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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Week 362 Menu

THIS is what our kitchen looks like.

messy kitchen

We are finally painting the wall after tearing out the kitchen cabinets over the counter last June. And, because I’m a crazy person, I also decided we needed to paint the 1970s wood paneled wall with built-in shelves in the living room the same weekend, so our house is pretty much a disaster. I can’t wait until we’re done and peace has been restored!

Despite the home madness, we have another fun week ahead of us!

– I’m taking the kids to Sea World for one last visit before our passes expire

– New Years Eve with the kids! Gram’s meatballs, Pat’s Oriental Chicken Salad, chicken tenders, spinach artichoke dip, cranberry slush, and of course sweet treats of some sort! Then early to bed so we can get up for…

– Heading to Pasadena early in the morning with the kids for the Tournament of Roses Parade! Then Nate and I are going to the Rose Bowl while our kids hang out with their Auntie Anne. Nate and I will eat at the game, I’ll let Anne figure out what to do with my kids ๐Ÿ˜‰

Homemade pizza – planning to make this with the kids as a fun vacation activity, we’ll probably make margherita pizza and honey goat cheese pizza (the kids have all decided they love those flavors – yay!)

Malibu Melt Wraps

– Eat out

Grammy’s Orange Chicken
– Rice and Veggie

As usual, I am looking forward to seeing your meal plans for the week! Thank you for sharing!

Happy New Year!!!


  1. Haven’t been here in a while. Life has done a fine job of getting in the way.

    S: Dinner at The In-Laws. I think it’s beef stew with noodles.
    Meatless Monday: Canceled. Pasta fagioli, but I make it with copious amounts of pancetta.
    Tuesday (NYE): Mussels, I think.
    Wednesday (NYD): Pizza, I hope.
    Thursday: Taco salad.
    Friday: Takeout
    Saturday: TBD. Our friends are allegedly coming for a visit so it’s waaay too far out to predict.

    Go Cardinal!

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    Six planned meals, no specific day

    Crockpot french dip sandwiches, oven fries
    Pizza Smothered Chicken (from last week), veggies
    Sausage, Skillet Cabbage w/bacon
    burgers, onion rings, baked beans
    Crockpot cashew chicken, rice
    meatloaf, mashed potatoes, veggies

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    Kim from PA

    Sun: Philly Chicken Cheesesteaks and soft pretzels while watching the Eagles game
    Mon: Pierogies & cabbage
    Tue: Crab legs, baked spuds, & coleslaw to ring in 2014! (our personal tradition)
    Wed: Up early to travel/visit relatives
    Thu: Orange Chicken, brown rice, green beans
    Fri: Eggs, grainy toast, & fruit
    Sat: Lasagna & salad

  4. I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! The early part of this week, we’re putting the finishing touches on the house before we put it on the market. Yikes! And, at the end of the week, we go up to Chicagoland for our house hunting trip. And, I was just trying to decompress from Christmas! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sunday: Chicken breast stuffed with goat cheese and island rice
    Monday: Baked pasta
    Tuesday: Homemade pizza – pear and gorgonzola (we’re getting adventurous!); pumpkin pie has been requested, too
    Wednesday: A day of good luck foods: Black-eyed peas, rice, sautรƒยฉed collard greens, and cornbread
    Thursday: Leftovers
    Friday – Saturday: Grandparents in town…up in the air!

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    Sunday – chili and cornbread
    Monday – chicken of some sort
    Tuesday- just a few snacks then out to a New Year’s Eve party
    Wednesday – roast lamb, veggie and baked potatoes
    Thursday – chicken curry with rice
    Friday – out
    Saturday – pizza

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    We’re painting this week too, I feel your pain! Back to work on Thursday and I’ve not been shopping since before Christmas so we’re living out of the freezer and garden.

    Mon: Goat’s cheese salad
    Tue: Pulled pork, crusty rolls and slaw
    Wed: Pizza, salad
    Thur: Spinach and ricotta cannelloni, salad
    Fri: tbc
    Sat: Linguine carbonara with courgette
    Sun: Dinner out for my brother’s birthday.

    • Jane Maynard

      I haven’t been shopping since before christmas, either…we’re leading parallel lives! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    I stumbled on this site a few weeks ago and I just love it!!!

    Mon-stuffed potatoes
    Tue.-shredded beef phillys and french fries
    Wed-left overs and black-eyed peas
    Thur.-salmon w/mac & cheese /cauliflower
    Fri- round steak of some kind
    Sat.-chicken burritos

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    Lynn bb

    Sun: Enchiladas
    Mon: buffalo chicken soup
    Tue: mussels and some other type of shellfish
    Wed: pulled pork sandwiches, slaw, black eyed pea dip
    Th: Pulled Pork chile verde
    Fri and Sat : tbd

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    Since my 5 yr old is still on winter break I let him help me plan this week’s menu. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a fun & safe NYE!

    M: leftover ham bone soup & corn muffins

    Tu: New Year’s Eve at home w/ movies & fun snacks…chicken strips/soft pretzels w/ queso/jalapeรƒยฑo poppers/popcorn/peanut butter cookies and M&M cookies

    W: b4d…oven pancakes/ham-spinach-swiss fritatta/breakfast potatoes/fruit salad

    Th: ground beef tacos/refried beans/scallion rice/mango slushies

    F: pizza night…taco pizza and scallion & parmesan pizza (my 5 yrold’s fave)

    Sa: spaghetti/salad/bread sticks

    Su: l/o

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    sun: white chicken chili
    mon: boursin & bacon stuffed chicken, sauteed veggies
    tues: braised short ribs, sweet potato and fennel gratin
    weds: burgers with guacamole, sweet potato fries
    thurs: tba
    fri: philly cheesesteak stuffed peppers
    sat: chili, cornbread

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    Sat: turkey/mushroom meatball sandwiches, Cesar salad
    Sun: chicken, broccoli, ziti & salad
    Mon: orange chicken, brown rice, green beans
    Tues: Just apps for New Years: sweet potato skins, jalapeรƒยฑo poppers, spinach artichoke dip, buffalo chicken strips
    Wed: vegetable lasagna & salad
    Thurs: Caprese panini, raw vegetables
    Friday: steak fajitas, corn salad

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    Sunday: Greek Chicken-Quinoa Salad
    Monday: Greek Turkey Burgers & Roasted Red Pepper Crisps
    Tuesday: Lobster Tail, Roasted Asparagus, & Orzo
    Wednesday: Roast Pork, Sauerkraut, & Mashed Potatoes
    Thursday: Spaghetti with Corn, Feta, & Tomatoes
    Friday: Chili-Roasted Cod, Roasted Broccoli, & Orzo
    Saturday: Chicken Cacciatore

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    Wow….maybe I should paint something this week too! I have a few rooms that need it!

    Mon- Red Beans and rice, salad and homemade ciabatta.

    Tues- Cheeseburger soup and clover rolls

    Wed- Frito chili pies….kids sleepover foods

    Thurs- Chicken and dumplings (PW style for me)

    Fri- Baked potato bar..all the sides and fixings

    Sat- B4D. Breakfast for dinner

    Sun- Chicken enchilada pasta, bread and taco salad

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    Sunday – Salmon, baked potatoes, green beans
    Monday – Chili, cornbread
    Tuesday – Kielbasa, hot dogs, sauerkraut and snackies for New Years Eve
    Wednesday – Happy New Year!!! Pork roast, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, corn, applesauce
    Thursday – Pizza, salad
    Friday – Buffalo chicken salads
    Saturday – Leftovers

  15. This is the week of crock pot recipes and new recipes for me. The * marks recipes I’m trying for the first time.


    *3-Packet Pot Roast (crock pot recipe)
    *A-1 and Dijon Steak (crock pot recipe)
    *Broccoli Beef (crock pot recipe)
    *Chinese Lemon Chicken (crock pot recipe)
    Sweet-n-Tangy Roasted Pork Tenderloin


    Bacon, tomato and grilled onions sandwiches, veggie chips, and what not sides that need to be used up
    Falafel, side salad
    *Baked Beans with Apples (a crock pot recipe)
    Tomato soup, grilled cheese or crackers
    Tangy Black Bean Soup

    Hope your painting is finished quickly. We’ve been in that stage too often, yet I’m still amazed by how much it really seems to throw everything in life seemingly off.

    • Jane Maynard

      that’s a lot of new recipes – impressive!

      and, yeah, the painting did not go quickly…you’re right, it totally throws everything off! thankfully it is finally all done! (although I’m still cleaning up the mess! ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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    After being pretty off track over the holidays, my husband and I are trying to go back to a more plant-based diet. Here’s our dinner plans for this week

    Sun: Risotto with Peas and Ham (gotta use up all those leftovers)
    Mon: Pad Thai with Tofu
    Tues: NYE Dinner Out….thinking, sushi
    Wed: Hoppin’ John with Kale
    Thurs: Carrot Soup
    Fri: Homemade Kale and Mushroom Pizza
    Sat: Mushroom Risotto and Roasted Broccoli

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    Finally have a menu to post!

    Tonight we had tacos/taco salad (however you wanted to eat it)
    NYE = pizza, chili and fritos, ice cream, ho-ho’s, and a bunch of other junk food to help us stay awake!
    NYD = Breakfast casserole with granny horns (a new recipe I’m trying!)
    Thurs = Cheesy Corn Burritos (these are meatless and so easy and good!)
    Fri = Orange Chicken (saw it on your menu and realized I haven’t made it in awhile and it looked appealing)
    Sat = probably Hot Dogs
    Sun = Homemade Beef Stew
    Next Mon = French Toast with Coconut Buttermilk Syrup

    Probably won’t eat these on the exact days listed, but it’s what I have on hand and I’m just glad to have a plan and not have to go to the store for at least a week and a half!

    Happy New Year!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jane Maynard

      the coconut buttermlik syrup sounds amazing, carolina – would love the recipe if you get the chance to share!

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    Happy New Year! My kitchen is torn apart also, as we are ripping out old flooring and putting new in! Can’t wait to have it all done!

    Mon – Baked Chicken Roma on pasta, Salad
    Tues – We are hosting a New Year’s Party for our high school age kids and their friends
    Wed – Chicken Parmesan on Mostaccioli, Garlic Bread, Salad
    Thurs – Chinese Take Out
    Fri – Spinach & Butternut Squash Lasagna, Salad
    Sat – Shrimp Scampi on Angel Hair Pasta, Peas, Garlic Bread
    Sun – Leftovers

  19. Although super late, here is what we did, are doing this week ๐Ÿ™‚
    Monday: Cheesy Pepperoni Quick Bread and Broccoli
    Tuesday: TV Dinners
    Wednesday: Dips and chips: Bacon Cotija Guacamole from Absolutely Avocados, Grilled Corn Dip and Black Eyed Pea Salsa from PW
    Thursday: Cheesy Tortellini Spinach Bake from Our Best Bites
    Friday: Minestrone Soup
    Saturday: PW’s Chimichurri Shrimp, Black Beans, and Rice
    Sunday: Falafel

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