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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Week 348 Menu

Yesterday we hosted a simple birthday party for little Owen, who is turning 2 this month! My mom and sister were in town so we decided to seize the moment and celebrate Owen’s big day with them. Owen is obsessed with the book Little Blue Truck. I love making fun cakes for my kids’ birthdays, so I decided to give the truck a try. I had no plan going in and thankfully it all turned out okay! I’ll do a quick post this week explaining how I put the cake together as it was quite simple! Owen loved the cake and thoroughly enjoyed his party – although we had to stop singing “Happy Birthday To You” halfway through because he burst into tears with all the attention! So sweet.

little blue truck cake |

Another week, another menu! I actually made everything on last week’s menu, so I can’t carry any items over. Bummer! I have to think of new things! 😉

– Corn chips

Tuscan Tomato Soup
– Grilled cheese

– Kitchen Sink Quesadillas
– Chips and Guacamole (just remembered this is my birthday, so I may relax and order out!)

– Leftovers

Barbecue Chicken Pizza

– Take out

Pot roast (I haven’t made this in AGES!)
– Mashed potatoes, gravy and a veggie

Looking forward to seeing your menus! As always, they are great inspiration when planning each week! Please share no matter what your menu looks like!


  1. 1
    Yolanda Metott

    Monday-Chicken Riggies
    Tuesday-Beef Tips w/ egg noodles
    Wed-Homemade Chicken Tenders and Baked sweet potato Fries
    Thurs-Braised Short ribs/Mashed Potatoes
    Friday-Homemade Pizza
    Saturday-Lobster Bisque/cheddar biscuits
    Sunday-Pot Roast, sorry you inspired me for that one!

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    Kelly W

    Monday – Lasagna w/ salad and garlic bread
    Tuesday – Rosemary chicken w/ stuffing (stove top), green beans and cranberry sauce
    Wed – Pan fried pork chops w/ oven roasted cauliflower and fresh red bell peppers
    Thur-Sat = out of town
    Sunday – Pot Roast. Agreed, haven’t had it in forever. Sounds great.

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    I had the opposite happen to my last week’s menu…I only cooked 2 things from it. So, I will have plenty to carry over. 😉

    m: slow-cooker mayacoba beans/steamed brown jasmine rice/leftover sausage & spinach salad
    We had the whole soccer team over for a bbq yesterday and have plenty of leftovers to work with.

    t: B4D–probably frittata/french toast/smoothies

    w: teriyaki fish/rice noodle salad/edamame & pineapple

    Th: slow-cooker green chili-chicken & rice burritos w/ salad & salsa vinaigrette

    F: l/o

    Sa: beer can chicken/baked beans/cuc-tom salad

    Su: leftover chicken salad sliders/baked beans/cuc-tom salad

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    Sun: dinner at a friend’s house. bringing a green salad
    Mon: Kitchen sink quesadillas (Thanks for the idea!)
    Tues: Spaghetti and meatballs + green beans
    Wed: Thai chicken+ rice + broccoli
    Thur: Fish tacos
    Fri: Turkey sausage + rice + spinach bake
    Sat: Not sure yet!

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    A very happy birthday to Owen. Hard to believe it’s been almost 2 years already! Here is my vegetarian menu for the week in no particular order:

    Leftover veggie fried rice and hibachi soup
    Crockpot veggie pot pie filling over egg noodles
    Red beans and rice
    Potato and herb frittata with salad
    If needed: a veggie plate night

  6. So cute, Jane! I love when the little ones are so over-stimulated, they just can’t handle it. Very cute (most of the time). My menu comes with commentary this week….

    Sunday: Homemade pizzas
    I don’t think there’s anything more than my family loves making its own individual pizzas

    Monday: Black-eyed peas and rice
    Preschool served this for lunch last week and my 4yo ate. it. up. So, we are capitalizing on a good thing. 🙂

    Tuesday: Tilapia/rice cakes with broccoli

    Wednesday: Crispy chicken thighs with orange carrots
    This might be my all-time favorite chicken preparation

    Thursday: Fish and sweet potato chips with lettuce salad
    Rachael Ray had 22 ways to prepare tilapia in her latest issue. I’ve had a craving ever since

    Friday: Leftovers

    Saturday: Date night!

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    No pot roast, I have Roast chicken. Does That count? 😀
    I started looking through old menus this week for ideas.

    Sat L- Leftovers
    D- Mock Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Corn
    Sun L- PB&J
    D- Roast Chicken, Stuffing, Green Bean Casserole (The stuffing wasn’t made as it was just me.)
    Mon- L Breakfast
    D- Leftovers
    Tues L- Pizza Braid
    Wed L- Tea & Nibbles
    D- Chicken soup
    Thur L- BLT’s
    D- Pork Chops; Rice (Might grill the chops)
    Fri L- Avocado Soup; Cheese Quesadillas
    D- Fish Tacos

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    It’s a shame that your truck has only 4 wheels. Now you have to figure out what to do with all of those leftover Oreos. I have the same problem with some leftover chocolate chips. 😉

    This month for Sunday dinner:

    September 15
    Fish and Chips
    Steamed local sweet corn
    Chocolate Chip Cookies

    September 22
    Baltimore Pit Beef
    Cole Slaw
    Sweet Corn
    Apple Galette

    September 28
    Corn chowder
    Whole wheat sandwich bread
    Apple dessert

    October 6
    Pan-fried pork chops with orange gastrique

    October 13
    On vacation

    October 20
    Eggs Benedict
    Home Fries

    • Jane Maynard

      ha ha! my kids certainly made sure all the extra tires found good homes…i.e. their bellies! 😉

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    Sunday – mexican take out with my daughter and son-in-law
    Monday – leftover miso soup
    Tuesday – baked eggplant
    Wednesday – sushi
    Thursday – out for a cocktail party!
    Friday – salad
    Saturday – out – and…my husband is finally back from a 2 week business trip! Yay!!

  10. aww your truck cake turned out adorable. Not sure what our meal plan is for next week. We just got back from a long nature hike for the first day of fall.

    I know tonight we are having breakfast for dinner:

    Eggs, my Land o Lake Cinnamon Sugar Waffles (thank for the email about my comments. I had no clue they were turned off. oops)

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    Happy Birthday to Owen!! What a fun cake…they are so adorable when they are that young.

    Sunday – Ranch chicken quarters in the slow cooker, mac & cheese, carrots
    Monday – Loaded baked potato soup, cheddar biscuits
    Tuesday – Homemade taco hamburger helper
    Wednesday – Tuna melt quesadillas
    Thursday – Parmesan chicken nuggets, baked homefries, applesauce
    Friday – Leftovers
    Saturday – Orzo soup, high school band sub

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    Happy Birthday to Owen and you as well, Jane!

    Monday: Brown Sugar Pork Chops, mashed potatoes, green beans (didn’t get to it last week).
    Tuesday: Cashew Chicken, brown rice, roasted broccoli
    Wednesday: Crockpot Hawaiian Pork (Birthday dinner for my husband — his favourite meal)
    Thursday: Leftovers
    Friday: Crockpot Chicken Caesar Salad Sandwiches, zucchini fries
    Saturday: Up in the air
    Sunday: Lemon Parmesan Spaghetti, salad

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    Kim from PA

    Happy 2nd Birthday to Owen! Great job on the Blue Truck cake.

    Sun: Leftovers
    Mon: Chicken corn chowder, salad
    Tue: Curried Scallop Apple salad, warm bread
    Wed: Pomegranate glazed turkey with roasted fennel, carrots
    Thu: Egg sandwiches, grapes
    Fri: Football Game
    Sat: Spaghetti and sausage, salad

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    Sun: steak, baked potato, salad
    Mon: homemade chicken strips, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn on the cob
    Tues: beef stroganoff , bread, green beans
    Wed: soup/sandwiches
    Thurs: grilled chicken not sure what I will fix to go with it maybe Mac and cheese
    Fri: pork chops, cheesy potatoes, baked beans
    Sat: out to eat!

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    sun: Sausage, Pumpkin, Potato and Halloumi Bake
    mon: 13 bean soup with cheesy garlic toast
    tues: breaded steak tips, rice pilaf, salad
    weds: penne alfredo with blackened chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, and spinach
    thurs: broccoli & cheddar stuffed chicken, salad
    fri-sun: NYC. Eating everything in sight. 🙂

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    What a cute cake! I think the hardest part of birthday parties is always making the cake, at least for me! It looks like a fun 2nd bday! Here’s my menu…
    Monaday-Chicken, potatoes, and green beans (put them in a 9×13 pan in 3 sections, put butter and/or olive oil on top and sprinkle with italian dressing mix. Best/easiest dinner ever!)
    Wednesday-Kebabs with brown rice or quinoa
    Thursday-Spicy tomato soup (Giada’s recipe) with grilled cheese
    Friday-Corn tortilla soft tacos w/watermelon or some type of on sale fruit
    Saturday-Church dinner
    Sunday-Pesto pasta w/bread and broccoli

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    Happy Birthday Owen and Jane! You did a great job on the cake, so cute!

    Mon: Leftover pie from the weekend, cauliflower
    Tue: Chicken and pepper fajitas, salad
    Wed: I’m going to Bath for the Smitten Kitchen book signing, yay!
    Thur: Sausage and broccoli pasta bake, salad
    Fri: Working late/moving office, hopefully my boss will order pizza
    Sat: Out with friends
    Sun: Dinner at mum’s

  18. Monday – Smothered Burritos
    Tuesday – Smoked Sausage and Sauerkraut Casserole
    Wednesday – Honey Apricot Pork with Rice
    Thursday – Enchilada Soup
    Friday – Filled Pasta with Meatballs
    Saturday – Taquitos, Chips, and Salsa
    Sunday – Pasta Bake – Whatever odds and ends are leftover from the week!

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    sunday: out after renn fest
    monday: oven hot dogs, fries, fruit salad
    tuesday: stir fry, rice, egg rolls
    wednesday;hubby cooks. breakfast for dinner: hashbrowns, fruit, eggs
    thursday: hubby cooks. i work late, son at meet- easy to reheat meal: spaghetti, garlic bread, salad
    friday: pizza night
    saturday: turkey dinner? i have one turkey left in the freezer and it’s finally cool enough to run the big oven!

  20. I’m in awe of the cake. Really. I’m doing good to make 2-D cakes; 3-D ones intimidate me. Well, besides layered cakes that is.

    We’ve been traveling this past weekend and will again this coming weekend. Our menu really reflects this part of life right now. While we enjoy the reasons for traveling, we are looking forward to being home.

    1. Traveling
    2. Salad
    3. Eat out – with gift card
    4. Spaghetti and Meatballs
    5. Sweet-and-Tangy Roasted Pork Tenderloin
    6. Beef Bourguignon (made ahead of time)
    7. Traveling

    1. Traveling
    2. Pizza
    3. Red Lentil Dal, brown rice, steamed carrots, peas
    4. Salami sandwiches with tomato and sauted onions, carrot sticks, grapes
    5. Tomato, corn bread muffins
    6. Traveling
    7. Traveling

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    Your truck cake looks adorable! It brought back some great memories for me and the cakes and parties I would do for my kids when they were little. Even now as teenagers, I still will do fun things like that for them, even if they think I am silly!
    Mon – Lime marinated grilled chicken, potato salad, whole grain rolls
    Tues – Italian Beef Stew over Fettuccine, salad, garlic bread, pears
    Wed – Rigatoni w/cauliflower soppressata & basil
    Thurs – Tortellini Soup, Crusty Bread
    Fri – Another away football game eat on the way or at the game
    Sat – Grilled Hawaiian Chicken, rice, salad
    Sun – Grandma’s Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, biscuits, salad

    • Jane Maynard

      I’m glad you still do things like that for them even if they’re older – they may say they think it’s silly, but I’m sure they love it 🙂

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    monday leftover burgers mixed with noodles and cheese
    tuesday pizza
    wed tuna noodle casserole
    friday take out
    sat pesto chicken salad(from you)

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    OMGOSH that cake is so cute! HBD to your Owen! My Owen just had a bday too, we went with a “backyard bug hunt” theme. love making cakes for my lil man too! His was a round magnifying glass with red almond M&M “ants” on it this year.

    Sat – homemade pizza (caprese: w/ roasted cherry tomatoes & fresh basil from the CSA)
    Sun – baked chicken breasts, risotto, green beans
    Mon – beef stew, fresh bread
    Tues – black bean & butternut squash burritos
    Wed – tortellini with roasted butternut squash & goat cheese
    Thurs – sloppy joes, roasted delicata squash
    Fri – homemade pizza

  24. Monday-General Tso’s Chicken & Rice
    Tuesday-Minute Steak, Mashed Potato’s&Gravy, Fresh Corn on the cob
    Wednesday-Baked Halibut, Mac&cheese, Pea’s
    Thursday-Spaghetti, Salad & Bread
    Friday-Boiled shrimp, cheese & fruit plate, pudding parfaits

  25. I haven’t posted in a couple weeks. Only because it’s been so crazy with sports and school (homeschool) that I haven’t planned a menu! This week, I sort of planned a menu…but don’t hold me to it 🙂

    I can NOT believe little Owen is 2 already. I remember your posting about his birth! The cake is adorable.

    Here’s this week…
    -Shrimp Burritos, Fresh Guacamole, Chips
    -Spaghetti and Meatballs with bread and green beans
    -Some kind of soup…not sure what yet. I made Beef Stew last week from ATK and it was divine

    • Jane Maynard

      I can’t believe it either, sara. it went so fast…but at the same time the time after his birth seems like another lifetime!

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    Monday: butternut squash risotto
    Tues: taco Tuesday (ground turkey)
    Wed: homemade pizza, sautéed cauliflower, apple slices
    Thursday: ham steak, kale, baked Mac and cheese
    Friday: burgers, roasted Brussels sprouts, watermelon

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    Jane Maynard

    as usual, thank you all for your menus! reading through them now as I plan for this week!

    and thank you for all the sweet birthday wishes and cake compliments. thank you!!

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