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What I Spent

This week I stopped in at Lidl and I bought a pretty large container of greens. It weighed twice as much as the smaller container and it was only about a dollar more, so that seemed like a no-brainer to me!

And I am proud to say that I have single-handedly eaten almost the entire container, largely by eating a bowl of greens with my breakfast. 

Kristen with a box of greens.

I made a double recipe of the dressing from this strawberry-pear salad, put it into a jar in my fridge, and then shook it up each morning and poured a little over some over greens.

dressing in a glass jar.

Since the dressing is a little bit sweet, I can handle it for breakfast, and it works great for a side with some scrambled eggs and toast. 


This week, I spent:

  • $35 at Lidl
  • $14 at Safeway
  • $11 at Chick Fil A (for a sad reason. Read on.)

So, just $60 this week for Miss Zoe and me. 

What We Ate


Sadly, Zoe’s hamster, Socks, died shortly before she had to go to work.

He was pushing two years old, so he was quite an elderly little hamster, but still, it’s always hard to lose a pet. 

hamster cage.

From his younger days

Zoe and I went together to buy Socks right after Christmas in 2021, and then a few weeks later, we left the family home and moved in with my parents.

Zoe holding a box with  a hamster in it.

So, Socks has been with Zoe through a lot of upheaval, and I think that made it especially hard to say goodbye.

We put him in a little butter box and buried him in our backyard, in the rain (fitting weather, we agreed), and we both cried. 

I told Zoe I would buy her whatever she wanted for dinner after work, and she chose her standby, Chick-Fil A. 

I think on a day when your hamster dies, you should have whatever dinner you want. <3 


Pulled pork from the freezer, on buns, with fruit on the side. 


I got a rotisserie chicken (the $3 one I mentioned in this week’s Five Frugal Things), and we ate that with sweet potato fries and a fruit salad. 

sweet potato fries.


I used leftover chicken to make half of this chicken and biscuits recipe.  Halving it worked great for just the two of us! I made a green salad on the side. 

chicken and biscuits


We had enough leftovers to make cooking unnecessary, which was handy because I had an evening lab

(Where we learned all about how to insert catheters and administer enemas. Fear not; we have vinyl replicas of those body parts so that we do not have to practice on actual humans for now!)


On Wednesday, I made this thin crust pizza dough and put it in the fridge.

homemade pizza

I had an open lab from 4:30-5:30, so I just had Zoe turn on the oven for the preheating while I was gone, and then when I came home I made the pizzas.

A note on the recipe: I published that one back in 2009 so it unfortunately does not have a printable version. I’d say something like, “I’ll fix that!” but I kinda think I will not get around to things like that until after the semester ends. 🙂 


We have some leftover pizza and also some leftover pulled pork, so I think that’s what’ll be on the menu.

What did you have for dinner this week? 

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Saturday 21st of October 2023

Yes! They're frozen ones from Trader Joe's. I think those are the best ones I've tried yet.

I don't know what my A1C is but at a recent lab, my blood sugar was 111 after I'd eaten, so that's pretty good!


Saturday 21st of October 2023

I am so sorry to hear that little Socks passed away. That is a tough week! He was such a cute little guy and no doubt such a sweet friend especially for Zoe. Thinking of your family this week!


Friday 20th of October 2023

So sorry to hear about Zoe’s hamster. My daughter’s horse is getting on in years and yesterday she found out that he may have a heart problem. He has helped her through some difficult times, so we are hoping that he will be around for longer.

Vicki Frederick

Friday 20th of October 2023

I am so very sorry about Socks. I had no idea that hamsters had such short lives. Big hugs to both of you.


Friday 20th of October 2023

I’m sorry Zoe lost her pet hamster. I still think about the last cat I had over 24 years ago, Annie. I miss her. My husband and one son are allergic to cats, so I won’t be getting another cat, sadly.

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