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  1. Sunday, December 30, 2007

    Week 49 Menu

    Greetings from babyland…my in-laws have been here all week and leave tomorrow…I think we’re all going to be in a little shock this week without doting, helpful grandparents around! Needless to say I’m feeling a bit apprehensive about the transition to real life, so my friends are stepping up to make sure I survive by bringing dinner all week. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!! So, no plan yet again this week! But next week I’m going to have to come up with a menu…no more vacation from weekly planning.

    This picture is proof of just how gourmet I am lately. Globs of frosting, ugly paper plates. Lovely. Actually, my mother-in-law and I couldn’t wait for the cream cheese frosting to get soft, so we decided aesthetics are overrated. Martha would be so disappointed.

    PLEASE SHARE YOUR MENUS!!!!! You need to inspire one another…the cupcakes are a pretty good indication of just how UN-inspiring I am lately. 🙂

  2. Tuesday, December 25, 2007

    A Happy Christmas!

    Today was magical…one little girl so enthralled with her gifts she refused to eat (or even open more presents!) and one little girl so innocent and new, sleeping the day away.

    Happy Holidays! I hope your season is filled with chocolate, toys and love!

  3. Sunday, December 23, 2007

    Week 48 Menu…and a Whole New Life!

    Anna Maynard is here! Everything went very smoothly and she is proving to be a great baby! We are all super happy and big sister Cate seems to be adjusting very well…phew. It’s been a happy and wonderful week around here!

    As I’m sure you’ve surmised, I’m still not cooking much…I am going to make some Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding tonight. Mmmmmm. And I made omelettes for Nate and my mom yesterday (the picture below represents about all the cooking I’ve done in weeks). I figured it was the least I could do after all the help they’ve given me this week. But I am still not planning a real menu this week, or the next, and maybe the next?!?! 🙂

    – Christmas Eve dinner…which at the Maynards means “Order Chinese”. We’ll be ordering from Pei Wei…I can’t wait! (Next year when I’m not busy having a baby, I promise I’ll talk more about Christmas cooking…and maybe even attempt a Swedish Christmas Eve dinner, which is my family’s tradition. Those posts next year are gonna be AWESOME. 🙂 )

    – Grazing and leftovers. I’m going to try to pull together some cinnamon rolls…using Rhodes frozen bread dough of course.

    – My mom leaves Monday, and Nate’s parents don’t get here until Wednesday night. I think we might just go hungry this night.

    – Hey Pat, what’s cookin? (Pat’s my mother-in-law)

    Share your menus!

  4. Saturday, December 15, 2007

    Week 47 Menu…and Baby Day!

    In less than 5 hours I will be in the hospital…and for the next few days I finally get my menu wish: hospital food! Woo-hoo! Obviously I’m not bothering with a menu this week, but maybe my mom can post what she’s planning on. 🙂 Cate’s birthday is on Monday and my mom is the best birthday cake mom ever, so we’ll definitely post a picture of that!

    Even though I’m otherwise occupied tomorrow, I’m sure you all still have wonderful menus to share this week, so please do!

    Thanks to everyone who has passed on kind words and wishes for Baby Girl #2’s arrival – I really appreciate it!!

  5. Thursday, December 13, 2007

    Winter = Hot Chocolate (even in San Diego!)

    I know you’re all going to laugh at me (I would, too, if I lived somewhere else right now), but it has been quite chilly here in San Diego lately. I swear! 🙂 Anyway, it’s been good hot chocolate weather…so thought I would share my two most favorite hot chocolates with you.

    First, Williams-Sonoma has the best hot chocolate. You’ll see in the picture that right now I have the peppermint, which is good, but I think the plain is even better. Why is this stuff better? Because it’s hot CHOCOLATE, not COCOA. The only way to go is to actually have chocolate shavings melted in your milk, not powdery cocoa stuff. SO GOOD.

    Second, Mexican hot chocolate. Right now I have Ibarra, but Abuelita is great as well. This hot chocolate comes in blocks that you melt in the milk (again, so much better than cocoa)…and the flavor can’t be beat!

    Today Cate had her first hot chocolate. She was SO excited and loved every drop. It was really fun sitting there drinking it with her. Today was the last day of just “Mom & Cate”…my mom gets here tomorrow AND…it’s official, we go to the hospital Saturday night to have the baby! That’s right, even with crazy amounts of contractions for 10 days now, no dilation and no baby arrival in sight. Unbelievable. Anyway, Cate and I had a great day together, topped off with hot chocolate and reading books. Life is good.

  6. Tuesday, December 11, 2007

    Food on a food blog? No way!

    I know I’ve been a miserable food blogger lately, and I’m certainly grateful for your continued support! Believe it or not I actually cooked something last night! I really wanted a good, yummy dessert. Nate remembered that we have about 500 gallons worth of different kinds of hot chocolate in the pantry…which sounded good, but I still wanted something to nibble on as well.

    Shortbread sounded like it would hit the spot – a perfect companion for the hot chocolate. So I got mixing and Nate got melting. It ended up being just what I needed.

    I found the shortbread recipe on AllRecipes. It came out great, and it was EASY. Just what I needed in my contracting state. Interesting b/c it calls for brown sugar, which surprised me, but the reviewers said you HAD to do brown sugar, so I trusted them – it worked great.

    Definitely a good holiday giveaway cookie. You can see I didn’t spend much time trying to make them look good, but that’s because I knew they wouldn’t last long out in the real world anyway.

  7. Sunday, December 9, 2007

    Week 46 Menu & Imminent Eviction Notice

    Today I am 39 weeks pregnant. With Cate I was induced at 41 weeks, having experienced NO contractions or anything of the sort up to that point. This time around, however, my body has decided contractions are loads of fun…so they started up a week ago!!! Unfortunately they’re not getting anything done…needless to say I’m a bit tired. If this baby girl doesn’t come soon, I’ll be forced to send her an eviction notice. “This space is no longer for rent.” I actually don’t mind if she comes on time or late, but this contractions-all-the-time- for-no-reason thing ain’t so fun. Ah, the joy. Mostly, we are just getting so excited to meet this little person! 🙂

    One nice thing about having babies at Christmastime is that our house is decorated and cozy. It’s actually fun being stuck inside all the time.

    The amount of cooking (and blogging and cleaning and working) has decreased significantly, surprise surprise. You guys REALLY need to come through and share your menus now!!!!

    Okay, here’s my menu for the week…

    – Never thought I’d say this, but hopefully hospital food!

    – Hospital food? What, not yet?

    – Okay, for sure it’s hospital food now…

    – I’m still not eating hospital food?!?! This baby is grounded.

    – My mom arrives! What’s on the menu, mom? 🙂

    Picture note: It’s a good thing I’m wearing red today…my huge Santa Claus-size reflection on the bell is at least in the right Christmasy color scheme.

  8. Wednesday, December 5, 2007

    Christmas Treats!

    We are very lucky because we happen to be friends with a girl named Nikki who is crazy when it comes to Christmas cookies…every year she spends HOURS and HOURS and HOURS making treats for friends and family. Not only does everything taste good but her presentation is impeccable. She’s as worried about the packaging as she is about the food…in fact this year she almost didn’t make her box o’ treats because she didn’t have the right box! Thankfully a box stepped up…everything looked AWESOME and tasted even better!

    Believe it or not she scaled back this year – just cookies and pretzels. But just look at those puppies…I can’t believe they’re homemade. Scaled back? I think not! So cute, so well done.

    Thank you, Nikki, for another year for wonderfulness! (Quick note to my local friends out there: while Nikki’s work is certainly inspirational, I can guarantee you will never get anything close to as cool as this from me. 🙂 )

  9. Tuesday, December 4, 2007

    Oh My Darlin’…Clementine!

    Nate always says that eating Clementines makes it feel like Christmas…I have to agree.

  10. Sunday, December 2, 2007

    Week 45 Menu

    Every Saturday Cate and Nate go on a date to the bagel shop…it’s so cute. Cate loves it. Yesterday they bought extras so we had them for breakfast this morning. I just wish we could have bagels for EVERY meal…it was so easy and the LAST thing I want to do right now is cook dinner (or any meal for that matter!). Less than 2 weeks until my mom is here. I CAN’T WAIT.

    Here’s an attempt at a menu…I’m trying to do things that are easy and generate lots of leftovers. Last week was so awesome. Thanksgiving leftovers galore = little cooking. I wish every week was the week after Thanksgiving! Well, maybe not, but it sure was a nice week. Anyway, my menu may not be so robust, but you ARE getting two new recipes this week…Tostada Goop & Easy Crock Pot Chicken. See, I’m not ALL bad in these last weeks of being prego…

    Baked French Toast (this recipe rules)

    Debbie’s Easy Crock Pot Chicken

    – Leftovers

    – Book Club…have to figure something out for Nate & Cate

    – Going to December Nights at Balboa Park, where we’ll sample all kinds of great food! If you live in San Diego and have never been to this event, GO!

    – Christmas party…no cooking!

    Chicken Tostadas (see recipe for Tostada Goop)

    Please share your menus! Anything goes…hot dogs, shrimp scampi, WHATEVER!