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  1. Sunday, August 21

    Week 500 Weekly Menu + a Super Duper Awesome Giveaway to Celebrate!

    Today is a big milestone for my blog. It’s my 500th weekly menu post. FIVE HUNDRED. Five hundred Sundays in a row I have posted. No matter what. Yes, some of those posts didn’t have menus (like when I had babies or traveled to Africa or whatever). But most of those posts did include a weekly dinner plan and, more importantly, a place where our little community could come together to support and help one another get dinner on the table each week! I know these weekly posts have helped our family immensely over the years. I hope that it has helped some of you, too! In related news, I looked up the Week 1 Menu post. Oh man, we’ve come a long way from half a menu and only one comment from my friend Margo (thank you, Margo!).

    I think it’s time to celebrate the big 5-0-0, don’t you? We’re doing two special things this week in honor of the big occasion.

    The 500th Weekly Menu from @janemaynard, including favorite recipes from the blog and a fantastic giveaway!

    Celebratory Act #1: Menu #500

    First, I need to post a menu! This week’s menu is completely, totally, 100% UNrealistic and is actually a list of some (although not all) of my most favorite recipes on the blog. This seems like the best 500th menu I could pull together and is most certainly my dream menu (I would never in a million years make all of these recipes in one week, but it sure would be delicious!) Here are the links to all the recipes (links are also included in the downloadable PDF, which you can access by clicking the menu image above or by clicking here). As usual, please share your own weekly menu in the comments! (In fact, when you share, well, see celebratory act #2 below!)

    Celebratory Act #2: An awesome GIVEAWAY that you all need to enter!

    You guys. For real. Today’s giveaway is golden. I was able to get some of my favorite kitchen brands to donate all kinds of wonderful items for the 500th menu giveaway. AND we’re going to have three winners! Winner #1 will receive every last thing you see listed below. (Winner #1 is a lucky dog.) Winners #2 and #3 will each receive the first item on the list below (that beautiful 6-quart casserole from KitchenAid, which we will get to in a moment). Not too shabby, my friends!

    Here is how to enter the giveaway (prizes must be shipped within the US):

    • Leave a comment, any comment, on this post before Midnight PT on Sunday 8/28/16. That’s it!
    • BONUS ENTRY: Leave an additional comment with your menu for the week! (You must leave a separate comment to get the bonus entry.)
    • BONUS ENTRY: Follow This Week for Dinner on Facebook! (If you already follow, that counts! You must leave a separate comment to get the bonus entry.)
    • BONUS ENTRY: Follow This Week for Dinner on Pinterest(If you already follow, that counts! You must leave a separate comment to get the bonus entry.)

    You may be wondering what the giveaway actually is.  Here we go!

    KitchenAid's Professional 6-quart Cast Iron Casserole is functional and gorgeous. from @janemaynard

    • KitchenAid Professional Cast Iron 6-Quart Casserole (retail value $249.99): I love KitchenAid and they are always willing to provide the most wonderful gifts to celebrate my blog’s milestones. This cast iron casserole (with a lid that also works as a cast iron grill pan) is GORGEOUS and I love it so much. As I  mentioned, all three winners of the giveaway will receive one of these for their very own (you get to pick the color, but I gotta tell you, you’d be crazy not to pick Fiesta Blue. Really, it is so pretty.)

    Reliable's Steamboy 200CU Steam Floor Mop is my new favorite, we use it all the time! from @janemaynard

    • Steamboy 200CU Steam Floor Mop from Reliable (retail value $99.00): I’ve had my Steamboy since the start of the summer and it is my new favorite. It is just so easy to clean the kitchen floor and my 9-year-old Anna loves cleaning with it, which has actually been very helpful! I also love that there are zero chemicals involved. I use it once or twice a week and am so happy this steam mop is in my life.

    Force of Nature Green Cleaning Kit from @janemaynard

    • Force of Nature Kit (retail value $89.99): This is another new green cleaning tool we have in our home that is really cool. I actually just got mine, so I don’t have a lot of experience with it yet, but so far I love it. Basically you make a cleaning agent that is powerful, effective, chemical-free and safe. I’ve really tried to cut back on chemical use in our home for many reasons and this gadget will help tremendously.

    le creuset butter crock - one of my favorite kitchen items! from @janemaynard

    • Le Creuset Butter Crock: You should all own one of these by now because I talk about it enough. But I have a sneaking suspicion a few of you may still need one. Into the giveaway it goes!

    silpat half-sheet baking mat, a must have for any home baker! from @janemaynard

    Q Squared NYC Melamine Dishes - Perfect for Entertaining! Knoll Gardens Pattern | from @janemaynard

    • Q Squared NYC’s Knoll Gardens Serving Bowl with Provence White Salad Servers: Q Squared makes the best melamine dishware around and their new Knoll Gardens pattern has stolen my heart. (Note: the salad servers are not pictured above but are included in this giveaway.)

    Magic Chef Microwavable Cookware from @janemaynard

    • Magic Chef Microwave Cookware Set: Earlier this year I worked with Magic Chef to do recipe demos at a huge housewares show in Chicago to show off their new microwave cookware, which just hit the market! My favorite thing about this cookware is how it allows you to harness the steaming power of the microwave to cook all kinds of things, like perfectly tender chicken and heavenly chocolate lava cakes.

    KitchenIQ's Better Zester from @janemaynard(Better Zester photo credit: KitchenIQ)

    • Better Zester from KitchenIQ: Everyone needs a good zester in their life, and everything I’ve ever gotten from KitchenIQ has been awesome (including their knife sharpener, which I use every day!).

    The Smood from Dreamfarm (@janemaynard)(Smood photo credit: Dreamfarm)

    • Smood from Dreamfarm: Dreamfarm makes incredibly fun kitchen gadgets, many of which I own and love, and this one is no exception!

    live fashionABLE scarves from @janemaynard, supporting women in Ethiopia

    • ONE Beaded Bracelet, ONE T-Shirt and a fashionABLE Scarf: One of the very best things that has come out of having my blog is working with ONE. The work they do is inspiring and really making a difference and I am grateful to be a part of that work. Go ONE! And fashionABLE! (fashionABLE is a company I discovered through ONE and the work they do is amazing. And I love their scarves and have like a bazillion of them.)

    A huge THANK YOU to all of these companies for making this giveaway possible!

    Here’s to another 500 menus! (Oh man, can you imagine? Am I going to be posting these until I die? That would not be a bad thing, actually. ;))


  2. Sunday, August 14

    Week 499 Weekly Menu

    Happy Sunday! It’s going to be nice and warm this week, so I’m going with meals that don’t require much heat in the kitchen!

    Week 499 Weekly Dinner Menu from @janemaynard including FREE printable meal plan and shopping list!

    MONDAY:
    Carnitas tacos

    TUESDAY:
    Asian Chicken Salad

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Hot dogs and brats on the grill
    – Fresh fruit

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    Rachel Sandwiches

    SATURDAY:
    – Takeout night

    SUNDAY:
    – Breakfast for dinner: Waffles and Smoothies

    Next week is Weekly Menu 500! How crazy is that?!?! Be sure to check in that day because I have something special planned to celebrate!

    As usual, please share your own dinner plans for the week in the comments! I love reading them each week and using your ideas for inspiration, and I know I’m not the only one who feels that way! 🙂


  3. Sunday, August 7

    Week 498 Weekly Menu

    Tomorrow is my last day of vacation…which means next week I will be back to normal with everything, including the weekly meal plan. This week I’m planning a nice and simple menu to ease myself back into real life.

    MONDAY:
    Honey Goat Cheese Pizza

    TUESDAY:
    – Travel day…airport food

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Caprese Salad

    THURSDAY:
    Waffles

    FRIDAY:
    – BLTs

    SATURDAY:
    – Takeout night

    SUNDAY:
    Carnitas tacos

    Your turn! Please share your dinner plans for the week in the comments, too! And have a great week!


  4. Sunday, July 31

    Week 497 Weekly Menu

    Hello from Cape Cod! We’re here with my in-laws and having a great time and even have a dinner plan for the week!

    MONDAY:
    Stuffed Shells

    TUESDAY:
    Seafood Sam’s

    WEDNESDAY:
    Orange Chicken

    THURSDAY:
    – Date Night

    FRIDAY:
    – Cookout / Leftovers Night

    SATURDAY:
    – On the road again…

    SUNDAY:
    – Back to New Jersey – no idea what’s for dinner yet!

    That’s all I’ve got because I’m on VACATION! 🙂

    You all know the drill…please share your weekly menu in the comments! Thank you and have a wonderful week!


  5. Sunday, July 24

    Week 496 Weekly (Non) Menu :)

    Hello from family vacation! I have no menu this week because VACATION. But I promised I would still get a post up so you can all provide inspiration for one another!

    I will have a recipe from my sister-in-law Cora to share with you this week (she made us dinner tonight and it was delish!), so keep an eye out for that.

    Until then, be sure to enter the awesome giveaway from earlier this week and, as usual, please post your weekly meal plan in the comments! Thank you!


  6. Sunday, July 17

    Week 495 Weekly Dinner Menu

    Hello, friends! This week marks the beginning of our annual trip to visit family on the East Coast. We have a lot of flying and driving happening this week, so I’m not going to bother thinking about what we will be happening for dinner each night. I DO know we’ll be home tomorrow night and I have the ingredients to make lentil soup, so that is happening at the very least.

    MONDAY:
    Lentil Soup

    TUESDAY – THE NEXT THREE WEEKS!
    – Annual East Coast Summer Trip!

     

    Even though I’ll be traveling, I’ll still publish each Sunday so you can call continue sharing your menus with one another. Plus, I have a few giveaways and fun things coming up, so the blog won’t be completely on vacation. 😉

    As usual, and especially now when I’m basically in vacation mode, we need your menus! Please share your weekly meal plans! Thank you all for your awesomeness!


  7. Sunday, July 10

    Week 494 Weekly Menu

    Hello, friends! I’ve been quiet on the blog and Facebook page this past week because, well, what a week it has been. I don’t even know what to say at this point except I’m doing what I can to amplify light in this world. Light is my focus. And love.

    We had a good weekend, away from phones and computers, with friends and family. And now, here it is, time to plan another menu. We have a quiet week this week, which the kids and I are both really looking forward to. I’m hoping it means we’ll have some time to cook together, too!

    MONDAY:
    Chicken Tortilla Soup (this recipe keeps NOT happening, but I WANT it to happen, so on the menu it goes once again!)

    TUESDAY:
    – Stir Fry and Potstickers

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Margherita Pizza

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    Chickpea Veggie Burgers

    SATURDAY:
    Phil’s BBQ with a friend

    SUNDAY:
    Lentil Soup

    My computer with my weekly menu files is acting up tonight, so I’ll get the PDF posted tomorrow.

    As usual, please share your wonderful menus in the comments! They really are such a help each week as I plan, and I’m sure it’s a help for many others, too! 


  8. Sunday, July 3

    Week 493 Weekly Dinner Menu

    Happy 4th of July weekend! I’m pretty sure this will be a pretty quiet week for sharing menus given the holiday weekend…which is fine by me! 🙂 I am posting my menu anyway, so if you DO have a menu to share, please do! Remember, you can post any day of the week, it is still helpful! Also, yes, I have carry-overs from last week. Summer means lots of flexibility with dinner plans! 😉

    Week 493 Weekly Dinner Menu from @janemaynard including FREE printable meal plan and shopping list

    MONDAY:
    – 4th of July Cookout!

    TUESDAY: 
    Teriyaki Chicken with veggies and rice

    WEDNESDAY:
    Chicken Tortilla Soup

    THURSDAY:
    – BLTs

    FRIDAY:
    – Leftovers

    SATURDAY:
    – Camping with friends! Fire food 🙂

    SUNDAY:
    – Visiting family in L.A.

    You all know the drill…please share your menus in the comments! And have a wonderful 4th!


  9. Sunday, June 26

    Week 492 Menu

    Happy Sunday, everyone! Believe it or not the girls and I just got back from yet another camping trip, this time up to the San Gorgonio mountains. It was awesome. We just got home and now it’s back to being connected and real life. 😉

    Week 492 Weekly Menu from @janemaynard including FREE printable meal plan and shopping list!

    MONDAY:
    Teriyaki Chicken with veggies and rice

    TUESDAY:
    Malibu Melt Wraps
    – Fresh fruit

    WEDNESDAY:
    Chicken Tortilla Soup

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    – BLTs

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out night

    SUNDAY:
    Grilled Salmon Tacos

    Click here for this week’s printable PDF of the menu and shopping list!

    You know the drill around here…we want to know what you’re having for dinner this week! Please share in the comments!


  10. Sunday, June 19

    Week 491 Menu

    Hey friends! We had an awesome Father’s Day and I am just not ready to sit down and plan a menu! But I can’t let a Sunday go by without a post…so, this is my placeholder post until I can plan the official menu for the week tomorrow. If you’re more on the ball than I am, feel free to start leaving your dinner plans for the week in the comments below! I will be back tomorrow with the actual menu! 🙂

    UPDATE TUESDAY 6/21: Okay, I just went to make the PDF for this week’s menu, and my computer is acting all crazylike! Apparently it’s on summer vacation, too. SO, I’m just going to list the menu below. Don’t worry, it’s not a menu worth downloading a PDF for anyway! 😉

    MONDAY:
    – Benihana with the kids – their end-of-school special dinner request!

    TUESDAY:
    – Hot dogs & brats
    – Watermelon, potato salad, coleslaw

    WEDNESDAY:
    Chili

    THURSDAY:
    Teriyaki Chicken with veggies and rice

    FRIDAY – SUNDAY:
    – The girls and I are camping again! The boys will find for themselves this weekend!

    That’s all she wrote! Some of you have already posted your menus…THANK YOU! Keep the menus coming!