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WIS, WWA | I flew by the seat of my pants

What I Spent

cat in blanket

We didn’t get to have a cat shift this week, so…hello from our own cat!


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).

November Spending

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.

buttermilk waffles

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.

salad veggies

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.

homemade croutons


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. 

Cook's Country French bread pizza

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.

glazed honey pan rolls

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. 

baking with lisey chocolate chip cookie pie

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!

What did you eat for dinner this week? 

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Monday 30th of November 2020

Lets see if I can remember! not one of the best weeks for me either...

Saturday-ordered in, from an Italian place. sunday- I think we went to mom/dad, but cant remember what we had! Monday- ??? Tuesday-Sausage peppers onions potato's Wednesday- home made Belgium waffles Thursday- mom/dads Thanksgiving, turkey, ham, mashed, stuffing, turnip, Broccoli casserole, Lesfe, rye bread. Gravy, Sweet potato casserole. Pie, apple crisp, (which is what I brought) Friday- Ordered in 5 Guys


Monday 30th of November 2020

Oh, lefse! My mom makes that!

Michelle H

Sunday 29th of November 2020

Your crustless pumpkin pie recipe is my go-to every Thanksgiving! I have to make 2 to be sure we have leftovers, because I am usually too full from dinner to eat pie on Thanksgiving, and like to have mine for breakfast the next morning.

Vickie Tripp

Tuesday 8th of December 2020

Just reading this now - where can I find the crustless pumpkin pie recipe? My husband would love that as he is not a fan of pie crust (I am though!!). Thanks.


Sunday 29th of November 2020

Oh, I am so glad to hear that!

And yes, pumpkin pie makes a great breakfast item.


Sunday 29th of November 2020

I love the Rice Krispies "pie" idea!!

I did actually make a real pie this year, a Dutch apple pie from ATK. It was ginormous, and very delicious. We had some with the neighbors for Thanksgiving (no visiting parents for any of us!), and I've given more away to coworkers. It was a bit meditative to go through the steps, and has convinced me that pies can be delicious. :)

Hawaii Planner

Sunday 29th of November 2020

Let's see, what were we up to this past week? My parents were in town a bit early (they left before Thanksgiving), so we had a full house: Sunday - lamb & beef kebabs with rice & a yogurt sauce Monday - my son made cranberry chicken, couscous & sauteed zucchini Tuesday - takeout pizza Wednesday - we finished off the kebabs & rice Thursday - we are not turkey eaters, so we had steak. I love some of the traditional sides, so we had mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans & a roasted squash salad with it. And, a pumpkin pie from Costco. None of us are huge fans, so it's not worth making from scratch, IMO. Friday - I made a chicken enchilada rice dish, to use up sour cream, guac & tortilla chips Saturday - I made a stuffed acorn squash dish that was really good, but a bit fussy

Tonight - I'm planning to make a keto friendly chili for later in the week, and a one pan butter chicken & asparagus dish.


Saturday 28th of November 2020

Friday - shredded chicken burritos / blackberry cobbler Saturday - salad and leftover stirfry Sunday - rigatoni with collard green pesto, mushrooms, and a leftover chicken breast Monday - fish tacos (used up leftover rice and beans) Tuesday - leftover pasta and whole wheat quinoa bread Wednesday - pizza Thursday - turkey breast, dressing, roasted brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potato pie ... All just for the two of us! We are big fans of Thanksgiving food since we don't often make dressing, cranberry sauce and turkey other times of the year! Friday - Thanksgiving Part II

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