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WIS, WWA | with some classic jello

What I Spent

I stopped in at BJ’s warehouse club this week, so my spending is on the high side!

I spent:

  • $29 at Safeway
  • $12 at Aldi
  • $164 at BJ’s

So, $205 for me. But obviously, we are not going to eat all the stuff I bought at BJ’s in a single week, so that trip will hold me over on some things for a while.

What We Ate


We all were home at different times, and most of us ate our Chipotle leftovers from the previous night (I mentioned in this week’s Five Frugal Things that I used my Fetch rewards for a Chipotle gift card.)


Breakfast for dinner: French toast with whipped cream and fruit, plus bacon and OJ.

French toast.

There was no regular cream left at the store when I stopped in, so I had to buy an organic brand and while I wasn’t expecting this, I could swear that the whipped cream tasted a little better.

Organic whipping cream.

I don’t know if it was enough better to justify the $4.79/pint price, but it was really good whipped cream.


Easy button night: canned tomato soup, plus grilled cheese sandwiches and fruit.


We had a rotisserie chicken, boiled baby potatoes, and some kind of fresh produce on the side.


Sonia came over and we had a random night of dinner…some of us had tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches, and some of us had leftover potatoes and chicken.

Lisey had a random craving for seven-layer jello, so I started making a pan of it. But that takes so long to finish, it was not done in time for dinner.


Here’s how I make seven-layer jello, something I think of as a classic Midwest-y potluck dish. But interestingly, it also seems to be popular in Hawaii.

And I was surprised to see that it is apparently a classic at Japanese-American potlucks as well.


I used the rotisserie chicken bones plus the leftover chicken meat to make a pot of chicken noodle soup.

How to turn your chicken broth into chicken noodle soup Cover Image

Lisey had brought home a jar of black raspberry jam, so it seemed necessary to make some biscuits to go with our soup, because jam and biscuits are a very good combo.

cream biscuits.

We also had the seven-layer jello, which Sonia texted me about shortly after we ate.

Texting conversation about jello.

So she came over and had soup, biscuits, and jello as well. 😉


I don’t know for sure, but there IS still jello left. So I imagine we will eat some of that alongside whatever we have for dinner. 😉

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Blue Gate Farmgirl

Sunday 23rd of October 2022

WIS - $78 @ Costco and $24 @ restaurant supply

Sunday - Ocean bottom fish out of the freezer, coleslaw with last cabbage from garden, cauliflower rice. Monday - Soup with stock from the freezer and every veg from the fridge bin. Tuesday - Big work day on the farm = blt sandwiches and carrot sticks Wednesday - Costco chicken and green salad and roasted potatoes Thursday - round steak w/rest of roasted potatoes and last corn from the garden Friday - round steak made into beef and broccoli served over cauliflower rice Saturday - Pasta Primavera w/chicken and green salad Sunday - today Chicken and noodles and green salad


Saturday 22nd of October 2022

Saturday - steak, baked potatoes, asparagus Sunday - chicken burgers on naan, green salad Monday - chili, green salad Tuesday - tacos (chemo starts, everything premade by me on Monday) Wednesday - fish (frozen halibut fillets), chips and peas Thursday - croissant crust ham and cheese frozen pizza (we will not buy again), celery, carrots and apple slices on the side. Friday - chicken salsa, baby potatoes, broccoli

A pretty good week for a chemo week, given my terrible week last week! Thanks everyone for all the encouraging replies to last week's post. They really do help and I'm getting better at cutting myself some slack now and then.


Sunday 23rd of October 2022


I'm glad you had a better week, Leann! We're all cheering for you! By the way, what is a croissant crust pizza? That sounds intriguing even though you said you didn't like it...


Saturday 22nd of October 2022

I am super late hopping on to this bandwagon! Your dinners sound very casual this week and perfect for a busy mom in school. People got fed, which is the motto at my house, too. I ate a lot of leftovers this week as work as a killer! Monday - (freezer) Beef and Broccoli with rice and potstickers Tuesday - Picked up another free sub at Jersey Mike's and fixed fries from my freezer Wednesday - (freezer) Fiochetti pasta with chicken sausage, some brussels sprouts, and a freezer cheese toast bun Thursday - Tilapia, a baked sweet potato, and a salad with lemon vinaigrette and chopped pears Friday - Sliced teriyaki chicken breast over bagged chopped salad with potstickers Tonight - Making Shrimp and Grits and eating the rest of the chopped salad Sunday - Tossing fettucine with the (freezer) leftover cream cheese/pork sausage/spinach filling from my daughter's birthday (and she's coming over) , steamed carrots, with your crustless pumpkin pie recipe for dessert. Happy Saturday!


Friday 21st of October 2022

We had tacos, sweet potato soup, pita pizzas, sausage sheet pan meal, burgers, and chicken nuggets. Plus I managed to use up some wilting spinach.

Jennifer H

Friday 21st of October 2022

I've made layered jello salads before, but have switched to broken glass jello... I do all the colors in separate containers at the same time, then when set cut into cubes, dump in the final dish, pour over the sweetened condensed milk gelatin, and refrigerate to set. Takes less time overall, but is also less restrictive on the timing of the steps.

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