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WIS, WWA | Week one of trying not to shop

It’s been a weird week.

No homeschool tutorial, our appointments are all cancelled, and Mr. FG has now begun working from home.

Zoe and I DID leave the house to go do our shift at the cat rescue, though, because cats still need to eat.

Kristen with rescue cat

But don’t worry…even on normal days, we faithfully use hand sanitizer when we get there, and also between each cat.

Zoe with rescue cat

And also, we always change out of our clothes after a cat shift, just so the smells of the other cats don’t bother our cat.

But this is a handy habit to have right now!

What I Spent

I spent $168 plus $30 at Hungry Harvest.

So yep, definitely a higher week than usual.

But I do have toilet paper (!), butter, heavy cream, chicken, and other basics that should keep us out of the grocery store for a little while.

And I’ve got lots of veggies thanks to Hungry Harvest.

Luckily, I wasn’t dying to buy bread because, that wouldn’t have gone too well. Ha.

empty bread aisle from coronavirus

What We Ate


Mr. FG and I had what will probably be our last date night for a while, since no restaurants are open! And we went REAL fancy: Chick Fil A.



We shared a meal with Mr. FG’s parents (a thing that will probably not happen for a while now!)


Before all this stuff happened, I’d chatted with my contact at Dinnerly about getting a fresh Dinnerly box so that I could update the original review post I’d done.

Dinnerly box

(Dinnerly is a meal kit box like Blue Apron or Hello Fresh, except it’s $5/person instead of $10/person.)

So, funnily enough, I had a Dinnerly box arrive on Monday, which was kind of delightful timing because then I did not have to worry about getting to the grocery store to start the week!

Dinnerly jerk chicken with coconut rice

That night, we had jerk chicken with coconut rice and cucumber relish. The chicken and the rice were good, but the cucumber relish was the star! I’ll definitely make that again.


I made two meals at once, since each of these only served two.

The first meal was a spaghetti pie (pretty basic, but good!)

Dinnerly spaghetti pie

And the second was a buffalo salad with panko-breaded tortellini.

Dinnerly buffalo tortellini salad

(If you want to try Dinnerly, do it through this link, which will give you a $10 discount off of each of your first three boxes)


I picked chicken katsu from Dinner Illustrated, since I happened to have everything on hand.


I made orzo with sausage, asparagus, and red bell peppers. 

And I cut up some cantaloupe and peeled some oranges.

skillet sausage with orzo


I’m thinking I might grill some chicken since the weather is supposed to be unseasonably warm today.

What did you eat for dinner this week?

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Saturday 21st of March 2020

I cook a large entree with an eye toward having leftovers, so we had: A vat of chili, supplemented with grilled cheese sandwiches. Meatloaf, which I have not made in ages but came out great, served with baked potatoes, peas and applesauce. A chef's salad, using some frozen shredded cheese and some lovely ham, which was supplemented with crackers and tangerines.


Saturday 21st of March 2020

So far I've made Thai Peanut Chicken with rice noodles and broccoli, corned beef and cabbage, sloppy joes, and tonight is pork loin with apples. We've also had macaroni and cheese with smoked sausage, lots of salads and/or hot veggies with the meals.

I keep quite a bit of food in the house, so I haven't had to buy a lot at the store, but I need flour, and there is NONE in the stores. I just opened my last 5-lb bag, so I'm not desperate - YET!

I keep a lot of TP in the house, too, so I haven't bought any this past week. We should be good for a while. I went out yesterday and bought cat food, but I can't find the litter they are used to. I was going to get a couple more bags, but there is none in the stores right now. Oh boy!!!

LOVE the kitty pics! The one with the cat in Zoe's lap is adorable!!!


Saturday 21st of March 2020

Meals this week-- Saturday night I made cheeseburgers, fries and I don't remember the vegetable. Sunday I can't remember. I haven't a clue what we ate that day. Thankfully, the computer tells me today is Saturday. Monday We cleaned out the 'fridge of any leftovers for our dinner. (I am doing a Lent no food waste challenge). Tuesday My daughter made corned beef and cabbage. My husband and I live in the in law. She and I had bought two corned beef on Saturday for the family St. Patrick's Day dinner that was to be tomorrow. Wednesday we did have take out from a local Thai restaurant that had it's share of bad luck over the past year and a half. Thursday my daughter cooked steaks and sausage from the freezer. Friday I made chicken marsala for the family.

I had about a cut of ricotta cheese in my 'fridge and some fresh lemons, so today I made a lemon ricotta poundcake. And I made granola bars which used up p'nut butter, honey spread, and some other ingredients to avoid waste. I put a cup of leftover butternut squash in the freezer to use at a later date for a baked sweet potato oatmeal when I restock my milk.

I have re-signed for Misfit produce delivery and I buy my coffee at a small local roaster.

Stay well.


Sunday 22nd of March 2020

Your sweet potato oatmeal piqued my curiosity. Is it for breakfast or dinner? My husband likes both of those, I just don’t know if he would like them together. Would you post the recipe please? Thanks!


Saturday 21st of March 2020

Saturday: sausage and meatball pasta. Sunday: fish, veggies, potatoes, and eggs in fried bread. Monday: chicken in a jarred creamy white wine sauce with lots of veggies and pasta. Tuesday: Chinese food. Takeaway lunch deal. Wednesday: leftover Chinese food, frozen lasagna, more fish and veggies, and more eggs in fried bread. Thursday: fish and veggies, and sausages and veggies. Friday: pumpkin soup, bbq chicken, and mashed potatoes.


Friday 20th of March 2020

After our extremely successful low grocery budget in January, I kind of saw the way the wind was blowing and stocked up on things that I thought might come in handy in February and early March. I purchased hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes before the demand was high and several over the counter medicines. Everyone at work was just scoffing at the whole idea of a pandemic, but I just stayed out of the conversations and went about my business. I’m ready to hang out at home if forced to and to be honest we don’t go out all that much anyway. Still going to work but all client meetings have been cancelled. Will miss seeing the grandkids for however long but we will Skype. Getting my son home from Chicago before Illinois closes up tomorrow. He will have to keep his distance for a few days when he gets here but I will be glad to have him home. I just want all of us to be together.

As to what we ate Saturday - salmon and rice Sunday - steak and potatoe Monday - cheese sandwiches Tuesday- corned beef, potatoes and carrots Wednesday- same as Tuesday Thursday- leftover steak and a baked potato Friday - potato soup

Wow, it was a potato heavy week!

Keep safe everyone. You are all in my prayers.

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