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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Week 246 Menu

I am officially the most tired I’ve been since Owen was born. Last night was a rough one. The whole time he was awake, I just kept reminding myself how wonderful and adorable he is and that I should be enjoying the time since he won’t be this little for very long. The pep talk mostly worked. ๐Ÿ˜‰

When Mom is busy feeding the new baby and napping when she can, the older kids in the family turn into delinquents. Graffiti is Step 1 on the path to rebellion. But, I gotta say, I’m digging those colorful bricks. And graffiti is better than drugs and alcohol.

It’s a good thing we have people still bringing us meals this week because my brain is simply not functioning today. I couldn’t create a meal plan if my life depended on it! I’m hoping next week to {maybe} get back on the meal planning train.ย We’ll see how things go. Until then,ย please please please share your menus to provide inspiration for one another!

Also, I have more delicious recipes and meals to share with you this week from what people have been bringing us. Seriously, we’ve been getting great dinners. We are so grateful! Stay tuned for some of that yumminess.


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    the years go fast – the days go long –

    sunday- beef and broccoli with rice
    monday – tuna steaks with french fries and zucchini
    tuesday – pierogies with red cabbage
    wednesday – mac and cheese with keilbasi
    thursday – chicken not sure how or with what
    friday – out
    saturday – leftovers

  2. Not a lot of motivation to make a menu after a family vacation! So I’m relying on my freezer stash to make it through! I don’t envy those first couple weeks, Jane!

    Sunday: scrounging around the kitchen after vacation
    Monday: Lasagna roll-ups from freezer
    Tuesday: Schezuan chicken (just can’t seem to make this one!)
    Wednesday: dinner at church
    Thursday: Meatballs and marinara from the freezer
    Friday: leftovers
    Saturday: out

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    After some busy weeks of too many drive-thru dinners (even with a menu plan), I’m trying something new this week. Prepping 2 dinners tonight, 2 nights of leftovers, a crock pot night and a sandwich night. Friday is usually pizza. Goal is minimum fuss after walking through the door at the end of the day.
    Sunday – Meatloaf and baked spuds
    Monday – Ham w/pineapple and pierogies
    Tuesday – Meatloaf sandwiches (leftovers)
    Wednesday – Ham and scrambled eggs (leftover ham)
    Thursday – Chili in the crock pot
    Friday – homemade pizza
    Saturday – Chili dogs

  4. Hope you get some more sleep soon, Jane!

    Sunday – Chili
    Tuesday – Roasted Red Pepper Pasta
    Wednesday – leftovers
    Thursday – grilled chicken and Parmesan and Herb risotto
    Friday – Homemade bbq chicken pizza with chix from Thurs
    Saturday – night out!

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    S- Take Out (not feeling well so this will be the easiest)
    M- Beer Cheese Soup and Sub Sandwiches
    T- Homemade Pizza and Harvest Salad
    W- Meatball Sandwiches on Garlic Cheese Bread and Macaroni Salad
    Th- Hamburger and Beans with Collard Greens
    F- Biscuits and Gravy with Scrambled Eggs
    S- Chili Rellenos and Mexican Rice

  6. This week was planned ahead of time. Lets see if I stick to it. At the moment I don’t want to cook, I want to sleep. We go Wednesday to see what little person is growing in me.

    Sunday: Pulled Pork Sandwiches (Costco) and chips

    Monday: Beer Marinated Chicken Tacos, Corn and Black Bean Salad, and homemade tortillas

    Tuesday: Cajun Oven Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, and roasted asparagus

    Wednesday: Fields of Faith Tailgate Party and Worship Service

    Thursday: Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

    Friday: Shredded Beef Tacos

    Saturday: Beef and Black Bean Chili with corn bread.

    You can find links and recipes at

    Have a great week, Jane. And, I hope you get lots of rest.

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    I’m getting some great new ideas.:) Glad I stopped by – thanks. :)Here is our menu for the week. Hope you’ll find something you like.

    Sunday: Chicken, waffles, mashed potatoes, carrots, apple dumplings

    Monday: Kapama with noodles, salad and easy Boston cream pie

    Tuesday: Salmon, Au Gratin potatoes, green beans

    Wednesday: Grilled cheese, tomato soup, milkshakes

    Thursday: Tacos, Spanish rice, “fried” ice cream

    Friday: High school football game (hot sausage, cheese fries, hot chocolate) ๐Ÿ™‚

    Saturday: Meatball subs on toasted garlic Ciabatta rolls, buttered pasta, pumpkin pudding

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    It was hard to get a menu together this morning with a sick toddler fussing at me. -_- Here it is.

    Sunday: Chicken-Zucchini Flips (basically zucchini pancakes with creamy chicken topping – “Whole Foods from the Whole World” cookbook) and Salad
    Monday: Burritos
    Tuesday: Leftovers
    Wednesday: Kielbasa, Pierogies, and veggies
    Thursday: Salmon Burgers with veggies
    Friday: Leftovers
    Saturday: TBD

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    Sun: Beef Stew in crock pot with potatoes & carrots
    Mon: leftover beef stew
    Tue: Frittata with spinach salad
    Wed: Baked potatoes w/ bacon, cheese, & broccoli
    Thur: Leftovers

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    Jayne, sleep sleep sleep as much as you can! Hang in there.

    Sun: Red beans and rice with cornbread and greens
    Mon: Slow cooker beer braised beef, roasted potatoes, green beans
    Tue: Chicken drummettes with Teriyaki sauce, baked sweet potatoes, sauteed spinach
    Wed: leftovers
    Thur: Roasted salmon and bread salad, broccoli
    Fri: Roasted Pork Tenderloin, trader joe’s mushroom risotto, green beans
    Sat: eating out

  11. I can’t wait to see all the yummy dinners people have brought you!

    Sunday – Oven-Roasted Rotisserie Chicken, Mashed Potatoes & Steamed Broccoli

    Monday – Fried Tacos

    Tuesday – Fettuccine Alfredo, Garlic Knots & Steamed Zucchini

    Wednesday – Teriyaki Salmon, White Rice & Steamed Broccoli

    Thursday – Slow Cooker Potato-Cheddar Soup with crusty bread

    Friday – Tator-tot Casserole & Salad

    Saturday – Pesto Tilapia, White Rice & Salad

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    i decided to try something totally different (and slightly rebelious) this week. We are having a diner/fast food inspired menu the whole week. I started planning this week’s menu earlier today, and i wanted burgers, the kids asked for chicken tenders,and my husband was craving breakfast for dinner i incorporated all of those dishes, went along w/ the theme, and here we have it:

    Sunday: Egg and Bacon Breakfast Sandwiches, fruit cups
    Monday: KFC inspired fried chicken “platter” (we never have real FRIED chicken so this will be a treat) with mashed potatoes and corn
    Tuesday:Burgers and oven fries, watermelon
    Wednesday:BLTs on sourdough,mixed berries
    Thursday:Oven baked panko chicken tenders, peas,sugar cookies
    Friday: out to dinner
    Saturday: Something decently healthy to make-up for this not so healthy meal plan, maybe a big green salad and some sort of non-creamy, healthy soup picked up from whole foods

  13. Jane, I feel like I know you through your happy posts and our shared friendship with my cousin Allison. I have so been there with the ultra-tired new mommy life. It is hard, especially when you have unexpected things to recover from. Don’t let your blog stress you out too much. I know, easier said than done, but you deserve a little break here and there. I bet there would be people you know who could do awesome guest-posts in your behalf.

    I have come here many times with an empty head and come away feeling like I can do thing called being a mom one more week. Just wanted to let you know you are awesome

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    Starting this up again, for the third time. Too many changes, but the forecast looks like calm seas for us for a while! I have still been coming here and following your posts and it has been such a nice escape from the daily ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sun: Tacos
    Mon: Steak and arugula salad with toasted almonds and grapes
    Tues: Chicken milanese with kale and lemon
    Wed: Spaghetti and meatballs with salad
    Thrs: English muffin pizzas
    Fri: Red potato chicken caesar salad
    Sat: Cheese steaks and salad, guilty pleasure

    • Jane Maynard

      thanks, becca…so glad the blog can be a good escape for you – that makes me happy ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. My menu is officially: whatever my husband is willing to make or bring home ๐Ÿ™‚ 7 weeks and the 24-hour sickness has started en force…but, I survived 5000 hours of sickness with my first, so I can survive ANYTHING! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Although, why is it that everyone else’s pregnancies go by so much quicker than your own?!?! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jane Maynard

      I am so sorry you’re sick again! each pregnancy I hoped it would be different…it never was, didn’t matter the gender of the baby or anything. it’s MISERABLE. hang in there.

      and yes, I agree, your own pregnancy always feels super long, but everyone else’s fly by! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • I always thought girls made you sicker…but, we’ll see ๐Ÿ™‚ I am super duper blessed that my husband is picking up a lot of slack. I owe him a week off once this is done ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. No menus from me but I just wanted to say I LOVE this photo!

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    This will be an off week:
    Sun – grinders delivered
    Mon – husband’s grandma’s wake – out
    Tues – funeral – big luncheon – no dinner
    Wed – baked chicken
    Thurs – pork burritos
    Fri – out with girlfriends
    Sat – out at fav. restaurant

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    We’re taking advantage of the crazy warm weather in the Northeast to keep the summer grilling going!

    Sunday- grilled salmon, grilled bread and salad
    Monday- grilled chicken, grilled asparagus and grilled potatoes
    Tuesday- Annie’s mac n’ cheese- it’s a busy night, so I am trying to be realistic
    Wednesday- chicken apple sausage, peppers, onions and red pepper linguini
    Thursday- Sandwiches for dinner
    Friday-chicken pot stickers and rice
    Saturday- out

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    Just rest every chance you get and enjoy every minute you can as we all know how fast they grow.

    Sunday – Ribeye steaks on the grill with baked potatoes and mixed veggies
    Monday – Tuna melts with applesauce
    Tuesday – Buffalo chicken pizza and salad
    Wednesday – Kielbasa and black bean soup
    Thursday – Potato soup and chicken salad sandwiches
    Friday – Salmon and rice pilaf
    Saturday – Leftovers

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    Jane, my thoughts are with you. I hope you are able to see and enjoy all the good and forget all the bad (for lack of a better word). Here’s our menu for the week:

    Sunday: Rotisserie chicken, crowder peas, steamed broccoli

    Monday: Whole wheat blueberry pancakes, scrambled eggs, fruit salad

    Tuesday: Chicken Parmesan, pasta w/ garlic and oil, salad

    Wednesday: Lentil soup, cornbread

    Thursday: Leftovers

    Friday: Black eyed peas (crockpot), collard greens, leftover cornbread

    Saturday: Leftovers

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    Lots of easy and Autumn-oriented things this week…

    Sunday – Chili and cornbread muffins
    Monday – Carbonara Pasta, salad and bread
    Tuesday – Veggie risotto
    Wednesday – Trader Joe’s Orange chicken and rice
    Thursday – homemade pizza with sundried tomatoes
    Friday – tomato soup and bread
    Saturday – out somewhere!

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    Thank you Jane for giving me a little perspective on my one sleepless night. Iโ€™m feeling tired this morning after a neighbourโ€™s car alarm went off pretty much every half hour last night but youโ€™ve reminded me that new parents have it far worse!
    I love the picture, when I was little I used to draw all over the garden path with chalk. I always hoped Iโ€™d be able to jump in Mary-Poppins style.

    Mon: Pasta allโ€™arrabiata, green salad
    Tue: Working late, take out at office
    Wed: Mumโ€™s birthday so making her a special dinner. Butternut sformati, walnut bread and salad, apple crumble ice cream.
    Thur: Swedish meatballs, Ikea gravy, boiled potatoes and broccoli
    Fri: Herb crusted haddock, sweet potato fries, peas
    Sat: Dinner out at a local CSA farm
    Sun: Dinner at Mumโ€™s โ€“ taking chocolate orange tart for dessert.

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    Sunday: Oktoberfest: Beer braised kielbasa, red cabbage, shredded potato pancake

    Monday: Homemade Chicken noodle soup in the crockpot and rolls (My last CSA pick-up is tonight- so sad- it means winter will be here soon! Though you would never guess with the unusual-for-October 80 degree weather we’ve been having)

    Tuesday: Buffalo chicken sandwiches, Sweet potato fries, CSA vegie

    Wednesday:Hubby cooks. Quesadillas, fruit

    Thursday: Hubby “cooks” (My son has a cross country meet and he’s volunteering at it, so I’ll make the potatoes on Tuesday and he just has to reheat them). Roast beef in the crockpot with fall vegies

    Friday: Pizza night, salad

    Saturday: TBD- if we get a butternut squash in our CSA basket, it will be Hubby’s Fav- Saffron Risotto with butternut squash!

  24. Let’s see…hopefully this week will go smooth and “as planned”.

    Sun- We had a chicken & rice dinner brought to us by a friend. It hit the spot and I didn’t have to cook.
    Mon- Quick Fiesta Chili. It’s an old recipe from my Granny that’s as easy as throw all ingredients in a pot and cook for 30 minutes.
    Tues- I have a dinner meeting. The family will probably get takeout.
    Wed- My mom is offering to bring dinner.
    Thur- Spaghetti with “meatballs” (when I’m in a hurry, I just chop some Italian sausage in large chunks and tell the kids it’s meatballs. They are really easy to please.)
    Fri- Hospital food…..I finally FINALLY get to have this baby boy!
    Sat- I’m not picky so probably hospital food again, unless I can convince someone to bring me something a little more palate pleasing.
    Sun- Hopefully I’ll be home from the hospital and someone is bringing me comfort food. If not, it’s takeout.

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    Angie .

    My other half has been sick in bed for 3 days, so we’ve eaten a lot of homemade chicken soup this weekend – and I made some chicken tortilla soup for this week…

    Sun – Ham Steak w/ mashed potatoes & green beans
    Mon – Hatch green chile sausage sandwiches w/ peppers & onions
    Tue – Chicken Tortilla Soup
    Wed – Lasagna Roll-ups
    Thu – (frozen dinner) Cranberry Pork tenderloin w/ rice pilaf
    Fri – French Onion Dip Burgers (Rachel Ray)
    Sat – leftovers?

    Anyone have any good recipes/websites/blogs for healthy, weight watchers-friendly recipes?

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    I love that most people get to have leftovers one night a week! We actually were able to do that last week but normally it never happens. Leftovers are too easy to take to work for lunches!
    My menu is up!

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    monday – sausage and veggie quiche (healthier crust and egg mix) with salad

    tuesday – picnic in the garden (lemon and herb chicken strips, ostrich meatballs, potato salad, crudites, pita chips, hummus, yoghurt dip, chips, crackers, white chocolate and cranberry cookies, wine)

    wednesday – grilled chicken salad

    thursday – Moroccan beef salad

    friday – tuna and tomato pasta bake

    saturday – beef mince lasagne with salad

    sunday – out

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    Since yesterday was Columbus Day, I was off but none of my family members were. So, I did some cooking to help this week!

    Sunday – pork chops, grilled sweet potatoes, salad
    Monday – Chicken and brown rice casserole, sauted green beans with bacon and shallot, french bread
    Tuesday – Butternut squash soup, french bread, fruit salad
    Wednesday – Pan-fried fish with squash salsa, rice
    Thursday- out to celebrate the end of the soccer season
    Friday- breakfast for dinner
    Saturday – leftovers

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    Sun – Grilled chicken Caesar Salad
    Mon – chicken tenders, baked sweet potato fries, green beans
    Tues – Rigatoni w/ Roasted Pumpkin & Goat cheese
    Wed – BBQ center cut pork chops, baked butternut squash, carrots
    Thurs – Apple & Bacon Pizza – Thanks Jane!
    Fri – on the road

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    1. Homemade hamburger helper
    2.Black bean and mango tostadas
    3.make your own pizza
    4.corn chowder and biscuits
    5. Leftovers

    I hope I can stick to this because it’s better on our little budget

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