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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Week 459 Menu and WE SAW THE MISSILE!

I just walked in the door from a weekend camping with my girls at Joshua Tree National Park. My friends Tracey Clark and Catherine Connors hosted a Girls Adventure Weekend. There were 6 moms total with 7 daughters between the ages of 8 and 12. It was a magical weekend.

In addition to all the awesome girl power magic, we saw the trident missile that the Navy tested last night over the ocean off the coast of San Diego. There is no cell coverage in Joshua Tree, so after we saw the strange light in the sky we decided that aliens had finally come to Earth. We learned the next morning, however, from neighboring campers with a radio that the light had been a classified Navy missile test, but that’s all we knew. When I got home Nate said that Twitter pretty much exploded last night when it happened. All the videos and photos that are online don’t even come close to how amazing and strange and beautiful it was. We suddenly saw a large, very bright, defined white light with a tail traveling horizontally across the sky, which lasted maybe a minute or two. The light left an effervescent blue-green trail behind it, and surrounding the entire area was a huge white circle, with a defined edge and yet completely foggy looking in an otherwise very clear sky. The white circle faded after about 10 minutes and the fuzzy bluish streak glowed for about 20 minutes. It was CRAZY. We feel lucky to have had such an amazing view, in the desert with its dark and massive sky.

Week 459 Weekly Menu with FREE Printable Meal Plan and Shopping List from @janemaynard

Okay, back to Earth. Menu time!

– Loaded Nachos

Naan Pizzas (margherita)

Pancakes (Nate’s gonna be home late that night…he hates pancakes for dinner, but the kids love it!)
– Bacon and fruit

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

– Leftovers

– Leftovers or take out night (if not enough leftovers!)

– Breakfast burritos (didn’t do these last week!)

Click here for the free printable of this week’s menu plus the shopping list!

You know the drill…please share your menus!


  1. Oh my gosh! The missile viewing sounds amazing! When we lived in FL, we saw several shuttle launches. Simply amazing. I’m home for the whole week…no travel. Hooray!

    Sunday: Out after the high school musical

    Monday: Pasta

    Tuesday: Orange beef and rice

    Wednesday: French toast casserole

    Thursday: Chicken noodle soup in slow cooker (7yo’s recipe)

    Friday: Pizzas

    Saturday: Roast chicken

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    Very cool that you got to see the missile!

    Sun: Back from out of town – grabbed a salad to go.

    Mon: Bf cooks – steaks and veggies, I think.

    Tues: Shepherds pie & pear, walnut, blue cheese salad

    Wed: Roasted peppers stuffed with chicken and rice & kohlrabi salad

    Thurs: Tomato-lentil soup & cucumber, tomato, feta salad

    Fri: Salad with roasted chicken thighs and roasted garlic dressing

    Sat: My and the BF’s anniversary – I’m thinking maybe scallops.

  3. That sounds like once in a lifetime type of thing! How cool!!

    Here’s my menu for the week!

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    Mon – Cheesy Chicken, Peas, Scalloped Potatoes
    Tues – Potato Chowder, Bread
    Wed – Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli
    Thurs – Chicken & Dumplings
    Fri – Tacos, Beans & Rice
    Sat – Eat out
    Sun – Caprese Chicken Wraps

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    That camping trip sounds amazing!

    Sunday: Shrimp pad thai.
    Monday: Junk salads (aka everything but the kitchen sink salads).
    Tuesday: Chicken gyros and grilled veggie salad (zucchini, peppers, red onions & mushrooms) with a lemon vinaigrette.
    Wednesday: Buffalo chicken french breads and roasted broccoli.
    Thursday: Buttercup squash flatbreads with goat cheese and side salads.
    Friday: Chorizo, potato and goat cheese burritos.
    Saturday: I’m going to a cookbook potluck party while the rest of the family is eating out Mediterranean for a fundraiser. I’m making the desserts for the party: Rum rice pudding and black & white mousse. I’ll leave some dessert for my family before I leave.
    Sunday: Right now I’m thinking a white chicken chili.

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    Sunday – driving home from a family wedding ( so much fun!)
    Monday – back to reasonable eating! Salmon with rice and broccoli
    Tuesday – chopped salad with crab and bread
    Wednesday – pasta casserole with chicken sausage and salad
    Thursday – leftovers
    Friday – out
    Saturday – buffalo chicken legs on the grill and salad

  7. I am actually a bit late in getting lunch started, as I should be doing that rather than sharing our menu right now. 🙂 Cool about the missile. That must have been a strange sight to see and not know what it was.

    Eat Out Spicy Pan Fried Sirloin Steak, oven baked potatoes, green beans, beets
    Greek Meatballs, rice, green beans
    Beef Bourguinon
    Meatballs, gravy, rice, vegetables
    Sticky Blackberry Barbecued Pork Ribs

    Sandwiches, leftovers
    Chicken and Dumplings
    Veggie and Cilantro Hummus Sandwiches
    Lentil Quinoa Salad
    French Onion Soup, sandwiches

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    Vicki Tunell

    Monday: Cinnamon Roll Pancakes, Sausage and Fresh Fruit
    Tuesday: Steak Fajitas with Salsa and Guacamole
    Wednesday: Cowboy Spaghetti and Salad
    Thursday: Penne with Broccoli and Bacon
    Friday: Baked Beans and Rolls and Corn
    Saturday: Apple, Arugula, and Havarti Grilled Cheese
    Sunday: Out To Eat

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    Kim from PA

    Very cool that you and your fellow campers had such a great view of the missile!….makes for a good camping story to tell again and again for years to come.

    Sun: Snack dinner after a wonderful brunch earlier in the day
    Mon: Turkey ham, string beans, and red potatoes in the crock pot
    Tue-Thu: Business Travel
    Fri: Grilled salmon, veggies, salad
    Sat: Last football game of the season

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    Sure sounds like a fantastic weekend for you and the girls! That would be so exciting to see The missile!

    Sunday – Purse Bash, no winner here but we had a great time and good food… Baked chicken, penne and meatballs, little ham and cheese sandwiches, mixed veggies and salad
    Monday – Salmon patties, cabbage & noodles (from the freezer)
    Tuesday – Church Dinner – Spaghetti, meatballs, salad and bread
    Wednesday – Parmesan chicken bake w/ziti noodles, garlic bread
    Thursday – Leaving for Disney World for 10 days…WAHOO.. back on the 22nd

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    Greg H

    Sunday – Chicken stew with chickpeas
    Monday – Cauliflower and asparagus frittata
    Tuesday – eating out
    Wednesday – bolognese sauce with gnocchi
    Thursday – leftovers
    Friday – maybe your chicken and dumplings recipe!

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