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Category: Weekly Intros

  1. Sunday, May 20

    Sick of Lunch

    Hello everyone! Hope all your meal planning is going well! I think I may actually be able to cook a few of my items on the menu this week – yippee! This medicine I’m on has been a lifesaver.


    The most annoying part of morning sickness is that you can never let yourself get hungry or you’ll get sick, but you absolutely don’t feel like eating ANYTHING. So all you do is think about food, which you would rather not do. So fun. My current quandary is lunch. Technically I’m not supposed to eat lunch meats (risk of listeria), tuna (high mercury) or peanut butter (I have a medium peanut allergy so not supposed to eat them when pregnant). Okay, so without those three options tell me, what am I supposed to have for lunch?!?! As if thinking of things to eat wasn’t hard enough. Bagels and cream cheese have been the lunch favorite lately, although I think I might get SICK of it soon. Not to mention I’m eating enough cream cheese to keep the cream cheese industry in business, which may be good for their pockets but probably not for my love handles.

    (ps – please post your comments and menus… for some reason comments were disabled today, but they’re back!)


  2. Sunday, May 13

    Happy Mother’s Day!

    Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers and grandmothers and great ladies out there! I’ve had a GREAT day…haven’t cooked a thing! 🙂 Thanks to Nate and Cate for a wonderful breakfast in bed AND yummy dinner. We’re heading out for a walk, so I’ll post the song of the week tomorrow. Hope you all have had a great day!


    (Cate made this stunning Fruit Loop necklace for me at church today, but she refuses to let me near it…apparently it’s not for me, even though it says “Happy Mothers Day”?!? So far she’s the only one who has gotten to wear it. She looks cuter in it anyway.)


  3. Sunday, April 15

    Week 12 Craziness!!

    This week is gonna be CRAZY. Cate and I are driving 751.04 miles alone together. (See title of post.) As luck would have it, both sets of our East Coast parents will be in Utah visiting the same week, and my brother is supposedly graduating from college, so time to hit the road! Thankfully my dad will be with us on the drive back, so only 1-way of total, absolute, sheer craziness.

    Anyway, between work, packing, exercise, drinking my daily amount of water, trying to be a good mom and volunteering from 5-10pm the day before I leave…I’m going for EASY meals this week (enter Trader Joe’s…so sorry to the TJ-less people out there!). No meals at the end of the week since Cate and I will be movin’ on down, movin’ on down the road. And no worries – I’ll still be posting on the trip!

    Here are our empty road trip goodie bags…what yummy things will find their way inside by Friday? And when is Trader Joe’s going to start paying me?

    This week’s Song of the Week may cause me to lose some credibility, at least with staunch Republicans and country music haters. Oh well – I gotta be honest about what I’m listening to while I cook! Drumroll…“Silent House” by the Dixie Chicks. I’m not a huge country person, but I have always liked the Chicks…and I bought this BEFORE they won all those Grammys (that may have been a little overboard)…despite all that, I really do like this album – there are some good songs on here. The harmonies on this song are very pretty.

    POST YOUR MENUS! Post anoymously if for some reason you don’t think it’s good enough (which is silly). We all want to know what you’re eating! 🙂 Also, since I’m not full of real menu ideas the next two weeks, peruse past weeks’ menus for inspiration!


  4. Sunday, April 8

    Happy Easter!

    Happy Easter and Happy Spring to everyone! The Easter Bunny visited Cate…oh what fun! I was talking to my friend Ruth yesterday and she shared her family Easter tradition with me…eating Mediterranean-type food for Easter dinner. What a fun and thoughtful way to celebrate Easter!


    The Song of the Week is “Spring” from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. It’s hard to decide, but I think it is probably my favorite of Vivaldi’s seasons. And perfect for today!


  5. Sunday, April 1

    Happy 10 Week Anniversary!

    So, if you know me at all you know it is pretty amazing that I have stuck with this blog for 10 weeks… little did I know when I started that I would love doing it so much! It’s really improved my overall cooking experience (and, therefore, life in general) and I hope it’s helped some of you as well! I’m going to just keep plugging away and hopefully you won’t get sick of me. Please keep visiting, sharing the site with friends and sharing your great menus. And if you haven’t posted yet – please do! All menus welcome – simple, complex, easy, gourmet, yummy, yucky, whatever!


    I’ve been swamped with work lately. It was getting to be a drag and a bit stressful. Then I read this post on Anna Maria Horner’s blog – I stopped and took notice. I mean, what could be better than this “office” that I’ve got? I get to be home with my daughter and work when I want to in the comfort of my home, a place where I love being. Moral of the story: be grateful for the simple and beautiful things in your life.

    Song of the Week: “Crooked Teeth” by Death Cab for Cutie. I really like a lot of their other songs, but this is an especially good “kitchen soundtrack” type of song. 🙂

    Happy Anniversary!


  6. Sunday, March 25

    Week 9: Bonjour, it’s cheat week

    I’m a cheater this week… 3 of my dinners come from the last 2 weeks’ menus. SO SORRY! The last two weeks have been kind of crazy, and we were invited to dinner one night. I already have the ingredients, so gotta cook the food! At least I have more pictures this week to make up for my lack of new ideas. 🙂 So tonight we’re having crepes. I bought some brie and a baguette last night to go with it. Oh, and we’re only going to speak French tonight. Just kidding.


    Song of the Week: I’ve been wanting to do an Incubus song for weeks now. Even as I type I still can’t decide which one. I like their music a lot, but I REALLY love the lead singer’s voice. Okay, I’m going to choose now: “Dig” it is. This is probably the most “hard-core” band in the “Song of the Week” list so far, but this song isn’t hard-core at all, I promise. I’ll keep the other 2 Incubus faves in my back pocket for another week.

    Have a great week!


  7. Week 9: Bonjour, it’s cheat week

    I’m a cheater this week… 3 of my dinners come from the last 2 weeks’ menus. SO SORRY! The last two weeks have been kind of crazy, and we were invited to dinner one night. I already have the ingredients, so gotta cook the food! At least I have more pictures this week to make up for my lack of new ideas. 🙂 So tonight we’re having crepes. I bought some brie and a baguette last night to go with it. Oh, and we’re only going to speak French tonight. Just kidding.


    Song of the Week: I’ve been wanting to do an Incubus song for weeks now. Even as I type I still can’t decide which one. I like their music a lot, but I REALLY love the lead singer’s voice. Okay, I’m going to choose now: “Dig” it is. This is probably the most “hard-core” band in the “Song of the Week” list so far, but this song isn’t hard-core at all, I promise. I’ll keep the other 2 Incubus faves in my back pocket for another week.

    Have a great week!


  8. Sunday, March 18

    Week 8 and doin’ great!

    Sorry for the silly rhyme. Couldn’t resist. My mom and sis are here right now, which is great, and we had our St. Patrick’s dinner last night, which was also great. Think I can use the word great again? That would be great.


    CALL FOR A RECIPE: I want to make Corn Chowder this week. Anyone have a recipe they love? Please post!

    Song of the Week: “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” by Susan Tedeschi. If you haven’t heard Susan, you need to ASAP. This song is a Bob Dylan cover that just plain rules. She is from the same part of Massachusetts as my in-laws, so we all love her. But it helps that she is a dang good musician. Her voice is amazing, and I love ALL of her albums. She is definitely one of my favorite artists (I’m still bitter over her loss to Christina Aguilera for the Best New Artist Grammy in 2000).

    Thanks to everyone posting menus and ideas – this will sound cheesy, but it really does inspire me when I plan each week. So, thank you! Keep it coming!


  9. Week 8 and doin’ great!

    Sorry for the silly rhyme. Couldn’t resist. My mom and sis are here right now, which is great, and we had our St. Patrick’s dinner last night, which was also great. Think I can use the word great again? That would be great.


    CALL FOR A RECIPE: I want to make Corn Chowder this week. Anyone have a recipe they love? Please post!

    Song of the Week: “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” by Susan Tedeschi. If you haven’t heard Susan, you need to ASAP. This song is a Bob Dylan cover that just plain rules. She is from the same part of Massachusetts as my in-laws, so we all love her. But it helps that she is a dang good musician. Her voice is amazing, and I love ALL of her albums. She is definitely one of my favorite artists (I’m still bitter over her loss to Christina Aguilera for the Best New Artist Grammy in 2000).

    Thanks to everyone posting menus and ideas – this will sound cheesy, but it really does inspire me when I plan each week. So, thank you! Keep it coming!


  10. Sunday, March 11

    Week 7: Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!! That means GREEN FOOD in the Maynard house, a tradition I’ve inherited from my mother-in-law, Pat. Of course, I can’t go all green or all Irish for that matter… corned beef sandwiches with swiss cheese comprise the main dish (instead of corned beef hash). All of the supporting characters will be tinted with the traditional Irish color… green mashed potatoes? green jello? The possibilities are endless. Here’s Cate 2 years ago… sorry it’s not a picture of green food, but this picture should brighten anyone’s St. Paddy’s Day!

    Song of the Week: “Heal Over” by KT Tunstall. You may be sick of her two songs that you hear all the time… but I have to say I quite like her album. “Heal Over” is near the end and I think it may be my favorite song on there. Definitely check it out. Speaking of which, you should really be checking out ALL of the songs of the week… they are all DANG GOOD and you’re missing out if you aren’t 😉 plus you want to be as cool as me, right? Just kidding… but honestly, take a trip to iTunes or my store and check them out!

    Keep a look out for more frequent posts! I’ll be doing regular features from now on. If you have ideas or contributions for the features, feel free to email weeklydinners@gmail.com!

    Homework assignment #1: Please post your menus! If you already are, you rule! If you aren’t – share! Don’t worry if it isn’t fancy, either. It’s all about sharing and stealing ideas. Homework assignment #2: Pass the blog on to others! Some of you are doing an AWESOME job at that and I thank you!!! 🙂

    Erin go bragh!!