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  1. Saturday, May 10

    ProFlowers Giveaway Winners

    Before I announce the winners, make sure you visit this link for some great tips on arranging flowers!

    And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…the random winners of the ProFlowers Giveaway are:

    Natalie, who said, “Pleaes pick me! I love flowers! :-)”

    and

    Kristy, who said, “Hooray for ProFlowers!”

    Congratulations! Please email weeklydinners@gmail.com to claim you $50 ProFlowers giftcards!

    For everyone else, don’t forget you can get a 15% discount at ProFlowers by going here. (Believe it or not you can STILL order something for Mother’s Day!)

    Thanks to all who entered and for all your nice comments about TWFD & ProFlowers!


  2. Friday, May 9

    Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

    Tomorrow, Saturday May 10 is the national Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers. Simply place non-perishable food next to your mailbox tomorrow. Your letter carrier will pick it up and deliver to your local food bank. It’s an awesome and easy way to make a difference!

    Please visit the Stamp Out Hunger website for more info or contact your local post office to confirm their participation.


    So, go grab some cans out of your pantry and put them by your mailbox. I’m going to. I just hope my grumpy mailman doesn’t throw the cans at me. Okay, I’m sure even HE will be happy tomorrow knowing he’s doin’ some good!


  3. ProFlowers Giveaway Reminder!

    Don’t forget to enter the ProFlowers Free Giveaway – click here and post a comment by Midnight tonight!

    Here is a helpful link from ProFlowers about arranging bouquets…for sure to come in handy this weekend for many of you!


  4. Wednesday, May 7

    Kitchen Tips: "Coring" Iceberg Lettuce

    As I was getting our hamburgers ready the other night and banging the you-know-what out of my lettuce (you’ll see why in a sec), I thought, this is a good Kitchen Tip. And perhaps you all already know it…but I didn’t know it before I knew it, so figure there’s someone out there who can benefit! 🙂


    This is a simple trick that’s not really very life changing, but it’s handy. Know that core in the center of the iceberg lettuce that you have to dig out and causes you to get lettuce under your I’m sure what are beautifully-manicured fingernails?

    Just bang your iceberg lettuce HARD on the countertop – core side down. Flip it over, and out it pops!


  5. Silicon Valley Moms Blog


    In case you just can’t get enough of me here on This Week for Dinner…ha ha…I’m now a writer over at Silicon Valley Moms Blog. Today my first post went up! Silicon Valley Moms Blog is great and they have blogs for several cities now, so check it out! SV Moms hosted the Maria Shriver book signing I went to, and Katie Couric recently guest-posted on their NYC Moms Blog site. Needless to say I’m excited to be a contributor!


  6. Sunday, May 4

    Week 67 Menu

    We had the yummiest mango this morning. Worth the work, I suppose…does anyone have a “trick” for cutting mango? Or is it just a lost cause? Regardless, I love it!


    Yeah, yeah, my menu’s not so different from last week…for some reason I ended up not cooking a lot of what I had planned, and to be honest, I’m not entirely sure what we ate instead!

    MONDAY:
    – Chicken Masala & Rice
    – Naan bread
    – Some sort of veggie

    TUESDAY:
    Bistro Chicken
    – Mashed potatoes
    – Veggie

    WEDNESDAY:
    Orange Chicken (great recipe – click through!)
    – Rice
    Carrots (click & scroll to the bottom for a “recipe”)

    THURSDAY:
    – Homemade pizza

    FRIDAY:
    – Hot dogs
    – Stuff that goes with hot dogs…how’s that for specifics?

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out

    SUNDAY:
    Chicken Tostadas (see Chicken Tostada Goop recipe)

    Now time for YOU to post your menu! Any menu! Fancy dancy, boring, yucky, yum. Bring it on!

    And don’t miss the ProFlowers Giveaway!

    PS – I’ve been terrible about responding to all your lovely comments this week! It was a busy week for the blog and a busy week for work…please know I read them all! If you said something nice, THANK YOU. If you answered a question for me, THANK YOU. You guys are the best!


  7. Saturday, May 3

    Free Giveaway! ProFlowers Encore!

    For those of you who were bummed when you didn’t win the last ProFlowers giveaway…you have another chance! ProFlowers is giving away 2 more $50 gift cards – 1 each to 2 lucky TWFD readers! You’ll be able to get whatever you want with your gift card…flowers, plants, awesome FOOD (remember these?).


    And, don’t forget Mom…Mother’s Day is coming fast, but you still have time to send her something sweet, or pretty, or both! I just received this AMAZING bouquet from a good friend yesterday (pictured). Seriously gorgeous, and the vase is wicked cute. And, if I were a Mom (wait, I am!), I would totally dig this, too (oh wait, I do!).

    Back to the giveaway…just post a comment on this post by Midnight PT, Friday May 9th. Two winners will be randomly selected and announced next Saturday, Friday May 10th. Make sure there is a name associated with your post somehow so I know who the winner is! And don’t forget to come back next week to see if you’re the winner!


    I seriously do love ProFlowers, and not just because they’re so good to my readers. The flowers are amazing and their yummy treats are too!

    Be sure to visit through this link (or any of the links above) to get a special 15% discount! Just in time for Mother’s Day!

    Good Luck!


  8. Song of the Week: Breathe (2 AM) by Anna Nalick

    This week’s song is Breathe (2 AM) by Anna Nalick (click through for a sample). I haven’t heard it in a WHILE and it was on the radio the other day. Just a nice mellow song, and I really like Anna Nalick’s voice. I haven’t listened to any of her other music, but from what I’ve sampled on iTunes I like her. Perhaps a new album to buy!

    I actually have a cool acoustic version of Breathe on a cd from a radio station in Boston. This CD is GOOD. Just so you know. It’s called “92.9 WBOS Studio 7: Live from the Archives Vol. 3”. I found on at this website if you want to buy it.