What I Spent
The only grocery spending I did this week was a quick stop at Aldi on Monday to pick up a ham and some toilet paper ($26).
Week 1: $60
Week 2: $141
Week 3: $235
Week 4: $26
What We Ate
Mr. FG and I had a takeout date night, this time at a pizza place that’s about a half hour from our house. Pizza is not that good after a 30 minute drive home, so we ate it in the car right in the parking lot.
For the second week in a row, we got takeout from a local restaurant (trying to help ’em out during this time of increased restrictions).
Last week, we did sushi, and this time around we got wings from a local spot.
I went into the week with no menu plan, which is highly unusual for me, and is usually problematic.
Mainly, I put off menu planning because I figured I might need to go to the store, and I just did not want to venture into the grocery stores on Thanksgiving week. They’re so crowded!
So by default, I flew by the seat of my pants, which was good for my budget and also for my anti-food-waste efforts.
On Monday, I looked in the fridge and saw that I had bacon and buttermilk to use up, so I made waffles and bacon for dinner.
(I just make a small batch of coconut milk waffles for Sonia, since she can’t handle buttermilk.)
On this day when I poked my head into the fridge, it seemed that a dinner salad would be a good idea.
I cut up a bunch of veggies, brinerated some chicken, cubed some cheese and ham, and cut up a few random bread ends to make croutons for our salads.
Salad meals are a very good way to use up a bunch of random things.
I also made two loaves of French bread, because some fresh bread really helps a salad meal to feel like more of an, “I really did try!” meal.
Sonia had an overnight pet sitting job, which meant I could make something with cheese!
So I made garlic butter French bread pizzas, using a loaf of homemade French bread from the night before. This was the perfect thing for using up the last bit of tomato sauce in the fridge.
I used a Cook’s Country recipe, which I’d tried before with store-bought French bread, as specified in the recipe.
But it was much better with homemade bread! So that is what I will do in the future.
It was just Mr. FG, the girls, and me here for Thanksgiving, and most of us are not huge fans of turkey.
We had a ham, two pans of hot-from-the-oven honey-glazed pan rolls (with cinnamon butter), some fruit salad, and some raw veggies.
And just to check off the “holiday pie” box, I made a chocolate chip cookie pie. Because I am not a person prone to making actual pies.
In fact, sometimes at an “everyone bring a pie!” church function, I have made Rice Krispy treats and pressed the mixture into pie plates. Ahem.
If you want fresh-baked yeast bread, I am your girl.
If you want pies, you gotta look elsewhere.
I have not decided yet, but I do know that today, I am actually going to sit myself down and make a menu plan.
I managed to get through this week without a plan, but I do not trust myself to navigate a second week with no plan!