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  1. Friday, September 30

    Friday Show and Tell: Entertainment for your weekend!

    Hi friends! It’s Friday Show and Tell time, and today it’s all about watching and listening to good stuff. This should keep you busy over the weekend, when you’re not cheering on Stanford football, that is. ūüėČ

    Netflix

    Netflix just keeps on keeping on with the great content. Here are a few¬†things I’m most excited about this week:

    Disney on Netflix!

    • Disney on Netflix!¬†It’s official – Netflix is the only place you can stream Disney movies on a pay TV service, which means they will continue to keep adding great Disney films to Netflix all the time. Zootopia is on there right now (my kids are obsessed) and Robin Hood. (We all had a crush on that sly fox when we were kids, right?¬†Just me?)

    Marvel's Luke Cage on Netflix!

    • As of today we can finally watch Luke Cage! Luke Cage is the third of the Marvel Defenders series on Netflix and I can’t wait¬†to get watching. We liked Daredevil a lot (although still need to watch Season 2), loved Jessica Jones and anticipate adding Luke to our list of favorite superheroes.

    Amanda Knox on Netflix

    • I’m intrigued by the new documentary Amanda Knox. They say if you liked Making a Murderer then this one is right up your alley (and it’s simply a movie rather than a whole series, which is kind of nice, actually).

    Narcos Season 2 on Netflix (one of our FAVORITES)

    • I almost forgot! Have you watched Narcos yet? We blasted through Season 2 in less than a week. SO GOOD.

    Music

    Just a heads up that I added a bunch of songs to my Kitchen Tunage playlist on Spotify (it’s been a while). Also, I created a new playlist called Happy Music. These are all the songs I made my family listen to in the car on my birthday. They make me car dance like a fool. Enjoy!

    I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team, which means they send me cool stuff from time to time. For the record, I would be addicted to Netflix in spite of said cool stuff.


  2. Monday, September 26

    Week 505 Menu

    It’s Monday. Yes, I’m a day late with my menu. But yesterday was my birthday and I just couldn’t bring myself to open up the¬†computer!

    Week 505 Weekly Menu from @janemaynard including FREE printable PDF with meal plan and ingredients list!

    So, here we are. This week’s menu! On Monday! We’ve got the whole Santa-Ana-heat-wave-wind-thing going on around these parts, so I am doing my best to¬†minimize using¬†heat in the kitchen this week.

    MONDAY:
    – Leftover pizza
    – Salad

    TUESDAY:
    – Chicken Caesar Salad

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Caprese Salad

    THURSDAY:
    – Hamburgers and/or hot dogs on the outside grill

    FRIDAY:
    – Leftovers

    SATURDAY:
    – Take out night

    SUNDAY:
    Bistro Chicken
    – Mashed potatoes and salad

    Click here or on the image above for a FREE printable PDF of this week’s menu and ingredient list!

    You know the drill, my friends! Please share your menus in the comments! THANK YOU!


  3. Thursday, September 22

    Fab Faves: Barefoot & Chocolate Spreads

    Summer is over and I think it’s time I get back into posting more regularly again. I’ve missed you! Today I want to share a new discovery in our house: Barefoot & Chocolate Spreads.

    My New Favorite Chocolate Spread: Fair Trade Certified Company Barefoot & Chocolates | from @janemaynard

    A week or two ago I posted about Barefoot & Chocolate’s Almond Coconut Chocolate Spread on social media and had quite the response as well as a few questions about the product. Honestly, I think it deserves a quick blog post. I need more than 140 characters!

    My New Favorite Chocolate Spread: Fair Trade Certified Company Barefoot & Chocolates - Almond Coconut Chocolate Flavor | from @janemaynard

    I discovered Barefoot & Chocolate¬†through my work with Fair Trade USA and am so glad I did! They make Nutella-like chocolate spreads that are in my opinion better than their more famous counterpart. Here are a few things I’d like to mention that I didn’t specify on my social media posts:

    • While Barefoot & Chocolate does make a hazelnut chocolate spread, I am head-over-heels in love with their Almond Coconut Chocolate Spread. The Dark Chocolate Almond with Sea Salt is also mighty fine, as is the Hazelnut. But that Almond Coconut?¬†Irresistible. (Note: You probably should like coconut…if not, go with the other two flavors!)
    • Yes, Barefoot & Chocolate contains less sugar than Nutella and you can taste the difference. Barefoot & Chocolate’s spreads are, well, less sugary with a creamier texture. If you want to talk numbers, a¬†2-tablespoon serving of Nutella has 21 grams of sugar while Barefoot & Chocolate has 13 grams. Obviously there is STILL SUGAR and the fat content is the same as Nutella. It is a treat, after all (don’t be fooled by those Nutella commercials telling us chocolate for breakfast is healthy). But, yes, there is less sugar than Nutella, which I think is a good thing for nutritional and taste reasons.
    • Barefoot & Chocolate¬†is Fair Trade certified and many of the ingredients are organic.
    • You can buy Barefoot & Chocolate on their website or in 2-packs on¬†Amazon (click on the following flavor names for Amazon links:¬†Almond Coconut Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Almond with Sea Salt, and Hazelnut. You can get mix-and-match-the-flavor 2 packs on Amazon, too.)

    My New Favorite Chocolate Spread: Fair Trade Certified Company Barefoot & Chocolates - Almond Coconut Chocolate Flavor | from @janemaynard

    PS: Graham crackers + Almond Coconut Chocolate Spread = THE BEST


  4. Sunday, September 18

    Week 504 Weekly Menu

    Happy Sunday, everybody! Nate and I just finished spending 3 days at the Kaaboo Festival in Del Mar, CA. It was a blast and the music today was especially stellar (The Avett Brothers won the weekend and we were so glad we took Cate with us today so she could see their show). Anyway, I’m in a happy mood after all of the fun and not ready for real life again! ūüėČ But alas…time to get back in the groove, starting with the weekly menu!

    MONDAY:
    Spaghetti and Meatballs

    TUESDAY:
    Asian Chicken Salad

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Sausage with Rice & Beans

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    Honey Goat Cheese Pizza and Pepperoni Pizza

    SATURDAY:
    – Takeout night

    SUNDAY:
    – BLTs

    Printable PDF will be coming Monday! Promise!

    As usual, you guys are rockstars and I LOVE that you post menus each week. They really are such an inspiration for me week after week! Anyway, please post your dinner plans in the comments! THANK YOU!


  5. Monday, September 12

    Week 503 Menu

    For the first time in 503 menus I didn’t publish my weekly menu post on a Sunday. It was the 15th anniversary of September 11 and it just didn’t feel right. Instead¬†I read and pondered and talked with friends and savored a day with family. And now it’s September 12 and I’m ready to start the week.

    Week 503 Weekly Menu from @janemaynard including FREE printable meal plan and shopping list!

    I have a couple repeats from last week. I know that I cooked last week, so not sure what happened there!

    MONDAY:
    ‚Äď Pulled Pork Sandwiches¬†with Coleslaw

    TUESDAY:
    – Baked Potato Bar

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Leftover night

    THURSDAY:
    Grammy’s Orange Chicken
    – Rice and veggie

    FRIDAY:
    Chicken Tortilla Soup

    SATURDAY:
    Cora’s Ground Beef¬†Tacos

    SUNDAY:
    – Leftovers

    Click here or on the image above for a¬†FREE PDF of this week’s menu and shopping list.

    You know the drill! Please pretty please share your meal plans for the week in the comments!


  6. Sunday, September 4

    Week 502 Weekly Menu

    Hi friends! Well, the first week of school went by quickly, and yet it felt like forever. Needless to say it was so nice having my menu planned and grocery shopping done for this week. Lifesaving!

    Week 502 Weekly Menu from @janemaynard including FREE printable PDF with menu and shopping list!

    MONDAY:
    – Labor Day! I think we’ll cook out on the grill and have fresh fruit and salad!

    TUESDAY:
    Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Coleslaw

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Baked Potato Bar (Cate’s request!)

    THURSDAY:
    Pollo Guisado Burritos

    FRIDAY:
    – Leftovers

    SATURDAY:
    – Takeout night

    SUNDAY:
    – Chicken Caesar Salad
    Garlic Knots

    Click here for printable PDF of the meal plan and shopping list!

    Your turn! Please share your food plans for the week in the comments! As usual looking at your menus from last week were incredibly helpful as I planned this week…thank you!