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  1. Sunday, August 17

    Week 395 Menu

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    How is it Sunday already?!

    weekly menu from @janemaynard with FREE printable meal plan and shopping list

    We pretty much followed our menu to a T last week, which means more work, thinking and planning for me today. I hate it when I’m all responsible-like about following our meal plan! ;) It’s the last full week of summer before school starts, so we are gonna try to live it up!

    MONDAY:
    - Asian Spinach Salad

    TUESDAY:
    - Take out night – two soccer practices right at dinner time AND at the same time! I’m gonna have to ease back into the whole crazy Fall schedule thing, here.

    WEDNESDAY:
    - BLT Pizza

    THURSDAY:
    - Caprese Paninis

    FRIDAY:
    - Leftovers

    SATURDAY:
    - Chicken Caesar Wraps

    SUNDAY:
    - Breakfast for Dinner: Waffles!
    - Fresh fruit

    Click here for the free printable of this week’s menu plus the shopping list!

    You know the drill…get your menus posted! Thank you and have a great week!

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  2. Friday, August 15

    Friday Show and Tell

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    Happy Friday! I’m currently sitting in Pacific City, Oregon looking out my hotel window at the ocean, where there is a HUGE rock poking through the fog to say good morning. My visit to Tillamook has been amazing and I’ll definitely share more next week! For now you can go look at all my pictures from the trip so far on Instagram and I need to go get gussied up to meet some Tillamook cows!

    view from the cape kiwanda inn in pacific city, oregon by @janemaynard

    Here are my food posts on Babble and Cosmo this week!

    Everyone gets a turn during show and tell, so please share your own stuff!

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  3. Tuesday, August 12

    I LOVE My Bread Box (a.k.a. Expandable Bread Keeper)

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    About six months ago I needed to order some parchment paper sheets from King Arthur and then proceeded to get totally sucked in and bought way more stuff than I was planning on (like the tulip baking cups). I had been wanting a bread box, mostly for when I make homemade bread. I had done some research but hadn’t found anything that I thought would work well.

    why I love the expandable bread keeper from king arthur flour from @janemaynard

    Then I noticed this expandable bread keeper on the King Arthur site. It caught my eye for two reasons. First, it’s expandable. Second, it had an air vent. The biggest complaint I found with other bread boxes was that bread would go moldy. The vent seemed like the answer.

    why I love the expandable bread keeper from king arthur flour from @janemaynard

    So, I bought the expandable bread keeper, got it in the mail, and then stuck it in a cupboard and forgot about it. Like, my-friend-Debbie-texted-me-one-day-and-asked-if-I-had-a-bread-box-and-I-told-her-no forgot about it. When we got home from vacation this summer, I stumbled on the bread box, broke it out and started using it. AND I LOVE IT.

    why I love the expandable bread keeper from king arthur flour from @janemaynard

    The vent works great and has two settings, depending on how humid your climate is or if your bread is warm. I love that it can expand to different sized loaves, and it’s really tall so you can fit a lot in there. And there is also a little mini bread board inside, making it really easy to slice off the bread you need and then put it away.

    why I love the expandable bread keeper from king arthur flour from @janemaynard

    This bread keeper is great for homemade bread but I do also use it for breads we buy at the store that come in paper bags (like fresh French and Italian breads). I’m using less plastic bags AND the bread keeps better. We even stored leftover muffins in there and it worked great – since the bread keeper is so tall, I just stacked two layers of muffins inside.

    I had a loaf of crusty bread go moldy the other day, but it had been in there for a whole week, so, you know, obviously it went moldy. And it actually stayed UN-moldy much longer than when it’s in a plastic bag.

    So, there you have it. I love my expandable bread keeper and I’ll never forget its existence ever again! If you’re in the market for a bread box, I know it’s not as cute as some of the metal retro ones out there, but I think the function on this far exceeds the need for a glamorous bread box. Just sayin’.

    Anyone have any bread box advice? Do you have on you love? Tell us about it!

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  4. Sunday, August 10

    Week 394 Menu

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    Happy Sunday! Last night I took Cate to her first concert! She beat me by six years, by the way. We saw Sara Bareilles and the show was great. Sara Bareilles is funny, witty, charming and her voice is unreal. Cate said it was “loud” but also admitted that she had fun. Such a cutie. Little Anna is completely jealous and has watched the few little video clips I took of the concert over and over again, singing along to all the words. She’s a cutie, too.

    sara bareilles concert by @janemaynard

    I’m traveling to Oregon Wednesday through Friday this week to visit the Tillamook farm and cheese factory. I’m SUPER excited. I’ll be gone a couple nights, so Cate helped me plan what they’re going to eat the nights when I’m gone.

    weekly menu from @janemaynard with free printable meal plan and shopping list

    MONDAY:
    - Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwiches
    - Fruit and chips

    TUESDAY:
    - Sweet Korean BBQ Beef Tacos

    WEDNESDAY:
    - Mac & Cheese (the freezer kind from Trader Joe’s)
    - Veggie

    THURSDAY:
    - English Muffin Pizzas

    FRIDAY:
    - Take out night

    SATURDAY:
    - Cheeseburgers on the grill
    - Watermelon and a side salad

    SUNDAY:
    - Omelettes and fruit

    Click here for the free printable of this week’s menu plus the shopping list!

    You know the drill, time to share your menu for the week! Thank you!

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  5. Friday, August 8

    Friday Show and Tell: The Kupp’ & Back in Birks

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    Before I get to food links, I have two things to share with you that I’m loving.

    review of gizeh birkenstocks by @janemaynard (they rock!)

    First off, I started wearing Birks. As in Birkenstocks, specifically the Gizeh sandals. I received them as a gift last fall at a Ladies’ Home Journal event but didn’t start wearing them, despite my sister-in-law Hannah who works in fashion in NYC telling me that people were totally wearing them again. Then I bought a standing desk and my feet started hurting from standing so much and then I pulled out the fancy new Birks and THEN I FELL IN LOVE. Just thought I should let you know. My feet never hurt when I wear these. Plus, they’re actually kinda cute.

    review of the kupp' by @janemaynard

    Second, a new company started by a mom contacted me about trying out their product, the Kupp’. My kids are absolutely loving it! I love that they are made out of glass, given my goal to phase out plastic as much as possible from our lives, but the silicone sleeve makes them very kid-friendly. And my kids love having their very own cup to be responsible for. They basically haven’t used anything else for two weeks!

    Here’s my post on Babble this week. My kids and I were supposed to try a Disney recipe out and report on how it went. The popsicles are made from non-fat, plain yogurt, bananas and blueberries with just a bit of honey. I honestly didn’t think my kids would like the popsicles that much, but I was so wrong. They loved them! This is a great recipe for kids:

    And food fun on Cosmo:

    As always, please share anything you like!

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  6. Tuesday, August 5

    S’Morritos! a.k.a. S’Mores on the Grill! a.k.a. The Best Way to Serve S’Mores to a Crowd

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    The last night we were in New Hampshire this summer we were planning to build a fire and make s’mores. But then we got lazy and didn’t feel like doing the whole fire thing. But we did still feel like doing the whole s’more thing, especially since we had amazing chocolate bark and homemade coconut marshmallows from the Granite State Candy Shoppe that needed to be s’morified stat.

    s'morritos aka s'mores on the grill by @janemaynard - a great way to serve s'mores at a party!

    I was suggesting that maybe we just microwave a few s’mores. This does not make for the very best s’mores in the world but the technique works when you find yourself in a s’more emergency, which I’m sure happens all the time. My sister-in-law Hannah, however, suddenly had a stroke of genius, and that genius was quickly named the S’Morrito (she’s good with words like that). The grill was still fired up from dinner and she figured wrapping s’mores up in foil (s’mores that look like burritos…s’morritos…get it?) and throwing them on the grill should work pretty well. It actually worked great.

    s'morritos a.k.a. s'mores on the grill from @janemaynard - a great way to serve s'mores at a party!s'morritos a.k.a. s'mores on the grill from @janemaynard - a great way to serve s'mores at a party!

    Not only is this a great way to make s’mores, but it’s an especially great way to serve s’mores at a party. Here’s what I recommend:

    • Set up a s’mores bar, complete with graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows, as well as a bunch of pieces of aluminum foil and a Sharpee marker.
    • Everyone then makes their own s’mores, wraps the uncooked s’mores in foil and puts their initials on the foil with the marker.
    • Put all of the completed s’morritos on the grill and, voila, s’mores everyone can enjoy at the same time!

    s'morritos a.k.a. s'mores on the grill from @janemaynard - a great way to serve s'mores at a party!s'morritos a.k.a. s'mores on the grill from @janemaynard - a great way to serve s'mores at a party!

    As for the taste, I’m sure some of you have questions. Yes, s’morritos taste good. Yes, the warmed graham cracker is actually totally and completely wonderful. Yes, the marshmallow gets a little browned on the edges even in the foil. Yes, your s’mores will be totally gooey but who cares because they’re supposed to be. Yes, the marshmallow and chocolate heat very evenly. Yes, I may never make s’mores the old way again. (Fair warning: the s’mores are hot and super gooey when you first take them off the grill. If you let them cool for 5-10 minutes, they become less so.)

    s'morritos a.k.a. s'mores on the grill from @janemaynard - a great way to serve s'mores at a party!

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    S’Mores on the Grill – a great way to serve s’mores to a crowd!
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    Recipe type: Dessert

    Ingredients
    • Graham crackers
    • Chocolate of your choice (I’ve stopped buying Hershey’s bars and we use Dove chocolates now – it’s just that much better. And, if you really want to go gourmet, buy some super fancy chocolate like we did in NH. It’s kind of amazing.)
    • Marshmallows
    • Foil

    Instructions
    1. Heat grill on low. (If you want to try this in your oven, go for around 400º F)
    2. Place graham cracker on the center of a piece of aluminum foil. Layer with chocolate then marshmallow then another graham cracker. Wrap carefully so you don’t break the crackers inside.
    3. Place on grill chocolate side UP, close grill lid and cook for about 2-3 minutes. Open grill, flip s’morritos then cook for another 2-3 more minutes. (Experiment with the time based on how hot your individual grill gets.)
    4. Remove from grill, unwrap and dig in.
    5. The s’morritos are especially gooey when it comes to s’mores since everything is warm and melted. You can dig in right away, but you’ve been warned. If you let them cool for 5-10 minutes, they may be a bit more manageable. If you decide to eat them hot off the grill, be sure to lift them out of the foil by lifting from the bottom so as to avoid squishing all the good stuff out before you even take a bite!

     

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  7. Sunday, August 3

    Week 393 Menu

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    Hello! I seriously can’t believe it’s time to plan another menu. This summer is going by too quickly!

    weekly menu from @janemaynard including FREE printable meal plan and shopping list!

    Let’s just get to it today!

    MONDAY:
    - Chicken Tortilla Soup

    TUESDAY:
    - Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe (thanks for the link, Bonnie!)
    - Sauteed summer vegetable medley

    WEDNESDAY:
    - Chicken Caesar Wraps with fresh fruit

    THURSDAY:
    - Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    - Cheeseburgers on the grill
    - Watermelon and a side salad

    SATURDAY:
    - Take out night
    - Cate is going to the Sara Bareilles concert with me, her first concert!

    SUNDAY:
    - Waffles
    - Fresh fruit

    Click here for the free printable of this week’s menu plus the shopping list!

    As usual, please pretty please with a delicious summer cherry on top share your menu for the week! 

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  8. Friday, August 1

    Friday Show and Tell

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    Happy Friday! Happy August!

    la natural history museum by @janemaynard

    I don’t have anything particularly awesome to share today because I just spent three hours getting new tires on my car. Because I drove over a construction tool on the way home from the beach on Wednesday. And, you know what? As much as it all was completely inconvenient and expensive, I never freaked out. I remained surprisingly calm. On a related note, a few nights ago I got pulled over for not stopping completely at a stop sign and, again, was calm and collected. My friend Barbara said I was “cool as a cucumber.” (In the end no ticket, luckily!) So, I guess my big share today is that maybe I’m getting a little more zen than I used to be. Maybe. I am trying. Because, honestly, even when the crappy stuff happens, what do I have to complain about? I got to hang out with my kids this week, work at jobs I love, go to the beach, look at stuffed animals (literally) at the natural history museum with little people who for some reason just really love taxidermy. It’s all good, popped tires and all.

    Okay, time for some fun food links!

    On Babble, my kids and I tried another one of the Dishes by Disney recipes:

    And all kinds of yumminess on Cosmo:

    Please share your own thoughts/links/blog posts/accomplishments/anything!

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  9. Thursday, July 31

    My New Favorite Cupcake & Muffin Liners: Tulip Baking Cups

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    A couple years ago I started noticing really cute muffin liners at coffee shops that sort of stuck up on top. I had been keeping my eye out for them at the store but never found them anywhere. Then, one day when I sent on a mini shopping spree on the King Arthur website, there they were. Tulip muffin papers. I of course put them in my cart immediately! Imagine my delight when I found them a few months later at Target. Yay!

    tulip muffin liners

    Tulip baking cups are my new favorite baking cups, a.k.a. muffin papers, a.k.a. muffin liners, a.k.a. cupcake liners, a.k.a. they have a lot of names, apparently. Whatever you call them, they are wicked cute and I’m loving them!

    tulip cupcake and muffin liners info from @janemaynard

    Here’s why I like tulip liners:

    • Tulip liners are really easy to separate when you’re putting them in the pan. Makes them a bit quicker to set up than traditional baking cups, which I almost always accidentally double up a few times per batch.
    • No batter spillover on your pans! I think this is my most favorite aspect of these liners.
    • They’re purrrrty.
    • If you’re in a pinch and find yourself without cupcake liners, you can make your own tulip liners using small squares of parchment paper. Just Google “diy tulip cupcake liners” and you’ll find a plethora of tutorials.

    tulip cupcake liners

    A few more notes for when you use them as well as where to buy them:

    • You can cook cupcakes as well as muffins in these liners, although I have yet to make cupcakes myself. If you make cupcakes, you’ll need to pipe on the frosting.
    • If you make muffins with these liners, you’re not really going to get a “muffin top.” The tops still get the same texture as a normal muffin, but they don’t have that classic muffin top shape. In fact, it’s pretty much stump central. (When Nate and I realized I was making muffin stumps, it made us laugh so hard. It’s safe to say Elaine would not like these muffin liners.)
    • When filling the liners with batter, do so carefully. If you drip or accidentally get batter on the upper part of the liner, it will bake to a dark color so you’re liner will have ugly spots. Not the end of the world but something to keep in mind.
    • Like I mentioned, I recently found PaperChef tulip baking cups at Target. You can also buy tulip liners online at various sites like the King Arthur website and Amazon. Please note if you order them from somewhere online, depending on how they are packaged when shipped they may arrived “squished.” I was able to straighten mine out after some careful bending. Customer reviews on Amazon mentioned the same problem with some of the liners you can order there.

    Wow. I had no idea I had so much to say on the subject of tulip baking cups.

    Happy baking!

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  10. Sunday, July 27

    Week 392 Menu

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    Happy Sunday!

    caprese salad ingredients from @janemaynard

    So, I had a dinner item on last week’s menu that ended up being a surprising hit with my girls – caprese salad. They loved it and ended up having it for lunch a few days, too! I think I’ll throw caprese paninis on the menu this week and see what they think!

    weekly dinner menu from @janemaynard including FREE printable meal plan and shopping list

    MONDAY:
    - Quiche
    - Spinach and strawberry salad

    TUESDAY:
    - Day trip to Los Angeles to see the Space Shuttle Endeavor and visit the Natural History Museum
    - Eating dinner with my sister in LA

    WEDNESDAY:
    - Caprese Paninis

    THURSDAY:
    - Chicken Caesar Wraps
    - Fresh fruit

    FRIDAY:
    - Leftovers

    SATURDAY:
    - Takeout night

    SUNDAY:
    - Breakfast for dinner!

    Click here for the free printable of this week’s menu plus the shopping list!

    You know the drill…please share your menu for the week! Thanks and have a great week!

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