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  1. Thursday, November 14, 2013

    Call for Recipes: When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade and Lots of Other Stuff, Too.

    I’ve been totally neglecting my blog this week. I’ve been sick. Yep, I’m making excuses. Everyone feel sorry for me now. No, really, DON’T. But I do miss you all!

    call for recipes: lemon recipes |

    It’s been a little while since our last Call for Recipes, so I think it’s time for another! And, today’s theme is LEMONS!

    Our neighbors graciously gave us a big bag of lemons from their tree in Palm Desert. In addition to the gifted lemons, my own lemon tree is about to burst forth with fruit. I have a feeling the Maynards are going to have a lot of lemons in our near future.

    call for recipes: lemon recipes |

    To save my family from being served only lemons on Thanksgiving, I need you to share your best lemon recipes! I already put a call out for ideas on Facebook, which was incredibly helpful. However, it made me think we need a place to share actual recipes with one another. So, here we are!

    Share your favorite lemon recipes! Savory, sweet, cleaning “recipes,” anything! Feel free to type out the recipes or just share links, anything is game!

    I’ll start with my delectable lemon bars. Now, your turn!

  2. Tuesday, November 12, 2013

    Pumpkin Chili Recipe from Snack Girl

    A few weeks ago I went to a 1-day conference put on by Ladies Home Journal in New York. I learned some great stuff but, more importantly, I connected with people in person. That’s always the best part of an event! One of those people was Lisa Cain from Snack Girl. Lisa is great – I could talk to her for hours! Her blog is all about eating healthy food and she breaks down the nutritional content of all the recipes on her blog. Since you totally don’t get that from me, I thought it would be fun to share a bit of Lisa with you today with a guest post! Enjoy and be sure to check out her blog!


    snack girl's pumpkin chili recipe |

    Snack Girl posted this chili recipe with pumpkin last year and people are still talking about it. Yes, it was a hit.

    Why add pumpkin to your chili?

    It’s cheap, easy, and has 763% of your daily value of vitamin A in one cup (and only 83 calories). You can sneak a bunch of nutrition into food by adding pumpkin.

    After creating a no-bake pumpkin cookie and a pumpkin smoothie, I decided to try a savory dish. This chili recipe below is the healthiest chili (with meat) that I have ever made. It boasts 28% of your daily value of iron, 45% of your daily value of vitamin C, and 293% of your daily value of vitamin A per serving.

    This is like a nutritional “rock star” chili. I used ground turkey breast because it is low in saturated fat, and beans, corn, and tomatoes to up the vegetable content.

    I did think the flavor was nice, but missing the depth of a beef chili. I might sneak a wee bit of cheese on top of mine to make it taste a bit more luxurious. The pumpkin made it a great color and added a creaminess to the chili.

    As we greet fall, it is time to stock up on cans of nutritious pumpkin.

    Pumpkin Chili Recipe from Snack Girl
    Recipe type: Main Dish, Soup
    Serves: 6
    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (such as canola, sunflower, etc.)
    • 1 medium onion, chopped
    • 1 pound ground turkey breast meat
    • 2 tablespoons chili powder
    • 1 tablespoon cumin
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon oregano
    • 1 small can diced green chili peppers
    • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
    • 1 cup corn kernels, frozen or fresh
    • 1 28 ounce can tomatoes
    • 1 can cooked pumpkin
    • salt and pepper to taste
    1. In a large saucepan, heat oil and add onion. When onion has softened add turkey and cook until cooked through (should look white). Add the rest of the ingredients and taste to adjust seasonings. Simmer for 10 minutes and seve.
    2. For one serving = 268 calories, 4.7 g fat, 32 g carbohydrates, 8.7 g sugar, 26.3 g protein, 10.2 g fiber, 399 mg sodium, 6 Points+
    3. Points+ values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.


  3. Sunday, November 10, 2013

    Week 355 Menu

    These bananas are going to be used in something out-of-this-world-delicious later today. Well, assuming all goes well it will be out-of-this-world-delicious. And, if all does in fact go well, you’ll be getting the recipe this week. Everyone cross fingers and toes!

    bananas |

    How is it time to plan another menu? SERIOUSLY.

    Cilantro Sour Cream Enchiladas
    – Rice and beans

    White Chicken Chili

    Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burritos

    – Leftovers

    – Take out

    – Nate and I are going to the Stanford/USC football game. GO STANFORD!

    Broccoli and Chicken Pasta with Cream Sauce
    – Salad and garlic knots

    As always, I can’t wait to see what you’ve all got cooking for the week. Thank you for posting your menus!

  4. Friday, November 8, 2013

    Friday Show and Tell

    Happy Friday!

    I love November because of the food. The weather is cooler, so cozy foods are in order. And it’s Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is the best food day of the year by a long shot!


    I’ve been busy at Babble pulling together all kinds of fun recipe roundups and posts this week. I have to share the list of everything because there is some mighty delicious stuff in here!

    Phew! No wonder it was a busy week!

    You know the drill – it’s show and tell and everyone is allowed to share! Share anything you like, whether it’s a fun link you found, a recipe, or just something from your life!

  5. Thursday, November 7, 2013

    Cilantro Lime Rice {Chipotle Knock-Off}

    I love Chipotle. It’s delicious, they are working to have more sustainable food production practices, and I can feed my family of five relatively healthy food for less than what we spend at McDonald’s and other fast food restaurants. I don’t know how they do it, but it’s great and I happily partake!

    easy cilantro-lime rice | chipotle knock-off | from @janemaynard at

    One of the best parts of Chipotle is the white cilantro-lime rice (yeah, yeah, I skip the brown rice). I love it. It’s simple, it’s so good, and it’s a great base for a burrito.

    cilantro-lime rice | chipotle knock-off | from @janemaynard at

    Well, I finally figured out how to make it at home and I am SO excited! It’s really simple and oh-so-tasty. I’ve made it twice already this week!

    You’re welcome.

    Cilantro Lime Rice {Chipotle Knock-Off}
    Prep time
    Cook time
    Total time
    Serves: 8-10
    • 2 cups water
    • 1 cup white jasmine rice
    • About ½ teaspoon salt
    • 1 - 2 tablespoons of chopped onion
    • A swig of olive oil
    • About 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
    • Juice from half of a fresh lime
    1. Heat a swig of olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped onion and cook until soft. Add jasmine rice and fry it up for a few minutes in the pan. Add 2 cups of water and the salt, raise heat and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer (low) and cover. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring the rice halfway through cooking time.
    2. Remove from heat, add the chopped cilantro and lime juice and mix well.
    3. Voila!

    Props to Ari, my Mexican neighbor who taught me how to cook good, basic Mexican rice, from which I derived this recipe.

  6. Wednesday, November 6, 2013

    Slow Cooker Sweet Korean BBQ Beef Tacos

    I don’t use my crock pot nearly enough. I don’t know why, I just sort of forget it’s there. But I should because it really is pretty awesome. The recipes usually only take a few minutes to prepare and normally involve simply dumping a few ingredients into the slow cooker. Then you walk away and forget about the food until dinner rolls around. Again, why don’t I do this more often?!

    slow cooker sweet korean bbq beef tacos from @janemaynard at #CampbellSauces

    I recently had the chance to try one of Campbell’s new Dinner Sauces. I could choose between a skillet sauce or a slow cooker sauce. I decided to pull the crock post out of the cabinet above the fridge and let it do its job! We picked the Sweet Korean BBQ dinner sauce to try and had it for dinner last night.

    slow cooker sweet korean bbq beef tacos from @janemaynard at #CampbellSauces

    We loved this sauce for a few reasons:

    • Dinner prep was SO easy. The BBQ beef was simple to prepare, and when dinnertime rolled around, it only took me a few minutes to pull everything together.
    • The kids loved the BBQ beef served over rice with a veggie on the side. They all had seconds, thirds, fourths – I’m not exaggerating!
    • Nate and I went with the package’s serving suggestion of eating the BBQ beef as tacos. SO GOOD. I can’t tell you how happy I am there are leftovers for my lunch today!

    I rarely buy pre-made sauces and dinners because, well, I usually don’t think they are that good. But this Sweet Korean BBQ was awesome and I’m really happy we tried it!

    Slow Cooker Sweet Korean BBQ Beef Tacos
    Recipe type: Main Dish, Beef
    Cuisine: Korean
    • 1 package Campbell’s Sweet Korean BBQ Dinner Sauce
    • 3ish pound chuck roast (The back of the package calls for a 2-3 pound roast, but my roast was over three pounds and there was plenty of sauce for that amount of meat. I would recommend going with the bigger size roast.)
    • Coleslaw mix (no dressing, just the cabbage mixture)
    • Flour tortillas
    • Sour cream
    • Hot sauce
    1. Place chuck roast in crock pot and pour Sweet Korean BBQ sauce over the meat. Turn crock pot on low and cook for 7-8 hours.
    2. Remove meat from crock pot. Cut up or shred the meat. Return meat to slow cooker and mix with the sauce.
    3. Heat flour tortillas then top with beef, coleslaw, sour cream dollops and a bit of hot sauce if you want some heat. Wrap like a burrito if your tortilla is bigger or fold like a taco for smaller tortillas.


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  7. Monday, November 4, 2013

    Mini Homemade Holiday Biscotti for Handmade Holidays Bake, Craft, Sew + An Amazing Giveaway!

    I think it’s time that I share the biscotti I teased you with yesterday!

    handmade holidays bake, craft and sew-along #bakecraftsew

    This year I’m taking part in the Handmade Holidays Bake, Craft, Sew-Along with Rachel, Cindy and Kelly. They are some pretty awesome ladies and every year they organize 30 days of blog posts on their blogs written by a whole gaggle of great bloggers sharing homemade holiday gift ideas that you can bake, craft and sew! It’s pretty sweet (pun intended)!

    My post went up today on Rachel’s blog A Southern Fairytale. I share a recipe for mini homemade holiday biscotti along with a super easy and inexpensive holiday treat packaging idea. Be sure to jump on over there to check it out!

    handmade holidays bake, craft and sew-along #bakecraftsew

    In addition to all the great posts, Handmade Holidays is also hosting a wonderful giveaway! You can enter using the Rafflecopter form below to win $600 dollars worth of goodies! AND you can enter once a day! Here is the prize package:

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Good luck and remember you can enter once a day! Be sure to visit A Southern FairytaleSkip To My Lou, and According To Kelly every day this month for a new handmade gift ideas!

  8. Sunday, November 3, 2013

    Week 354 Menu

    I just spent the morning making holiday-themed biscotti. And, no, it’s not because I am super prepared and excited for the holidays to come. It’s because I’ll be participating in Handmade Holidays with a group of lovely bloggers this month. In fact, my post will go up tomorrow, so stay tuned!

    mini holiday biscotti teaser |

    Last week was INSANE and it was totally Halloween’s fault. While it was all really fun, I am glad it’s over and hopefully this week will be a little calmer.

    Stefania’s Braised Chicken
    – Roasted butternut squash

    Cilantro Sour Cream Enchiladas
    – Rice and Beans

    – Linguine with cauliflower and brown butter (from Everyday Food: Fresh Flavor Fast – didn’t get to that one last week)
    – Salad and crusty bread

    – Leftovers

    – I don’t know! Maybe waffles, maybe more leftovers if we have them…we’ll see!

    – Eat out with our friend Rebecca

    Grammy’s Orange Chicken
    – Rice + a veggie

    You know the drill! Please post your wonderful menus – whether they are fancy or not, we want to see them!

  9. Friday, November 1, 2013

    Friday Show and Tell

    Happy Friday! Hope you are all recovering from any sugar-induced Halloween comas!

    I think it’s safe to say we have officially entered the holiday season. Before things get too crazy and the giving season is in full swing, I wanted to share two meaningful ways you could give back and help out some folks in need.

    anna with mandy |

    First, a story close to home. This past spring Anna’s wonderful preschool teacher Mandy gave birth to her first baby. She and her young husband were so blessed to be given this miracle baby – at just 23, Mandy was a cancer survivor and they thought they may never have children. Everyone was ecstatic for this beautiful young family with their baby’s safe arrival! Then, just weeks after the baby was born, they discovered that Mandy’s husband Ryan had a rare and aggressive form of cancer. They are both in their 20s and it breaks my heart whenever I think about what they are going through. Their faith and positivity have been truly inspiring as I’ve read their Facebook updates, but they are definitely going through some difficult times right now. I wanted to share a link to a fundraising page for their family, in case you have even $5 to share with them. I rarely write about or share these types of links because, well, I could share them all day every day, there are so many wonderful people out there who need support. But this story, well, it’s been on my mind a lot.

    one and heifer international partnership |

    Moving on, I love partnering up with ONE, Bono’s non-profit campaigning and advocacy organization that aims to end extreme poverty and preventable disease. ONE is not a fundraising organization but instead achieves change through advocacy. I think they’re awesome and love the people I’ve worked with on their team. They just announced a new partnership with Heifer International which is really exciting. To find out more about the partnership and what Heifer does, click here! Plus, you can buy a goat. I know you’ve always wanted to buy a goat and that day has arrived, my friends.

    Looking forward to seeing what you all have to share this week! Have a great weekend!