Monday, November 14, 2022

What's for dinner this week & more

Hi everyone

I was up extra early again yesterday - 5 am. My body's still not used to the time change & I have a lot on my mind. So my mind's going 100 miles a minute from around 4 am. Not good. I need my beauty sleep. Then today I woke up at 4 am. Ughhh. Just as I started dozing off, the alarm went off and it was time to get up.

I've decided to not cook too much this week. We have way too much food, so I'm in 'eating down the fridge/freezer' mode. I still have a whole quiche left from last week (will eat some and freeze the rest) and the freezers are practically full, mainly because I bought frozen fruit for smoothies and I've been freezing produce items like peppers, onions etc, when I find a good sale. For the most part, I'm done with grocery shopping for the month. I'll just fill in some fresh produce & dairy gaps. I also need to buy a pumpkin pie and yogurt for DS at Sams this week. I do not like to set foot in the stores during a holiday week. Been there, done that. It's just too crowded for my liking. I've considered getting roast beef at Costco. I love the 2 smaller roasts they sell. It's 2 small roast in a package for around $25. I'm still struggling to increase my red meat intake for my anemia, so roast beef it is. I know that I haven't been getting enough iron lately. The supplements don't help much, so I need to eat iron rich food. The problem is that most processed foods (which I don't care for) contain iron. So my best option is red meat. Here's what I made for this week. 

Monday : Pesto spinach chicken bake, baked potatoes, veggies

Tuesday : Meatloaf, garlic parsley mashed potato, veggies

Wednesday : Same as Monday

Thursday : Same as Tuesday

Friday : DS gets carry out and I'll eat whatever leftover tickles my fancy

I don't cook weekends. We used to dine out before the pandemic. Now we just get out for to go

Veggie choices : Roasted brussel sprouts, carrots & peas, broccoli & beetroot salad

Breakfasts : Bran apple muffins, omelets, cereal, lemon blueberry waffles, fruit of choice (there's lots to choose from)

I also baked some BBQ chicken breasts (I do this every time I buy chicken). It's so nice to have on hand when we want an easy meal or I'm too busy to cook. I just freeze it all and pull some when we need a meal. I can add veggies or salad or make wraps with it. Life simplified.

In other news. I had a major catastrophe yesterday, resulting in me having to replace DS's backpack, hat & gloves. I went into the spare closet & just pulled out all those items. See how my stockpiling pays off. I mean, who on earth stockpiles backpacks? (I bought them on sale many years ago - mainly for him to use as a carry on when travelling). I know, I know. I do some really weird things sometimes, but guess what. I didn't have to run out and pay full price for any of those items. $0 Spent! Ms Goose Frugalista Extraodinaire. I love not having to spend any money, because of a silly mistake (partly mine). This also resulted in me not being upset about it for too long, because everything was handled & replaced in no time. As I like to say 'There's method to my madness' Kohls also sent me a 40% off coupon yesterday, so I went ahead & ordered 2 extra pairs of gloves for DS. We wear a select brand that has been hard to find the past 3 years. This way there's an extra pair of gloves for me too. I can't find the women's ski gloves in this brand. I only have one pair, but since I have big hands, I can easily use DS's gloves when needed.

I got most of the items for my Christmas gifts projects ordered. I'm kinda excited about it 😊 I like seeing my ideas come to life. I'm not an arts & crafts person, but I can think up some really neat things (even if I do say so Now I'm just hoping that everything arrives in time (I even paid shipping, so it can be delivered earlier), because the gifts are time sensitive. I actually forgot one item, because Amazon empties your cart after a certain period of time. Grrr! So I forgot to add it when I added new items to my cart. I must be the only person who doesn't like shopping on Amazon, because I know that they're overpriced. I need to see if I can find this item elsewhere, because I don't need another $25 or is it $35 worth of stuff just to get free shipping. It's super cute though, so I might just bite the bullet. I don't care too much about the money spent, if it really makes the recipient happy. You can't put a price tag on that. 

I needed a check to go with some legal documents. Me wondering who on earth still writes checks, because checks have been archaic in South Africa for over 2 decades (way before I moved here). In fact, store registers used to print all the details on your checks way back at the turn of the century. All you had to do was sign the check. However, very few people used checks back then, because we did most things electronically. I had to ask the ex for a check, because I don't even have a valid check book anymore. Oy vey. I need to order a check book soon. I also need to order more stamps, before the price increase. I only have 1 stamp left. 

I apologise for adding miscellaneous things to my dinner posts, but I have so much to do that I don't know how often I'll get a chance to blog. I have many posts written in my head though. If only those thoughts could automatically be turned into text.

Have a wonderful day peeps!


  1. Good for you being able to come to the rescue with no expense involved. My kids always shopped my pantry when they were in college. I had everything one needed and then some. All purchased at a really good price. Plus, the mom price was free and the loved that.

    1. Thank you Kim! Shopping from mom's pantry is the Best! I'm sure your kids loved it!

  2. I buy multiples when I find a good deal. I bought 6 camera cases for my little camera for $1 each. Then, I lost my camera and needed one of the extras immediately. Tommy just looks, never questions my madness.

    1. We are so much alike in that regard Linda. Why pay more, when we can stock up during a good sale. We all need someone like Tommy. He's smart to not ask any

  3. I sometimes buy multiples especially if they are a really good deal. Your meals sound lovely.

    God bless.

    1. Thank you Jackie. Stocking up during a good sale, saves us so much $$$

  4. It always pays to stock on things we use/need when at a good price. Your meals sound good!

    1. Thank you Lori! I agree. It pays (long term) to stock up on sale.


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