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Sunday, September 18

Week 243 Menu

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Well…today’s my due date. And this baby is still cooking. And he still doesn’t have a name. So, nothing much new around here! (P.S. People started sharing name ideas with their menus…and, yes, name suggestions are welcome! We need all the help we can get!)

My dad arrived yesterday. Such a relief – if I go into labor in the middle of the night, we have someone here to take care of the girls. Phew! Last night he helped me cut up some melon. As he was cutting he said, “So, do I get a mention on the blog now?” So, here’s his big shout out. Good job, Dad.

Here is my total non-menu menu for the week. I’m just hoping that one of these days has hospital food on the menu!

MONDAY:
- Rachel Sandwiches

TUESDAY:
- Frozen pizza

WEDNESDAY:
- Rubio’s

THURSDAY:
- Pancakes

FRIDAY:
- The girls have a pizza party, adults fend for themselves

SATURDAY:
- Eat out

SUNDAY:
- Grandma’s in town! Maybe she’ll rustle something up…or maybe we’ll just eat out again. ;)

For real. We NEED your menus now. I am no inspiration whatsoever. Please share what you’ve got cooking for the week!

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  1. Ok, here goes for my week….quite nice to plan it out actually.

    MONDAY – roast chicken with salad
    TUESDAY – left over chicken with couscous and griddled veg and feta
    WEDNESDAY – Vegetable curry and brown rice (all veg from garden)
    THURSDAY – Salmon Terryaki with stir fried broccoli and sugar snaps
    FRIDAY – friends for dinner. I am thinking tapas including chorizo and pimentos….??
    SATURDAY – Out to friends for a home made beef vindaloo
    SUNDAY – Pork sausages with swiss chard and haricot blanc

    Feeling hungry now and happy with the week ahead!

  2. Your son’s name has to be…. Ryan Anthony! :) Sooo cute!!!
    Here’s my menu!
    p.s.- I look forward to your Sunday post aaaaaaall week! :)

    SUN 9/18 – Fajita Pizza & salad.

    MON 9/20 – Kielbasa & cabbage over white rice.

    TUE 9/21 – BBQ burgers & baked beans.

    WED 9/22 – Crunchy onion chicken, parmesan red potatoes, green beans.

    THURS 9/23 – Sloppy Joes, thick cut fries, sweet peas.

    FRI 9/24 – Southwestern Style Chicken Bake & salad.

    SAT 9/25 – Spaghetti, Garlic bread & salad.

    Wishing you an easy & quick labor!!!! <3

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    Michelle

    Saturday–Chili & Cornbread Muffins
    Sunday–Grilled Pork Loin & Shells and Cheese
    Monday–Chicken Ravioli Alfredo, Spinach Salad, Breadsticks
    Tuesday–Leftovers
    Wednesday–Chicken Enchiladas
    Thursday–Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken, Masked Potatoes, Green beans
    Friday–Loaded Baked Potato Soup and Apple Chicken Sausages

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    Donna

    I’ve never really posted here before, but I’ve been reading for a while now, and have been thinking good thoughts for you. Best of luck to you this week! Our week is going to be jam packed, but I’m sure you win the busy contest. Enjoy!

    In no particular order:
    frozen turkey burgers on whatever bread is available

    frozen ravioli

    tacos (http://whatthedogate.blogspot.com/2011/01/taco-salad.html)

    baked potato night with all the fixins

    chicken and dumpling soup (Check back at What the Dog Ate for a recipe for this later in the week. Hopefully!)

    thai chicken curry

    zucchini strips(http://whatthedogate.blogspot.com/2010/09/zucchini-strips.html)

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    Traci

    Best of luck with the baby! I know you didn’t solicit name suggestions, but…as a “shout out” to my awesome boys, I have a Benjamin James and a Thomas William.

    We have a crazy week here (I know, nothing compared to yours) so I’m hoping to cook big and have lots of leftovers.

    Sunday: Cheeseburger Soup and homemade Pitas (this is my second go at these. They are rising now. So easy and yummy-I just had several without pockets last time.)

    Monday: Penne with Roasted Asparagus and Balsamic Butter – from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

    Tuesday: Brats on the grill and left over soup or pasta

    Wednesday: Bean Tacos from this site…so happy my kids love them and ask for them constantly!

    Thursday: Salsbury Steak in the slow cooker

    Friday: Leftovers

    • Jane Maynard

      If I don’t have a baby, it won’t be a crazy week for me…hoping it IS crazy! ;) thanks for the lucky wishes and name suggestions!

  6. 6
    Jane Maynard

    I like how some of you are suggesting names…keep the name ideas coming!!! :)

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    Jodie

    Good luck this week Jane! I have a Gabriel.
    Sunday- Soup and Sandwiches (It’s a rainy day here.)
    Monday- Mexican Lasagna
    Tuesday- Cube Steak and Baked Potatoes
    Wednesday- Hamburger Stroganoff
    Thursday- Homemade Sausage and Mushroom Pizza
    Friday- Egg and Hasbrown Tacos
    Saturday- Spaghetti and Meatballs with Garlic Bread

  8. I have a Carter, an Evan, and a Jonah on the way. Grayson was a close second choice though. This week for dinner….

    um…whatever my husband goes to the store and buys. I wish I could be as motivated as some of your other readers.

    Good luck this week. Hopefully it’ll be quick and um….painless. : )

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    cathy

    Best of luck with your baby delivery. I have a newborn myself along with my 3 other children under the age of 5 so I’m all about simple dinners. And as a name suggestion. We were going to name our 4th Jason Thomas but we had a girl so no need for the name.

    Sunday- Trader Joe’s Bulgogi, white rice & edamame
    Monday- Salmon w/Agave Nectar, Quinoa & Steamed Broccoli
    Tuesday- Rosemary Ham & Havarti Paninis & Spinach Salad
    Wednesday- Linguine w/ Chicken Ragu
    Thursday- Frozen Ravioli & Salad
    Friday- Pizza w/Friends
    Saturday- BBQ

  10. God bless you here at the end!! We’re expecting our second baby, but don’t know the sex yet. I can come up with a million girl names, but boy names are hard! So, I feel your pain! My suggestions, though: Oliver & Martin.

    Sunday:General Tso’s Chicken (Bitten Word) with rice
    Monday: Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Preservres (PW)..using up some homemade fig/raspberry preserves!
    Tuesday: Fajitas with leftover pork
    Wednesday: Dinner at church.
    Thursday: Corn Cheddar Frittata (Three Many Cooks) with assorted CSA veggies
    Friday: Leftovers
    Saturday: Out.

    • I use to work at a daycare and there was a cute little boy named Oliver there. They all called him “Oli” (pronounced All-lee) and I thought it was so cute!!!

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    TC

    Sunday – Ham, mashed pots, asparagus
    Monday – Moroccan Chicken, mangos, rice
    Tuesday – Burgers, sweet potato, corn
    Wed – Chicken and Broccoli with egg noodles
    Thu – home-made pizza, and sugar snap peas
    Fri – mac and cheese, green beans
    Sa – take-out or leftovers

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    Nancy

    I have a Neil and an Aaron – we never had any boys names picked out, my first was a girl and we could only come up with girls names that we both liked – we had to wait until we met the boys to name them! Good luck!
    sunday – french onion soup
    monday – chicken parmesan with spaghetti
    tuesday – rice and bean casserole
    wednesday – potstickers and rice
    thursday – leftovers
    friday – out

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    Becky

    Not sure that I’ve ever posted but I must chime in with some name suggestions! I have two boys: Jonah and Alex. I also love James and William (Will) and I think either would go great with your girls’ names. Best of luck!

    Pizza with veggies and dip

    Linguine with Shrimp Scampi and roasted broccoli
    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/linguine-with-shrimp-scampi-recipe3/index.html

    Mongolian beef with rice
    http://www.pinkbites.com/2009/01/mongolian-beef.html

    Chicken dijon

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    kim

    Jane,
    I am a frequent reader of your great blog but an infrequent commenter. Like others, I just wanted to wish you the very best with a quick and healthy delivery! I have never posted a menu because it’s just my husband and myself and we eat a lot of leftovers, and we also cook based on mood more than planning due to having the luxury of time that so many parents seem to lack. Also, we are vegetarian so probably not very enticing menu ideas for a lot of your readers. But here goes, in honor of your special circumstances. (I make no guarantees that I’ll stick to anything beyond tonight’s meal.)

    Sun: end of summer farmer’s market vegs: roasted beets & sauteed greens with caramelized onions, feta and pistachios, caprese salad, corn on the cob
    Mon: quesadillas with zucchini, corn, and chilis; green salad w/cranberries, almonds, feta
    Tue: corn, zucchini, and chili pancakes with caprese salad
    Wed: beer, cheese, and potato soup (from freezer); green salad
    Thur: frozen pierogis, salad, bread and cheese (long day so food must be easy…)
    Fri: pasta w/leftover vegs or tofu/veg stir fry over noodles???
    Sat. roasted polenta, corn, and zucchini-stuffed chili peppers with homemade beans; salad (dinner guest coming over)
    Sun: leftovers!!!

    Again, very best with things this week. Your readers will miss you while you are taking some time off from the blog.

    My

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    kim

    P.S. I forgot to mention that the local apple harvest where I live is in and some of them are just begging to become your Bavarian apple torte for dessert next weekend. I love that. It is all I can do to not bake one up tonight and then make another one next Sat. I have 10# of fresh honey crisp apples, which is as good an excuse as any, I’d think.

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    Meg

    It’s a boy, so it’s going to be late- at least that’s how it’s worked in my extended family.

    Sunday- blueberry pancakes and bacon
    Monday- grilled salmon and grilled bread
    Tuesday- Sister-in-law dinner out (family on their own)*
    Wednesday-prosciutto and arugula pizza
    Thursday- work event (family on their own again)*
    Friday- pasta alla sorrentina
    Saturday- Out

    *I have the ingredients for paninis on hand, so they’ll probably go for those

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    brittany

    Hey Jane! The best names ever: Connor, Owen and Jack. They suit only the cutest little boys ever :)
    Just made grilled pizza from the food network site. Bobby Flay. 4 stars. Delicious!

  18. Ooooh, it’s gonna be soon, I can just feel it! My suggestions are Tyler and Hudson. My two favorite boys. :)

    Sunday – dinner at the folks
    Monday – grilled chicken sliders
    Tuesday – adobo pork tenderloin http://cookingmisadventures.wordpress.com/2011/07/14/adobo-pork-tenderloin-and-glazed-carrots-2/
    Wednesday – leftovers
    Thursday – capellini pomodoro
    Friday – grilled burgers and homemade sweet potato fries
    Saturday – creamy dill salmon and herb roasted potatoes
    http://cookingmisadventures.wordpress.com/2011/08/17/creamy-dill-salmon-and-herb-roasted-potatoes/

  19. I was wondering if you’d still be here today! Alas, you are…all my best wishes.

    Here’s what we’re having:
    Sunday: Leftover Chickpeas and Rice
    Monday: White Bean Soup with Bacon
    Tuesday: Eggs Poached in Marinara Sauce over Bread
    Wednesday: Barbecue Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
    Thursday: Pasta with Smoky Tomato and Bacon Sauce

  20. I cannot be much help on the name front, I am contemplating names for my own child. I do have a Conner. I think Cayden, Camden, Keegan, and Ashton are cute names.

    Sunday: Cajun Chicken Pasta, sauteed spinach and garlic bread

    Monday: Pepsi BBQ Chicken, Dill Potato Salad and garden salad

    Tuesday: Chicken Fried Steak, Mashed Potatoes, and Broccoli and Cheese

    Wednesday: Bowtie Lasagna, cheesy crescent rolls, and salad

    Thursday: Grilled Greek Chicken, mashed sweet potatoes, and tomato-onion salad

    Friday: Leftovers

    Saturday: Beef and Cheese Enchiladas

    You can view many of these recipes and links at http://kitchenandkids.com/2011/09/18/1849/

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    Lori

    Boy names are soooo hard! I’m 30 weeks and we are between Eli and Benjamin…leaning towards Eli though!

    • Carol

      We have an Eli! He is 17 months old and such an Eli! People constantly ask us how we picked the name Eli? We just liked it and thought it was different. We now hear of and meet Eli’s all over the place!

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    Heidi

    I have a Ray – not a Raymond- just Ray named after his great grandfather.
    I love Jack though and because we lost a good friend name Jack I would choose
    that IF it were me that was pregnant. But since I am 47 that ain’t gonna happen.
    Best wishes to you and your family.
    Sun- a cold picnic on the lake for my nieces birthday
    Mon.- baked chicken and manicotti
    Tues – salad with bean burgers
    Wed – fair food (my son is marching)
    Thurs – chicken taquitos
    fri – out with my friend Kim!!!
    Sat – double date with Hubby.
    doesn’t look like much cooking this week!!!!!!

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    Jenn

    Hey, Jane. I’m wishing you all the best this week and many, many wishes for an easy labor. I agree with the masses that girl names are easier to pick than boy names. Here are some we’ve kicked around: Mason, Miles, Dexter, Oscar, Rowan, Layne/Lane, Jasper, and Kieran. By the way, we tried a version of your Italian Chicken Panini Pizza this week. Amazing!! We used a homemade garlic balsamic vinaigrette as the base and some leftover grilled chicken on a whole wheat honey crust with fresh veggies from the farmer’s market. We cannot wait to try it again. Here’s what we are having this week:

    Sunday: Homemade veggie soup with whole wheat cornbread (plus 2 Tbs honey)

    Monday: Black eyed peas, collard greens, and leftover cornbread

    Tuesday: Leftover soup and cornbread

    Wednesday: BFD: blueberry pancakes, scrambled eggs, and fresh fruit salad

    Thursday: Chicken souvlaki, herbed couscous, and roasted brussel sprouts

    Friday: Leftovers

    Saturday: Leftovers or out to eat (or maybe another pizza!)

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    Carolina

    No menu to post since I always shop for 2 weeks worth of food and just make whatever I have ingredients for, depending on how busy our day is (which is always busy with football, baseball, gymnastics, piano lessons, boy scouts, homework, etc…). Had to wish you best of luck this week! I have 3 boys – Eli James, Mason William, and Deven Peter. So, those are the names I would suggest. :) I also love Jerren or Jaren (however you want to spell it). What you need to do is plan a big, long “to do” list that you can’t wait to start crossing off and that’s when you will go into labor! Sending you easy labor vibes… :)

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    Mona

    Hope you get to meet you little guy this week. I’m not much help with boys names since we have two daughters and five granddaughters. New baby on the way in March, sex not known until next month, but if it should be a boy, we will have a Zachary Steven. Looking forward to pictures of your adorable little ones.

    Sunday – Shrimp with fettucini and veggies
    Monday – Leftovers
    Tuesday – Tuna melts on English muffins with seasoned fries
    Wednesday – Spaghetti with tomato basil sauce and garden salad
    Thursday – Meatloaf on the grill, baked potatoes, coleslaw
    Friday – Leftovers
    Saturday – Granddaughter #4′s Birthday party dinner

  26. my menu isn’t too exciting… hope baby is here soon!

    Monday: departmental reception at a yummy local restaurant :)
    Tuesday: Ben gets to fend for myself while I’m at class… yay.
    Wednesday: lasagna
    Thursday: chicken tenders that I didn’t make last week…
    Friday-Sunday: out of town

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    Erika B.

    Hope that you will meet your little man soon. How exciting! We had no kitchen sink all week until it was fixed today, so homemade food will be great.

    Sunday-Taco Bell (shamelessly happy)
    Monday-Cream of Zucchini Soup, Feather Biscuits and Raspberries
    Tuesday-Leftover Soup, Biscuits and Pears
    Wednesday-Lemon Herb Roast Chicken, Boursin Potato Gratin, Garlic Green Beans and Cookies (doubling everything for neighbors with new baby)
    Thursday-Leftover Chicken Dinner
    Friday-Mac and Cheese or Frozen Pizza

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    na

    Monday – Indian ‘chat’: chickpeas, curried dry potatoes with fried savory crackers, sour tamarind chutney and yogurt sauce sprinkled all over
    Tuesday – lamb with celery(a dish called khoresh in Persian) with rice
    Wednesday – pickled okra in tomato sauce with home made bread
    Thursday – cabbage-apple-fennel slaw with rack of lamb
    Friday – braised Romano beans in tomatoes with bread/rice
    Saturday – bell pepper chicken stir fry with saffron rice
    Sunday – leftovers?
    Also, I plan to make preserved lemons, pistachio ice cream and sweet potato pudding sometime during the week.

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    Sarah

    I hope your little man comes soon!! I bet the girls are so excited!!

    Monday: Chicken sausage + mashed potatoes
    Tuesday: Linguine with caramelized onions and tomato sauce
    Wednesday: Mom’s taco soup in the crock pot (my favorite!)
    Thursday: Leftovers
    Friday: Party at work…yummy catering!

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    Elizabeth

    Back to school has been kicking my butt, so here is our easy dinner week:

    Monday – Leftover spaghetti dinner
    Tuesday – Pizza night or Trader Joe’s dinner
    Wednesday – Crock pot soup (not sure which kind yet)
    Thursday – Veggie mac n cheese
    Friday – Leftovers or Chicken Caesar Salad w/ bread.
    Sat – Out

    We are also having a boy in about 8 weeks. Here are some names on our list. Boy names are hard. Tyler, Cole, Chase, Evan, Taylor, Ryan, Devon, Micah, Miles, Wes, Jude. Right now we’re leaning toward Cole. We’ll see….

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    Sarah

    If my last name weren’t ‘Arnett,’ I would name a son Rhett. My MILs maiden name is Hamilton, and that would be his middle name–Rhett Hamilton, sounds so distinguished. Since we couldn’t have Rhett Arnett. We went with Jace. I have a Jace Hamilton.

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    Lynn

    Monday – Flat Steak with Mashed potatoes

    Tuesday – Roasted Chicken with Sweet Potatoe fries

    Wednesday – Hot Dogs & Chips (one of my most memorable meals as a kid)

    Thursday – Turkey Meatloaf and not sure the side

    Friday – dining out

    Saturday – ??????? thinking ribs but not sure

    Sunday – Breakfast – french toast

    Hopefully you have a wonderful birth this week!

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    Sarah

    That was supposed to be a comma in the end there. I hate typos and sentence fragments. After reading all the other boy name suggestions, I should mention that my other son is Lincoln Joseph. I really like his name too. =) And hubby is Gavin. Incidentally, I went out with him initially b/c I liked his name. I originally wanted a Gavin Jr., but Gavin Sr. didn’t. =)

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    Steph

    Sunday – Roast chicken, couscous and veggies
    Monday – Meatloaf
    Tuesday – Stuffed green peppers
    Wednesday – Black bean burgers
    Thursday – Leftovers
    Friday – Roast veggies with sausage
    Saturday – TBD

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    Kwqr

    Wishing you well this week! We have two boys, Quinnlan & Remy, and are due with boy #3 in December (Soren is at the top of the list – but I have to meet him to know for sure.). Am not very inspired to cook since it is a busy week… but this is the plan:
    Mon – Tritip, coleslaw, zucchini & bread
    Tues – moms night out – dad’s choice for dinner
    Wed – pasta & veg of some sort
    Thurs – friends over for taco night
    Fri – pizza
    Sat / sun – ?? Haven’t gotten that far yet!

    Best of luck with everything this week!
    Kate

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    Lisa

    My son’s name is Ethan Charles. My husband calls him Chuck sometimes. No nickname for Ethan :)

    Sun – Beef Stew
    Mon – Grilled Cheese & Creamy Tomato Soup (Everyday Food)
    Tues – Meatloaf & mashed potatoes
    Wed – Baked Shrimp & Feta (Barefoot Contessa) & orzo
    Thurs – Turkey Burgers (Anne Burrell/Food Network)
    Fri – out
    Sat – leftovers

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    Sara

    I love all your recipes! It’s hard sometimes to get my almost 2 1/2 yo to eat anything green, and its nice to try your “kid approved” meals :)

    As far as names go, I’m a rebel against the -aiden trend (braydon, caydon, aiden, jayden etc). I was always one of many Sara(h)s growing up, so name popularity was a big factor for me. The classics are really underused right now. I like John, Matthew, Ryan and Brian, and my son’s name is Kyle Alexander. We live in Holland as well, and some Dutch names that I really like are Jaap, Pim, Lucas, Lennert, and Bram.

    I’m not much of a meal planner, but we’re doing Chili on Saturday for the bf’s birthday. Good luck with your labor!!! You know by now there is only one way proven to speed things along ;)

    • Lisa

      I agree with the classic names! My son’s 3rd grade (Catholic school) class consists of a Joseph, Matthew, Mark, John, Thomas and Luke :)

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    Lynn BB

    My son is Cameron James. I’d loved the name since I first heard it in high school and was finally able to use it on my third child fifteen years later.

    Short week as the family will be out of town this weekend:

    Monday: Chicken sausage and corn saute

    Tuesday: Crockpot chicken tacos

    Wednesday: Grilled chicken or pork tenderloin with salad

    Thursday: Ina Garten’s shrimp and feta with brown rice.

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    palma

    my favorite boys name has to be Chase Michel

    monday – Moroccan beef salad

    tuesday – taco salad

    wednesday – bbq with friends (ribs, sweet chili chicken, potato salad, coleslaw, green salad)

    thursday – leftovers

    friday – fish and chips

    saturday – at a wedding

  40. Hopefully by the time you are perusing all of the above delicious suggestions you will – as you wish – be dining on hospital food. In the event that you aren’t, I shall tip my menu onto the growing pile for your family to consider (you should be reclining with your feet up!)

    Monday: Slow-cooked Moroccan Lamb Tagine with Prunes and Chickpeas (posting soon)
    Tuesday: Lemony Courgette & Fine Bean Tagliatelle with Herbed Creme Fraiche (here’s a link http://bit.ly/qOCImC
    Wednesday: (leftover from Sunday) Syrian Okra & Potato Stew with Pan-Fried Aromatic Tofu (posting soon)
    Thursday: Very Veggie Black Bean Chilli with Proper Southern Cornbread (no mix – we don’t have those in the UK) http://bit.ly/q3AjOg
    Friday: Hopefully I’ll have the night off! Or a fortifying steak and baked potato with huge green salad

    All my recipes are kid approved, but mine is older so ‘does’ spices and herbs.
    Very best wishes for you and all your family.

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    Angie .

    We’re heading to Colorado on Thursday in search of our wedding venue, so it’s going to be a short menu this week…
    Sun – Steakhouse Pizza
    Mon – Pork Chops w/ smashed sweet potatoes topped with cinnamon pecans
    Tue – Italian Drip Beef
    Wed – leftovers
    Thu – headed to Colorado
    Fri – 3rd anniversary dinner
    Sat – Rugby game
    Sun – my first 5k!! (and at Mile High…)

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    Mandy

    We are having a baby at the end of November. We don’t know what we’re having, but I am 100% decided on my girls name but I have no clue what I would name a boy. Some passed up options were: Hudson, Miles, Cooper, Edmond, Oscar, Oliver, and Victor. Good luck!

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    Sarah

    I have a limited menu this week I think it’ll be
    Monday- chili
    Tuesday- crock pot baked potatoes
    Wednesday- enchiladas
    Thursday- left overs
    Friday- Out/Football game

    I always said if I had a boy it would be named Eli. I love Eli Vincent such a strong name for a boy. Good luck and many prayers for you all in this new arrival.

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    Andrea

    I was eight days late with my first and 12 days late with my second – I don’t wish it on anyone. I hope your little man arrives safely and very, very soon!

    And I actually have a meal plan for the first time in months!

    Sun: Philly Cheesesteaks and salad (also made Chicken in Chipotle sauce and rice for my husband’s lunches this week)
    Mon: Whole Wheat Gnocchi Caprese
    Tue: Chicken Hash
    Wed: Egg in a Hole with Fingerling Potato Salad
    Thu: Lazy Mama’s Broccoli Pasta (which I also made on Sun – yay me!) with sauteed chicken
    Fri: Sesame Noodles with carrots and peppers
    Sat: We’ll see…

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    Nell

    Boy names: Ezra, Jackson or Nolan!!
    Here is my menu, pretty simple using things we have
    http://distanceindays.blogspot.com/2011/09/use-up-what-we-have-meal-plan.html

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    lindsay

    I don’t have a menu to post, but I am working on it… I did want to make a name suggestion- Holden or Finn. :) We just found out we are having our 3rd girl today, so we are beginning the dreaded name quest as well.

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    Taylorbunch

    Although I am a frequent reader & meal planner, this my first time posting a menu!
    M: Leftovers
    T: Chicken Noodle Soup & Bread
    W: Fish, Veggies, & Saffron Rice
    R: Barbacoa Pork & Cilantro Lime Rice
    I will be visiting my parents for the weekend, which is unplannable territory!
    I have 3 girls (one is named Anna), so I don’t know much about boy names, but I really like Levi, Isaac, or Andrew. Good luck!

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    Jessica

    Good luck Jane!

    Sun – pot roast, carrots, green beans
    Mon – fried eggplant over spaghetti squash
    Tues – chicken, cherry tomatoes & feta over penne
    Wed – paninis & coleslaw
    Thurs – spaghetti w/ chicken
    Fri – homemade pizza

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    Diane

    I have a Jack William. He went un-named for his first day of life as we debated over names. So happy we chose that name b/c he is a perfect Jack. Good luck and I wish you all lots of sleep.

    sun – roast chicken with rice and carrots
    mon – turkey sausage and spinach lasagna
    tues – burgers and baked fries
    wed – chicken pot pie (using leftover chicken)
    thurs – some sort of shrimp dish – tbd
    Fri – homemade pizza
    Sat – out to dinner!

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    Michele

    This is not a menu but I noticed a lot of people roast chicken on Sunday and use the leftovers for items throughout the week. Sunday is the one day I can get everyone to sit down together so I like to have a “Sunday dinner.” This Sunday I roasted a bunch of chicken breasts (everybody wants white meat). I served them with roasted potatoes, green beans and TJ’s par-baked dinner rolls. After dinner I shredded the extra chicken and put it in the fridge. Later in the week it goes great in Enchiladas Verde (I use Desert Pepper green salsa, some cream, cheese, scallions); a quick chicken soup (my kids love it with chinese noodles so I put a little toasted sesame oil in the grownups’ bowls) and a myriad of other things like thrown in with pad thai or heated up with black beans, salsa and cheese and thrown on a salad or tortilla or tossed into a simple garlic oil spaghetti number. Obviously, there is a limit to how much chicken one wants to eat but my picky eaters will always eat it.

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    nina

    I dont have a menu this week because 2 day is my due date and we are just winging it.we r having a surprise this time. if it is a boy we dont have a name picked out either! hope all goes well with your labor and delivery! wonder who will go in 2 labor 1st.

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    Soybeanlover

    Good luck with the broken arm. Hope the little guy stays put. We’ve got an interesting week full of colds, typhoons, clean up and trips to grandma’s.
    M – national holiday(grandparents day) so daddy did BBQ
    T – tonjiru
    W – spaghetti and typhoon cupcakes(blue icing)
    Th – beef and pepper stir fry
    F – Sun – grandma & Grandpa’s house in Chiba!
    Fri is autumn equinox holiday.

    Ohh names. We have a Clark and Connor, but I also like Richard, Henrik or Orion. I tried to convince my sister to name her boy Charles Norris(get it, Chuck Norris), but no dice.

    Once again, good luck!!!

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    Soybeanlover

    Oh and the name Edward, because I’m a Sense and Sensibility fan.

  54. I forgot to share my menu, and the week is almost over. Oops! Well, here it is anyway. ;)

    S: Sauerkraut and Brats served with German potato salad
    S: Homemade pizzas, served with salad
    M: Salmon Croquettes with Lemon Dill Sauce, served with salad
    T: Tomato and sausage risotto
    W: Pork Roast, served with potatoes and veggies
    Th: Coq au Vin, served with buttered egg noodles and green beans
    F: Leftover night/Kids Choice

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    Dorothy

    I have a Robert, Justin Marc and Keith Garrett. Be sure to have a couple of names ready but you will take one look at that beautiful child of yours and you will know exactly what his name should be – best of luck -

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    Kelsey

    Had a delicious chili last night that slow cooked all day when I was working and was ready for consumption when I got home.

    2 cans petite diced tomatoes
    2 cans pinto beans in chili sauce (mild)
    1 can tomato sauce (chili-style)
    2 pounds group beef (although next time I’m going to try chicken or bison meat which would be healthier)
    1 onion (food processed so my hubby didn’t crunch into one!)
    3-4 garlic cloves, pressed
    5 tsp chili powder
    3 tsp ground cumin
    1/2 water (or more depending on how thick you like it)
    Salt & Pepper to taste

    Super easy and super delicious! Served with cornbread…

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    Bri

    Name suggestions — it’s so personal that it’s hard to give suggestions. But my sons are Liam John and Patrick Daniel. Liam and Patrick because we like the names, John for my hubby and my dad, Daniel for my sister (Danielle).
    I know you’re of Swedish origin, though, and one name I was pushing for a while was Morgan — my Swedish great-uncle is Morgan John. Dunno if that helps, but we didn’t use it, so I’m passing it along!

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    Jane Maynard

    first…thank you for all the great menus and recipes!

    second…thank you for sharing all your favorite names, especially when they mean so much to you! what a lovely group of people you are. we are loving having this marvelous list to read through and think about!!!!

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    Liz Martell

    Jane…Sorry I don’t have a menu to share but I couldn’t resist suggesting a few boy names for your little man…I love the names Blake, or Jackson, or Gabrial (Gabe!). You’ll know when you see his sweet face! Blessings to you and your family :)

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