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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Week 314 Menu…and Using Beautiful Things

Hello! I think I just might be ready to get back in the groove! Our house is still a mess of paper, boxes and piles, but we’re getting there!

This morning I discovered that the dishwasher is basically useless. {Insert sarcastic “Yay!”} Cate and I rewashed and dried everything and had a nice time together. I don’t know if or when the dishwasher issue will be resolved, so I think we have a lot of dishwashing in our future.

I am a firm believer in using beautiful things. For example, the cutting board that I bought at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. Part of me wants to set it aside, put it on display, never let a knife hit its surface. But it is a cutting board, you’re supposed to cut on it! And because it is so beautiful, that elevates the everyday, mundane task of cutting things up. Even daily tasks can be beautiful and inspiring when looked at in the right light.

I have been hiding away a stack of embroidered dishtowels that my grandma gave us when we got married. Embroidered dishtowels were her standard wedding gift and heaven only knows how many towels she embroidered over the years. This morning when I discovered we would be washing a lot of dishes, I decided to take these special towels out of the linen drawer. I took photos of each towel in their white, pristine state. And then I officially put them into the regular dishtowel rotation. I’m going to enjoy the towels, look at them everyday instead of once every few years when I reorganize the linens. I’m going to think of my grandma every time we use the towels. And I’m going to create memories with my children. These towels will become a part of my children’s history, just as the towels my own mother received on her wedding day are a part of my history and memories of childhood. These cute, embroidered duckies will forever remind my kids of hours spent washing, drying, talking and getting to know one another better over the kitchen sink.

And now, a real menu for the Maynard family!

SUNDAY (today):
– Roasted fingerling potatoes and zucchini

– Chicken, zucchini and corn enchiladas
– Guacamole and chips

– Chicken Masala (using TJ’s simmer sauce)
– Rice and a veggie

– Leftovers

– Homemade hamburgers

– Takeout

– Breakfast for dinner (probably waffles)
– Fruit

– Chicken Noodle Soup
– Homemade bread

Thank you all who have so stalwartly posted weekly menus over the last month of crazy in my life. I am so grateful for your inspiration every week! Looking forward to seeing what you have planned for this week! And remember to bring beauty into your everyday!


  1. Those dish towels are so adorable. They bring a smile to my face!

    Glad you’re moved, healthy and starting to settle in. Enjoy this rainy day to get a little organized!

    Sunday-Pasta Fagioli, French Bread

    Monday-Pasta with Broccoli, Sausage, and Roasted Red Peppers, homemade focaccia bread

    Tuesday-Sloppy Joes, Baked Fries, Roasted Carrots

    Wednesday-Teriyaki Hake, Green Beans, White Rice

    Thursday and Friday-Beef Stew and Buttermilk Biscuits


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    Mon: PW’s Simple Roast Chicken & Gravy, Roasted Veggies
    Tues: Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup, Crusty Bread
    Wed: Chicken & Dumplings (BF cooks)
    Thurs: Swedish Meatballs with Rice, Garden Salad with Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing
    Fri: Pasta with Bolognese Sauce, Tomato-Cucumber-Feta Salad
    Sat: Work Late
    Sun: Superbowl snacks (BF cooks)

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    Kim from PA

    Beautiful things in our homes that have meaning to us (however small) bring joy to the heart. The towels from your grandma are sweet!

    Sun: Jambalaya
    Mon: Leftovers
    Tues: Grilled lemon-garlic chicken, mixed veggies, salad
    Wed: Eggplant Parmesan (from freezer), salad
    Thurs: Whole wheat bow tie pasta with shrimp, peas & white sauce, salad
    Fri: Pan seared chicken breast w apple maple gravy, carrots
    Sat: Soup or out

    Sorry about your dishwasher!

    • Jane Maynard

      I’m hoping they’ll fix the dw…but not holding my breath. I figure people live without dishwashers every day, I can too, right? 😉 but it stinks to have it staring up at me while I handwash everything…it’s like it’s taunting me!

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    I find it scary to first use pretty but practical things like your lovely dishcloths but I’m always glad when I do. They brighten up the most mundane of jobs!

    Mon: Creamy pesto pasta with peas, salad
    Tue: Slow cooker BBQ ribs, baked potatoes, roasted cabbage
    Wed: Tomato, mozzarella bread bake, salad
    Thur: Chilli, pita chips and slaw
    Fri: Fish and chips
    Sat: Cornish pasties, broccoli
    Sun: Dinner at mum’s.

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    Sunday: Takeout
    Monday: Steak, potato hash, salad
    Tuesday: Chicken pot pie
    Wednesday: Hamburgers and oven fries
    Thursday: Grilled chicken salad with
    Friday: BLTs
    Saturday: Chicken with homemade gravy and mashed potatoes

  6. I love this post because this week I am starting on the tast of embroidering some things for my family and I hope they choose to use them as well!

    • Jane Maynard

      that is so sweet! when you give them the gifts, tell them they HAVE to use it. it may or may not work…I gave my mom a cutting board like mine and she still has yet to actually use it, even though I demanded she do! 😉

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    Sun: tex mex chicken & bean stew (martha Stewart)
    Mon: tortellini w/ bacon, peas, shallots
    Tues: me-out, B-leftovers
    Wed: B-out, me-leftovers
    Thursday: deer sausage, roast sweet potatoes & onions
    Fri: fish tacos
    Sat: baked huevos ranchero casserole

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    Glad you are getting settled and using those adorable towels.

    Sunday – Baked hake, baked potatoes, carrots
    Monday – Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, corn
    Tuesday – Chicken legs and thighs, red potatoes, green beans
    Wednesday – Tuna melts
    Thursday – Beef, macaroni and tomato casserole
    Friday – Leftovers
    Saturday – High School Band Sub

    • Lyn

      as usual, I just plan 5 dinners and decide what day I feel like making what:

      Tortellini soup, cheesy bread
      Sausage, lima beans
      Green chili chicken casserole, broccoli
      Lasagna roll-ups, salad
      Sloppy joes, mac and cheese
      Bacon Ranch chicken, veggies

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    Sunday- Roasted butternut squash soup w/ chicken apple sausage
    Monday- Buffalo chicken pasta
    Tuesday- Tortellini soup w/ spinach and peas
    Wednesday- Grilled cheese and tomato soup
    Thursday- Leftovers
    Friday- out w/ friends

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    Beautiful towels!

    Sunday: Stromboli (broccoli, chicken & cheese and a pepperoni, tomato sauce & cheese one). Side salads.
    Monday: Lentil and sausage soup with beer biscuits.
    Tuesday: Chickpea and chicken curry with naan.
    Wednesday: Leftovers.
    Thursday: Gnocchi with turkey sausage, pesto and peas.
    Friday: Ham, pear and cheddar paninis.
    Saturday: Out for pho and bahn mi.

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    Sunday – pizza
    Monday – keilbasi with roasted potatoes and onions with mustard sauce
    Tuesday – Chicken curry with rice
    Wednesday – lamb meatballs with pasta
    Thursday- leftovers
    Friday – out
    Saturday – sandwiches

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    Jen Schulte

    Love the dish towels, and using them to share memories with your kids!

    Our plans:
    Sunday – making a big chicken pot pie that everyone can have as a leftvoer, I’m out of town Mon-Tues for work
    Monday – leftover pot pie 🙂
    Tuesday – my husband will be out with a group of friends and all the kids
    Wednesday – Pizza night, have a Whole Foods pizza on deck
    with salad
    Thursday – sloppy joes before school open house
    Friday – broiled cod, asparagus, rice or cous cous
    Saturday – may do Bistro chicken, it’s been a long time! 🙂

    • Jane Maynard

      you know people LOVE that bistro chicken recipe, jen! so glad you shared it all those years ago!

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    I love those towels! My husbands grandmother would make us hand made items each Christmas (my idea, because previous to that she was giving us money!). One year she gave us a Christmas tree skirt, one year felt ornaments, etc. for our wedding we got quilts and for each child she made quilts or a crochet blanket- my favorite things!
    Sun- PW meatball sliders
    Mon- crock pot roast and rice
    Tue- same roast but poboys instead
    Wed- roasted chicken and root veggies
    Thu- leftovers
    Fri- pancakes and strawberries
    Sat- I don’t know yet! Something easy it’s parade night.

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    Saturday- Pumpkin-coconut soup with shrimp
    Sunday- Mushroom barley soup with kale
    Monday- dinner with friends
    Tuesday- lentil bake with pineapple
    Wednesday- leftovers
    Thursday- black bean burgers
    Friday- spaghetti or leftovers

  15. So cute! It’s so hard to make that first plunge into using “nice things.” But, so worth it once you do. 🙂

    Sunday: Pasta with cauliflower pesto (from the Smitten Kitchen cookbook)….it was awesome!
    Monday: Homemade calzones
    Tuesday: Savory Stuffed Acorn Squash
    Wednesday: Leftovers
    Thursday: Chicken, Broccoli & Quinoa Casserole
    Friday: Stuffed peppers
    Saturday: Out.

    • Jane Maynard

      it’s true, the first time is the hardest…but once you do it once, so much easier and so worth it!

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    Sunday: Annie’s Mac ‘n Cheese and fruit
    Monday: waffles, bacon and fruit
    Tuesday: kitchen sink quesadillas w/chicken
    Wednesday: Linguini puttanesca and salad
    Thursday: Shepherd’s pie
    Friday: Take out pizza
    Saturday: My birthday! We’re probably going out, but I haven’t thought that far ahead yet.

  17. love those dish towels I had a set also but lost them in the move 12 years ago. Threw away the wrong box of items so sad once I realized 🙁 Create wonderful memories! I hand wash my dishes most of the time it’s relaxing to me (I’m weird for thinking that right?)

    Sun: we ate out

    Mon: Lasagna Rolls, Roasted Veggies, Homemade Cheesy Bread

    Tues: Veggie Red Beans and Quinoa

    Wed: Veg Head Chili and Cornbread

    Thurs: Minestrone and homemade ciabatta rolls

    Fri: leftover Veg Head Chili transformed into Bean Burritos

    Sat: fingers crossed we will use our Olive Garden gift cards but if not then something easy.

    I know it looks like we are not eating any meat. I’m 60/40 vegetarian/vegan. So everything is made that way and then I add meat at the end after I get out my portions. It’s just easier that way. So the meat is decided on the fly. 🙂 It works for us.

    • Jane Maynard

      I love that you voluntarily handwash your dishes…I’m going to channel your energy so I find it relaxing, too 😉

      I like your approach to meat – great idea! I like to cut back on meat as much as I can, this is a good approach

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    Sunday: HOmemade calzones and homemade ceaser salad….yummy
    Monday: Chicken fajitas..I cheat, I cut chicken into strips, toss with taco seasoning and fry up in a pan with Pam..avocado, rice, lettuce and olives
    Tuesday: Meatball heroes and leftover ceaser salad. If you freeze the dressing it does not separate. I make a few pounds of meatballs at once and freeze them for quick dinners, cheaper than take-out and if you are going to cook one batch you may was well cook 3
    Wednesday: Green curry chicken made with TJ’s simmer sauce, rice, green beans, may do something to the green beans to make them taste fancy…getting tired of same old green beans.
    Thursday: Dijon pork chops, roasted potatoes, steamed carrots
    Friday: either leftovers or a shrimp thai soup from my Trader Joe’s cookbook that I didn’t get to make last week.
    Weekends are always up in the air…

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    I hope all goes well with the unpacking and settling into your new home and routines. Bummer about the dishwasher. Here’s our menu this week:

    Sunday – Veggie plate: lima beans, braised red cabbage, roasted spaghetti squash with garlic and herbs, corn on the cob

    Monday – Potato & herb frittata, sauteed kale, tomato & cucumber salad

    Tuesday – Veggie & tofu stir-fry over brown rice, salad

    Wednesday – Veggie plate: roasted brussel sprouts, roasted beets, sauteed spinach, white beans

    Thursday – Leftovers

    Friday – Margarita pizza, salad

    Sat – Leftovers

    • Lynn BB

      I love the veggie plates you’ve put together!

    • Jenn

      Thank you! They were inspired by our trip to the local Farmer’s Market on Sunday and our love of vegetables/side dishes. I hope you have a great week.

  20. beautiful things definitely have a place in the house, though i do understand the hesitation to not use them & the desire to keep things pristine.

    Monday: Stuffed Potato Skins with Avocado Cream
    Tuesday: Sesame Chicken
    Wednesday: leftovers
    Thursday: Black Beans & Rice
    Friday: Sweet Potato Chile Mac
    Saturday: leftovers
    Sunday: Super Bowl! apps & desserts

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    Week of January 27 to February 2
    Sunday: Peruvian chicken on egg noodles
    Monday: Defrosted lasagna or pasta with meat sauce
    Tuesday: Defrosted cabbage soup and baked potatoes
    Wednesday: Shrimp stir fry and eggrolls
    Thursday: Jambalaya
    Friday: Lemon-ginger salmon with rice and broccoli
    Saturday: Chili with cornbread

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    Ashley P

    I have pillow cases in that same pattern from my grandma 🙂

    Sunday: baked gnocchi with marinara and ricotta
    Monday: baked BBQ beef taquitos and yellow rice
    Tuesday: meatloaf and broccoli
    Wednesday: out
    Thursday: meatloaf and broccoli
    Friday: pizza
    Saturday: crockpot chicken, corn and potato chowder

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    Monday: tuna melts w/ veggies
    Tuesday: crock-pot french onion soup
    Wednesday: Fried Rice
    Thursday: Salsa Ranch Chicken tacos (

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    Sunday: pot roast & veggies
    Monday: chicken tacos w/ black beans
    Tuesday: Portuguese soup & french bread
    Wednesday: Chicken cordon bleu, roasted broccoli
    Thursday: leftovers
    Friday: crockpot teriyaki chicken, eggrolls, asparagus
    Saturday: out!

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    Sunday – Spaghetti dinner
    Monday – Rotisserie chicken, veggie, potatoes, fruit for dessert
    Tuesday – White bean and ham soup, bread
    Wednesday – Chicken and stuffing in the crock pot, cranberry sauce, green veggie
    Thursday – Leftovers
    Friday – omelets and toast
    Saturday – pizza night

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    Monday – Moroccan beef salad

    Tuesday – Taco salad

    Wednesday – Grilled chicken with sweet corn and steamed veggies

    Thursday – Out

    Friday – Veggie soup

    Saturday – Pan fried hake with oven baked chips and salad

    Sunday – Leftovers/Breakfast for dinner

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    sunday: greek chicken thighs, quinoa salad with lemon vinaigrette, green beans

    monday: son has a nordic ski meet and and band concert- late dinner out- probably fast food….

    tuesday: hubby cooks. spaghetti, breadsticks, salad

    wednesday: bean and cheese enchiladas, pineapple

    thursday: ham and bean soup, rolls

    friday: friday night pizza night, salad

    saturday: I am at classes all day for work- pot roast in the crockpot with carrots and potatoes

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    Denise NH

    S: Takeout chinese
    M:Taco Salads, homemade refried beans
    T: Pork tenderloin w/port wine cherry sauce, baked potatoes and green beans
    W: Chicken marsala & steamed broccoli
    T: Thanksgiving cream of Turkey & rice soup (freezer) & rolls
    F: Girls dinner night out – buffalo wings for guys
    S: Homemade piazza – mushroom marsala and either sausage or buffalo chicken

  29. I’ve been in my house six years. My house is still a mess of boxes.

    S: Paninis
    M: White bean and pancetta soup for kind of Meatless Monday
    T: Chorizo and white bean stew
    W: Dashi beef and mushrooms
    R: Something from the freezer
    F: Out
    S: TBA

    Also, I’ve opened a Facebook page for my blog: I’ll reciprocate follows.

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    Lynn BB

    We should all use our special things!

    Sunday: Cheeseburger soup, rolls
    Monday: Leftovers
    Tuesday: Out
    Wednesday: Waffles
    Thursday: Caesar chicken, salad
    Friday: Chicken fajitas (made with Fronterra Grill sauce, they’re great!)
    Saturday: ???

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    Patty B

    Monday: Steak sandwiches with carmelized onions
    Tuesday: Beef vegetable stew
    Wednesday: Spaghetti
    Thursday: Chicken burritos
    Friday: Make your own pizzas

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    Love the towels! Glad to see your settling in.

    Sunday chicken parm and pasta
    tuesday meatballs with gravy and noodles
    wed up in the air, event at school
    thur fried rice and eggrolls
    friday pizza night
    sat probably sandwiches

    busy week!

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    Nikki CB

    Beautifully said, Jane.

    Mon White Bean Soup and Homemade Bread
    Tues Quinoa chowder with spinach, feta, and scallions (and leftover soup from Mon.)
    Wed Pasta and Broccoli or Peas
    Thurs Leftovers Night
    Fri Salmon and Roasted Broccoli
    Sat Southwestern Corn and (Sweet) Potato Soup
    Sun Eating Junk at a Friend’s House 😉

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    Emma Michel

    Sunday: Pork Chops w/ Dijon Herb sauce and Broccoli rice
    Monday: Orzo w/ veggies
    Tuesday: Tuscan style sausage soup
    Wednesday: Asian Pork Lettuce Wraps
    Thursday: Leftovers
    Friday: Chicken Curry over Rice
    Saturday: TBD

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    Sunday-Take out
    Monday-Hamburger gravy on wheat toast
    Tuesday-Pork Loin w/fried sweet potato’s, corn
    Thursday-Fettucine Alfredo w/toasted parm. bread
    Friday-Orange chicken & spring rolls
    Saturday-Crockpot round steak w/mushroom soup over noodles
    Sunday-Super Bowl snacks; veggies w/dip, bbq smokies, chips etc.

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    Mon.- Shrimp carbonara, salad and french bread rolls
    Tues.- Jambalaya, shrimp and tasso….supposed to be last week, but got chinese instead
    Wed.- Loaded baked potato soup,salad and bread
    Thurs.- Black bean tamales and taco cups
    Fri.- Hamburgers and hotdogs, cottage fries, baked beans and mac n cheese
    Sat.- Popeyes fried chicken…..for the family
    Sun.- Super Bowl Party food! Need ideas of what to bring! All the meat is provided, need side ideas and sweets…..PLEASE HELP! OH, this New Orleans gal is cheering for the Ravens!

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    I also have such a hard time using beautiful things. I always want to save it for something special, but then never end up using it. As I get older, I realize I am missing out and have started to pull things out of storage.

    Monday – French Onion Soup
    Tuesday – Pasta with Mushrooms, Peppers, Onions, Feta, & Basil
    Wednesday – Corned Beef with Carrots, Cabbage, & Potatoes
    Thursday – Greek Turkey Burgers in Pitas with Tomato & Feta Salad
    Friday – Hibachi
    Saturday – Thai-Style Halibut with Coconut Curry Broth
    Sunday – Pot Roast with Vegetables & Mashed Potatoes

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    Sat – Fend for yourself.
    Sun – Guiness Stew
    Mon – Baked southwestern eggrolls w/ rice
    Tues – soba noodles w/ chicken in Ginger Scallion sauce
    Wed – twice baked butternut squash w/ roasted chicken
    Thurs – honey, goat cheese, onion pizza with fruit salad
    Fri – mystery quiche

  39. I’m late, oh well 🙂

    Monday: Pasta with goat cheese and chicken and crock pot Green Beans
    Tuesday: Breakfast for dinner, fruit, Red Velvet Waffles, and scrambled eggs
    Wednesday: Bacon Wrapped Fish and Whipped Root Vegetables
    Thursday: Out To Eat
    Friday: Corn Crepes with BBQ Duck Confit and Corn Salad
    Saturday: My son turns seven, so we’re having hot dogs and French toast and pizza 🙂
    Sunday: Tacos with fresh veggies and guacamole

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    Better late than never! Love the towels! My hubby’s grandma made us adorable ones with every day of the week embroided on…so cute!

    T: Barley Risotto w/ acorn squash & baby bellas
    Didn’t get to this last week because we were all sick…we had stomch flu too! 🙁

    W: Chicken Enchilada Casserole w/ pinto beans & brown rice
    I’m cleaning out the freezer, and I have chicken enchilada filling & sauce all ready to go! 🙂

    Th: Butternut Mac n Cheese w/ chicken cutlets & salad
    Mac n Cheese also from freezer

    F: Out to Sushi w/ the girls! Boys are on their own 🙂

    Sa: Leftovers or take-out

    Su: Superbowl Party…Go 49ers!!!
    Frying a turkey and having a turkey sandwich station along with a nacho station, sriracha-ginger wings (from someone’s menu a few weeks…thanks!), and a chocolate fountain with fruits, marshmallows, & honey-wheat pretzels…yummy!

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