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WIS, WWA | Not a stellar cooking week

What I Spent

It was a week of serious randomness with our food spending. And it wasn’t a blue ribbon week for my cooking either!

But despite the fact that I did not have a fantastic week in the kitchen, our food spending was actually a little below budget.

  • $7 at BJs (for dishwasher soap)
  • $8 at Giant (a milk and English muffin stop)
  • $16 at Lidl (milk and fruit)
  • $7 at the produce stand (peaches and corn)
  • $17.50 at Trader Joe’s
  • $18 at Harris Teeter
  • $25 on a Hungry Harvest box
  • $35 on takeout (see Sunday and Wednesday)

That adds up to $133.50.

(In general, my grocery spending averages out to $150/week over the course of a year.)

What We Ate


I have a $100 Panera gift card that I’d gotten through Sixth Continent when they had a 50% credit back offer. Sadly, that offer is now gone, but if it pops back up again, I’ll let you know!

Panera chipotle pizza in a cardboard box.

Anyway, we went there for our date night and used $23 of our gift card.


We spent $15 on waffle chicken sandwiches from a local place.


We had ravioli with tomato sauce and on the side, we had fresh peaches and some raw veggies.

Ravioli in a white bowl.


I baked a bag of orange chicken from Trader Joe’s, cooked some rice, and cut up some fresh produce.

Pioneer Woman orange chicken


A combination of factors messed up my dinner plans, the main one being that Zoe and I got stuck in standstill traffic for an hour and a half because of an accident on a bridge.

A view of a truck through a rainy windshield.

We didn’t get home until 6:30 and Mr. FG had evening plans, plus Zoe and I had to go feed the shelter cats. So we spent $20 on fast food and called it good.


I finally did an actual cooking night! I made the Swiss mushroom chicken that I’d planned to make on Wednesday and I tried a new recipe for some oatmeal dinner rolls.

oatmeal rolls cooling on a wire rack.


The weather promises to be lovely again today, so I think I will make pizza.

The cooler weather means I can heat up the oven to 500° without worrying about making the house stiflingly hot.

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Friday 3rd of September 2021

I am not sure how much I spent -- I believe it was under $100 (just the 2 of us) -- and we ate in all week except for Friday treat night. I mostly assembled and didn't cook much, either: Friday -- take out pizza (18.00) Sat. -- Rotisserie chicken and big salad Sunday -- Rotisserie chicken and big salad redux Monday -- Chicken breast from freezer and big salad Tuesday -- Um, more chicken breast from freezer and, hmm . . .big salad Wednesday -- Discounted hamburgers and big salad Thursday -- Turned the last of the hamburger into tacos using up all kinds of things, including 2/3 zucchini that was on it's way to compost, and lo carb tortillas that have been sitting in my 'frig. Also, onion, red bell pepper, sour cream, avocado, and canned refried beans. Delish

Tonight -- treat night! trying to stay out of crowded restaurants again so may take out. Happy Friday!


Friday 3rd of September 2021

I did not go to the grocery store last week. Thursday I stopped in to get some bread $7+ I am still hitting up the freezer. Saturday: Steak, baked potatoes; vegetable Sunday: Frozen pizza, salad Monday: Tuesday: My husband had egg salad and I had my favorite--cheese and crackers. I had gone to a retirement party on my way home from work. Wednesday: BLT sandwiches Thursday: Chicken salad sandwiches, chips and strawberries Friday: cold chicken, rice pilaf, baked beans


Friday 3rd of September 2021

Last Saturday we harvested a 4.7 pound cauliflower. We spent the rest of the week trying to eat it up because our freezer is so full that I cannot possibly cram another item in there (We eat the stem and the leaves around the head, too, so nothing goes to waste). So, I made cauliflower tots and we ate them with grilled salmon on Saturday. Stir fry moose and cauliflower on Sunday. Pizza with cauliflower crust on Monday. Tuesday I gave up and used the rest to make a giant pot of cheese and cauliflower soup and we ate that on T/W/Thursday. Tonight I am having Filet 'O Fish and the husband is having a pot pie from the case of 18 he bought last month. (He loves them so every so often he buys a case and eats them when I have my Friday fish.)


Friday 3rd of September 2021

@Lindsey, That's a truly impressive cauliflower!


Friday 3rd of September 2021

No grocery shopping this week...but that doesn't mean we spent zero on food. My birthday was Tuesday and my husband's was Wednesday. We took each other out for dinner. But, we also had leftovers for lunch and another, I'm justifying the two nights of non-home cooking.

Here's what we ate:

Saturday - Chicken tacos, refried beans and rice Sunday - We were exhausted after moving our daughter back to college and the four hour drive that entailed. My husband had a bowl of cereal and I had an English muffin with avocado. Monday - Leftovers from Saturday. Tuesday - Dinner out for my birthday. Wednesday - Dinner out for my husband's birthday. Thursday - Yummy leftovers. Friday - Planning shepherd's pie.


Friday 3rd of September 2021

Sat-Out for lunch and had half of a Caesar chicken wrap with French fries. I ate the second half for dinner later. Sun-Pancakes and sausage patties for dinner Mon-Frozen pizza Tues-Ham and Swiss rolls with Mandarin oranges Wed-Ham and Swiss rolls with oranges again Thurs-Home made cheesy meatballs with sauce and spaghetti and garlic bread Fri-Friday night fish fry most likely

For those of you who think short cakes are too dry, as I do, try Bisquick’s Velvet Crumb cake. The recipe is sometimes on the box of Bisquick and probably on their web site. It is so moist and tastes great with strawberries or any other fruit on top, as well as plain. My family prefers it over shortcake, and it is simple to make.


Friday 3rd of September 2021

@SueW, Kristen, etc. So are we talking about shortcake or shortbread? I’m not familiar with Walker’s. To me, shortcake is between a biscuit and a dry, not too sweet cake. It could be little ones like individual biscuit-things, or a big blob that would be cut in portions… and you could put strawberries or peaches and cream on top, or plain with butter. Shortbread is more like a cookie, not really sweet, but pretty rich; pricked with a fork, could be big or small, and would be eaten plain.

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