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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Week 279 Menu…and why the tooth fairy STINKS

It’s a bagel morning at our house today. Want to know why it’s a bagel morning? It all starts Friday afternoon when Cate lost a tooth at school. Saturday morning she wakes up, checks under her pillow, and lo and behold her tooth is still there. Which maybe wouldn’t seem too terrible except LAST time she lost a tooth the same thing happened. That time, however, the tooth fairy snuck in during breakfast and Cate got two dollars instead of one and everything worked out. Unfortunately, yesterday the tooth fairy didn’t ever show. So, Cate wrote her a letter, wrapped that around her tooth, stuck it under her pillow then woke up this morning to find…the letter and her tooth. AGAIN. Thank goodness for the book Pinkalicious, we just keep saying, “It’s just like Pinkalicious! The tooth fairy just must be soooo busy this weekend.” Believe it or not, two other kids in Cate’s class lost teeth on Friday. Proof positive that the tooth fairy has more on her plate than she can handle.

Which brings us to the bagels…the tooth fairy only had a twenty this morning when she realized she screwed up AGAIN. So she went and spent $13 on bagels just to get the change…and by the time she got back with the bagels, Cate was already awake. Stupid tooth fairy. I kind of hate her right now. So, bagels for breakfast, everyone! Aren’t I a nice mommy to go out and get them so early? You’re welcome! I love you all, too!

– Happy Memorial Day! We’ll definitely be grilling up some classic Memorial Day fare, said fare TBD! πŸ™‚

Spaghetti and Meatballs
– Cheddar cauliflower (from the CSA…it’s yummy!)

Cream of Mushroom soup

Tuscan Tomato Soup
– the girls both want soup this week, but they can’t agree on the flavor, so we’re having two soup nights

– Dinner at Cheesecake Factory to celebrate Cate’s last day of school!

– Leftovers

– Breakfast for dinner…waffles!
– Fresh fruit

Please share your menu for the week! And, if you see the tooth fairy, tell her to get her patootie over here pronto.


  1. That’s okay. The Easter bunny swung and missed this year. Something about traffic that kept him away from our house before The Child woke up.

    S: Apple-cheddar burgers (with Alexa sweet potato tots)
    M: Mojo flap steak with salsa verde
    T: Chorizo (homemade) tacos with black bean salsa
    W: Grilled chicken with peach barbecue sauce
    R: FFY. Last week’s work commitment was postponed to this week.
    F: Takeout
    S: TBD. I might keep with the gringo-Mexican theme and do barbacoa. It’s all weather dependent.

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    Sunday: Still have company, so it will depend on what everyone feels like later
    Monday: BBQ
    Tuesday: leftovers
    Wednesday: creamy spinach and chicken crepes
    Thursday: Orange chicken. It looked so good, excited to try it!
    Friday: leftovers
    Saturday: Pizza night (trying out the organic pizza place for the first time)

    Feels good to get a menu done (ish) early this week!

  3. Oh my gosh! SO funny! Sounds like Ms. Fairy needs a few extra hours in the day! We’re battening down and hunkering in for the tropical storm. Landfall should be pretty close to us!!!

    Sunday: Hurricane party at our house! Pork tenderloin roulade with roasted potatoes and corn on the grill; strawberry rhubarb crisp with vanilla ice cream for dessert (we brought this to a friend’s house last night, ate it all up, and I decided we needed a reprise!)
    Monday: Pork fajitas (with all the fixins) and caramelized brussel sprouts
    Tuesday: Herbed chicken legs in the slow cooker with mashed sweet potato
    Wednesday: Mellow Mushroom pizza with small group at church (I’ll have a little vegan pizza)
    Thursday: Kale frittata and roasted mushrooms
    Friday – Saturday: Grandparents in town!

    I’m going to try these guys out for snacks/breakfasts on the go: Baked Oatmeal Bars

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    Megan Flowers

    Sunday- steaks and broccoli and naan from T.J’s (cooked by the husband while I am at my book club) i made stuffed mushrooms (ina garten recipe) for book club so that and all the other goodies will probably fill me up.
    Monday- grill’in it up!
    Tuesday- spaghetti and meat balls with sautéed broccoli and cauliflower
    Wednesday- pot stickers with stirfry veggies
    Thursday- paninis with fruit
    Friday- Chicken noodle soup

    Cheddar cauliflower sounds delish! I got cauliflower in CSA this week too! I’d love to see the recipe πŸ™‚

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    Jenn A

    The tooth fairy has frequently been too busy to get to our house on time too! Last time I think she made it during breakfast…..

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    ah the tooth fairy ! at our house when a child lost a tooth my husband would tie a string around his waist – so that when he got ready for bed he’d notice (a string on a finger wouldn’t cut it!) and then play the tf – a few times we had to “find” the $ left under the bed!
    feeling very uninspired meal planning this week!
    Sunday – leftovers from yesterday’s mixed grill party!
    Monday – making pizza with any meat still leftover
    Tuesday – scallops with pasta and salad
    Wednesday – chicken stirfry with pot stickers
    Thursday – some thing quick I have a meeting
    Friday – no idea!
    Saturday – out

  7. We forgot to buy back our son’s first tooth as well, it took us three days. Sigh…Hopefully we’ll do better with the second tooth.
    Monday: Breakfast for dinner–Apple Cinnamon Muffins and Fresh Fruit
    Tuesday: Pan Seared Chicken Breasts with Veggie Hash
    Wednesday: Cajun Crusted Chicken with Creole Mashed Potatoes and Cauliflower
    Thursday: out to eat
    Friday: Shrimp Fraiche with Pasta and Salad
    Saturday: Cream of Onion Soup with Bacon Cheddar Pull Apart Bread and Broccoli
    Sunday: Breakfast for Dinner–Pumpkin Cheese Spice Bread, Scrambled Eggs and Orange Julius

  8. same exact thing at our house this weekend!

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    I used to hear the anguished cry and have the terrible moment of realization of utter failure. Then I would grab some money in a closed fist, run in and feel around under and inside the pillowcase “just in case we missed it” Amazingly we always found it – that elusive money from that well intentioned but unreliable tooth fairy!

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    Ohhh the tooth fairy!!!! πŸ™‚

    Monday: chicken wings ,grilled burgers, salad, fruit salad, chips, cookies
    Tuesday: Broiled Skirt Steak (using the same marinade as the chicken—doubling and setting some aside), steamed veggies
    Wednesday: Mushroom Pasta with Rosemary rolls and salad
    Thursday: Houstons…yum
    Friday: leftovers
    Saturday: Roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, peas

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    Sunday – Hotdogs and Burgers on the grill, corn on the cob, pickled eggs and beets
    Monday – Happy Memorial Day! Spareribs on the grill, baked potatoes and baked beans
    Tuesday – Grilled haddock, fried potatoes
    Wednesday – Chicken alfredo with tossed salad
    Thursday – General Tsos Chicken with rice and broccoli
    Friday – Salmon, ranch potato wedges, applesauce

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    That tooth fairy story cracked me up! It totally sounds like a story I will be telling in about a year or so. πŸ™‚

    Mon: Chicken Sausage, Pepper & Onion Kabobs w/ foil packet garlic-rosemary potatoes, and watermelon slices

    Tues: Grilled Salmon w/ lemon pasta & green salad

    Wed: Grilled Chicken Salad w/ avocado, tomato, olive & Greek Yogurt-salsa dressing and garlic wheat toast

    Th: Leftover Night–Salmon Cakes (extra salmon from Tues night), lemon pasta & green salad

    Fri: Mushroom-Onion-Swiss Sirloin Sliders on whole-wheat English Muffins & baked sweet potato fries

    Sat: Grilled Chipotle-Pomegranate Chicken Breast w/ poatato-corn salad & veg kabobs

    Sun: Jamie Oliver’s Wonky Summer Pasta, arugula salad w/ grapes & bacon, and Raspberry-Pear Meringue Tartlets (I’m trying a whole 30-minute meal from Jamie Oliver’s show, Meals in Minutes)

    • Lisa

      I’m also teaching a Lil’ Chefs Class for preschoolers on Friday. We’re making baked parmesan fish sticks along with a pasta salad bar where the kids make their own pasta salads with lots of vegs, cheese, and herbs to choose from. πŸ™‚

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    Aunt Sue

    OK…You inherited this trait straight from your Aunt. Oh gosh. Tooth Fairy genetics gone wrong in our family. I finally had to assign the duties to Mary the Fairy at our house for everyone that came after her! I think that Cate will be an awesome fairy helper for Anna and Owen.

    (Even plan B failed at times and the twins would just go to my purse where there existed the tooth fairy exchange!)

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    Sunday-quiche filled with spinach, artichokes, bacon, mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, and asiago!( Green salad with homegrown tomatoes and cucumbers.
    Monday-Happy Labor Day!! Smoked chicken with tangy barbecue sauce, grilled garden zucchini, marinated garden cucumbers and tomatoes, potato salad.
    Tuesday-Turkey Italian sausage with garden peppers, onions and mushrooms over linguini, roasted broccoli.
    Wednesday-Beef-rice-tomato stuffed garden peppers,green salad.
    Thursday-Grilled marinated tilapia, garden green beans with bacon and onion , home made garlic and butter rice.
    Friday-Spaghetti with parmesan meatballs, marinated garden tomatoes and cucumbers.
    Saturday-Grilled lamb chops, grilled garden eggplant, zesty couscous with garden cucumbers, tomatoes and parsley.

    • Lisa

      I wish I had your garden! I just started growing mine about a month ago and everything is starting to come in just now…I’m really excited!

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    It is great how kids just are so understanding and are willing to be so flexible. Thanks for sharing your story.
    Monday: Baked chicken with broccoli and baby spinach
    Tuesday: Ravioli with Garlic bread along with a cucumber and spinach salad with feta and pomegranite vinagrete
    Weds: burgers on the grill with sweet potato fries
    Thursday: Mini stuffed peppers with wheatberries and feta
    Friday: Marinated Steak tips with grilled veggies
    Sat: homemade pizza

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    Ashley P

    Sunday: Subway on the home from a road trip this weekend
    Monday: cookout at my mom’s for Memorial Day- I am bringing my baked macaroni and cheese with tomato soup and a butterfinger pie
    Tuesday: chicken parmesan tenders and spaghetti
    Wednesday: out
    Thursday: baked spaghetti and garlic toast
    Friday: pizza
    Saturday: grilled burgers and warm bacon potato salad

    I realized after I planned, how much pasta we are eating, but I am trying to use up these ingredients that I bought a while ago and kept pushing back for one reason or another!

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    Yeah, at my house the Easter eggs got hidden on Monday while my kids were at school. They are teenagers so it is easier but they still like to hunt for eggs. We were visiting my older son at college on Saturday and had so much to do that night to get ready for Easter that the eggs never got hidden. That’s ok, life happens.
    We had bagels this morning too!!
    Sunday: BBQ burgers, corn on the cob, watermelon..typical summer bbq
    Monday: Bucket of fried chicken and wine in the park with neighbors…sides to be announced
    Tuesday: Keeping with the summer picnic theme, hot dogs, baked beans and watermelon.
    Wednesday: Slow cooker chicken tacos. World’s easiest recipe. Throw the chicken breasts in crock pot, add two cans of diced tomatoes and 1 pack of taco seasoning, cook 8 hours and then shred chicken and put in tortillas with the works. Save leftovers for chimichangas.
    Thursday: no hubby, on your own.
    Friday: Chimichangas. Warm tortillas, put leftover chicken from Wed in tortilla with shredded cheese, fold up like an envelope, spray with cooking spray and put on greased foil on cookie sheet. Bake at 475 for 13 minutes. Delish. Rice and fruit.
    Saturday and Sunday…no hubby….chocolate chips for dinner??????

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    Sunday – out
    Monday – chicken w/ ginger, lime & sriacha
    Tuesday – pasta w/ white beans & greens
    Wednesday – zucchini risotto + eggs
    Thursday – rest of the white beans + veggies + ??
    Friday – out or leftovers
    Saturday – out or leftovers
    Sunday – chicken adobo ??

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    Sunday: Turkey Dinner
    Monday: Greek grilled chicken and vegetables on pitas, melon, corn on the cob
    Tuesday; hubby cooks. Turkey noodle soup, rolls
    Wednesday: hubby cooks.Steak fajitas, melon
    Thursday: hubby cooks. choir concert. breakfast for dinner.
    Friday: Pizza, salad
    Saturday: Pork Stir fry, egg rolls, rice

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    Melissa M

    Haha! My daughter lost a tooth on Thursday and guess what, the tooth fairy completely missed our house! Glad this happens to other people as well, makes me feel a little better. It was funny because I just started jogging and Friday morning I left to jog and my husband met me outside when i returned. I snuck into her room and put $2 under her pillow, instead of $1. Then I told her I didn’t believe the tooth fairy would forgot so she goes to show me her tooth is still there and start a bawling that no one ever believes her, but she swears the tooth fairy didn’t come! I felt terrible, even worse really!

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    Erika B.

    Sun-Leftover Max’s Lunch, Raspberries, Popcorn
    Mon-Greek Lentil Soup, Tzatziki, Homemade Pita Bread, Salad and Berries
    Tues-Farmer’s Market Pizza, Roasted Asparagus, Peaches
    Wed-Grilled Cheese, Roasted Yams with Soy and Maple, Green Beans, Apple Slices
    Thurs-Leftovers TBD, Cauliflower and Blueberries
    Fri-Probably Take Out or More Grilled Cheese

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    Mon – Pasta with broad beans, asparagus and peas, salad
    Tue – Pulled pork rolls, corn, tomato salad
    Wed – Tomatoes stuffed with cous cous, chorizo and feta
    Thur – Dinner out for our wedding anniversary
    Fri – Slow cooker chicken in cider, new potatoes, asparagus
    Sat – It’s the Queen’s Jubilee (4 day weekend, woo!) so lots of BBQs, picnics and street parties. I’m making a sheet cake decorated with berries in the shape of the Union flag and marmalade ice cream.

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    No loose teeth (at the moment!) at my house… This Tooth Fairy is enjoying a respite. πŸ™‚

    Sunday – Chicken enchiladas and green salad
    Monday – Memorial Day BBQ at a friend’s house. I’m taking warm artichoke dip.
    Tuesday – Taco Salad
    Wednesday – Leftovers?
    Thursday – BBQ chicken sandwiches with coleslaw
    Friday – Accompanying my kindergartner on a class field trip to the zoo…definitely doing takeout!
    Saturday – ???

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    Kim 2

    Happy Memorial Day!!!

    Sunday- Out
    Monday- Classic picnic at my parent’s house
    Tuesday- Shrimp Caesar salads
    Wednesday- Open face tuna melts, carrot & celery sticks
    Thursday- Smoked salmon frittata, fruit
    Friday-Peach basil chicken with brown rice
    Saturday- Dinner banquet

  25. Man, the tooth fairy has the exact same problem here, but doesn’t pay as much out of guilt as the tooth fairy there.

    M- grilled chicken, zucchini & squash, barley & brown rice mixture.
    T- salmon & lemon sauteed spinach, left over barley & brown rice
    W- Grilled steak over salad
    Th- (last day of school) we may go out and celebrate
    F- Make your own omelet bar. I’ll put out all the chopped ingredients and let the boys (6 & 8) come through the line and make their own omelet. This ought to be fun!
    Saturday & Sunday….that seems too far away. I’ll have to come up with a weekend meal plan a little later.

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    S- Steak and Fries
    M- Brats/Hot Dogs, Potato Salad and Root Beer Floats
    T- Cheesesteaks and Quinoa Salad
    W- Sloppy Joe Mac-n-Cheese and Tossed Salad
    Th- Tuna Egg Salad Sandwiches and Kale Chips
    F- Sausage Pasta Bake
    S- TBD

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    Kelly B

    Oh my gosh, that’s too funny. I’m sure will be having the same kind of tooth fairy experiences in a couple years. It’s good to hear she slips up every now and then. πŸ™‚

    Monday – Cooking on the grill
    Tuesday – Teriyaki Chicken, brown rice & egg rolls
    Wednesday – Au Jus sandwiches (crock pot) & baked new potatoes
    Thursday – Leftovers
    Friday – Pasta Primavera & rosemary peasant bread
    Saturday – Eat Out
    Sunday – BBQ chicken pizza & salad

    By the way, last week I made the Island Pork with Sticky Coconut Rice. Oh my lanta, that stuff is goooood! I couldn’t believe how easy it was to throw together and the smell of the rice alone was enough to make me feel happy all over. πŸ™‚

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    Monday: Memorial Day picnic
    Tuesday: Slow cooker shredded beef in tacos
    Wednesday: Italian chicken in crock pot, wild rice, green salad
    Thursday: Taco Salads w/ leftover shredded beef
    Friday: Breakfast for dinner
    Saturday: Chicken & vegetable stir fry
    Sunday: crock pot something

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    Lynn BB

    I’ve made a vow to try to use things from the freezer for the most part. I’ve accumulated so much it may take most of the summer!

    Monday: BBQ ribs, potato salad, baked beans and strawberries
    Tuesday: Buttermilk grilled chicken, leftover potato salad, green beans
    Wednesday: Not sure, maybe turkey burgers
    Thursday: Pork tenderloin, asparagus
    Friday: Crock pot chicken tacos
    Weekend to be determined, but I may try to tackle some of the venison in the freezer!

  30. Oh dear. Sounds like the Tooth Fairy needs to write a note back–in glitter ink of course.

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    The tooth fairy has been late so much at our house that my daughter has started putting post-it notes on her headboard with big red sharpie drawn arrows showing the tooth fairy where to find the tooth.

  32. We have that same problem w/ that overworked tooth fairy! What’s a mom to do?
    Here’s my menu plan for the week on my blog:

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    MondaY BBQ
    Tuesday pizza on grill
    Wed hamburgers on grill, salad
    Thursday chicken on pitas with caesar dressing/lettuce/parm
    Friday take out
    Sat pork chops with rice

    the tooth fairy missed my house a couple of times! She def is a busy lady πŸ™‚

  34. Monday: tonight we just had leftovers
    Tuesday: crockpot cheddar beer chicken tacos
    Wednesday: lasagna
    Thursday: out to dinner with our small group!
    Friday-Sunday: I’ll be in Minnesota for a college friend’s wedding, so Ben will be eating all the canned peas, Hamburger Helper, and non-wife-friendly food that he can get his hands on!

  35. I’m late, but here it is:

    Sunday night: grilled out (hot dogs, veggie kabobs, corn/black bean salsa)

    Monday night: pollo sabroso, grilled corn on the cob, cantaloup, avocado

    Tuesday night: hamburgers with sauteed onions/pepper/mushrooms, mac and cheese broccoli bake, grilled zucchini and corn

    Wednesday night: easy paella

    Thursday night: Bangin’ grilled shrimp, grilled corn (can you tell what was on sale for cheap this week??), healthy fried rice

    Friday night: probably out

    Saturday lunch: strawberry balsamic bacon pizza
    Saturday night: grilled garlic lemon rosemary chicken kabobs with salad and goat cheese.

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    Monday – grilled flank steak, fruit salad, pasta salad, roasted potatoes
    Tuesday- grilled chicken, veggies
    Wednesday – chicken/cheese/wraps, fresh fruit
    Thursday – pancakes, bacon, fruit
    Friday – pizza
    Saturday – spaghetti
    sunday – philly steak subs, homemade fries

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    Thank goodness we’re over the tooth fairy in our house! We would often forget.
    Sunday: We went to see friends ”” we brought organic, grass-fed beef burgers with the fixings, an asparagus, pea, tomato and feta pasta salad and some watermelon. We also had a spinach salad, a cumin-carrot salad, and a strawberry/banana shortcake. Lots of homemade lemonade (with tequila in it for the adults).
    Monday: Family over to our house. Smoked ribs and turkey legs on the smoker, grilled asparagus & zucchini, mini tator tots, watermelon, leftover pasta salad, deviled eggs, and banana pudding ice cream pie ”” very decadent!
    Tuesday: Finally back to lighter, healthier meals so we’re having turkey and cheddar calzones with a salads and watermelon.
    Wednesday: Grilled chicken with cilantro-lime rice, black beans, and grilled veggies.
    Thursday: Tuna noodle casserole (didn’t get to it last week).
    Friday: Ballgame! Either food at the park or deep-dish pizza at the place next to the park.
    Saturday: Mexican stuffed peppers.

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    I hate to say it but I think that tooth was WORTH $20 bucks!

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    Jessica E

    Made the bistro chicken the other night for dinner. The family LOVED it, thank you Jane for giving me something new to throw into the rotation!! πŸ™‚

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    Jane Maynard

    oh goodness! it was obviously a busy week with all the end-of-school-year activities, I never replied to any of your great comments of menus.

    Firstly, so glad I am NOT the only one with issues with the tooth fairy. I think we’ve proven that she is overworked!

    Secondly, as always, thank you for the menus!!!!!!!!!!!


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    our tooth fairy tip ~ as soon as one of our 4 kids lose a tooth, i find the crispest $1 dollar bill in the house & put it barely under My pillow ~ that way when i invariably crawl into bed it’s an easy reminder πŸ™‚

  42. I think I would very love that WEDNESDAY:
    – Cream of Mushroom soup. This is so me. I always prepare that as part of my diet.

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