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  1. Thursday, March 13

    Flour and Sugar Storage Bins – To Use or Not to Use, THAT is the Question.

    I have never used flour and sugar storage bins. I know, crazy confession from a food blogger! I have always kept my brown sugar in a tupperware so that I can store it with a piece of bread to keep the sugar soft, but I haven’t ever put regular sugar and flour into storage containers. I’m basically too lazy and just keep the flour and sugar in whatever paper bags they happen to come in!

    flour and sugar storage bins from @janemaynard

    Well, now that I’m cooking with the kids more regularly, I find it’s really hard for them to measure out flour and sugar when it’s in the bags. We were at the Crate and Barrel outlet last weekend (we found a $1600 dresser in perfect condition for $500 – score of the century!). I happened to spot these adorable bins and decided to take the plunge into organized flour and sugar storage.

    flour and sugar storage bins from @janemaynard

    I’m glad I did! My baking drawer looks a lot tidier now and I like that the container closes all the way, you know, to keep out the bugs. (I found weevil in the flour when I was a kid and may never get over that experience. TRAUMA.) So far so good and it’s definitely easier to measure from these containers. Also, the containers I bought are so cute, I’m tempted to keep them on the countertop. I probably won’t, but I’m thinking about it.

    flour and sugar storage bins from @janemaynard

    So, do you store your flour and sugar in special containers? Or do you just keep them in the original packaging? I’m curious about what you all do and if more of you are like the Old Jane or the New Jane. If you do use storage containers, please share your favorites!


  2. Tuesday, March 11

    Pamela’s Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins

    Remember my pretty blueberries from last week’s menu post? I’m finally sharing the recipe for what I used them in! It’s a family recipe, complete with a newspaper clipping from the 80s. Total awesomeness.

    whole wheat blueberry muffins from @janemaynard

    The recipe is for whole wheat blueberry muffins. They are soooo good and completely addictive, which isn’t too terrible since the muffins use all whole wheat flour and are filled with healthy blueberries. (Sugar? What sugar?)

    pamela worthen's whole wheat blueberry muffins from @janemaynard

     

    whole wheat blueberry muffins from @janemaynard

    It may be a family recipe, but it’s not actually from my family. A few years ago my friend Anna had made some delicious blueberry muffins, of which I ate an embarrassing amount. I started gushing about the muffins and she told me how her mom had a won a contest with the recipe when Anna was a kid. Their family even ended up getting their photo in the local newspaper with a short article about her mom and the recipe. Anna is awesome and of course had a scan of the article and happily shared it with me, knowing full well I would publish her adorable 7-year-old face on my blog. I am such a sucker for recipes from old newspapers or handwritten on recipe cards. They just make me happy, especially when they are as delicious as this one.

    whole wheat blueberry muffins from @janemaynard

    So, we all owe Anna’s mom Pamela Worthen a great big thank you for this recipe. Thank you, Pamela!

    (>> Find out more…)


  3. Sunday, March 9

    Week 372 Menu

    Happy Sunday! I’ve been a bit lazy this morning so I’m getting my menu up a little late. Nate and my sister are trying to get me to plan on Saturday so that I can publish first thing Sunday morning. Hmmmm…that would involve being even more organized and I don’t know if I can handle it!

    week 372 menu - weekly dinner meal plan from @janemaynard including free printable menu and shopping list

    I used my entire menu from last week. It’s a miracle! So, no carry-overs. Which means more planning. Blergh. 😉

    MONDAY:
    Grammy’s Orange Chicken
    – Rice and veggie

    TUESDAY:
    Chili
    Corncake toppers

    WEDNESDAY:
    Spaghetti and meatballs
    – Salad and garlic bread

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    – Hamburgers
    – Carrot sticks and fresh fruit

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out

    SUNDAY:
    – Breakfast for dinner: Waffles and scrambled eggs

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

    You know the drill – get to work! Plan your menus and then share them with us! Can’t wait to see what you’ve got cookin’!


  4. Friday, March 7

    Friday Show and Tell

    It’s Friday again! I seriously don’t know where the time goes. When I picked Anna up at school this morning, she looked up at the St. Patrick’s Day banner hanging outside the office and said, “Oh, the days go too quickly.” Even my 6-year-old can feel time flying!

    I need a little something happy today (feeling sad for some friends…see below in my Babble section), so here’s a video the girls and I watched this week. All three of us were laughing uncontrollably. I love that my kids love Jimmy Fallon as much as we do.

    Here is what I’ve been up to this week…

    Yumminess on Cosmo:

    And on Babble (much love to my co-workers at Disney who were laid off yesterday…I have been constantly thinking about you since the news and will miss working with you all very much!):

    Have a wonderful weekend and, as always, please share anything you would like in the comments!


  5. Tuesday, March 4

    Malibu Melt Wraps

    Tacone is one of my favorite take-out food joints. They have great wraps and the best homemade potato chips EVER. Sadly, there are very few Tacone restaurants in the world and I hardly ever get my fix!

    malibu melt wrap from @janemaynard

    malibu melt wrap from @janemaynard
    While I know I’ll never be able to replicate their potato chips, I can copycat my favorite Tacone wraps. My most favorite was always the Malibu Melt. It’s simple but oh-so-delicious. And the homemade version is just as good as the restaurant. Bonus: this recipe is super quick and easy, which is always my favorite kind of recipe!

    malibu melt wrap from @janemaynard

    Happy wrapping!

    malibu melt wrap from @janemaynard

    Malibu Melt Wraps
     
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    Inspired by the restaurant Tacone, one of our favorites!
    Author:
    Ingredients
    • Flour tortillas
    • Cooked chicken breast, chopped, either grilled or breaded (I personally love the Bread Chicken Tenderloin Breasts from Trader Joe's in the freezer section)
    • Chopped tomatoes
    • Chopped romaine lettuce
    • Shredded mozzarella cheese
    • Avocado, cut into chunks
    • Honey mustard salad dressing (click here for a homemade recipe; I also love the Ken's Steakhouse honey mustard from the store)
    Instructions
    1. Lay out the flour tortilla and spread some honey mustard dressing down the center. Add the chicken, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, and avocado. Top with another drizzle of honey mustard then wrap it all up like a burrito!

  6. Sunday, March 2

    Week 371 Menu

    These blue beauties are going in something extra delicious this morning, but you’ll have to wait a few days to find out what it is. Sorry for the tease!

    beautiful blueberries from @janemaynard

    I can’t believe it’s already menu planning time. The weeks feel like days to me, they pass so quickly. Only one carry-over item from last week’s menu, although I am doing the whole breakfast for dinner thing again on Sunday because it’s just so relaxing and easy, which is what I need on Sunday afternoon.

    weekly dinner menu from @janemaynard including free printable menu and shopping list

    MONDAY:
    – Moosewood’s Pasta Primavera
    – Bread of some sort

    TUESDAY:
    Bistro Chicken
    – Garlic mashed potatoes + a veggie

    WEDNESDAY:
    Stuffed Shells
    – Garlic bread and salad

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    – Hot Dogs (my kids love it when we have this for dinner, so I’m throwing them a bone)
    – Carrot sticks and fresh fruit

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out

    SUNDAY:
    – Breakfast for dinner: Waffles and scrambled eggs

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

    As always, please share your weekly menu! Short, tall, big, small, we love them all! (Total Dr. Seuss material right thur.) Have a wonderful week!