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  1. Tuesday, May 2

    Week 536 Weekly Menu

    I was just browsing through last week’s menus and it was just so FUN. So many little insights into your lives, it was happy/touching/sad/wonderful! It’s kind of amazing what a meal plan can communicate. So, thank you once again for sharing each week…both your food and a bit of your lives!

    It’s Monday, so thinking I need to get on this meal planning train…here goes…

    Oh, and now it’s Tuesday! I got this planned and ready to go yesterday and never hit publish. UGH! Okay, here goes for REAL.

    Week 536 Weekly Dinner Menu with FREE printable PDF with ingredients list from @janemaynard

    MONDAY:
    Chicken Pot Pie

    TUESDAY:
    – Tri-tip with roasted potatoes and vegetables

    WEDNESDAY:
    Roasted Veggie Scrambles
    – Smoothies

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    Sausage, Pepper & Onion Hoagies

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out night

    SUNDAY:
    – Pasta and Bolognese

    Click here or on the link above for a printable PDF of the dinner plan and ingredients list.

    Your turn! Please share your food plans for the week! 


  2. Wednesday, April 26

    Week 535 Weekly Menu

    How is it WEDNESDAY? I have been working on my menu since Sunday. It is happening. It is happening. Here we go!

    Week 535 Weekly Menu including free printable PDF of dinner plan and ingredients list from @janemaynard

    MONDAY:
    – Corner Bakery Cafe (free kids meal night, also hadn’t-finished-my-menu-or-gone-grocery-shopping-yet night)

    TUESDAY:
    – Hamburgers

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Greek Salad with Grilled Chicken

    THURSDAY:
    Cora’s Ground Beef Tacos

    FRIDAY:
    – Leftovers

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out night

    SUNDAY:
    Chicken Pot Pie

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

    Your turn! Tell us what you’ve got cooking this week!


  3. Monday, April 17

    Masala Salsa for Indian Tacos and Burritos

    An addition to my regular weekly menus in recent years has been Indian burritos and tacos. Basically we make cheater tandoori chicken and then wrap Indian-spiced foods in tortillas. And we love it. After a few times serving them, I felt like we needed some sort of tomato salsa to go on the burritos, in addition to raita. And that is how masala salsa was born.

    Masala Salsa, perfect for Indian tacos and burritos, from @janemaynard

    This recipe is simple, quick and easy and adds great flavor to your Indian tacos and burritos. And when I say it’s easy, I mean it. I make this little sauce every time I make the Indian burritos and tacos and it’s no big deal.

    Masala Salsa, perfect for Indian tacos and burritos, from @janemaynard

    Also, I totally made this up. The name, the concoction, all of it. I’m not claiming this is actual, real-live Indian food. These are simply recipes inspired by Indian cuisine that are delicious and fun. Disclaimer over. 😉

    Masala Salsa, perfect for Indian tacos and burritos, from @janemaynard

    Masala Salsa
     
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    Perfect topping on Indian tacos and burritos. Serve warm or cold.
    Author:
    Ingredients
    • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
    • ½ teaspoon garam masala
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
    Instructions
    1. Slice cherry tomatoes into halves.
    2. Put tomatoes into a small saucepan and add the garam masala, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce heat as low as it will go while still maintaining a simmer, probably around medium-low. Let tomatoes simmer until some of the fluid cooks off, about 10-15 minutes.
    3. Store leftovers in the refrigerator. Can be served fresh and warm or cold from the fridge!

     


  4. Week 534 Weekly Menu

    Hello everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend and that those of you celebrating Passover or Easter this past week have had a wonderful holiday! We sure did, Easter was relaxing and happy. 🙂

    Week 534 Weekly Diner Menu with free printable PDF with meal plan and ingredients list from @janemaynard

    Now it’s back to the grind, starting with the weekly menu. (Wow, I really made meal planning sound fun there.)

    MONDAY:
    – Leftover Easter food

    TUESDAY:
    Lentil Soup (using leftover Easter ham)

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Omelettes (using up more of that ham, my family is gonna love me!)
    – Smoothies

    THURSDAY:
    – Pasta with Grilled Chicken, Broccoli and Cream Sauce

    FRIDAY:
    – Leftovers

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out night

    SUNDAY:
    – Grilled meat of some kind with grilled vegetables

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

    You know the drill, share your own menus in the comments! Thank you!


  5. Sunday, April 9

    Week 533 Weekly Menu

    Hello! This week I am actually planning a legit dinner menu! Woohoo! Here we go…

    Week 533 Weekly Menu from @janemaynard including FREE printable PDF with dinner plans and ingredients list

    MONDAY:
    Indian Tacos

    TUESDAY:
    – Stir Fry

    WEDNESDAY:
    Chicken Caesar Wraps

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    Turkey Boursin Baguettes

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out night

    SUNDAY:
    – Pasta with Grilled Chicken, Broccoli and Cream Sauce

    Click here or on the image above for a printable PDF of the dinner plan and ingredients list.

    Your turn my friends! Thank you all so much for posting menus diligently week after week!


  6. If you’re looking for an awesome cake idea…Chocolate M&M Cake

    Here’s the deal with this post. The pictures are not that great. And I’m just linking to recipes. HOWEVER. I must write this post because I must share this cake with you. It is too delicious not to share. Let me introduce you to the most divine Chocolate M&M Cake you will ever eat.

    Chocolate M&M Cake from @janemaynard

    The pictures of this Chocolate M&M Cake are no good because I finished making the cake after the sun went down..and then we ate too much of it for me to take photos the next day. It was that good. Lest you think the Maynards are big ol’ piggies, we were hosting a party so we had a whole group of people helping with the consumption of this cake! (Although…I might be able to put down a good portion of this cake myself.)

    Chocolate M&M Cake from @janemaynard

    Here’s what I did to make this cake:

    1. I used the cake part of the SoNo Chocolate Ganache Cake recipe.
    2. I frosted the cake with my M&M frosting recipe.
    3. I broke up a bunch of M&Ms in a zip-top bag with a hammer and then stuck those broken M&Ms on the sides of the frosted cake.
    4. Angels descended from heaven and sang Hallelujah.

    You’re welcome.


  7. Wednesday, April 5

    Week 532 Menuless Weekly Menu

    WOW. It’s Spring Break and I just straight up forgot to do a weekly menu post this week! So, just letting you know that I dropped the ball and am thoroughly enjoying it. 😉 It’s so late and I’ve provided zero inspiration, but if you do happen to pop in and have your menu ready to go, please do drop it in the comments!

    See you next week when my brain is back in working order!


  8. Tuesday, March 28

    Week 531 Weekly Menu

    Happy Tuesday! Wait, TUESDAY?!?! In case you couldn’t tell, I, um, didn’t plan a menu yet this week. This is one of those “keepin’ it real” posts. I’m presently buried in work and, over the last week, have been dealing with sick kids and a certain something that you can find in people’s hair that ryhmes with “mice.” (I don’t even want to say the word because this is a food blog and YUCK…but if you ever happen to find yourself dealing with the same issue, the AirAllé heat treatment is the BEST THING EVER. 100% fooproof. Also, 100% expensive, but 100% worth it in my book.) Basically, it’s been a great week. I am straight up using last week’s menu, including the shopping list that I wrote down over a week ago and has been sitting on my desk ever since. Good times!

    I feel like I’m so late with this you probably have all given up on me…BUT…if you DO have your weekly menu ready, please share it in the comments! Thank you thank you!

    Hope you’re all having a better week than I am! 😉


  9. Friday, March 24

    Show and Tell Time!

    I haven’t done Show and Tell in SO LONG. It’s time.

    Julie's Greenroom, now streaming on Netflix (Julie Andrews and the Jim Henson Company team up to teach kids about theater)

    TV Loves

    Okay, so Netflix is keeping us busy lately. Here are a few of our recent favorite discoveries:

    • Julie’s Greenroom. Julie Andrews is the best person EVER, amiright? I just discovered that she has a new Jim Henson Company children’s show streaming on Netflix called Julie’s Greenroom. I already know I love it and I haven’t even watched it. Here’s an article from The Guardian that gives a nice summary of the show. My kids are going to be watching this show no matter what.
    • The OA. Have you watched The OA yet? WHAT DID YOU THINK?!?!?! I’m not even 100% sure I know what I think about it all, but I do know we blasted through the first season in about half a second. It was crazy and fun and mysterious and that-last-episode-what-the-what?!?!
    • The Grinder. This comedy series starring Fred Savage and Rob Lowe originally aired on Fox and is now streaming on Netflix. Nate and I cannot figure out why it was cancelled after one season because it’s hysterical. We’re considering watching all the episodes again because we need more Grinder in our life! (Hey, Netflix, maybe a Season 2? Just sayin’…)
    • Hap & Leonard. Netflix recently suggested this show to us and Netflix was right again. This Sundance series is great. We’re only about halfway through the first season but we are totally loving it. Also, OMAR. (If you see the name Omar and know what I’m talking about, then you’ll know you need to watch this show.)

    Be sure to check out Robyn Stone's new cookbook "Add a Pinch," an easier, fresher approach to Southern cooking

    Cookbook Loves

    One of my long-time blogging friends Robyn Stone just published a beautiful cookbook and I’m so excited for her! Robyn has been blogging at Add a Pinch for many years (seriously, I’ve known her forever in blog years!) and has published her cookbook of the same name. It’s as beautiful as I anticipated it would be and I can’t wait to dive into the recipes she shares in the book. The premise of her book is easy, fast, fresh Southern classics, which sounds just about perfect to me. A big congratulations to Robyn on the birth of her book baby! I am so happy for her and she deserves the very best! You can pick up Robyn’s book on Amazon.

    Seaworthy shop in Carlsbad, CA + SAND+GRIT jewelry - Fab Faves from @janemaynard

    Local Loves

    I need to throw out some local love from here in North County San Diego. If you’re local or vacation in North County San Diego, be sure to check out the recently re-opened shop Seaworthy in Carlsbad Village. My talented friend Ashley now owns the store and is doing beautiful things there.

    Thanks to Ashley’s store I just now have discovered SAND+GRIT jewelry, made by a local artisan in Carlsbad. I LOVE HER STUFF SO MUCH. I wear my new triangle necklace and copper cuffs every day. The Seven Earring in 14K Rose Gold is next on my to-buy list. Bonus: SAND+GRIT is high quality and affordable, a great combo. You don’t have to be in Carlsbad to get your hands on this awesome jewelry…just visit their website! (And good luck not buying everything.)

    That’s it for me today. As you know, Show and Tell is for the whole class…feel free to share anything you like in the comments! (And, if you watched The OA, seriously, I want to know what you thought!)


  10. Sunday, March 19

    Week 530 Weekly Menu

    Hello everyone! So, how’s the weather where you are? Still buried in snow? Or basking in springtime sun? We are currently experiencing the latter, which feels wonderful. HOWEVER…I am a wee bit jealous of winter storms and am crossing fingers SoCal gets at least a few more rainstorms before summer comes along.

    It’s time to plan the next menu, so here we go…

    Week 530 Weekly Menu from @janemaynard including FREE printable PDF with meal plan and ingredients list

    MONDAY:
    Tuscan Tomato Soup
    Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

    TUESDAY:
    Naan pizzas on the grill

    WEDNESDAY:
    Slow Cooker Sweet Korean BBQ Beef Tacos

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    – Grill night! Hot dogs and hamburgers
    Potato Salad and Fruit

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out night

    SUNDAY:
    Waffles and scrambled eggs

    Click here or on the image above for a free printable PDF of the meal plan and ingredients list.

    You know the drill, folks! Time to share your menus in the comments, plain or fancy!