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Day 148: Wraps & Sandwiches

I’m so glad (and lucky!) that we can buy a lot of goods at once to minimize shopping trips. It does make the trips sort of stressful because you are trying to think of everything you might need in the future too.

Matt took a couple hours off and went to Costco for the first time since February. He got wraps for lunch and a rotisserie chicken. Food someone else made! Wow.

Our fridge/freezer is so full. One false move and everything falls out. We’ve never done a Aldi shop, a Weis delivery and Costco all at the same time. The only fresh things Matt got was lox, nectarines and corn and the nectarines don’t need to be refrigerated. I broke down the chicken and had to lay it on top of condiments.

Matt bought OTC medicine, rolls, and cleaning supplies so we should be pretty well set for awhile. I keep thinking things are going to be really bad in the fall so I want to be prepared. We aren’t hoarding but rather than waiting until we run out of something or get really low, we are buying new when we open a new package.

For dinner we made chicken sandwiches with garlic aioli and had some surprisingly good Costco corn on the cob.

Non-food activities:

We watched more Damnation on Netflix.

Matt had some work to do on his annual self-assessment.

I finished Laura Lippman’s new book of essays. I like her books a lot more than I like her, I think. Her husband sounds like a jerk and she has some serious issues around eating and her image that she doesn’t seem to have actually dealt with.

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Day 147: Tuna Pasta & Neoguri

Went to Aldi today! It was a pretty good shop. Some things like refried beans were back in stock all though I did feel like a lot of the canned goods were low, especially since today was the first day of the ad. The dates on the meat were really good, I didn’t get anything that sell by before the 10th. They also had some halloumi and this snake plant for $3.

We actually got a Weis delivery today too—condiments, cottage cheese, crackers, pasta. I want to be set for most of the month now because Matt’s off for a week around my birthday and next Wednesday we have our eye exams so I can’t shop then. I don’t want to spend the whole week he’s off shopping. I also think things might get worse in September so I want to get what is available now.

This month will be more outings than usual between the eye appointment, hopefully picking up new glasses and a trip to the seafood market for my birthday. Matt’s aiming to go to Costco this week too because some of our medication is on sale and it’s too hot to have it shipped. Fingers crossed he can get bacon and charcoal too. It all makes me nervous, especially the eye stuff but what can you do? I think it will only get worse when school goes back in the fall.

For lunch we had the tuna pasta salad I made yesterday. Matt didn’t feel great later so he had steamed shrimp on rice and I had some shrimp with some neoguri with spinach added.

Non-food related activities:

Animal Kingdom season 4 is on Prime streaming. I can’t resist a show about a surfing criminal family. It’s a good thing to watch while I’m doing something else.

I got a bunch of stuff to review from Influenster in the mail! Three (full sized!) Drunk Elephant hair products and some philosophy moisturizer. Score!

We watched most of Frankie on Netflix dvd but it was bad (despite the cast and location) so we turned it off.

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Day 146: Home Fries

For lunch I made us home fries with leftover Chinese sausage, mushroom and onions.

For dinner I had some frozen shrimp and Matt made himself noodles with cottage cheese and tomatoes. The fridge is super bare!

I made tuna pasta salad for tomorrow’s lunch since I’m going shopping.

Non-food related activity:

Not much! Watched the new show on Britbox, Wild Bill which was odd.

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Day 145: Fried Rice & Steak

For lunch I heated up the leftover garlic rice from Saturday mixed with the leftover filling from stuffed cabbage and the rest of the cabbage.

For dinner we had pasta with pesto and steak. The fridge is so empty now! All we have in there is some red cabbage, eggs, hot dogs and condiments.

Non-food related activities:

Matt took off the afternoon since he worked all weekend so it was pretty chill. Then we watched The Gentlemen (Netflix DVD).

My Keanu mask came! I ordered it before the 4th of July so I was giving up hope.

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Day 144: Chinese Sausage Stuffed Cabbage & Lox Salad

For our main meal at lunchtime Matt made sticky rice, Chinese sausage, chestnuts, mushrooms and cabbage stuffed savory cabbage. It has been a very sausage filled few days. We have some more sausage and fillings left too. I swear we will eat something not involving sausage soon.

It was really good! We had all of the ingredients in our pantry and the sausage in the freezer besides the cabbage which was from our produce delivery.

I’m skipping our next produce box because they haven’t responded to me about our missing kale and it has green beans, cantaloupe (which I hate), apples and acorn squash (in August!!). Not a good box at all.

For dinner I roasted some yellow squash and topped it with a quartered hard-boiled egg, pearl mozzarella, lox, cherry tomatoes, and red onion.

Non-food related activities:

I read a lot of Kindle Singles.

We watched Nothing Sacred via Netflix DVD. It was so strange. Nothing really happened.

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Day 143: Longsilog & Soba with Crispy Tofu and Kohlrabi

Matt made longsilog with longanisa we had in the freezer. So good! We have some garlic rice leftover.

For dinner I made this recipe for sesame noodles but added crispy tofu I made. I hadn’t pressed and fried tofu in years! It was delicious.

Non-food related activities:

Applied for another puppy at a closer animal shelter.

Finished Umbrella Academy.

Read a bunch of Kindle Singles I had borrowed from Amazon. They count as books, right? Some are pretty long.

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Day 141: Leftovers & Leftovers

I planned today to be an easy cooking day so I could bake something but a key ingredient was spoiled so I couldn’t.

We had leftover potato salad and one sausage each for lunch. I had the leftover beets too. I’m trying to clear out the fridge so I know what’s in there and make shopping easier on Wednesday.

For dinner we had leftover barley soup.

We have some fun meals planned for the weekend but they are all coincidentally pretty sausage heavy. That’s the problem with shopping less frequently, you really have to make do with what you have. I have some ideas for other meals but they all require a trip to the store.

Non-food related activities:

Umbrella Academy is back on Netflix!

I had another migraine (or the same one, rebounding?) and felt kind of woozy.

Started three books I didn’t like and returned them to the library.

Listened to more You’re Wrong About

Started watching New Girl. I’ve only seen the Prince episode before.

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Day 140: Shrimp & German Potato Salad

For lunch I had some frozen breaded shrimp. I spent most of the morning talking to my mom and sort of ran out of time to think of anything.

For dinner I made these German sausages I got from Aldi, marinated some beets and made the other kind of German potato salad, the kind with apple. It was surprisingly tasty!

Next week Aldi has dog supplies on sale so I think I will do our grocery shopping then. It would only be three weeks but we are a little low on some items (carrots!) and we need a new container for dog food. Our freezer is still very full and I’m a little hesitant to use too much in it because I think things will get worse in the fall so it will be nice to get some fresh food.

I’ve really been stretching out the meat and other ingredients the last couple weeks so I actually ended up freezing more from the shop on June 17th than I expected. Aldi ads come out on Wednesday so that is my preferred shopping day and the following Wednesday is our eye appointment so I can’t shop then (dilated eyes) and the week after that is my birthday and Matt’s off the whole week so I don’t want to shop then either. My guess is I will either do a online order to fill in or we will go to a specialty store at some point around then.

Non-food related activities:

We’ve been talking about getting a second dog after Pippi suddenly died. I saw one that looks nice at a rescue and put in an application. Fingers crossed! It’s a bit of a drive but we’d only have to do it once.

I really spent most of the day talking to my mom about her medical care and books.

I listened to more You’re Wrong About. I can’t wait for Candace Opper’s memoir to come out. I find her fascinating. I had read an essay of hers about her fixation on a classmates suicide so I was excited to see she was the guest on the Kurt Cobain episode.

Trying to knock out at least one more book before the end of July!

We watched Popeye on Netflix DVD. What a weird movie. Oooooh. Ooooooh.

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Day 139: Beef and Barley Soup & Stuffed Peppers

For lunch I had the leftover peppers and some crackers. I sort of chopped them up to make a dip. There wasn’t much left. Matt had noodles and cottage cheese.

I made beef and barley soup in the slow cooker. Not seasonally appropriate but stew meat is easy to find lately and it’s not like we don’t eat hot food in the summer. At least it didn’t hear up the house! It was really good, the package of beef was bigger than the one I used before so it was extra meaty which Matt liked.

Non-food related activities:

I got the knitting and the eco packs for the Sims. The knitting is so cute.

I had a migraine.

I finished the new Ruth Ware.

We watched some Damnation on Netflix.

Matt had a lot of work to do in the evening.

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Day 138: Beef and Mash & Chicken Burgers

Produce delivery day is always exciting! Unfortunately the red Russian kale was missing but the extra mushrooms I ordered were there.

For lunch I had leftover beef from Monday and mashed potatoes from Sunday. There wasn’t much left of either. Matt didn’t feel great so he had noodles and cottage cheese.

For dinner I made chicken burgers with ground chicken, paprika, fennel seed, oregano and a tomato cucumber salad with pearl mozzarella. All very good! Bonus: used up some old Kaiser rolls.

Tomorrow I’m going to make this soup again because I was craving it. Who cares if it is July? I don’t have quite all of the ingredients I used in April so I’ll have to improvise a bit.

Non-food related activities:

No much! It was hot. I watched Stateless on Netflix while Matt worked in the afternoon and then we tried the Mary Higgins Clark series (French) on Mhz after dinner but it wasn’t very good.

I’m trying to think of what to do about my birthday next month. Normally we try to go on vacation that week so Matt is off but obviously that’s off the table.