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  1. Monday, October 9

    Week 556 Weekly Menu from Cadry Nelson of Cadry’s Kitchen

    Hello! It’s time for another weekly menu already? Where do the weeks go???

    This week’s guest menu planner is Cadry Nelson. Cadry is the writer, photographer and recipe creator behind Cadry’s Kitchen, a vegan food & lifestyle blog. Cadry makes vegan eating approachable and incomplicated with her wonderful recipes and weekly videos. Plus, she is hilarious. Cadry is one of those people I really wish lived in my neighborhood so we could hang out all the time and just laugh and laugh. Anyway, I was really hoping Cadry would say yes when I asked her to pull together a weekly menu because I think it’s super cool to mix things up with some vegan recipes. Seriously, though, how delicious does her menu look?

    Week 556 Weekly Menu - Guest Menu by Cadry Nelson of the vegan food blog Cadry's Kitchen, from @janemaynard

    MONDAY:
    3-Bean Chili

    TUESDAY:
    Artichoke Pesto Pasta with Roasted Chickpeas

    WEDNESDAY:
    Bulgogi Tofu Bowls

    THURSDAY:
    Taco Pizza

    FRIDAY:
    Double Hummus Wraps
    Israeli Couscous Salad

    SATURDAY:
    Taco Salad with Spicy Black Beans

    SUNDAY:
    Mini Vegetable Pot Pie
    Roasted Brussels Sprouts

    Cadry, thank you so much for sharing some of your favorite vegan recipes with us!

    Click here or on the image above to download a free PDF of this week’s dinner plan and ingredients list. 

    You know the drill – share your menus in the comments, vegan or not! 😉 Have a great week!


  2. Thursday, October 5

    The Easiest Dinosaur Birthday Cake That Was Beyond Beloved

    Owen’s birthday was last week and I have yet to share his birthday cake with you all. I love making fun birthday cakes for my kids and my kids really look forward to planning out their cake each year. For his 6th birthday, Owen decided he wanted a dinosaur birthday party. He and I sat down and scrolled through Pinterest together to find the perfect dinosaur birthday cake. Owen picked out a few options, kept changing his mind about which cake he wanted, and then learned about chocolate candy that looks like rocks. Once he knew that candy existed he was hooked on making what turned out to be the easiest dinosaur birthday cake ever. Thanks, Owen!

    Easiest Dinosaur Birthday Cake from @janemaynard

    So, how do you make the easiest dinosaur birthday cake ever?

    1. Make a 2-layer round cake. Frost with chocolate frosting. Be generous with the frosting, especially on the top as those dinosaurs need a nice layer of mud to sink their feet into so they can stay standing!
    2. Buy chocolate candy that looks like rocks/pebbles. (I found the candy at Cost Plus World Market. They have pebble candy on Amazon, too, although the candy at Cost Plus were cuter and cheaper.)
    3. Place said candy on top of the cake.
    4. Pick out 3 of your child’s toy dinosaurs, stick them on top of the cake. (Dinosaurs should be relatively small – the big ones tip over.)
    5. YOU ARE DONE. You’re welcome.

    Easiest Dinosaur Birthday Cake from @janemaynard

    I used Matthew Mead’s chocolate cake recipe, which you can find at the end of this blog post. I made a chocolate buttercream frosting for the outside of the cake – recipe below!

    Click here for the the inspiration for this cake!

    Click here for the other easy dinosaur birthday cake idea (hello, cutest fossils ever) that I was totally trying to get Owen to choose. I had him convinced for about 2 hours, but then that rock candy ruined everything. Except it didn’t because Owen’s cake was super awesome.

    Easiest Dinosaur Birthday Cake from @janemaynardThat’s Owen’s “I knew the rock candy cake would be as cute as the fossil cake, Mom” face.

    Here is how I made the chocolate buttercream frosting. Once again, people who usually do not like cake loved my cake. These recipes are winners. Also, use HIGH QUALITY cocoa powder. I’m telling you it makes a difference. Promise.

    Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
     
    Author:
    Ingredients
    • 2 sticks (16 tablespoons) salted butter, room temperature
    • ⅔ cups cocoa powder
    • 6-7 cups powdered sugar
    • 6-8 tablespoons milk or cream
    Instructions
    1. Beat butter with a mixer (I use my KitchenAid with the paddle attachment).
    2. Using a fine mesh sieve, add the cocoa powder to the butter. (The sieve prevents the cocoa from getting lumpy.)
    3. Gradually work in the powdered sugar, alternating with the milk/cream and beating well after each addition. I put a range for the powdered sugar and milk/cream measurements. Start with 6 cups and 6 tablespoons each, then add more powdered sugar if the frosting is too thin, or more milk/cream if it is too thick. Frosting should be a spreading consistency that still holds its shape.
    Notes
    This makes enough frosting for a 2-layer 8- or 9-inch cake, with a little leftover.

     


  3. Monday, October 2

    Week 555 Weekly Menu from Rachael White of Set the Table

    Happy October! Let’s get this month and week started off with another fabulous guest menu!

    Week 555 Weekly Menu from guest blogger Rachael White of the food blog "Set the Table" - includes FREE printable with dinner plans and ingredients list! @janemaynard

    This week our dinner plan comes from Rachael White of the food blog Set the Table. I met Rachael a few years ago on a blogging trip and she is just crazy nice and wears the coolest glasses. Rachael is a mom to two boys, wife to a school principal, and dog mom to two labs. She grew up in Minnesota, lived in Tokyo, Japan, and now resides in Colorado. She believes that food is one of the most powerful ways to connect with those we love. Gathering around the table can be simple and straightforward, or, with a little intentionality, it can be a transformative experience for everyone involved. Lucky for us we get a little bit of her food love this week and get to join her around her virtual dinner table!

    MONDAY:
    – Potato Okonomiyaki 

    TUESDAY:
    – Weeknight Marinara with Cinnamon and Mint

    WEDNESDAY:
    – 15 Minute Salmon & Avocado Rice Bowls

    THURSDAY:
    – Crispy Chicken Thighs with Peach Basil Salsa

    FRIDAY:
    – French Bread Pizza

    SATURDAY:
    – Chipotle Shrimp over Creamy Polenta

    SUNDAY:
    – Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto

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

    Thank you, Rachael, for pulling together such a beautiful and delicious menu! I love the fall inspiration and the taste of Japan woven throughout!

    As usual, please post your own dinner plans in the comments! I can’t wait to see what everyone has cooking this week!