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What I Spent

Part of my spending this week involved a $10 Mezeh bowl, which I ate while I waited for Zoe to be done at class.

While I was eating, I studied my cardiology chapter, which, unfortunately, has actual cadaver heart photos.

a mask on a textbook.

My seat was near where people stood in line, so I used my mask to cover the possibly offending photo. I assume most people do not want to see a preserved human heart before they order their dinner. 😉 


This week I spent:

  • $53 at Aldi
  • $9 on fast food
  • $10 on a Mezeh bowl

And that adds up to $72.

What We Ate


I made Swedish meatballs, which we ate over egg noodles. And we had a green salad, plus a fruit salad on the side.

Swedish meatballs in a red skillet.


We had Reuben sandwiches (well, Reuben-esque sandwiches for those of us who don’t like sauerkraut. I am not “those of us”.)

I don’t remember specifically what we had on the side. A salad, maybe?

Incidentally, I think leftover rye/pumpernickel swirl bread + Swiss cheese makes for a very good grilled cheese sandwich!


We had a spicy shrimp and sausage stew over rice (no shrimp in Zoe’s, obviously). Broccoli on the side.


We ate leftover Swedish meatballs (I made too many on Saturday!), with a green salad.

kale salad


It’s a rotating leftovers week! We had the leftover shrimp and sausage stew, although Zoe opted for a ham sandwich since the soup was a bit on the spicy side for her.


This was a day when eating at home was nigh onto impossible. Part of the issue is that it is taking forever for Sonia to test negative (required for returning to campus) even though she feels all better.

So, the class she was supposed to drive Zoe and herself to, which is at dinnertime? I keep needing to drive Zoe myself!

I got Zoe some fast food ($9) before class, and while I waited for her, I got a bowl at Mezeh ($10). Sonia was home (where else are you while waiting to test negative?) and I honestly don’t know what she ate.

Probably popcorn. Ha.


I think it might be just Zoe and me here for dinner, in which case I will make something for the two of us that involves cheese.

(If Sonia isn’t around at dinner, I try very hard to take advantage of the opportunity to cook with cheese!)

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Danielle Zecher

Tuesday 8th of February 2022

As a squeamish about all things medical person, thank you for the strategic mask placement!


Monday 7th of February 2022

Hubby was in the mood to use the smoker, so he smoked whole chickens and a pork shoulder. We had those with cornbread and peas/carrots. I'm using the leftover chicken for a mexican layered casserole. I'll be thawing a tube of sausage for baked ziti. Leftover pork will be eaten as pulled pork sandwiches, added to fried rice or in cuban sandwiches.


Saturday 5th of February 2022

We had a plan but I did not stick to it strictly every day. We did cook at home though. Most days we had a kind of boiled/baked/pureed potato with either salad or braised veg and fish or meat. Also vegetarian noodles once, and "cowboy chili" on the other. Tonight we will have some takeout, for the first time in months. I'll let the guys decide what to have and will probably make a fruit salad on the side. Just a question on the term produce: does this refer to any kind of fresh food or strictly to vegetables and fruits?


Saturday 5th of February 2022

Agreed with the others who responded; I always think of "produce" as fruits and veggies, probably because that section of the grocery stores here is always labeled, "Produce". :)


Saturday 5th of February 2022

Thanks both, I was wondering about that!

kristin @ going country

Saturday 5th of February 2022

@J NL, I actually looked it up, because I never have, and see that it has a general meaning of anything produced on a farm. But I use it to refer to only fruits and vegetables, and I think that's the more-common use.


Saturday 5th of February 2022

@J NL,

Not sure if this is the generally accepted definition, but I know most farm shares consider anything produced on the farm produce. This would mean usually fruits and vegetables, but also can include mushrooms, herbs, flowers, eggs, meat, honey, etc. The term may even cover things like wool and feathers, but I think that's stretching it a bit.


Friday 4th of February 2022

This is tech week for my middle school teen! We ate late and around her schedule. So excited to see the play this weekend.

Monday: BBQ pulled pork sandwiches -an easy crockpot meal! Tuesday: Chicken with a Dijon cream sauce over rice.. Hubby found a recipe and made dinner - it was yummy! Wednesday: nacho bar- with all the fixings: ground turkey with taco seasoning, tomato, onion, jalapeno slices, cheese. Thursday: spaghetti and meatballs- using up a jar of sauce Friday: Homemade pizza using the leftover BBQ pulled pork with caramelized onions.


Friday 4th of February 2022

I majored in a medical field and we got inured to the gory photos and stories. It was kind of fun to have the comradery of classmates to talk about things like that and destress after a few hours in anatomy lab or pathophysiology classes. When I took neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, our lab was in a 100 year old building without air conditioning, in the summer in Texas (luckily in the morning, so it was hot but not as hot as the day got later). We'd come out stinking of formaldehyde with just enough time for lunch before lectures in the afternoon. I made some lifelong friends in those classes--I think, in part, because we all went through that together.

I'm glad you've connected with some people in your classes, these friendships will be a good support through nursing school.


Friday 4th of February 2022

Ohhhh, a lab with no A/C sounds awful! Yikes.

I am lucky that my labs are in a brand new building at the college; all state of the art!

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