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  1. Monday, November 27

    Week 560 Weekly Menu from Rachel Faucett of Handmade Charlotte: Eat. Make. Groove.

    Hello! I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving filled with the best food! We did…and we’re still swimming in leftovers. My family has informed me they are done with Thanksgiving food, but I beg to differ. We shall see…

    Guest Weekly Dinner Menu from Rachel Faucett of Handmade Charlotte (Week 560 Menu on @janemaynard)

    Today’s guest menu is fun and different than anything we’ve ever had on the blog. It comes from my friend Rachel Faucett, the founder of the blog and company Handmade Charlotte. Rachel and I initially bonded as roommates on the ONE-Heifer trip to Malawi I took a few years ago (here’s proof). My connection with Rachel is something for which I will be forever grateful. There is seriously no one on this planet like Rachel. She has boundless energy and creativity and is hysterical to boot. When I was asking friends if they wanted to write a guest menu for my blog, she was the first to jump in, immediately responding with ideas and inspiration for dinners, crafts and music. I told her to run with it and now here we are. Grab yourself a cup of coffee, sit down, and enjoy a trip through Rachel’s meal planning brain, which is unlike any meal planning trip you will ever take.  Thank you, Rachel, for creating a menu that is just so you.

    MONDAY

    EAT:

    This ricotta ravioli looks so beautiful and so deliciously inviting!

    Week 560 Weekly Menu on @janemaynard from Rachel Faucett: Sail a Ship Kite

    SURF:

    I adore this Sailing Ship Kite! I think I may try to sail away to Neverland on it. Will you join me?

    GROOVE:

    Chill out to Yo La Tengo – My Little Corner Of The World while you enjoy your delicious dinner.

    Week 560 Weekly Menu on @janemaynard from Rachel Faucett: Embroidered Leaves

    MAKE:

    This is such a great fall crafting project.

    Week 560 Weekly Menu on @janemaynard from Rachel Faucett: Studio Anorak

    FLIP:

    Flip through this cool magazine.

    VIBE:

    All good vibes here! http://butdoesitfloat.com/

    TUESDAY

    Week 560 Weekly Menu on @janemaynard from Rachel Faucett: Soup in a Pretzel Bread Bowl

    EAT:

    Soup meets glorious bread bowl in this brilliant combo!

    STYLE:

    WOW! I’m in love with everything from this shop!

    Week 560 Weekly Menu on @janemaynard from Rachel Faucett: DIY Hair Ties

    MAKE:

    How fun and adorable! Let’s make these hair ties with Lunch Lady magazine!

    WEDNESDAY

    EAT:

    Dinner is a walk in the garden with these gorgeous pizzas!

    Week 560 Weekly Menu on @janemaynard from Rachel Faucett: DIY Paris Doll

    MAKE:

    J’adore everything about these DIY Parisian Dolls!

    Week 560 Weekly Menu on @janemaynard from Rachel Faucett: How to Paint a Mural

    DIG IT:

    We love everything about Winter Water Factory and painted our studio a pattern from their fall collection!

    GROOVE:

    Listen to Come On, Come Over by Jaco Pastorius

    THURSDAY

    EAT:

    Order in from your fave take out place!

    Week 560 Weekly Menu on @janemaynard from Rachel Faucett: Sew on Patches!

    MAKE:

    Sew Patches All Over Your Clothes! Check out these Etsy finds:

    FRIDAY

    Week 560 Weekly Menu on @janemaynard from Rachel Faucett: Fried Eggs and Charred Tomatoes Toast

    Week 560 Weekly Menu on @janemaynard from Rachel Faucett: Blackberry Slab Pie

    EAT:

    Mix it up and eat breakfast for dinner under your table! Try these awesome Fried Eggs and Garlic Toast and this Potato Skillet Bake! And for dessert? This Blackberry Slab Pie will be gone in seconds.

    WATCH:

    Watch silly home videos, or make some new ones!

    MAKE:

    Draw silly pictures. Can you sketch a silly portrait of your siblings or parents?

    SATURDAY

    Week 560 Weekly Menu on @janemaynard from Rachel Faucett: Grilled Pimento Cheese

    EAT:

    Nosh on these melt in your mouth grilled pimento cheese sammys!

    MAKE:

    Rock out with these DIY Rock Candy Magnets!

    GROOVE:

    Get your groove on with this cool Putumayo jam!

    SUNDAY

    Week 560 Weekly Menu on @janemaynard from Rachel Faucett: Stuffed Butternut Squash

    EAT:

    Make some Stuffed Butternut Squash for dinner!

    Week 560 Weekly Menu on @janemaynard from Rachel Faucett: DIY Marbled Mugs

    MAKE:

    Marbled Mugs! One for each person in the family! Fill them with Hot Cocoa afterwards!

    GET COZY;

    Fill your crafted mugs with the most amazing Hot Chocolate ever!

    AS USUAL…please share your dinner plans in the comments! And, in honor of Rachel, share something that inspires you in addition to food!


  2. Friday, October 16

    Friday Show and Tell + The 2015 Maynard Concert Marathon!

    It’s FRIDAY! WOOHOO!

    autumn stone wall cocktail from @janemaynard

    I have just one food link for you today. If you’re looking for a good cocktail for fall, well, I’ve got you covered. Be sure to check out this recipe for an Autumn Stone Wall on BabbleThe origin of this cocktail dates back to Colonial times, so, you know, you should totally drink it in the name of history.

    Florence and the Machine in Concert, San Diego 2015, by @janemaynard

    Okay, so Nate and I went a little crazy this week. We went to three concerts, all on school nights. And I am feeling it today. Actually, I was feeling it yesterday when we still had one more concert to go, which I think makes me officially an old lady. But it was TOTALLY WORTH IT. All three concerts rocked (pun intended) so I have to tell you about them!

    • alt-j: I wasn’t so sure how the band alt-j would sound live since their music has a very electronic feel, but they were amazing! Really, so impressive. Their music is layered and complicated and different in a very good way. Such a great show, I highly recommend catching them live if you are a fan of the band.
    • Florence and the Machine: We knew Florence’s voice would blow pretty much everything out of the water and we were right. Her voice is unreal. And she is BANANAS, running and jumping and spinning like a crazy person the entire concert. She must work out a LOT because WOW. Also, she is unbelievably endearing and sweet. At one point she got choked up and confessed that she hadn’t wanted to do the show that night as her beloved uncle had passed away less than 24 hours prior, but that she was glad she had done the show anyway. I don’t know how she pulled herself together after that. Anyway, she rocks. Go see her show if you ever get the chance.
    • Hozier: This guy. I mean, we all know he has a great voice (and it’s even better live), but he is also a phenomenal guitarist who can JAM. And his songs are all great. Oh, and he is SO nice, with just a really positive vibe. He not only introduced the band members but the entire crew, including the bus drivers. At the close of the show he linked arms with his bandmates for a big bow, which was adorable, and he kept plugging the other musicians in the nicest most un-annoying way, including the opening band Little Green Cars (who were really good, btw). Basically, we love him. I also highly recommend going to one of his shows if you ever can.

    If you visit my Instagram feed, you can watch little video snippets from each show. They’re pretty sweet.

    That’s it for me today. As usual, please share your own stuff in the comments! That’s what Show and Tell is for!


  3. Friday, October 10

    Friday Show and Tell

    I have very little to share today except that I am SO excited to go to the Lorde concert tonight! And I am going to see George Winston tomorrow night. It’s going to be a good music weekend.

    lorde

    One quick food link to share from Babble – making pumpkin rocks with my kids for all the neighbors. We had a blast!

    It’s show and tell, your turn!


  4. Friday, August 16

    Friday Show and Tell: Bacon for Dessert?

    Happy Friday! Actually, for me it’s UNhappy Friday because it’s our last day on the Cape. Back to real life in just two days!

    Okay, Show and Tell time!

    Have you heard Frank Turner’s music? We’re kind of loving it around here.

    Breaking Bad is back! I am SUPER excited for this last handful of episodes. Also, I am on Team Hank. How about you?

    bacon desserts

    I pulled together a round up of bacon desserts on Babble today. I’m still not convinced of this crazy fad, but every last one of the pictures in this collection of recipes makes me want to dive right in. Hmmmm….

    I also rounded up 10 recipes for 10 different types of fish.

    Oh, and lemongrass recipes. I really love lemongrass.

    Check out our fun Mexican-themed family night we did with Grandma Phyllis!

    And don’t miss these 10 tips I shared for staying healthy even when the busy school year starts. (I employed some of these techniques while traveling the last few weeks and we did pretty darn good!)

    PHEW. For being on vacation, I’ve been busy. I need another vacation!

    Remember, you can Show and Tell, too! Show us what you got!


  5. Friday, July 19

    Friday Show and Tell

    Right before we moved from the Bay Area, I was laid off from one job and then quit another job for the move. Suddenly I had a lot more time on my hands. But, because I’m crazy, I quickly found ways to fill that time. I started writing for Babble and then started two other blogs, Kitchen Tunage (my music blog) and The Spoiler Alert (my TV blog, where I also have other great contributors writing). It’s like I like being a crazy person.

    The other day Nate was like, “You should totally be sharing the Kitchen Tunage music on your food blog.” And I was like, “Isn’t that why I started the music blog?” And he was like, “Yeah, but it’s your kitchen playlist, it all goes together!” And I was like, “Hmmmmmm….maybe….”

    And then I realized, I also kinda wanna share my Babble stuff with you, too. Plus, I’m always up for talking about TV.

    So, I am instituting Friday Show and Tell!

    Here’s how Show & Tell will work. I’ll share my “stuff” from the week. But I want you to show and tell, too! Share posts from your own blogs, share something you found online that week, share an interesting news story. Whatever you want!

    Have you heard Lorde? She’s only SIXTEEN. Unreal. She’s huge in New Zealand. She should be huge here. Let’s make it happen.

    Also, I hope you’re feeling Safe and Sound, because we are definitely feeling it around the Maynard house. Good stuff.

    Marie is loving Orange is the New Black. I might have to jump on the bandwagon! I am loving Dr. Vogel. A LOT. But I I am not loving that Jasmine M went home. Such a bummer! (Also, old news, but if you’re into Mad Men or Game of Thrones, I had to write about those season finales, here and here.)

    I made some beautiful bread in honor of The Hunger Games, I shared some ways to improve your cooking experience while camping, and compiled my MOST FAVORITE chocolate chip cookie recipes all in one place.

    Your turn! Show and tell!


  6. Sunday, June 2

    Week 332 Menu

    Last night Nate had a surprise date planned. Months ago he told me to get a babysitter for June 1 and that it would be a late night. I didn’t find out what we were doing until we were driving in the car last night! He did a great job keeping the surprise.

    imagine dragons sdsu 6-1-13

    So…where did we go? To see Imagine Dragons! I have to tell you about it because it was so much fun. The lead singer Dan is our friend’s brother, so it’s been really fun to watch their meteoric rise since the first studio album came out last August. It’s quite stunning, actually. Last night’s show was amazing and they are better live than on the album (not all bands can boast that these days…these guys are legit musicians, which became apparent watching them play). We randomly ended up sitting next to another band member’s mom and his two aunts. Ryan’s mom told us how she loves telling people that she got him guitar lessons in 5th grade and that he’s been devoted ever since. You could tell the family was so excited and delighted for the band, a bunch of nice guys that they love. And when Ryan spotted her in the crowd near the end of the show, it was so cute. At one point when the crowd was singing the lyrics, you could tell Dan was in disbelief. It was really sweet. Dan’s wife’s band Nico Vega opened for them. She was crazy in a really great way and a total rocker, plus her voice was amazing. The best part, though, was when she brought their headphone-wearing 10-month-old daughter on stage for a kiss. The entire crowd chorused with “Awwwwwww.” It was such a fun night, filled with positive energy and great music. Thanks, Nate!

    Alright, back to business!

    MONDAY:
    – Chicken Stir Fry
    – Dumplings

    TUESDAY:
    Cilantro Sour Cream Enchiladas

    WEDNESDAY:
    Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burritos

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    Rachel sandwiches

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out

    SUNDAY:
    – Breakfast for dinner (tbd)

    You know the drill…please share your menus! And have a great week!


  7. Tuesday, May 7

    Introducing Kitchen Tunage

    I have something fun to share with you today and I’m super excited about it! First, let me set the stage.

    This blog was born because Nate brought home an old, free iMac to put in the kitchen. I’ll never forget saying, “What will I do with a computer in the kitchen?” Makes me laugh looking back. Anyway, in addition to creating a free Blogger blog to list out the things I cooked for my brother’s reference (yes, that is why I started the blog), I also set up iTunes so I could listen to music while I cooked. It was revelatory. Having music playing made my time in the kitchen so much more enjoyable and I loved it!

    I tried to write about the music I was listening to, but it was hard to keep up and, frankly, didn’t seem to fit on the blog, even though the music was a big part of my cooking life. Then I had a couple babies and kind of forgot new music even existed. Lately, though, I’ve gotten more into it again. Between the kitchen and the car, the kids and I are listening to a lot of music. New music, old music, all kinds of music. I’ve even started “Music Education” with the girls to make sure they don’t end up on American Idol one day saying something like, “I’ve never heard of the Beatles. Are they famous?”

    I’m constantly wanting to share this music with you but haven’t really found a good way to do so. Until now!

    Kitchen Tunage - Kitchen Playlist Tumblr

    Enter Kitchen Tunage.

    Because one blog apparently isn’t enough, I’ve started another! Kitchen Tunage is my Tumblr blog that shares my kitchen playlist. It’s nothing fancy. I’m not a music critic and I don’t claim to be. It’s just my playlist, what we are to listening to now. There’s a lot of good music out there and I can’t help but want to share it with you!

    The playlist will have old favorites, new discoveries, random stuff we’re listening to and the lists of bands that the girls are being educated on. I’ll update it almost daily. It’s gonna be fun! Head over, take a listen, and spread the word…my little Tumblr needs friends!