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  1. Sunday, January 11

    Week 416 Weekly Menu

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    Hello! So, last night we saw Kathy Griffin perform stand up and all I have to say is I laughed so hard that I was wheezing and needed an inhaler. I didn’t have one, but thankfully I didn’t die laughing. It was a close one! ;)

    week 416 weekly menu from @janemaynard including FREE printable meal plan and shopping list

    Menu time!!!

    MONDAY:
    – Veggie Quiche
    – Fresh Fruit

    TUESDAY:
    Beef Stroganoff
    – Broccoli

    WEDNESDAY:
    Chicken Caesar Wraps
    – Fresh fruit and chips

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    Chili
    – Corn chips

    SATURDAY:
    – Take out night

    SUNDAY:
    – Breakfast for dinner or leftovers

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

    You know the drill…please share your menu for the week! I seriously love reading your meal plans each week as I plan my own!

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  2. Thursday, January 8

    Managing Your Grocery Shopping List Using iPhone Reminders

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    If you don’t have an iPhone, then let me apologize in advance for today’s post. It’s pretty much useless to you, unless you get an iPhone one day and then you need to be sure to come back and read this! For those of you sporting iPhones, I am so excited about today’s post and I hope you’ll find it as useful as I do!

    How to use Reminders on your iPhone to manage your weekly grocery list from @janemaynard

    My neighbor Joan was telling me a few weeks ago how she uses Reminders on her iPhone to manage her grocery shopping list. She was describing how she uses it and it sounded pretty cool, so I gave it a try. Joan was right! Reminders is perfect for building a shopping list you can use week after week. The list is saved each week and it’s easy to make visible only the items you need for a particular shopping trip and then checking them off. I thought I’d run through the steps for how to use it and highlight why it’s so cool in the steps.

    1. Open Reminders on your iPhone.

    iphone reminders grocery list step 1

    2. Click on “New List” at the top.

    iphone reminders grocery list step 2

    3. Name your list. I went super fancy and called my shopping list “Grocery Store”. You can also select the color you want the header to be, if you’re into coordinating your Reminder lists by color (which I am).

    iphone reminders grocery list step 3

    4. Start typing in your items. Easy peasy!

    5. After you’ve entered in all the items for your shopping list, click “Done” on the top right.

    iphone reminders grocery list step 3

    6. Click “Edit” on the top right to reorder the items on your list (using the little parallel lines on the right-hand side to move things around). Order your list however you want. I chose to order the items by what section of the store they are in. I also add in parentheses what store I prefer to buy certain items at, just for my own reference.

    7. Now you have your list and it’s time to go shopping! Go through and check off any items on your list that you do NOT need that week, then select “Hide completed” at the bottom. Sometimes you need to click the title of the list at the top to go to the Reminders home screen and then click back into the list to reset the list and make the “Hide Completed” and “Show Completed” button show at the bottom.

    iphone reminders grocery list step 5

    8. Go to the store and check off items as you shop. If you have “Hide Completed” selected they will disappear like magic!

    9. When it’s time for the next shopping trip, choose “Show Completed” and uncheck the items you need that week. It should automatically reorder to how you originally organized the list – if it doesn’t, just click the list title to get to Reminders home screen then click back into the grocery list and it should be all good!

    My goal is to put EVERYTHING I ever shop for at the grocery store on this one list. That means the first few times you go to the store, you’ll be constantly adding items you remember and re-ordering the list, but once it’s all put together it will be SO awesome and worth the work (and, honestly, it’s not very hard work). Note: when you are adding items and reordering them, you will need to have ALL the items on the list unchecked (so, NOT completed) to make sure you are putting them in the spot where you think they are going.

    Hopefully this all makes sense! As soon as you start playing with it I promise it will. Here’s to happy grocery lists for 2015!

    Update 1/18/15: 

    • My friend Jamie excitedly texted me this morning saying she had just set up lists in her reminders and it was perfect! She actually set up separate lists for the different grocery stores (a Trader Joe’s list, a Von’s list, etc). I thought that was a great idea and wanted to share!
    • Android users: Be sure to check out Comment #6 below, where Kay describes and app called Google Keep and how she uses it for grocery shopping.
    • Comment #7 below also shares another great iPhone app with sharing capability. If two people in your household equally do the shopping, I would definitely check it out. I know Reminders has a sharing aspect to it, but I’ve yet to try it out and see how well it works.
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  3. Sunday, January 4

    Week 415 Weekly Menu and Why Meal Planning is a Great New Year’s Resolution!

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    Happy New Year! We are home from the east coast and are gearing up for getting back into the groove of real life. Given that it’s January, I’m sure some of you are making new year’s resolutions! Which means it’s time for me to make my annual plug for meal planning! Whether you’ve never planned menus before or just want to be more consistent, meal planning is a great, actionable goal that is quite easy to implement, especially if you decided to post your menu here each week to stay accountable. See? It’s totally the best resolution around. ;)

    week 415 weekly menu from @janemaynard including FREE printable meal plan and shopping list!

    So, here’s my first menu for 2015! We are starting the week with Grammy’s Orange Chicken. We are really missing her this week and I think orange chicken pretty much has to happen.

    MONDAY:
    Grammy’s Orange Chicken
    – Rice and Side Vegetable

    TUESDAY:
    Easiest Ever Chicken Pot Pie

    WEDNESDAY:
    Real Simple Lasagna
    – Salad

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    Rachel Sandwiches

    SATURDAY:
    – Takeout Night

    SUNDAY:
    – Veggie Quiche
    – Fresh Fruit

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

    Okay, let’s see your menus! Please share! Happy New Year!

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  4. Wednesday, May 29

    Call for Recipes: Cooking During Difficult Times

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    Megan, a new mom returning to work this week, recently emailed me with a request that inspired today’s Call for Recipes. Megan emailed asking for dinner ideas for moms and dads with brand new babies. In Megan’s own words, “I am looking for ideas and suggestions on how you get dinner on the table during the week that’s easy and relatively healthy when we’re both back at work and I won’t be walking in the door until around six-ish and more interested in lavishing attention on A than spending a lot of time in the kitchen.”

    call for recipes - cooking during difficult times | thisweekfordinner.comI was definitely in survival mode when this guy came along, but it sure was worth it! Look at that yummy face!

    I think we all struggle with this on a fairly regular basis, but there are definitely seasons of life where it is more difficult than usual to get dinner on the table. Case in point: newborn baby. Also, sickness in the family, stressful work/school, the list goes on and on! We’ve all been there and we all go through these seasons.

    Often during difficult times friends and family step up to the plate with meals. I wouldn’t have survived after Owen was born if people had not been so generous in this regard! But even with help, dinner doesn’t come every day and it doesn’t last forever.

    Time to share ideas! What meals, recipes and/or strategies do you have around getting dinner cooked even when you’re stretched for time and/or energy? Please share your wisdom because Megan is right–sometimes (all the time?) you’d rather be cuddling with your new baby than slaving in the kitchen!

    I’ll kick us off with a tip! Make sure your fridge and pantry are stocked up with basics so you don’t have to go to the store very often. That was key for me. Whether it was having cooked meals in the freezer at the ready or just a jar of sauce and a package of spaghetti in the cabinet, if I had supplies we didn’t starve and ate relatively well. One more piece of advice…don’t be afraid to ask for help!

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  5. Sunday, January 1

    Week 258 Menu…and HAPPY NEW YEAR!…and a Resolution Suggestion for You!

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    Happy 2012, everyone! We rang in the new year by drinking copious amounts of Coke and Martinelli’s and watching Karate Kid (which may have been obvious by my Instagram feed last night…see here and here and here). It was a pretty rockin’ party. That’s how we roll around here.

    Okay, so it’s time for me to do my annual spiel…you know the one telling you how AWESOME meal planning is and that you should make it your 2012 resolution? So, here we go…meal planning is AWESOME and I think you should make it your New Year’s Resolution, starting today! Okey dokey, spiel over…but if you need some reasons why you should do it, click here! And, yes, I am ‘spieling’ for purely selfish reasons…the more of you who jump on board, the more menus I get to read each week. ;)

    MONDAY:
    – Pulled BBQ Chicken (in the freezer) sandwiches, topped with coleslaw

    TUESDAY:
    Chicken teriyaki and rice
    – Stir fry veggies

    WEDNESDAY:
    Orange Chicken and rice
    Roasted Cauliflower

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    – Eating out with friends for a birthday celebration

    SATURDAY:
    – Lasagna (in the freezer)
    – Crusty bread and veggie

    SUNDAY:
    Waffles, fruit and home fries

    Your turn! Let’s see all of your menus! And for those of you who haven’t posted a menu before…give it a try, it’s January 1 after all!

    Also…even though I’m bugging you about the meal planning resolution…I am going to have another one for you later this week that I’m super excited about, building on my resolution theme from the last few years. Can’t wait to share it with you!

    Here’s to a delicious 2012!

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  6. Tuesday, November 15

    Thanksgiving Prep: The Menu!

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    Thanksgiving is just over a week away, so I think it’s time we all share our menu plans for the big day! Of course, if you don’t have it pulled together yet, just come back later when you do!

    I seriously have been in such a baby fog I didn’t even realize Thanksgiving was so close, so we haven’t thought much about what we’re going to do that day. But I do know we’re going to eat! I’m going for a simple menu this year with our all-time favorites.


    Please share your menu plan for Thanksgiving! And if you have links to recipes and/or can type recipes into your comment, please do! I’m certain we can all be great inspiration for one another for the best eating day of the year!
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  7. Sunday, October 2

    Week 245 Menu

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    In case anyone was wondering, recovering from an emergency c-section is way worse than a regular delivery. But there is one benefit to being forced to do nothing. I get to stare at these…

    …all day.

    My mom leaves town today, after two weeks of having either her or my dad here to help. (I don’t know what we would have done without them!) We have a bit of time before more family can get out to help us, so I’m a little nervous about what the next week or two will bring. Thankfully, between church and good friends looking out for us, we have people bringing us dinner 10 nights in a row. I can’t even begin to express the gratitude I am feeling for everyone who is helping us out in so many ways.

    Anyway, here’s my meal plan for the week…sit back and let the food come to us!

    What are you having for dinner this week? Please share your menus! And have a fabulous week!

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  8. Thursday, May 5

    Confession: I Hate Grocery Shopping

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    The other day I posted the following status on my personal Facebook page:

    “I hate grocery shopping. That is all.”

    I immediately had a bunch of “Likes” and comments. Most comments were in full agreement. And Carina’s comment hit the nail on the head: “I only like to grocery shop if I go to certain out of my price range stores, with disposable income, and by myself. Every day grocery shopping? Sigh….”

    This is the problem. Sure, farmers’ markets are loads of fun! Fancy stores with fancy foods…bring it on! But that is rarely reality. Each Sunday I plan a menu. I feel good about myself. I’m organized. I know what we’re eating that week. My grocery list is ready to go. Then Monday rolls around. And things get crazy. And 75% of the time we don’t have time to get to the store. Then Tuesday rolls around, a day which is usually even busier than Monday. Finding the time to go is killer…and when I do, I have to get it done as quickly as humanly possible, usually with two grumpy daughters in tow. Between being a mom, working and watching American Idol, I simply don’t have disposable time (let alone income) to devote to the kind of grocery shopping that is in fact enjoyable.

    My friend Emily commented on Facebook that I should confess my feelings on the blog. So, here I am. Confessing. Laying it all out there. This food blogger hates grocery shopping!

    This is not the first time I’ve used the blog as a confessional. And, to be honest, when I confess things, I usually get good dirt on all of you, so I kind of love it. So, at the risk of causing you to wonder why I write a food blog, here I am…in all my grocery store hating glory.

    So, are you with me?

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  9. Sunday, January 2

    Week 206 Menu

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    Happy New Year!

    We ended 2010 on the beach in Monterey and started 2011 snug at home. On New Year’s Day morning, both girls slept in, and then Anna cuddled with me for about 30 minutes before everyone got out of bed. If that is any indication of what the year will be like, then I think 2011 is going to be great.

    It’s the first menu of the year. What shall we eat? Hmmmmm…

    MONDAY:
    Pulled Pork (I froze last week’s leftovers to use for this week)
    – I made coleslaw to top our sandwiches, but the girls ate tons of it straight up…will have to make twice as much to keep up with them!

    TUESDAY:
    Stuffed Shells

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Homemade Pizza

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    – Caprese Paninis

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out

    SUNDAY:
    – I’m liking my recent “Breakfast for Dinner” theme on Sundays…makes for a nice, relaxing Sunday. I think I’ll keep doing it, at least for the next little while.
    – I’m going to try a yeast waffle recipe, which sits overnight, and see how we like them compared to our usual waffles

    And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, my annual plea for you to make meal planning one of your new year’s resolutions! Last year I gave you some darn good reasons why this is a good idea, and all those reasons still stand (click here to read them!). And, of course, if you do make meal planning a resolution, be sure to post your menus here each week! We can help keep you accountable, and we love seeing your ideas…no matter how simple or fancy they may be. Can’t wait to see all your menus for the week!

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  10. Friday, September 10

    Just a little note…

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    Hey friends. I had a blog post planned for today. And, uh, yeah…I think it slept in or something. (Wish I got to do that!) ANYWAY…since that post dropped the ball (certainly isn’t my fault, right?), I do have two random little things I keep forgetting to tell you. So here we go.

    1. Don’t be scared to post a weekly menu. I’ve heard this many times from people…they don’t post their menu because they are scared/nervous/whatever. Know what I have to say to that? Phooey! No need to be scared. Or nervous. Or anything remotely related to that. And I honestly love ALL kinds of menus. From the fancy-dancy-uber-prepared to the we-are-eating-at-taco-bell-a-few-nights-this-week, they’re all wonderful and inspiring in their own ways! So…you have two days to psych yourself up for this week’s menu post. Go get pysching.

    2. I’m still doing my Eat Less Meat challenge. I haven’t mentioned it much. But this new way of eating has become a part of our lives quite seamlessly, actually. I even recently switched to buying organic meat, which has really helped me scale back on the amount of meat I buy. And, since I’m buying less, even though the organic costs more, I’m still spending way less money on meat each week. I’m also much more thoughtful about how I use the meat I do buy and we appreciate the meat we do eat more than we used to. Bottom line…it’s been easier than I thought, and we’re happy. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, click here to read about my 2010 New Year’s Resolution.)

    Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! And, please make some of the dip I shared with you yesterday. It seriously rocks…AND it’s healthy. AND meatless. Bam! Bam! Bam! Awesome all around, wouldn’t you say?

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