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  1. Sunday, January 10, 2021

    Week 707 Weekly Menu

    I will most likely be having a second procedure on my thumb this week, so back to using some Hello Fresh meals…Nate and the kids will have to start cooking again!

    Week 707 Weekly Dinner Menu

    MONDAY:

    • Chicken Sausage Rigatoni

    TUESDAY:

    • Firecracker Meatballs

    WEDNESDAY:

    • Bulgogi Lime Pork Tenderloin

    THURSDAY:

    • Leftovers

    FRIDAY:

    • Rachel Sandwiches

    SATURDAY:

    • Local Takeout

    SUNDAY:

    • Grill night…going to have Nate smoke something yummy!

    Your turn! Please share your own meal plans below!


  2. Sunday, January 3, 2021

    Week 706 Weekly Menu

    This is going to be our first week in over two months where I am not getting a Hello Fresh meal kit delivery. Going to try “roughing it” again. Which mostly means I have to do my own grocery shopping this week…ugh!

    Week 706 Weekly Dinner Menu

    MONDAY:

    TUESDAY:

    WEDNESDAY:

    THURSDAY:

    • Leftovers

    FRIDAY:

    • Local Takeout

    SATURDAY:

    SUNDAY:

    • Smoked Pork Shoulder with coleslaw and picked onions

    Your turn! Thank you for sharing your menu in the comments below!


  3. Sunday, December 27, 2020

    Week 705 Weekly Menu

    Nate got a Traeger smoker grill for Christmas and that was for real the best idea EVER. He has already smoked a small pork shoulder and it was so good that at 10 pm last night when it was finally done we all just gathered around the meat and ate and ate and ate. Tonight he’s smoking brats. And he has two more smoked meats coming this week. Merry Christmas to all of us!

    Week 705 Weekly Dinner Menu

    MONDAY:

    • Smoked Pork Shoulder

    TUESDAY:

    • Pork Luau Bowls (Hello Fresh)

    WEDNESDAY:

    • Chicken Stir Fry Tacos (Hello Fresh)

    THURSDAY: Happy New Year’s Eve!

    FRIDAY:

    • Leftovers

    SATURDAY:

    • Coconut Curry Chicken (Hello Fresh)

    SUNDAY:

    • Tex Mex Pork Enchiladas Bowls (Hello Fresh)

    Share your own menu in the comments below! Have a safe and happy new year!


  4. Wednesday, December 23, 2020

    My Favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe

    Today I am awake before the rest of the family so I can make sugar cookie dough. The kids have a gingerbread house decorating station set up on the dining room table and it seems a shame to just clean it up since it could so easily be converted into a cookie decorating station. So, time to bake!

    favorite cut-out cookie recipes from @janemaynard

    Every year when I go to find my favorite sugar cookie recipe on AllRecipes, it takes me a good five minutes of searching and ultimately panicking before I find the recipe. I am putting an end to the panic right now. This blog is my recipe box and it is time to add this recipe card. This is not my recipe and I literally follow it to a T every year. The recipe is perfect. So, I am giving all the credit to “J. Saunders” on AllRecipes. However, it is time I posted this recipe here on the blog to prevent future heart attacks!

    Also, if you want a good chocolate sugar cookie recipe, click here. And, yes, I am making both this morning.

    Happy Holidays! 

    The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe
     
    My notes are in italics below, but honestly this recipe is perfect! Originally posted on AllRecipes.
    Author:
    Ingredients
    • 1½ cups butter, softened
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 4 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 5 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    Instructions
    1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. (Jane note: for the stirring portion I just use my KitchenAid mixer on low.)
    2. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight). (Jane note: I divide the dough into two and form two large, thick discs, about 2" thick, and wrap them in plastic wrap to refrigerate. It helps to have wet hands when forming the discs. This makes the dough easier to work with after chilling.)
    3. Preheat oven to 400º F (200º C).
    4. Roll out dough on floured surface, ¼- to ½-inch thick. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters.
    5. Place cookies 1 inch apart on un-greased cookie sheets. (Jane note: I use my silicon baking mats to bake these)
    6. Bake 6 – 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.

     


  5. Sunday, December 20, 2020

    Week 704 Weekly Menu

    Well, birthday week was a blast and a success and completely wiped me out! 😉 Now on to Christmas this week! 

    Week 704 Weekly Dinner Menu

    MONDAY:

    TUESDAY:

    • Spicy Maple Chicken (Hello Fresh)

    WEDNESDAY:

    • Honey Sriracha Pork Tenderloin (Hello Fresh)

    THURSDAY:

    • Chinese Takeout (a Maynard family tradition!)

    FRIDAY:

    SATURDAY:

    • Leftovers

    SUNDAY:

    • Leftovers

    Your turn! Please share your meal plan for the week in the comments below! And if you celebrate Christmas, I hope it is a healthy, peaceful and delicious day!


  6. Sunday, December 13, 2020

    Week 703 Weekly Dinner Menu

    It’s a big birthday week around here! Two birthdays, so the birthday girls get to pick dinner. Plus we’re still leveraging Hello Fresh heavily. 😉

    MONDAY:

    • Firecracker Meatballs with Rice and Green Beans 

    TUESDAY:

    • Spicy Maple Chicken

    WEDNESDAY:

    • Cheesecake Factory Takeout (birthday dinner #1!)

    THURSDAY:

    • Thai Takeout (birthday dinner #2)

    FRIDAY:

    • Leftovers

    SATURDAY:

    • Ancho BBQ Sloppy Joe’s

    SUNDAY:

    • Honey Sriracha Pork Tenderloin

    Please share your own menu plan in the comments below! Have a great week and Happy Hanukkah to those of your celebrating!


  7. Sunday, December 6, 2020

    Week 702 Weekly Menu

    Hello again! I hope you all had a wonderful and delicious Thanksgiving! Apologies for missing the menu last week, I just plain forgot to plan because we had a major backup of meal kits thanks to our Thanksgiving food. I am still relying on meal kits for the next few weeks, but around Christmastime I am going to get back into cooking my own recipes again! The Hello Fresh meal kits have been so wonderful during this time where my cooking abilities were limited.

    Week 702 Weekly Dinner Menu

    MONDAY:

    • Pecan-Crusted Trout (a friend gave me a Green Chef box to try…Green Chef was good, but I like Hello Fresh better, for what it’s worth!)

    TUESDAY:

    • Tex Mex Beef & Poblano Enchiladas (Hello Fresh)

    WEDNESDAY:

    • Firecracker Meatballs (Hello Fresh)

    THURSDAY:

    • Hot Honey Chicken (Hello Fresh)

    FRIDAY:

    • NYC Street Cart Steak Bowls (Hello Fresh)

    SATURDAY:

    • Local Takeout (San Diego is back on lockdown…gotta make sure to keep on supporting local restaurants!)

    SUNDAY:

    Your turn! Share your weekly menu in the comments below. Have a great week, everyone!


  8. Sunday, November 22, 2020

    Week 701 Weekly Menu

    This Week for Dinner Thanksgiving Bouquet

    THANKSGIVING IS THIS WEEK HOW IS THIS SO?!?!? Miraculously I graduated from the hard splint from my hand surgery, so while my thumb doesn’t work yet and I still have to be careful, I will be able to help cook Thanksgiving dinner! The girls and Nate are ready to help with the cooking this year. While I’m sad we won’t be with extended family (COVID!), I think it will be a special year, all of us cooking together in the kitchen. I did make a few store-bought modifications to our menu to simplify cooking, but for the most part we are still cooking up our usual feast!

    Week 701 Weekly Dinner Menu including Thanksgiving Dinner Plans

    MONDAY:

    • Beef Bulgogi Meatballs (HelloFresh)

    TUESDAY:

    • Pork Tostadas Supremo (HelloFresh)

    WEDNESDAY:

    • Pineapple Pork Meatballs (HelloFresh)

    THURSDAY | Thanksgiving 2020!

    FRIDAY:

    • Leftovers

    SATURDAY:

    • Leftovers

    SUNDAY:

    • Leftovers

    Please share your weekly menu in the comments, including your Thanksgiving menu plans! Have a happy and delicious Thanksgiving and please stay safe!!!


  9. Sunday, November 15, 2020

    Week 700 Weekly Menu

    Wow. SEVEN HUNDRED weekly menus! Thank you to everyone who posts and for keeping me on the ball week after week. I am so grateful for our community!

    Week 700 Weekly Dinner Menu Plan from This Week for Dinner

    Given my hand surgery situation, this week I’m going to start planning Thanksgiving to try to figure out how to do our food traditions but without the amount of cooking I normally do. Any suggestions are appreciated!

    MONDAY:

    TUESDAY:

    • Chicken Tikka Masala (Costco)

    WEDNESDAY:

    THURSDAY:

    FRIDAY:

    • Leftovers

    SATURDAY:

    • Takeout Night

    SUNDAY:

    Your turn! Share your menus in the comments below! And Happy 700th Menu Week to all!


  10. Sunday, November 8, 2020

    Week 699 Weekly Menu

    Hello everyone! With the help of Hello Fresh (which we are loving, by the way!) and Costco, our family is figuring out dinner as I recover from hand surgery.. Just a few more weeks (hopefully!) with me out of commission.

    Week 699 weekly dinner plans

    MONDAY:

    • Cheesy Smothered Mushroom Chicken (Hello Fresh)

    TUESDAY:

    WEDNESDAY:

    • Ancho BBQ Sloppy Joes (Hello Fresh)

    THURSDAY:

    • Italian Chicken over Lemony Spaghetti (Hello Fresh)

    FRIDAY:

    • Leftovers

    SATURDAY:

    • Sweet Chili Pork Bowls (Hello Fresh)

    SUNDAY:

    • Stuffed Turkey Breasts (Costco)

    Your turn! Share your menus in the comments below! Have a delicious week!