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  1. Sunday, January 9, 2022

    New Year’s Resolution “Back to Basics” + Week 733 Weekly Menu


    I hope the year has gotten off to a nice start for you, but I have a sneaking suspicion it might be a little crazy for everyone. 2022 has already proven to be quite a ride for me. I won’t get into boring details about work, life, etc…but our family is getting PCR tests tomorrow morning. Pretty sure COVID is making another unsolicited visit to our home. Apparently it missed the memo that the Maynards aren’t hosting guests right now. Update 1/13: None of us have COVID-19, hallelujah! We are definitely sick but at least it’s not that. Phew.

    George Clooney contemplating where he’s been and where he’s going…

    2022 Kitchen Resolution

    A new year means a new kitchen resolution for me. I’ve been thinking about this a lot this week. If you’ve been hanging around on this blog for a while, you know that each year I choose a resolution that links what we do in the kitchen to environmental goals. You may also know (or not, that’s fine) that in October 2020, I severed a tendon in my thumb, which turned into a year-long journey of surgeries and physical therapy. Today I can use my thumb again. (Woohoo!) It’s not the same as it was before but it works, so I am grateful. Bottom line, last year I did not make a resolution and I did not cook much at all…mostly because I couldn’t. Hello Fresh is the only reason we cooked at home in any capacity.

    This Week for Dinner New Year's Resolution - Meal Plan, Grocery Shop and Cook

    Which brings me to this year’s resolution. I’m going back to basics, back to what started this blog in the first place. 

    Plan. Shop. Cook.

    I am re-committing to weekly meal planning, grocery shopping and cooking at home. I am fine with the fact that I fell out of practice over the last 15 months – there were many good reasons why that happened. But I am also ready to get back to the thing that not only alleviates stress every week but is just plain good for my family’s health and the environment.

    First Weekly Menu of the Year!

    I appreciate each and every one of you who have stayed here posting menus, even when I wasn’t able to be here every week. I am scared to even say it out loud, but I will be back every week putting our menu up! Starting today! Plus I actually do have a list of photographed recipes to share with you…here’s hoping I can get those published this year, too!

    Week 733 Weekly Menu from This Week for Dinner


    • Spicy Chicken Tacos


    • Mushroom Ravioli and Salad


    • Homemade Hamburgers


    • Rotisserie Chicken + Mashed Potatoes + Brussels Sprouts


    • Leftovers


    • Takeout Night


    This week in the comments, I would love to not only hear what you’ve got cooking this week but also what your New Year’s resolution is!