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WIS, WWA | Oooh, I am feeling so last-minute

Hello! I am pretty late getting this posted today because I went out this morning to run some errands, in an effort to beat the Christmas crowds.

mantle at Christmas.

I am…not quite ready for Christmas. But maybe by the end of today, I will be.

I posted this photo on Instagram the other night because I was not feeling motivated to clean up.

messy kitchen.

I set a timer for ten minutes and at the end of those ten minutes, things were looking much better.

clean kitchen.

Soooo, maybe I need to set some timers today. 😉

What I Spent

I spent:

  • $30 at Giant
  • $80 at Safeway

So, $110 for me.

What We Ate

Lisey spent most of the week at my aunt and uncle’s house because of end-of-semester tests at school, so it was Zoe and me here for most of the meals.


Man, I do not know! I filled out the whole rest of my menu here, hoping that my Saturday memory would kick in but nope. I’m coming up dry.


I was gone for the night, and the girls bought pizza.


I tried a Cook’s Country recipe for panko-breaded chicken fingers. They were really good, and not that much of a pain to make since I was just feeding two people*. I definitely will make these again.

chicken fingers on a plate.

*I have noticed that a LOT of things are pretty easy if you are feeding only 2-3 people!

Also: I am still obsessed with my Frywall. I love this thing, and here’s why.

red fry wall.


Zoe really likes those ham and swiss baked sandwiches you make with King’s Hawaiian rolls, so I made a small batch of those for the two of us.

baked sandwiches.

We had a fruit salad on the side.


I pressed the easy button hard and made Swedish pancakes for dinner.

swedish pancakes lazy crepes


I got some of this pulled pork out of the freezer; we ate it on buns with some raw veggies on the side.



Lisey’s back! And she passed one of her big FAA tests last night, so I think I will let her choose what we have for dinner tonight. 🙂

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Sunday 25th of December 2022

When our boys were younger, we used the timer for either five minute frenzies or ten minute tears. Amazing what five people can do in small increments!

Rachel R.

Sunday 25th of December 2022

Merry Christmas! We love those ham & cheese sandwiches here too. Your toppings look so good! Poppy seed & butter?


Sunday 25th of December 2022

I just use the recipe as-is from the Kings Hawaiian site!


Saturday 24th of December 2022

I have felt a little grinch-like this year. My foul mood has really impacted my Christmas prep. This week my daughter came home and now my heart feels lighter. As I’ve tried to pull it together, I’ve quoted the Grinch often who said this about Christmas, “It came without ribbons, it came without tags. It came without packages, boxes and bags.” It is really a season of the heart. Wishing everyone the blessings of love, peace and joy.


Saturday 24th of December 2022

Woohoo! Way to go Lisey! FAA tests are no joke. Congrats! Merry Christmas Kristen and Family! Hope you all enjoy your time together.


Friday 23rd of December 2022

Saturday - 2 year old woke up early Saturday morning (3am) with a fever and wheezing/barking cough. Likely RSV since there was a case at her school. So we had to care for a sick kid and cancel all our weekend plans (of which there were quite a lot) and deal with our very disappointed 4 year old who had been looking forward to weekend plans. We just ended up eating some of the food we’d bought for some of the parties we were no longer going to.

Sunday - takeout pizza, it had been another rough night of her waking and not being able to sleep due to difficulty breathing.

Monday - sausage and veggie stir fry

Tuesday - chicken Parmesan, noodles with butter and Parmesan, steamed carrots and broccoli

Wednesday - oven fajitas, rice a roni

Thursday - pizza at my grandmas as an early Christmas celebration

Friday - canned clam chowder and a loaf of take and bake bread

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