What we bought, spent and ate this week

Hello Dear Reader,

I had the forethought to make quantity double dinners this week, freezing the other half to help the family out while I am gone. It was really not too much more trouble than cooking a standard quantity, although cutting up 1.5 kg's of chicken thigh fillets took a while as did the extra carrots and potato's for this curry. But to see all the frozen prepared meals ready for them makes it all worth while. I know they won't starve, as they all appreciate good food and are all willing to cook, so we'll see what happens the  following week were lovely hubby will be chief cook and bottle washer, they will be fine, I keep telling myself.

This week has been a bit different with only 3 days at work, we were out all day Thursday, picking up our new camper trailer as well as calling into my darling sisters place on the way home to touch base, and to take a look at her beautifully transformed garden. We then called into North Lakes to pick up a few solid toiletries from Lush to take with me on our holiday. I had finally run out of this cleanser and I also wanted a solid body moisturiser and deodorant with little or no scent. My sister has chemical sensitivities and the last thing I want is to cause her to be ill with a migraine. Fragrance, natural or chemical messes her about terribly.

Yesterday was spent doing the grocery shopping, tidying and cleaning the house and starting to pack. Lucky Fridays are an easy night with leftovers or "On Toast" night being on the menu.

With buying more ingredients this week to make double quantities of dinner obviously cost more, but it is swings and roundabouts really, spending more one week to save time and money the following week. I think it all evens out in the end.

Here's what we bought, spent and ate this past week-

What we bought
Shopping from Coles
Shopping from Aldi
Meat from Marjax Meats
Shopping from Northside Discount Fruit Barn

What we spent
Marjax Meats-$45.90
Northside Discount Fruit Barn-$43.30

TOTAL-$165.75, it is actually more if you include lunch and dinner out for my birthday, lucky it only comes once a year๐Ÿ˜‰
What we ate
Friday-Leftover Cheesy Baked Pasta

Saturday-Salmon, Potato and Pea Frittata (I made two, one is in the freezer)

Sunday-Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff, lucky there was a big pot of this cooking away as we had an impromptu family dinner that night when my darling niece and her little family stayed for dinner. There was still enough to freeze for another meal

Monday-Pan Fried Wahoo with Warm Lemon and Parsley Potato Salad

Tuesday-Easy Thai Peanut and Chicken Curry (the other half is in the freezer)

Wednesday-My Best Red Lentil Curry (again I made double and the other half is in the freezer)

Thursday-We went out to the Belvedere at Woody Point for my Birthday, I had a Seafood Parcel with Salad and Chips. I am a sucker for hot chips!

And lovely Hubby had a steak with chips and salad. The others also had Steak and a Margarita Pizza, with some Chicken Wings and Salt and Pepper Squid as starters.

It was an expensive night at the refurbished Bel, but the food was lovely and service was prompt, we all enjoyed ourselves, we were home by 8 as the kids all had to work Friday. We rarely eat out, usually just on special occasions and really enjoy the novelty when we do. 

Over to you, what was on your family table this week?

Have a lovely weekend


  1. Your birthday dinner looks amazing! We very rarely eat out either so, when we do, it is quite the special treat. This week here, meals have been very simple as I worked a lot of the week and got sick towards the end of the week. Sausages, a simple lasagna and salad, zucchini slice and salads. Next week it's meant to be raining so I've planned for heartier meals. Meg:)

  2. I was just looking at your menu, and I was thinking ahead to my menu plan for next week, and I realised there are so many of your recipes creeping into our regular meals! Mostly because they are cooked from scratch, easy and yummy! Thank you.


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