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WIS, WWA | time to eat shellfish!

What I Spent

This week, Zoe’s been dog-sitting for my brother’s two dogs. She’s not far away so she’s popped in and out most days, but I’ve been mainly on my own for dinner this week.

black dog.

One of her doggy friends

I did do a shopping trip at Aldi before she left, though, so that I could send her with plenty of groceries to feed herself this week.

Anyway, Zoe’s allergic to shellfish, so while she was away, I ate a couple of meals from that category. 😉

I spent:

  • $20 on sushi
  • $83 at Aldi
  • $30 on a Hungry Harvest box
  • $14 at Safeway

Sooo, $147 for me this week.

What We Ate


I got some sushi with a friend; Zoe’s allergic to a lot of sushi, plus she doesn’t really like it! So, this seemed like a good time to eat some.


Just a burger, and I’m sorry to say I had no veggies with it. Good thing I eat a lot of veggies at breakfast! 😉


I made avocado toast sandwiches with my squash rolls…I mentioned that in my freezer challenge post earlier this week.

avocado sandwich.


I made some crab cakes (Zoe’s allergic to crab, so I eat these when she’s not here!), and I ate those with some watermelon on the side.

crab cake.

a previous crab cake…I didn’t have sausage on the side this time. Or corn. 🙂

I make my crab cakes just like I make these fish cakes, except I obviously use steamed crab instead of the fish. And I don’t usually have tartar sauce with crab cakes…I just want to taste the crab. 🙂

fish cake sandwich

the aforementioned fish cake

Speaking of fish cakes, when I searched my photo archives for fish cake photos, several other kinds of fish cakes came up, because Zoe use to be obsessed with fish when she was little.

Toddler Zoe sitting in front of a striped fish birthday cake.

So, I kept making fish-shaped cakes for her birthdays.

cake in shape of fish.

mola mola cake.

blue cake in shape of fish.

One year I branched out and made a whale, at her request. 😉

whale cake.

A lucky thing for me is that it’s pretty easy to make a fish or whale shape! If Zoe had been obsessed with, say, giraffes, that would have been more challenging.

I always used this not-from-a-box chocolate cake recipe, and I cut the two layers into whatever shapes I needed.


Easy button! I ate a big ol’ ham sandwich on Dave’s Killer Bread (made of ham, cheese, lettuce, avocado, tomato, mayo, mustard), with raw veggies and ranch on the side, and some jalapeno potato chips.


My Hungry Harvest box gave me a big bunch of kale, plus I had some sausage here and a few potatoes….so even though it’s August, I opted for Zuppa Toscana.

bowl of zuppa toscana.

In my defense, it has been a little cooler this week, and it was cloudy out. So, soup didn’t seem like an impossibly out-of-place dinner to have!


Zoe comes back home tonight, so I will make something that does not involve shellfish. 😉

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Friday 4th of August 2023

I stopped at the store Monday to grab some proteins so: $2/lb chicken breast for dinner sliced thin and sauteed along with stir fried brocolli and rice Tuesday long work day so easy button :) Trader joe's 'bbq' chicken but I doubled the chicken with some raw b/s thighs I'd bought - plus stir fried peppers and leftover rice Wednesday I brought my mom to visit and she treated us to chinese takeout Thursday was leftovers from all of the above! Tonight I roasted some chicken thighs, my youngest made pasta to go with it and my son sauteed some eggplant as a side

Tracy K

Friday 4th of August 2023

WIS $6.50 - 2 bags of chips for taco salad and lunches, $8.50 - blueberries (for the grandson) and red leaf lettuce for salads = $15.00

Saturday: BLT Chicken Salad, Blackberry Dumplings - fresh tomatoes and blackberries from the garden Sunday: Sh*t on a Shingle (browned and crumbled hamburger with cayenne pepper and cheese on toasted homemade bread), mixed vegetables Meatless Monday: Black Bean Burgers, Taco Salad, Apple Pie - black beans were cooked and frozen, apple pie was made up and frozen last fall. Trying to use up all the pies before my new batch of apples are ready Tuesday: Tacos, Taco Salad Wednesday: Cheesy Sausage Stuffed Banana Peppers, Cucumbers and Onions in V & O - eat from the garden night Thursday: Homemade Pizza (1 tomato basil, 1 pepperoni) -the tomato basil pizza has a mayonnaise sauce which I made with fresh eggs from our farm, tomatoes and garlic were from our garden, using up the last few jars of our 2022 canned pizza sauce for the pepperoni pizza Friday: Pulled Pork Sandwich (Worked the afternoon at the county fair Pork Producers Food Stand = free lunch for working). Hubby will be working the grill at the pork stand through the evening so I’m on my own and still stuffed from my free dinner.

Katy in Africa

Friday 4th of August 2023

Let's see what I can remember: - Leaf peanut sauce over rice - Mac N cheese with hotdogs - Stir-fry - Bean and rice bowls. - Peanut sauce over rice


Friday 4th of August 2023

63 from Walmart pickup 17 McD 20 dollars random travel snacks

Monday: pizza and salad Tuesday: pasty pie from the freezer salad Wednesday: chicken strips rice green beans and Italian bread Thursday: travel day McDonalds drive thru breakfast other travel snacks : peanuts. apples. Licorice. Diet Coke. Water. Tea. Friday: slow cooker pulled pork cucumber tomato feta with lemon and olive oil salad


Friday 4th of August 2023

I love that you made homemade birthday cakes -- birthday celebrations now seem so over-the-top to me (no judgment -- my childhood birthdays were low-key events at home, and I have fond memories of those). That dog needs to come home with me -- what a super cute whoopie!

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