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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Week 217 Menu…and…Some News!

I have something to tell you. And, surprisingly, I’ve kept it a secret for weeks and weeks and weeks. Which is not an easy thing for me to do! Some of you suspected something was up after this post. It was funny, because I actually did have your run-of-the-mill cold that week. BUT…I was also not feeling well for another big reason, and those of you with suspicions were right on! We’re expecting Baby #3 in September! I’m officially done with the first trimester and everything is looking good, so I can finally spill the beans! Yea!

Our friend Ellen Patton sent us one of her completely adorable photo cards when she heard the news.

My body doesn’t enjoy the first 18 weeks or so of pregnancy (that may be the understatement of the century). I am oh-so-sick even on medication, which I was expecting, but it’s still no fun…for anyone in our family. And keeping up a food blog has been more than challenging the last 10 weeks or so. In fact, remember the Norwegian Salmon post? Confession: I didn’t actually cook a darn thing on that plate! My friend Nikki, presented as my cooking partner in the post, was in fact the executive chef. I didn’t have to smell fish and just got to show up to take pictures of the final product. Nikki got to keep a whole salmon. Everyone was happy!

Despite feeling beyond terrible, I am also feeling beyond grateful and excited for this blessing in our life! And, yes, we’ll find out what this little person is…on April 18, to be exact. Stay tuned!

I should feel more normal again in about a month. Until then, I’ll just keep planning menus in the hopes that at least a few of the things I plan get made!

Chicken Piccata
– Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Baby Broccoli (both veggies from our CSA bag)

Corn Chowder

Stuffed Peppers (we didn’t have these last week, big surprise, but they sound so good…hoping I can do it this week!)

– Leftovers

– Eat out

– Spaghetti with meat sauce

– Pancakes
– Smoothies

Bring on the menus, folks! And have a wonderful week!


  1. Congratulations, Jane!! exciting news, and what a fun card – did she send a bunch to be your announcement cards? 🙂

    • Jane Maynard

      she just sent the one as a congratulations to us…but she really should sell them as sets for announcement cards, they are sooo cute! 🙂

    • Elizabeth

      yes! i would totally buy those as announcement cards!

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    Congratulations!!! Very exciting for you and your family!
    I have a menu this week but it is kind of boring so I am hiding 🙁 But I do have a new thing on it and if it works out I will post

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    Jane – such good news. Three is fabulous. Like you, the first 20 weeks are horrible. I spend most of my time in the bathroom. Yuck. On that note, here’s my menu for the week:
    Monday – Claire’s brisket w/baked kale chips, Tuesday – Chicken Burgers + Yam fries, Wednesday – Pasta Bolognese + Garlic Brocolli, Thursday – Garlic Chicken, Roasted Carrot Soup + Quinoa cakes(friend just had a baby and taking them this for dinner as well), Friday – Lamb Chops, Cous Cous w/roasted veggies, Saturday – eat out! Have great week, and again, congrats!

  4. Oh, congratulations, Jane! What wonderful news!

    Sunday: Roasted Turkey Roulade, roasted potatoes & arugula
    Monday: Steaks on the grill and broccolini
    Tuesday: Meatballs and marinara
    Wednesday: Dinner at church
    Thursday: Leftovers
    Friday: Squash Pancakes
    Saturday: Dinner at a wedding (Scott is the photographer!)

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    That is fantastic news Jane!!

    Mon: stroganoff, salad
    Tues: beef stew (your recipe, my family loves it)
    Wed: wiener wraps, chili, salad
    Thurs: hubby duty
    Fri: lasagna, salad, crusty bread
    Sat: out, or leftovers
    Sun: porcupine meatballs, some veggie

    Get feeling better!

  6. congrats! hope you start to feel better!

    sun: swordfish with tomato-bacon butter / sauteed spinach
    mon: giada’s turkey meatloaf / mashed cauliflower / salad
    tues: rosemary & thyme roast chicken legs / toasted beans & greens / roasted carrots
    weds: rocco’s almost general tso chicken
    thurs: rocco’s steak fajitas
    fri: shrimp with mashed sweet potatoes and andouille cream
    sat: ina’s lemon chicken breasts

    I really want to buy rocco dispirito’s new book that’s coming out this week, but I decided that I have to make a few more recipes out of his book that I already own first 🙂

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    Congratulations!!! I don’t know how you kept up with the blog so well! I’m expecting my first (due in July) and for my first trimester I actually couldn’t go near your blog. The beautiful food pictures that I normally LOVE were turning my stomach so bad! I’m really glad I can appreciate good food again! Hope you feel better soon! Very excited for you!!!

    • Jane Maynard

      I edit the website – there were a few days where it was everything I could do to pick features, and one morning I sat down to email the people who were featured and I could not even look at the screen. I totally know how you felt!!! 🙂 congrats on your first…enjoy every second, every single pregnancy and child is amazing, but there is something magical and special about that first 🙂

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    Good news!!! Congrats and best wishes!
    Sunday – chicken enchiladas
    Monday – Chicken zucchini pasta with the new cream cheese sauce
    Tues. -brushetta cube steak (didn’t make it last week)
    Wed. – left overs
    Thurs – take out
    Fri – bbq chicken/cornbread skillet
    Sat – out!!

  9. Oh my goodness – Congratulations!! That is such exciting news! You have such an adorable family. I actually have been thinking alot about your family lately (not just your kids and husband – but your Wallin family) because I have been reading Shakespeare from the complete works your dad gave me like 10 years ago. I just wanted to let you know how much I love your family – they are all great!

    • Jane Maynard

      awww, shantel, what a sweet message. thank you! and I’ll have to make sure the wallins see it, too! 🙂

  10. Congratulations, though are you ready for a third critic?

    Sunday: Breakfast (Long Island style egg sandwiches and hash browns)
    Monday: Chicken gyros with homemade tzatziki that is currently chilling
    Tuesday: FFY (Fend for yourself) as I have a dinner meeting that I’m not likely to eat at (it’s at an Indian restaurant and curry doesn’t sit right with me)
    Wednesday: Undecided…likely pasta of some sort, but we’ll see how the muse strikes me.
    Thursday: Weather looking up, so we might grill a pork tenderloin. If not, chili is in the freezer and can be defrosted quick.
    Friday: Out.
    Saturday: We’ll see how the muse strikes me, but it looks like we’ll have the in-laws over for dinner. Shrimp scampi, maybe, or chicken parm with some pasta will likely work.

    • Jane Maynard

      I am not ready for a third critic, no! hoping they just eat whatever I put in front of them. ha! 🙂

  11. Oh yay! Congratulations! I am expecting our 1st in September too (Sep 4th), and although I am lucky to be feeling great, I am just oh so tired. My blog has fallen because of it – I just can’t cook lately or stay awake to write about it, hence we have been eating so randomly these last 16 weeks or so (my poor husband)! I am thankful for your continued inspiration. Hope you start feeling well soon! So exciting!

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    Now my menu really feels boring compared to your news…

    Sunday- blueberry pancakes and bacon
    Monday- white chicken chili
    Tuesday- leftovers
    Wednesday- homemade pizzas (never got to these last week)
    Thursday- Mexican chicken bake w/cilantro lime rice
    Friday- Out
    Saturday-Not sure yet- but this will probably be my new/experimental recipe for the week

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    Nancy Deininger

    sunday – hamburgers
    monday – steak, potato and salad
    tuesday – out – sushi bar!
    wednesday – tacos
    thursday – pizza
    friday – rehearsal dinner! daughter getting married!
    saturday – wedding!

    oh and Congratulations Jane – I have three – thought they are a bit older than yours! daughter 25, son 21 and son 18-

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    Monday – PW’s sour cream noodle bake
    Tuesday – out
    Wednesday – ham & cheese casserole
    Thursday – leftovers
    Friday – out

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    Congratulations! So happy for you & your family to welcome another sweet little one. 🙂

    Sunday: Coconut Crusted Shrimp with Mango Cucumber Rice
    Monday: Roasted Veggie Salad (I’m addicted)
    Tuesday: Chili Verde
    Wednesday: Banana Walnut Pancakes
    Thursday: eat out or cereal (running group in the evening)
    Friday: Leftovers
    Saturday: eat out

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    Wonderful news. Congratulations! I always get terrible m/s the first half of pg too. It’s no fun 🙁

    Now our menu for the week, but there’s no particular order:

    1. Tacos
    2. Carribean Jerk Chicken, mashed sweet potatoes, & broccoli
    3. Grilled turkey pizza burgers
    4. Leftover/frozen beef & veggie soup
    5. Frozen Pizza
    6. Breakfast (Oatmeal or pancakes?)
    7. Leftovers

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    Congratulations!! How exciting! Here’s hoping the rest of the pregnancy goes smoothly!

    Sun: Butternut squash ravioli (Trader Joe’s) + Chicken sausage
    Mon: Salmon and black bean tacos
    Tues: Spaghetti and veggie meatballs
    Wed: Out? If not, leftovers
    Thur: Red lentil soup
    Fri: Tilapia + rice + salad
    Sat: PW’s lemon chicken and pasta

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    Congrats! I didn’t suspect anything was up, but then again I tend to be oblivious. Such a time of joyous anticipation! (c:

    Sunday – broccoli, corn and potato soup
    Monday – hot dogs and french fries (we can finally eat our upstate NY hot dogs from the freezer since I’ve been assured that more are coming in April!)
    Tuesday – reuben bagel sandwiches (never got to these last week)
    Wednesday – pasta with tomato sauce and tuna (and olives for me)
    Thursday – pesto pizza with orange pepper, chicken, artichokes and tomato
    Friday – whatever we find
    Saturday – another figure it out night

  19. Congrats. I too am pregnant and in my early stages that are making me oh so sick. We won’t have a menu this week….or next week….or probably the week after that. I’m hoping to be feeling better soon though because my husband can only cook a grilled cheese sandwich. Those are starting to get an undesirable reaction from me. Great job on keeping things going!

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    Congratulations & OH how I feel your preggie sickness misery!! I lived on Zofran (ondansetron is the generic) for the last half of my 1st preg. & the entire way through with my 2nd preg. A miracle drug for me, otherwise I would be suffering big-time. I hope it all goes well for you!

    No menu from me yet – I’m working on being diligent to use up what’s in the pantry & fridge before making a run to the store. It’s a challenge!! But I’m hoping my grocery budget (& hubby) will thank me for it later!!

    • Jane Maynard

      I don’t know what I would do without zofran. seriously. I mean, I’m still sick, but at least I can eat and i’m gaining weight. and I can sort of get things done…it’s a miracle drug for me too!

      good luck with the pantry and fridge cooking! 🙂

  21. Congrats! What happy and exciting news! I hope you start to feel better soon. Good luck!

  22. congratulations!!!

    Monday: Orange-Pistachio Wild Rice Salad

    Tuesday: breakfast baked egg rolls

    Wednesday: class for me/man meal for Ben

    Thursday: leftover BBQ pork from the freezer

    Friday: Tomato Tortellini Soup from the freezer

    Saturday: leftovers

    Sunday: some sort of pasta”¦

    lunch special: I have a lot of salad fixings for the week that I’m excited about

  23. Many congrats to you, Jane – that’s fantastic news!

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    Congratulations!!! So exciting for you, but I’m terribly sorry that you aren’t feeling well.

    No clue what we’re having for dinner this week…probably something similar to you!

    Have a great week!

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    Janna M

    Congratulations Jane! What wonderful news!

    Here’s our menu:
    Saturday – Taco night at my sister-in-laws
    Sunday – Spaghetti & meatballs
    Monday – homemade pizza
    Tuesday -Chicken Parm & Eggplant parm
    Wednesday – Sloppy Joe’s
    Thursday – Omelet
    Friday – Western Sandwiches

  26. Congrats! That’s so exciting!
    M- Leftover BBQ Meatloaf and Citrus Mashed Sweet Potatoes
    T- Salsa Verde Enchiladas
    W- Whole Wheat Waffles
    T- Leftovers
    F- Out or Veggie Curry Dish
    S- Pulled Pork Sandwiches or TBD. 🙂

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    Congrats on your newest little blessing!

    Sunday -First Day of Spring! Shrimp & Pasta Primavera, Green Salad
    Monday – Meatless Monday: Chickpea Burgers, Oven Fries, Fresh Fruit (Chickened out of making these last week – went with grilled cheese sandwiches instead)
    Tuesday: Beef Stir-fry, rice noodles
    Wednesday: Steak fajitas, cheesy pintos, spicy adobo green beans
    Thursday: Turkey Meatball Subs, Oven Fries, Fresh Fruit
    Friday: Pizza Night – thinking 3 Cheese unless I have something else tasty sounding lying around at the end of the week.
    Saturday: Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore, Green Salad, Biscuits

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    Congrats!! Sorry to hear you’re in the midst of the yucky first trimester. I’m so impressed that you’ve even been looking at this food blog — let alone posting. I’m on the other end of pregnancy — hang in there!!

    It’s time to start creating a stash of freezer meals for when Baby Girl gets here in about eight weeks.

    **** Any freezer meal ideas, Anyone??? ****

    FRI: Date Night
    SAT: Mediterranean Pork + Couscous + Salad
    SUN: Spinach Stuffed Shells (make extra for freezer) + Green Salad
    MON: Breakfast Burritos + Hashbrowns + Fruit
    TUES: Baked Chicken Nuggets (extra for freezer?) + Peas + Apple Slices
    WED: Hot Dogs + Oven Fries + Grapes
    THUR: Turkey Soft Tacos + Mexican Rice
    FRI: {My Bday} OUT ?

    Reese’s PB Bars
    Apple Muffins* (make extra for freezer)
    Whole Wheat Pita Bread (freezer)

  29. Congrats! That is super exciting news. I hope the sickness goes away soon.
    Here is week 1 of our two-2week menu plan. I have been doing 2 weeks T a time for awhile now and it seems to be going pretty good. I’d like to think we are saving money, but it seems any money saved seems to go somewhere else, so it is hard to tell at this point.
    Saturday19th:sicilian sausage and rice timbale
    Sunday20th:linguine and clams
    Monday21st:chicken, broccoli, casserole
    Tuesday22nd:SVMS book club – PHil’s night
    Wednesday23rd:philly cheese steaks
    Thursday24th:stuffed bell peppers
    Friday25th: homemade pizza

  30. Congrats on your new addition to the family! I’m so happy for you!

    I’m still working on the posts for the week’s recipes. Working a lot on make-ahead meals and freezer cooking as usual. Here’s our weekly meal plan.

    Oatmeal, apple slices
    Egg Sausage McMuffins, Juice
    Commuter’s Breakfast
    Pancakes, blueberries and yogurt
    Blender Breakfast
    Waffle Iron Breakfast
    Quick Scones


    Chicken n Rice Burritos
    Tuna Salad, Celery Sticks
    Pita Sandwiches
    Inside Out Sandwich
    Banana Dog
    Fresh Dip
    Turkey Avacado Sandwiches


    Slow Cooker Pinto Beans and Rice
    Macaroni Cheese Bake
    Crockpot Tuesday-Italian Beef Sandwiches
    Stir Fry-Lemon Chicken, Rice, Broccoli
    Tomato Soup, Salad, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
    Pizza Night
    Try A New Recipe-Chili Chip Casserole

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    Jane Maynard

    THANK YOU ALL for the well wishes and congratulations! 🙂 we really appreciate it and it is certainly putting a smile on my face! 🙂

    and as always…thank you for the menus! It’s only Sunday afternoon, so I’m sure more are coming…but just had to pipe in after so many nice comments! 🙂

  32. How exciting! Sorry the first trimester was so icky, but sounds like you’re feeling better now and everything is going along swimmingly, literally. Plan a few meals, let your friends cook them, be happy! Congrats!

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    I am doing the south beach diet so I am cranky and hungry. Not a lot of fun foods for me this week.

    White bean and Chicken Chili
    Salsa Baked Chicken Packets
    Chicken Salad
    Stuffed Mushrooms


  34. Congratulations, Jane! That’s so wonderful!! And I can completely relate about the “morning” sickness that’s all day every day for 18+ weeks. But it’s so worth it! Here’s our menu:
    Sunday: honey mustard grilled chicken burgers (hey, it’s partly sunny and 55 in the NW, so we’ve gotta take advantage 🙂 )
    Monday: Smoked Salmon Ceasar salad
    Tuesday: Breakfast casserole
    Wednesday: Grilled burgers
    Thursday: Jerk chicken and red beans & rice
    Friday: Homemade margharita pizza
    Saturday: leftovers

    Have a great week and I hope you feel better sooner than later!

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    Congratulations Jane!

    Sun. Take Out Chinese
    Mon. Reubens w/leftover Corned Beef
    Tues. Homemade Calzones (store bought dough)
    Wed. Soy Ginger Tilapia w/Carrots and Corn (carryover from last week)
    Thurs. Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo (w/store made red pepper pasta)
    Fri. Fend For Yourself
    Sat. TJs Mahi Mahi Burgers

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    Congrats Jane! What great news!! Hope you get to feeling better soon!

    Monday: Pork chops
    Tuesday: Sausage spaghetti pie
    Wednesday: Leftovers
    Thursday: Chicken in Honey Sauce (crock pot)
    Friday: Mini Mexican Meat Loaves with Chipotle Barbecue Sauce + rice
    Saturday: Leftovers or TBD
    Sunday: Date night for our 1 year anniversary!! Can not believe it has been 1 year 🙂 Someone please remind me to get our cake out the freezer!

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    Congratulations! It seems like pregnancy is in the water, so I’d better watch what I drink! 🙂 I’m happy for you and your family, and like the others, hope you get to feeling better real soon.
    I’m a first timer here, but have been planning out my menus for awhile. It’s great to read everyone else’s ideas!

    Monday: Steak Fajitas, chips and salsa

    Tuesday: Red Lentil Soup; salad and bread

    Wednesday: Poppyseed Chicken Casserole; Salad

    Thursday: Black bean burgers; cornbread, sweet potato fries

    Friday: Bierrock Potato Soup (a bierrock normally has cabbage, sausage and onions baked inside of bread—delicious! But I’m throwing it into a soup to speed things up!

    Satrday: Eat local!

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    Congrats! I actually found your blog because I had just gotten over that awful first trimester sickness and constant exhaustion. I decided I was ready to start cooking again and started looking for menu ideas. Our baby’s due in July and I’m hoping I can keep up my menu planning once he gets here but I know it won’t be easy! Here’s this week.

    Sun: Tuna melts with apple and cheddar
    Mon: French toast
    Tues: Macaroni spaghetti with garlic toast and peas
    Wed: English muffin pizzas
    Thurs: Chicken fajitas with black beans
    Fri: Hubby’s taking me out for my birthday
    Sat: Leftovers or eat out

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    Jane, that’s awesome! Congratulations and best wishes for a continued healthy pregnancy. We’ve got a lot of carry overs from last week’s menu. A dentist appointment and a last minute camping trip changed our plans last week. So here’s to better resolve this week:

    Monday: Shepherd’s Pie w/ ground lamb, black eyed peas, salad

    Tuesday: Indian chicken & vegetable stir-fry, brown rice, sauteed broccoli w/ sesame seeds

    Wednesday: Bourbon Chicken, black beans, yellow rice

    Thurs – Sun: leftovers or something easy as my husband will be out of town.

  40. Congratulations!

    I’ve posted my menu at where I’m hoping to do a bit more blogging in the days ahead!

  41. Congratulations! I cannot imagine what you went through, managing two food blogs while battling nausea. Yuck! You are one strong chica! Here’s to an uneventful next six months and a joyful everafter!

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    Congrats! I am prego, too, very early stages so not telling my news yet – but hopeful to make it thru the first trimester safe and sound and that baby is healthy. 🙂

    Panini grilled cheese and tomato soup
    Leftover spaghetti primavera
    Bean soup in the crock pot
    Stir Fry
    Breakfast for dinner
    Out to dinner

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    congrats again on baby tres (that’s 4 letters, you might want to consider it for a name, or my other favorite, “jate” a combo of jane and nate!)
    in honor of such joyous news, i will post a menu, although it’s my first week of work and i’ll have to feel it out!
    M: vegan curried tofu with peanuts
    T: vegan fettucine alfonso
    W: black bean burritos
    TH: tacos with tofu crumbles
    F: new orleans!
    S: new orleans!
    Sun: plane food. ew!

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    Congratulations, Jane! That is so exciting!!

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    Congratulations!!! Are the girls excited? Good luck with the all day sickness, I couldn’t even walk in my kitchen for the first trimester, you’re doing great.

    M – yellow curry, brown rice & salad
    T – crockpot baby back ribs, corn bread & salad
    W – pasta
    Th – tonkatsu don & shredded cabbage(or something else Japanesee if I’m inspired before then)
    F – homemade pizza
    Sa & Su – a la papa

    I’m starting to get back into the swing of something Japanese at least once a week. It makes my kids very happy.

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    Fri Frozen pizza and veggie tray (from costo)

    Sat out

    Sun chicken pot pie

    Mon spaghetti and mb

    Tue turky burgers

    Wed tator tot hot dish

    Thur Chefs choice

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    Congratulations! I hope you are able to enjoy meals again soon!

    Sunday: Flank Steak, Baked potato, salad, rolls

    Monday: This was supposed to be chicken taquitos, but since we discovered the kitchen sink was leaking last night, I’ll be ordering pizza and using paper plates until the hubby can fix on Tuesday.

    Tuesday: Beef Pho

    Wednesday: Hubby cooks. Breakfast for Dinner, TBD.

    Thursday: Hubby cooks. Spaghetti, garlic breadsticks, salad

    Friday: We were going to do homemade pizza here, but now I’ll probably do the chicken taquitos from Monday.

    Saturday: Pork Chops, carrots, mashed potatoes.

  48. Fantastic news Jane – a big fat congrats from Australia. Hope the morning sickness wears off soon and you begin to feel semi-normal again if somewhat larger 🙂

    Now down to business….
    Mealy Monday at Raising Will –

    M: Burgers & Chips (thank God for takeaway!)
    T: Honey Mustard Chicken with Vegetables
    W: Fried Rice
    T: Mushroom and Thyme creamy Pasta **New Recipe**
    F: Sausages with Mash and Vegetables
    S: Roast Beef with Potatoes and Vegetables
    S: Peri Peri chicken with asian style cabbage salad

    Be sure to visit us at for more meal plans and recipes – We look forward to seeing you 🙂

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    Congratulations! That is exciting news for you and your family. Hope your feeling yourself soon.
    S: Spaghetti w/easy onion tomato sauce
    M: Shanghai Beef & vegetables with jasmine rice
    T: Roasted Turkey breast, tomato tartlets & roasted maple mustard green beans
    W: Steak tips, rosemary white beans & salad
    T: Leftover tips on Bubbas salad
    F: Curried Turkey Mango salad in lettuce cups
    S: Out or Mac & Cheese from freezer

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    Monday- chili

    Tuesday – stir fry

    Wed – out

    Thursday homemade pizza

    Friday – turkey club sandwiches

    Saturday – breakfast dinner

    Sunday – baked chicken and veggies

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    Congratulations! Lucky no.3! 🙂 We’re moving back to Australia in 5 weeks time and right now, the house is a huge mess. I’m not too motivated to cook and I have difficulty getting a menu out this week…I’m just glad there are others to inspire me. So thank you for this wonderful menu sharing idea Jane!

  52. Congratulations! That is wonderful!!!

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    First of all – Jane, congrats on your new lil bundle!!

    I was diagnosed with diabetes last fall. I’ve gone through most of the stages of loss – bargaining, anger, denial… and finally acceptance. This week, we are beginning phase one of the south beach diet. It’s the only way I know to get my blood glucose levels under control, and find out which foods negatively affect me. Here goes…

    Sun – (last carb dinner & fiance’s request) Homemade meatballs w/ linguini
    Mon – Five-spice chicken w/ salad
    Tue – Chimichurri Burgers w/ veggies
    Wed – Jerk Chicken w/ Romaine salad
    Thu – Southwest Skillet Chicken
    Fri – Taco salad (no shell, tortillas, or chips)
    Sat – leftovers, my fiance is going out of town

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    Congratulations on your upcoming arrival! Yesterday, my husband and I were just looking at baby photos of our two (now 4 and 6). It brought back so many great memories. We looked at each other and asked “would you want to do it again?” and the answer was no. 🙂 We couldn’t bear the thought of being outnumbered. I always wanted three kids though. So, I’ll live vicariously though others like you, who are much braver than me.

    Sunday – grilled pork chops, fresh fruit salad, mixed greens (our first meal of the year eating on the deck!)
    Monday – Your butternut squash, cauliflower and leek soup with crusty bread
    Tuesday – pancakes and smoothies
    Wednesday – Overnight adventure for spring break – eat out
    Thursday – sandwiches, fruit, veggies
    Friday – Flank steak, sweet potato fries and broccoli
    Saturday – out

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    Mrs. Day

    Congratulations and happy blessings!

    Su-Oxtails with Red Beans & Rice: A ‘Thank You for Babysitting” meal from my neighbor
    M-Spicy Lamb Meatballs with Creamy Risotto & Sauteed Spinach
    W-Take Out?: I work a 12 hour shift
    R-Black Beans and Rice
    F-Salmon Patties with (side TBD)
    Sa-Date Night Out: Happy Birthday to the Love of My Life!!!

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    Congratulations!! That’s SO exciting and I can’t wait to follow along 🙂

  57. Congratulations! Wishing you all the best!

    Monday: Yellow Chicken and Corn
    Tuesday: Bean Burritos with Tomatoes and Avocados
    Wednesday: Clam Linguine and Salad
    Thursday: Breakfast for Dinner
    Friday: Crockpot Puffy Pizza Casserole and Broccoli
    Saturday: Chicken Tikka Masala and Peas
    Sunday: Left Overs

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    Congrats, Jane & family! I had to take Zofran with my first pregnancy (daughter) and that was in 1997-98; I was so, so sick for about 16 weeks. My son was easy-breezy so maybe you’re having another girl. 🙂

    Sunday — chicken noodle soup, biscuits & chocolate croissant bread pudding (it rained all day here in So. Cal.)
    Monday — Rueben sandwiches (with leftover corned beef from last week) and fresh oven-fries.
    Tuesday — meal from the freezer (baked Ziti) as my son has a baseball game.
    Wednesday — soup & salad at church; our weekly Lenten tradition.
    Thursday — leftover chicken noodle soup
    Friday — pan-fried cod in a cornmeal crust (sides TBD)
    Saturday — eat out!

    Have a great week and stay away from anything FOUL smelling!

    Shannon in Tustin, CA

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    Congratulations to you and your family! What a sweet and special time (despite the sickness, I know it’s awful). All the best!

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    Fantastic and exciting news!

    Sunday: family dinner
    Monday: hot and sour soup, thai noodles and spicy asparagus spears
    Tuesday: pesto pizza with spaghetti squash, spring onion and chard gratin
    Wednesday: meatloaf with mashed potatoes and honey glazed parsnips and carrots
    Thursday: bacon stuffed turkey club burgers with creamy avocado sauce and oven fries
    Friday: leftovers
    Saturday: dinner out

    Dessert: peanut butter and chocolate ice box cake

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    Congrats! As far as having little foodies goes, I seem to have become progressively worse with each of my 3 children. Whilst my first (now 8 yrs) is happy to try most things, my second (5 yrs) sticks to the tried-and-tested plain pasta with carrot sticks, and the less said about my soon-to-be 4-yr-old’s dietary habits, the better! Fingers crossed you’re more successful with your three (and do pass on the secret of creating child gourmets, if you ever find it!).

  62. Jane, Congrats!! I’m just rounding out the end of my sickly first trimester. So happy for you.

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    Yay for you, Jane. Babies are lovely and I wish you all the best.

    I have arguing with myself about my menu for the last couple days. I have many things in the freezer and pantry which should be used and I am trying to resist the urge to buy more groceries and/or go pick up premade items at Costco or Trader Joe’s since several of our evenings are very busy. So, although I have planned on cooking this week, I may scrap it if things get crazy and hit Subway!

    Sun: Hamburgers and oven fries
    Mon: Chili from freezer, salad, bread
    Tues: Swedish meatballs from freezer, mashed potatoes, green beans
    Weds: Chicken & Veg curry, rice
    Thurs: Spaghetti & chicken sausage
    Fri: Tuna casserole (never made it last time…)
    Sat: Leftovers

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    Congratulations!! My baby will be two in a couple of weeks. I don’t envy you being pregnant, but it is so worth it!

  65. Oh my gosh! Congratulations Jane! Wow!

    My menu is sadly under-done. Oh well.
    Monday: Bangers and Mash (Sausages, Potato-Cauliflower mash, green beans, gravy)
    Tuesday: Meatless Nicoise Salad
    Wednesday: Kale, White Bean Stew

    Sunday: Pork Roast, undetermined sides, birthday cake TBD.

    I think I need to get planning LOL

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    Congratulations Jane! Hope you feel better soon!
    Sunday-Round Steak in the crockpot w/mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes and cheesey beans.
    Monday-belated St. Patty’s, corned beef, boiled red potatoes, fried/steamed cabbage and jello cake (white cake/with green jello in it) for dessert.
    Tuesday-Chicken breast and rice casserole w/glazed carrots
    Wednesday-Grilled Pork Chops with potato casserole (cornflake topping one) and corn
    Friday-Salmon w/fresh asparagus
    Saturday-Brats on the grill (weather permitting)

  67. I’m glad you liked my card. 🙂

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    Erika B.

    Congratulations again. Funny you mentioned the beach post because it made me wonder too!

    Sunday-Potato Leek Soup, Rolls, Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Soy and Maple, Apples
    Monday-PF Changs!
    Tuesday-Frozen Pizza, Garlic Broccoli, Kiwis
    Wednesday-Yeasted Waffles, Asparagus with Balsamic Browned Butter, Cooked Apples
    Thursday-Leftovers or Grilled Cheese, Baby Broccoli, Kiwis
    Friday-Out or TBD

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    monday – mac and cheese with salad
    tuesday – pan seared steak, sweet corn, mushroom sauce and salad
    wednesday – spicy chicken salad with crackers
    thurday – grilled chicken, mashed potato, vegetables/salad
    friday – homemade pizza
    saturday – out (braai)
    sunday – tomato soup and cheese toasties

  70. Such wonderful news! Congratulations!
    Monday- Salmon, Parmesan Rice and Asparagus
    Tuesday- Ham and Cheese Panini and Salad
    Wednesday- Chicken and Veggie Kabobs, Pita Bread, and White Bean Dip
    Thursday – Barley and Corn and Cheddar Soda Bread
    Friday- Homemade Whole Wheat and Veggie Pizza

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    It was the first thing that came to mind when I read your Jan 30 post:)
    Great news and all the best to you and your family:)

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    Congrats! I nearly lived on low salt Wheat Thins w/both of my pregnancies. Hang in there! Way behind w/Spring Break, hubby’s business travels & tons of weeknight meetings make menus weird – but here it is.
    Nachos, Fruit Salad
    Grilled Tilapia, Pasta Salad
    Waffles, Smoothies
    Chicken Enchiladas
    Breakfast Pizza
    Rachel Sandwiches
    Stuffed Chicken Breasts over Rice, Corn
    Bierock Casserole, Jello Salad

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    Egg-Free Cooking Mommy

    Congrats on the pregnancy! I was sick 24/7 for at least 16 weeks with both of my pregnancies, starting before I could test positively pregnant! I don’t know how you continued food blogging! Go you! Thank you so much for your blog – I’m always looking for new ideas!

    Monday: Taco Soup w/ biscuits (took some to a friend who recently had a baby, along with corn muffins, which were made w/ egg)

    Tuesday: Oven-baked BBQ chicken tenders, green beans, rice steamed in chicken broth, a splash of white vinegar & a diced carrot.

    Wednesday: Dinner at church

    Thursday: Leftover taco soup

    Friday: Leftover chicken tenders w/ green beans & rice dish

    Saturday: Kiddos eat at in-laws’ house & the hubs & I have dinner out!!!

    Sunday: Snack-supper after church and/or leftovers and/or quick PB&J sandwiches

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    *mon-beef stew w egg noodels and crusty French bread
    *tues-brown sugar chicken,garlic mashed potatoes,fresh green beans w oilve oil&parn cheese
    *wed-BBQ pork tenderloion on grill,spinach ravioli w olive oil,garlic,parm cheese
    *thurs-steak on grill,roasted red potatoes,brocolli steamed
    *fri-chicken in crockpot-[chkn,salsa,can corn,can black beans] eat w tortillia shells
    *sun-turkey dinner,mashed potatoes,corn in cob,apple and sweet sausage stuffing

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    Oh congratulations! That’s wonderful news.

    Now for more mundane things. 🙂 We celebrated my birthday and my little guy’s second birthday on Sunday and Monday, so it’s an interesting week for meal planning!
    Sunday: Veal Scallopine with saffron, risotto milanese, green salad and strawberry shortcakes (my b-day dinner)
    Monday: Homemade pizza and s’mores cake (the 2-year-old’s favorite dinner)
    Tuesday: Parmesan chicken cutlets, orzo with pesto, and salad
    Wednesday: Turkey burgers on English muffins, sweet potato fries, fresh fruit
    Thursday: Creamy dill shrimp, couscous, and sauteed vegetables
    Friday: Fend night
    Saturday: Chicken tikka masala, naan bread, samosas

    The meal plan for the month can be found at

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    Congrats!!! The one week I’m late to post my menu I nearly miss the good news…

    Sun – fish sticks, baked potatoes, peas
    Mon – quiche lorraine, hashbrowns
    Tues – orange chicken w/ broccoli over rice
    wed – spaghetti w/ italian sausage
    Thurs – shepherds pie
    Fri – eggs, breakfast sausage, toast
    Sat – deep dish pizza

  77. It’s funny because when I first stumbled on your blog and read about you, I was already 28 weeks or so and I thought to myself…huh, if she had another kid, here would be another person I could ask what life with three was like. and here you are with your news. How exciting and congratualtions.
    I, personally, want 4 but only have hubby convinced to three. I’m down to just a few days and so excited for #2, but I have been absent from menus lately due to the prep work leading up to this point. Lots of cleaning! I will hope that you have a great pregnancy and enjoy as much food as you can.

    Mon: Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Whole Wheat Roll
    Tue: Breakfast for dinner? French Toast, Sausage, Cereal, etc.
    Wed: Pork Chops, Macaroni and Cheese with side of Mixed Vegetables
    Thu: Breaded Chicken Strips, Sweet Potatoes, Vegetable/Salad
    Fri: Shrimp with Angel Hair in Garlic Butter Sauce (It’s Lent season, but I am already burnt out on Pizza *gasp*)
    Sat: Cheeseburgers and French Fries
    Sun: Our night for Family Dinner – Tacos or Enchilladas

  78. Sunday
    Dinner at Grammie House

    London Broil (make extra)
    Oven Roasted Root Vegetables (make a double batch)

    Steak Salads with Blue Cheese and Caramelized Onions (made with last night’s steak)

    White Pizza with Caramelized Onion and Roasted Root Vegetables (made with Monday’s Veggies and last night’s onions)
    Spinach Salad

    Chicken Marsala
    Cheesy Polenta
    Sautéed Broccoli Rabe

    My Better Homes and Gardens Award Winning Sweet Potato and Red Bell Pepper Burgers
    Oven Roasted Potato Wedges

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    Congratulations!!! That’s awesome, wonderful news! I love coming to this blog for menu ideas.

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    Jane Maynard

    just feel like I need to throw out another THANK YOU for the menus and sweet comments!!! 🙂

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    My life’s been crazy for a few weeks and this is what I missed! Congratulations!!!!!!!! I hope the icky part passes quickly and you’ll be able to cook and eat whatever you want soon.

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    Amy B.

    I’m catching up on reading blogs and wanted to send along my congratulations to you on your pregnancy! Many blessings to you and your family,

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    Amy M.

    Hi Jane, this is my first time posting. I have been “borrowing” ideas for some time now! Congrats on Baby! I have three girls under the age of 5. It is so much fun. I hope you start to feel better soon. Nothing worse than feeling bad all of the time. Thanks for the awesome blog!

    Monday: Dinner at Lifetime Fitness (Liv has swimming lessons)
    Tuesday: Baked Manicotti Bundles. This is a first time recipe, so I will let you know if it’s worth making again. I got it from Clean Eating Magazine.
    Wednesday: Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry with Brown rice. This is another first. Will let you know how it goes.
    Thursday: I am going out to celebrate a friend’s baby. Left Overs for the home crowd.
    Friday: Chicken with Italian Sweet and Sour Fennel . For a side I am making creamy polenta and steamed green beans.
    Saturday: I am going to Richmond to a craft show. It will be a free for all here:))
    Sunday: Grilled Chicken Breasts and Pappardelle with Baby Spinach, Herbs and Ricotta

  84. Congratulations Jane – hope you are beginning to feel better! I have been cleaning out our freezer and making meals from what I find, so my meal planning has been on hiatus for a few weeks. I will have to get back to planning soon. Meanwhile, we are hoping to travel soon to bring our fourth child home – we are adopting from Taiwan. Our third child was adopted from Taiwan and we learned in November he has a little brother, so we are in the process of adopting him now. With four kiddos, I am going to have to stay on top of my meal-planning!


    • Jane Maynard

      congratulations to you, too! that’s wonderful that you are able to adopt her brother!!

      thanks for the congrats!

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