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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Week 311 Menu

Happy New Year!!! I hope you all had a great week! We took a little trip down to San Diego and had a lovely time. I forgot just how amazing the weather is down there. Wow. We are lucky we get to move back!

With a week of family visiting, celebrations and travel, we have eaten out a TON and are sick to death of restaurant food. I am definitely getting back into the kitchen this week, despite the disastrous state of our home and all the organizing and packing that needs to happen in the next two weeks.

– Spaghetti
– Salad

Homemade cheese pizza

Grammy’s orange chicken
– Rice and veggie

– Leftovers

Waffles and fruit

– Take out

– Chicken Stir Fry
– Dumplings

It’s the new year and I’m hoping some of you have added meal planning to your list of resolutions! Here’s a little plug if you haven’t. Meal planning is a GREAT resolution – easy to track, easy to do, and makes life so much better! You should totally do it! 🙂 Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, back to business. It’s your turn to share your menu for the week! Can’t wait to see what you are all eating!


  1. Tonight – Chicken Enchilada Soup w/ Corn Bread
    MON- Meatloaf, Pasta-Roni, Corn On The Cob
    TUE- Cajun Tilapia, White Rice, Steamed Broccoli
    WED- Crunchy Onion Chicken, Mac & Cheese, Salad
    THU- Black Bean Green Chile Enchiladas, Corn, Salad
    FRI- Lasagna Hamburger Helper, Cheesy Bread, Mixed Veggies
    SAT- Kielbasa & Broccoli Stir-fry over Brown Rice, Salad

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    hubby is on 2nd so just the kids and I so very kid friendly menu

    Sunday – out
    Monday – pork chops & rice
    Tuesday- pizza
    Wednesday – hot dogs, chips, and applesauce
    Thursday – out we have dance and scouts or sandwiches
    Friday – pasta & meatballs
    Saturday – Italian beef sandwiches

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    Sunday- either shepherd’s pie or turkey chili
    Monday- mexican chicken bake with rice and salad
    Tuesday- Lemon-pepper baked salmon, quinoa and salad
    Wednesday- crock pot pot roast and roasted potatoes
    Thursday- leftovers
    Friday- out

    • Cynthia

      Will you share the recipe for the Mexican chicken bake? We are always looking for New Mexican recipes!

    • Meg

      Gosh, it is so very unfancy- it’s one of our go-tos for busy nights. Basically Trader Joe’s Burritos (chicken verde, chicken and bean or just bean) cooked using the microwave directions then put in a baking dish and covered in salsa. Into the oven at 350 for about 30 minutes then cover in shredded cheese and broil until melted. Serve with cilantro lime rice.

    • Jane Maynard

      meg, I love that it’s so unfancy – that’s great! 🙂

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    Sunday – Chicken tetrazini
    Monday – Chili with cornbread
    Tuesday – Keilbasa and potato casserole
    Wednesday – Spaghetti with meatballs, salad
    Thursday – Chicken with baked potatoes
    Friday – Leftovers
    Saturday – Leftovers

  5. Sun – Thai beef salad
    Mon – out (cooking class on Fish Dishes)
    Tues – Greek lemon soup with lamb meatballs & pita crisps
    Wed – turkey/pear/brie panini cranberry salsa
    Thurs – Italian peppers & pasta bake, green salad
    Fri – crab cakes, braised kale & chili cheese biscuits
    Sat – pizza

  6. Jane, I don’t envy you having to pack up your house to move. I’m having some serious loathing with just packing up Christmas decorations! 🙂

    Back to a 5-day work week. Boo!!! Looking forward to a week of good, homemade food, though.

    Sunday: “Fancy” burgers (with grilled onions, roasted red peppers & goat cheese crumbles on homemade buns) with sweet potato fries
    Monday: Baked potatoes in the slow cooker
    Tuesday: Yorkshire pudding with cranberry sauce
    Wednesday: Stuffed chicken breast
    Thursday: Crockpot Mongolian Beef over rice
    Friday: Leftovers
    Saturday: Out

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    Happy new year!

    Sunday: Roast and potatoes
    Monday: Glazed chicken thighs and broccoli
    Tuesday: take out
    Wednesday: Fettucini with mushrooms
    Thursday: Burgers, chips, pickles
    Friday: Greek chicken, tomato, and onion pitas
    Saturday: Baked potatoes, toppings, salad

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    Sun: Cherry Tomato Pasta
    Mon: Mexican Rice and Beans
    Tues: Spicy Thai Noodles
    Wed: Chickpea Curry
    Thurs: Pork Chops
    Fri: Waffles
    Sat: Black Bean Taco Salad

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    Week of January 6 to January 12
    Sunday: Meatball subs with fries
    Monday: Greek salads, Greek burgers, and spinach pockets
    Tuesday: Empanadas with rice, corn, and avocado slices
    Wednesday: Roasted red pepper ravioli
    Thursday: Dill chicken and potatoes
    Friday: Yam fries – yes, we eat a whole pan for dinner, lol
    Saturday: Smoked paprika cod filets in tomato broth on rice

    Happy New Year!

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    Mon: PW’s Sour Cream Noodle Bake, Roasted Carrots with Dill

    Tues: BLT’s, Pasta and Veggie Soup

    Wed: Cheese Stuffed Shells, Spinach Salad with Blue Cheese, Cranberries and Walnuts

    Thurs: Chicken Tortilla Soup, Chips & Guacamole

    Fri: Out

    Sat: Kung Pao Chicken, Rice, Spicy Asian Broccoli

    Sun: BF cooks or out to eat

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    Mon: Potstickers with garlic and chilli broccoli
    Tue: Baked potatoes with goats cheese and pesto, salad
    Wed: Szechwan pork stir fry with coconut rice
    Thur: Moussaka with Greek salad
    Fri: Baked chicken nuggets with wedges and baked beans
    Sat: Veggie curry, naan bread
    Sun: Dinner at mum’s

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    Kim from PA

    Sun-Wed: Business Travel- I try to eat at Whole Foods for dinner
    Thurs: Bowtie pasta & homemade sauce, salad
    Fri: Orange chicken & brown rice, broccoli
    Sat: Scallops, baked sweet potatoes, green beans

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    Sunday: Steaks and Mac & Cheese
    Monday: Porcupine Meatballs with noodles
    Tuesday: Brussels Sprouts, Sausage and Cannelini beans w/ Rice (Mark Bittman’s cookbook)
    Wednesday: Crockpot Split Pea Soup
    Thursday: Dinner Out @ Hibachi Master
    Friday: Dinner with friends
    Saturday: Salmon, Swiss Chard and roasted fingerlings

  14. I’ve been away for a while, so congratulations on the move to San Diego. I was there last winter for a conference and really liked it. The Gaslight District was pretty neat and very walkable and the San Diego Zoo was massive.

    Must try for you and the husband is Slater’s 50/50 in Point Loma (, home of the 50% beef-50% bacon burger. They also have a 100% ground bacon burger. It sounds disgusting, but the food is quite excellent.

    » Sunday: Antipasto salad
    » Meatless Monday: Spinach, tomato and orzo soup
    » Tuesday: Dukkah crusted chicken and pita
    » Wednesday: Something from the freezer…marinara sauce, probably
    » Thursday: Panko-crusted chicken thighs
    » Friday: Out…probably to our usual haunt so that our toddler can get drunk on pancakes
    » Saturday: Too early to tell. If there’s childcare, we’re going out. If not, I’m making something with shrimp.

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    Sun: Leftover makeover–Curry Chicken Salad in whole-wheat pitas w/ oven fries
    Using last night’s roasted chicken

    M: Lion’s Head Meatballs w/ whole-wheat noodles & stir-fry broccoli
    Asian style meatballs simmered in coconut curry sauce

    T: Roast Salmon w/ brown rice pilaf with carrots & peas

    W: Butternut Squash Soup w/ apple-bacon-cheddar panini

    Th: Shrimp Fajitas w/ green rice served w/ greek yogurt, guac, salsa, & cheese

    F: Leftovers
    Girls night out: Happy Hr & “This is 40!”

    Sa: Cabbage Rolls
    1st time making at home…what’s an appropriate side dish for cabbage rolls???

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    Megan Flowers

    Saturday- meat patties with broccoli sundried tomatoes and black olives
    Sunday- carnitas with tomato and onion salad
    Monday- ginger lime cilantro shrimp with cauliflower rice
    Tuesday- paleo shepards pie
    Wedensday- chicken breast with steamed broccoli and cauliflower
    Thursday- chicken with spanish “rice” (cauliflower)
    Friday- we have dinner guests and I have not planned what special meal to cook yet

    Last year my resolution was to meal plan. I created a google doc for my grocery list that has the days of the week on top for meals. I also created a binder with my favorite recipes, the list haddock stuck the binder not so much.
    My resolution this year is to prep for my meals on Sundays so I can be more efficient during the week and I find it is easier to stick with my menu if a lot of the prep work is already done (chopping veggies, mixing spice mixes, cutting up meat) I started in mid December. I got myself some more tupperware to hold things so I can streamline.

    Your blog helps me so much! I don’t post my menu all the time, but I definitely check in every Sunday to see your menu (and whenever there is a new post)
    Good luck with yiur move. I’m in Los Angeles, so I know how much nicer the weather can be down here!!

    • Jane Maynard

      I love your system and that this year’s resolution is building on last years – so great!

      and, yes, I seriously can’t believe the weather down there…I forgot just how perfect it can be!

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    Laura B.

    Sunday – Hubby’s night to cook – Cheddar crusted chicken, asperagus
    Monday – Sloppy Joes and Onion rings
    Tuesday – Key West Chicken, black beans and pineapple salsa
    Wednesday – Beans and Ham in the crock pot, fried potatoes (just like mom used to make!)
    Thursday – Chicken enchiladas
    Friday – Panko Parmesan Tilapia
    Saturday – Late lunch out, leftover for dinner

    Have a great week everyone!

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    Sunday- roasted pork tenderloin & Mac & cheese
    Monday- chicken stew and & rice
    Tuesday- loaded baked potatoes (trying to go meatless 1 night/week)
    Wednesday- sandwiches
    Thursday- leftovers
    Friday- pancakes and berries (since strawberries are back, yay!)
    Saturday- baked ziti

    Nothing fancy, just want to eat home more in 2013.

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    Congrats on your upcoming move…still very jealous! Such a beautiful place!

    Sun- Buffalo Chicken Wraps, Sweet Potato Fries and Cake
    Mon- Meatless Monday…Red Beans and Rice, Cornbread
    Tues- Chicken Stroganoff, Salad and Garlic Knots
    Wed- Matzo Ball Soup, Trisha Yearwood Drop Biscuits in muffin tins
    Thurs- Baked Ziti, Salad and PW The Bread
    Fri- Chinese food
    Sat- BBQ Ribs, Ohana(Disney) Shrimp Skewers, Rice and Coconut Cake
    Sun- Shrimp Po-Boys, Cottage Fries and Fried Apple Pies

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    Sunday – Cranberry BBQ meatballs in the crock pot, rice, zucchini.
    Monday – Spaghetti dinner
    Tuesday – Tacos
    Wednesday – Leftovers
    Thursday – Rotisserie chicken, veggie, roasted potatoes, fruit salad.
    Friday – Homemade pizza
    Saturday – Beefaroni bake, or grilled cheese and soup, with fruit.

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    Sunday – Roast Chicken, mashed potatoes, baked beans, cole slaw
    Monday – BB Game Steak sandwichs, Chicken Dumpling Soup
    Tuesday – Chicken Quesadillas, Rice
    Wednesday – Daughter’s 20th Birthday! Ravioli with PW marinara sauce, tossed salad, and breadsticks, Brownies & Ice Cream for dessert
    Thursday – BB Game out of town probably eat out
    Friday – Pasta Fagioli soup or chili
    Saturday – Leftovers

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    Tanya H

    Okay. Wait. When did I miss the moving to San Diego announcement? Please update me. I’m lost. :/

    • Jane Maynard

      well, I don’t like doing whole posts with just announcements about myself, so I buried the announcement in a weekly menu post. so, yeah, probably not the best way to announce the move!

      so, yes, we are moving back to san diego! nate is done with his post-doc at stanford and has found a great job down there. SO sad to leave bay area, but we lived in san diego before and loved it there…it’s a good thing. and so, the next two weeks, packing, packing, packing!

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    Monday, ravioli with warm rolls
    Tuesday, beef taco salad
    Wednesday, baked chicken with veggies
    Thursday, pasta with meatballs
    Friday, Chicken potpie
    Saturday, steak and veggies

    Some where this week we will have brownie sundaes for dessert, yum.

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    Erika B.

    Back to reality tomorrow!

    Sun-Homemade Veggie Pizza, Strawberries and Whipped Cream
    Mon-Quinoa, Leek and Smoked Cheddar Casserole, Toast, Spinach, Blackberries
    Tues-Leftover Casserole, Toast, Brussels Sprouts, Pears
    Wed-Winter Vegetable Minestrone with Bacon and Barley, Rosemary Rolls, Tangerines
    Thurs-Leftover Soup and Rolls, Arugula Salad with Orange Poppy Dressing
    Fri-Out I Hope

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    Sunday: Ham and Havarti potatoes with peas

    Monday: Breakfast for dinner. Eggs, toast, fruit

    Tuesday: Lettuce wraps, egg rolls

    Wednesday: Hubby cooks. Fish, Rice, Vegies

    Thursday: Hubby cooks. Turkey Dinner casserole, green beans

    Friday: Pizza, salad

    Saturday: Boursin chicken with roasted potatoes, asparagus?

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    Lynn BB

    Sunday: Shrimp and wild rice bake, warm kale and lentil salad
    Monday: Vodka sauce pasta from Ina’s new cookbook
    Tuesday: Horseshoe sandwiches
    Wednesday: Crock-pot chicken tacos
    Thursday: Pork chops, pasta with tomatoes and arugula
    Friday: Chicken thighs in lemon sauce, rapini
    Saturday: TBD

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    Sunday – we had a Downton Abbey meal – good china in the dining room – not too many courses! roast chicken, fig and stilton salad, corn pudding, and duchess potatoes
    Monday – beef stew
    Tuesday – kielbasi with peppers and roasted potatoes
    Wednesday – stuffed peppers
    thursday – sticky broiled chicken with cabbage slaw
    Friday – pizza
    Saturday – taking son back to university – out

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    Finally back to creating a weekly meal plan after weeks of birthdays, holidays and parties. It was hard at first, but I’m thrilled to be back in a routine.
    Sunday: We had super-garlicky shrimp pasta with a spinach side salad.
    Monday: Sesame-ginger-soy tofu over Asian noodle salad with a side of cumin zucchini.
    Tuesday: Calzones with side salads
    Wednesday: Leftovers
    Thursday: Some type of soup with wild mushroom and swiss flatbreads.
    Friday: Turkey chili with cornbread. Side of broccoli.
    Saturday: Miso-glazed salmon with sides TBD.

    Good luck with the packing ”” the thought alone of having to pack up our house is enough to make declutter all the time.

    • Jane Maynard

      I agree, it felt good to plan a menu and get back to cooking regularly again this week…the fun is fun, but the routine is nice, too.

      thanks for the luck – we’ll need it! 😉

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    sun: broiled salmon with dill, green beans, rice pilaf
    mon: cannellini and sausage soup, salad, bread
    steak pita pizzas, green beans
    weds: chicken cordon bleu, roasted sweet potatoes, salad
    thurs: pappardelle with prosciutto and orange, salad
    fri: meatloaf with creamy mustard gravy, mashed potatoes, roasted broccoli
    sat: homemade pizzas/calzones

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    Back from the big mouse’s house and need to get ready to cook for the week:
    Mon – fondue night!
    Tues – crockpot minestrone soup, bread, salad
    Wed – taco night
    Thurs – spinach & bacon quiche, roasted potatoes, salad, cut up fruit
    Fri – dinner at nana’s
    Sat – roasted crockpot turkey breast or pork tenderloin, veggies, potatoes, cranberry sauce

  31. Monday: Winter Vegetable Soup
    Tuesday: Kale & Ham Frittata
    Wednesday: Pasta with Homemade Vodka Sauce
    Thursday: leftovers
    Friday: Amish Cheeseburger Soup
    Saturday: dinner with family”¦ or out to eat”¦ we will see what happens 🙂
    Sunday: appetizers & desserts at a church event

  32. Hubby’s out of town again, so we’re eating already prepared meals mostly 😉
    Monday: Frozen Dinners
    Tuesday: Pizza
    Wednesday: Breakfast for dinner and Fresh Fruit
    Thursday: Chicken Parmesan and Broccoli
    Friday: Pork Tacos, Avocado, Tomato, and Fresh Salsa
    Saturday: Chicken and Dumplings with Root Veggies
    Sunday: PW’s Cauliflower Soup and Rolls

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    Ack, I need to get on track! It is almost 4:30 here and I don’t have any idea what I’m making tonight. I have ground beef and chicken breast in the fridge. Hmm.. I will have to browse through everyone else’s menus.

    Here is what I THINK we’ll be eating this week:

    Tonight – TBD
    Tuesday – salmon and Mediterranean veggies
    Wednesday – any leftovers we have the fridge
    Thurs-Sun – out

    I sure don’t offer much inspiration!

    • Stephanie

      tacos are a good sper of the minute dinner if you have everything. if not chicken over rice with a can of crm of any soup in the oven for 30-45 minutes on 350.

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    I don’t plan for a specific day; just plan 4-5 meals and see what I feel like / have time for in the morning.

    Taco salad
    Crockpot Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes
    Sausage, sauerkraut, and some vegetable my family will eat (they probably won’t eat the sauerkraut – but I love it)
    Chicken taco soup
    Cheesy chicken and rice casserole

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    I just found this site and am so excited to find it!

    Monday: Lemon Pepper Salmon
    Tuesday: Eating out for a Birthday Party
    Wednesday: Breaded Center Cut pork chops
    Thursday: Spicy sausage pasta
    Friday: Easy Chicken Parm
    Saturday: Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches – yum!

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    Sunday- chicken pargmigiana with spaghetti, green beans
    Monday- Pork cutlets, mashed potatoes, peas
    Tuesday- Hubby cooks
    Wednesday- Shrimp primavera with pasta
    Thursday- Leftovers
    Friday- Chicken enchiladas
    Saturday- Homemade pizza, salad

    New Year’s resolution…USE THE CROCKPOT!…it’s been out of the box for months just hasn’t been used yet…seeking inspiration.

    • Stephanie

      roast and steaks in the crockpot are the most tender meat ever. but we even made our thanksgiving turkey in our crockpot, a whole turkey breast, 1 stick of butter and some salt. cook on low for 10 hours. so in the morning before work then when you get off and done running around you eat. you can also do mashed potatoes in the crockpot, but they only take 4-5 hours so better on seperate days. my mom does cheese fondue in her crockpot, i havent tried it yet. but so many ideas. i think i might do crockpot stuffed peppers next week for my husband.

    • Jane Maynard

      I haven’t ever done steaks in the crockpot before – what an interesting idea! roast for SURE in the crockpot, so yummy. and that’s so fun you did a turkey breast in there, too! you are the crockpot queen, stephanie! good inspiration for both susan and me and everyone else 🙂

    • stephanie

      Oh yea. Crockpot steaks make it a no knife dinner. We have to spoon out the meat most of the time but tender enough my 3yr old and 5 yr old love it. Husbands favorite way too.

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    LOVE San Diego! We have friends there! We hope to visit again soon, the weather can’t be beat! (although the traffic sucks!)

    Sat – chili & baked fries
    Sun – roast chicken, sweet potatoes, broccoli
    Mon – vegetarian stir fry over rice
    Tues – chicken enchiladas (leftover chicken & enchilada sauce in freezer)
    Wed – chicken soup (freezer) w/ fresh bread
    Thurs – spinach lasagna 
    Fri – leftovers or pizza

    • Jane Maynard

      I think the weather might make up for any pitfalls…it’s seriously amazing. I’m excited to get back!

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    ok we get paid every 2 weeks so to make sure we can afford the food the second week we buy 2 weeks of groceries at a time. we have a family of 5 so gets expesive. so here is what i have so far,
    tue(tonight) left overs
    Wed tacos
    Thursday finish leftovers and roman noodles
    friday beef stew over rice
    saturday lunch blts
    dinner meatball subs and fried potatoes
    sunday lunch
    monday red beans and rice with corbread (read that on here and it sounded good)
    tuesday waffles and fruit salad
    wed porcupine meatballs over rice with extra sauce
    thursday ravoli with lithwainian alfrado, and breadsticks
    friday crockpot steaks and loaded baked potatoes.
    still have to figure out that one sunday and one more week of food. but if i get it figured out soon i will add it too.

    • Stephanie

      ok the missed sunday is soup and grilled sandwhiches for lunch.
      then at the end i am doing clean out the fridge day saturday, all day of leftovers.
      sunday brunch
      dinner crockpot stuffed peppers for my husband, and deluxe potatoes for me and the kids. then crockpot chocolate wonder for desert.
      monday ham and bean soup with rice stirred in over bread. or dunk it, either way.
      tuesday turkey breast and leftover potatoes
      wednesday leftover turkey in gravy over noodles
      thursday (probably) frzn tv dinners and then shopping for the next 2 weeks.

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    Jane Maynard

    thank you all as always for your menus! LOVE each and every one!!! 🙂

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    Tina Ray

    I just found your blog. Awesome. I do a two week menu here is this weeks.

    Sun: Buttermilk fried chicken, mashed potatoes/gravy/stuffing
    Mon: Crockpot Turkey Noodle Soup/Salad
    Tues: Left Overs
    Wed: Brats
    Thurs: Pork loin grilled/steamed broccoli/noodles
    Fri: Grilled Turkey & Cheese
    Sat: Chicken casserole/biscuits

  41. Better late than never. Haven’t posted in a while…but the great news is that my son’s surgery is scheduled and we have a bit of a break in tests and therapy until then!

    Here’s what we had this week…I obviously made a big batch of chili 🙂
    Sunday-Chili and Cornbread
    Monday-Chili Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Bread
    Tuesday-Chili Topped Baked Potatoes, Green Salad
    Wednesday-Smoothies and homemade Focaccia Bread
    Thursday-Lentil Sausage Soup, homemade Focaccia Bread
    Friday-Salmon, Broccoli, Rice
    Saturday-Lentil Sausage Soup (again)

    And as for the “perfect weather” here in San Diego, it hit 28 degrees here last night!

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