



I made a pan of those Kings Hawaiian baked sandwiches, and we had sauteed broccoli on the side.


This was the day I had two exams and two quizzes, so I really phoned it in at dinner.

The girls used the rest of the filling from Monday to make some quesadillas, and I made a grilled cheese sandwich, which I ate with some of this butternut squash soup from the freezer.

pot of butternut squash soup.




Frozen cheese tortellini and a jar of Aldi tomato sauce, plus Parmesan cheese.


My Hungry Harvest box gave me kale this week, so I made a pot of Zuppa Toscana and we had some homemade applesauce on the side. Sonia joined us, which was fun.

You can see I am not really a clean-as-you-go kind of cook. 😉

pot of soup on the stove.


I think the girls and I might do an end-of-the-week takeout night after Zoe’s work shift is over.

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Saturday 12th of November 2022

Most of my dinners were fry-ups: mushrooms, potatoes, and bacon bits, topped with fried eggs.

BUT I did finally manage to make shrimp and grits! (Baked cheese grits from ATK, of course...)

And this morning I made a triple batch of buttermilk biscuits because I could only find a giant jug of buttermilk when I had needed a small one... Some neighbors, friends, and future-me are all benefiting from the rare energy this morning.

Karen Parlier

Saturday 12th of November 2022

Wow that Zuppa Toscana looks so good you must send me your recipe I would love to have some, looks very healthy!!


Saturday 12th of November 2022

I mostly follow this recipe: And I don't do the slow-cooker version, so I can't comment on how good that is!


Saturday 12th of November 2022

Well, that was fun reading. Got some ideas for dinners next week.

Sunday I made Chinese cabbage salad and teriyaki pork over fried rice (half rice, half cauli rice, lots of bits of veg thrown in that needed to be used up.)

Monday: King Ranch Chicken Soup with leftover cabbage salad

Tuesday: Pasta with pesto, asparagus, onions, mushrooms, and cherry tomatoes. Threw in a spoonful of sour cream to make it creamy. Green salad.

Wednesday: Leftover soup for me, Quesadilla for my husband. Leftover cabbage salad and fruit.

Thursday: Silver salmon fillet baked with butter, lemon, and garlic. On top of the leftover pasta. Green salad.

Friday: Mini skillet meatloaves, roasted potatoes, green salad.

Saturday: Dinner with family and I’m providing a taco/taco salad bar. My SIL is making a blueberry dessert.

Sunday: lentil/mushroom/vegetable stew maybe with cornbread if i get inspired! And green salad.

Next week is going to be crazy at work with long days so I am anticipating that leftover stew and leftover taco oddments turned into quesadillas will get us through a couple of days. And there may be takeout one night.


Friday 11th of November 2022

We had matzo ball soup Sunday, Greek lentil soup with Mediterranean salad Monday, butternut squash risotto with lite Ceasar salad Tuesday, potato-leek soup with roasted Brussels sprouts Wednesday, frozen tamales with black beans from a can Thursday, and tonight we're having baked tilapia with broccolini and barley. I seriously don't even know how we managed to eat so healthy this week. But it's FINALLY cold and rainy here so I'm excited to eat lots of soup!


Friday 11th of November 2022

You rock, woman! All that and doing the blog every day too!

Sat/Sun/Mon: baked spinach and cheese ravioli. New recipe, a keeper. Tuesday: baked salmon, salad, oranges Wednesday: salmon chowder from leftover salmon and mushrooms that needed using. Thursday: husband expressed regret that salmon chowder was gone. So I made a bacon/tuna/potato chowder that he loved. Friday: husband took on a court gig that paid us extremely well but he worked 15 hour days or more for 10 days in a row. He finished last night. This morning he was relaxing with hot chocolate (it was zero degrees when we got up) and the Today Show and they apparently had a recipe for a cheese and pepperoni stuffed artisan bread. He asked me to make it for supper, so I looked the show's cooking segment up on line. The bread is now baking and we happened to have pepperoni in the freezer and a brick of fresh mozz in the fridge. He seldom asks for a new recipe, let alone one with pepperoni since he knows I don't like it, but after his week I'll make him anything but beans. (Plus I won't put pepperoni on my portion. More for him.) Food is one of his love languages so I am very happy to be given specific requests instead of guessing what he feels like eating.


Friday 11th of November 2022

I feel your husband...always regret when soup is gone! Ha.

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