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  1. Sunday, August 9, 2015

    Week 446 Menu

    Hey there, everyone! I am home and unpacked and back to normal and FINALLY planning my weekly menu again! Thank you to everyone who diligently posted menus the last few weeks while I was taking a little break. You guys are the best and the reason this whole menu sharing thing is so cool!

    week 446 weekly menu from @janemaynard including FREE printable meal plan and shopping list!

    – Homemade Mac & Cheese (one of these recipes)
    – Fresh summer veggies

    – Chicken tacos
    – Chips and salsa

    Chicken Salad Sandwiches
    – Fresh fruit and chips

    – Leftovers

    – Eat out night

    Chicken Caesar Wraps

    – Breakfast for Dinner (specifics TBD!)

    Click here for the free printable of this week’s menu plus the shopping list!

    You know the drill! Please share your weekly menu in the comments! Thank you and have a great week!

  2. Friday, August 7, 2015

    Friday Show and Tell: Butterfly in the Sky…

    Happy Friday! We are finally home from our travels and back into a normal groove. It was a fabulous trip and we wouldn’t change a thing, but it is nice to be back in our own house again. I’m especially grateful for my down pillows. 😉

    I have just one thing to share today. Let’s start with a hint: Butterfly in the sky, I can go twice as high…

    reading rainbow is on netflix!

    READING RAINBOW IS ON NETFLIX! Nate and I discovered this last night and the first thing I did with the kids this morning was put an episode on. Reading Rainbow is a show that I’ve always been sad my kids didn’t have to watch – it ended right before Cate was born. PBS aired episodes until 2009, but I didn’t figure it out until it was too late and our DVR series recording never produced a thing!

    My kids are watching the show as I type and all three of them are mesmerized, from age 3 to age 10! And, as a parent, I think the show is even better than I remember it. I love its slower pace, how the show is educational while still fun, and that it’s filled with books, of course! I just wish that Netflix was going to air all 21 seasons (right now they have a selection of episodes on service).

    Also, in case you were wondering, I DO still have every word of the song memorized. Impressive, eh? (Okay, I think probably all of us do.)

    Happy Watching and Reading!

  3. Tuesday, August 4, 2015

    Homemade Pita Chips Are My New Favorite

    Right now I am in New Hampshire at my in-laws’ home. My mother-in-law Pat, the source of many of my most favorite recipes, is the queen of not wasting food. If the food isn’t rotten or moldy, she will find a way to use it!

    super easy and scrumptious homemade pita chips by @janemaynard

    We bought a bunch of pitas down on Cape Cod last week that we never used, so she packed them up and brought the pita bread back to New Hampshire. The pitas just kept getting staler and staler. Pat couldn’t bear to throw them out, so she decided to try making homemade pita chips, served alongside a scrumptious caprese salad.

    super easy and scrumptious homemade pita chips by @janemaynard

    Why have I never made homemade pita chips before? They were so easy to make and so crazy delicious I couldn’t believe it. They get all crispy but still have some softer spots that make them so much better than anything you can buy at the store. And, seriously, the “recipe” is beyond simple – anyone can make these!

    super easy and scrumptious homemade pita chips by @janemaynard

    I think I may have found my new addiction. And maybe yours, too. You’re welcome.

    Homemade Pita Chips
    Prep time
    Cook time
    Total time
    • Pita bread
    • Olive oil
    • Sea salt
    1. Preheat oven to 425º F.
    2. Cut the pita into triangle-shaped, chip-sized pieces. Place in a large bowl.
    3. Drizzle pita pieces with olive oil, enough to coat each piece lightly. Sprinkle evenly with sea salt, then toss everything together with your hands to coat evenly and well.
    4. Spread pita pieces onto a large baking sheet.
    5. Bake until golden brown, about 5-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the pita and your oven. You want them crispy, but it's good to not overook them so you still get a few softer spots.


  4. Sunday, August 2, 2015

    Week 445 Menu

    Hey everyone! First and most importantly, I was able to buy cannoli at Modern Pastry in Medford, MA yesterday. I’m sure you were all worrying that I might not get this task accomplished. Worry no more.

    modern pastry cannoli

    Okay, so, I’m totally just going to NOT plan a menu this week! I know, CRAZY TALK. We are flying home on Wednesday and it’s going to be a fun and crazy week and I’m going to give myself a break and not think too hard about anything, including the weekly menu. I promise next Sunday I’ll be back in the groove. We’ll be home by then and ready to go!

    Since I’m a complete slacker, we especially need your menus this week! Please share your weekly meal plan in the comments! And, if you need some inspiration while you plan, click here to see past weeks’ menus!

    Thank you to everyone who posts a weekly menu – I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it! Have a great week!