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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Week 513 Menu, THANKSGIVING and ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ is Almost Here!

Happy Thanksgiving Week! I’m going old-school-This-Week-for-Dinner and doing a weekly menu post filled with all kinds of stuff. Here we go!


We were originally going to be hosting Thanksgiving here at our home, but plans have changed and now we’re driving to Utah to be with family there. Which means I don’t need to plan a menu for this week because we’ll be traveling. But if YOU have a menu planned for this week, please share it in the comments!

classic pumpkin pie with homemade pie crust at @janemaynard


This November I’ve been feeling a lot of gratitude. Things have also been a little quiet here on the blog, on my podcast and on my social media channels. You see, two weeks ago I was in a car accident. I’m not going to get into details for now, and I am recovering very well. That said, the accident was scary and unexpected. In the end, though, it could have been so much worse and, from the moment the car came to a stop and I knew I was okay, I felt nothing but gratitude throughout the entire experience. That gratitude carried me through. And now, entering the busiest time of year, I’ve not only been forced to slow down, but I’ve also thought a lot about just how lucky and blessed I am. Instead of feeling frustrated by not being able to do more this November I’m just taking it in stride and letting it be a positive experience. Here’s to a holiday season that is less about the busy and more about the gratitude and love.

That is why I haven’t been posting much or sharing any new recipes for Thanksgiving. But that’s okay, I’ve got tons of great Thanksgiving content on the blog already. If you’re looking for assistance for the big feast this week, I have some links you need to peruse!

If you have your Thanksgiving feast planned, please share that in the comments! Links to recipes always welcome!

We can't wait to bingewatch "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" on Netflix this Thanksgiving weekend! Woohoo!


Forget the accident, I think the new Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life episodes airing on Netflix the day after Thanksgiving is why I am feeling truly grateful this year. Just kidding! (Mostly.)

Netflix sent me an adorable package filled with goodies to help us enjoy the new episodes. I’m still not sure if I’m going to bingewatch or spread out the new episodes, but the mailer got me and my girls watching old episodes together this weekend and it’s been so much fun. Nate is still flummoxed by the fact I can watch Gilmore Girls over and over and over again. (To be honest, I’m a little flummoxed by it myself.) Psst…I have an inside source who has already seen the new episodes. This little birdie didn’t give me any details (it’s a good birdie) but she did say that the new episodes are SO GOOD. Are you as excited as I am?!?!?! WOOHOO!!!!

And with that I am DONE. I kind of love today’s post. I don’t have to plan a weekly menu (I know, ironic). THANKSGIVING! And GIMORE GIRLS! As I mentioned before, if you have a weekly menu and/or Thanksgiving plan to share in the comments, please do. And, of course, any and all discussion of the Gilmore Girls is welcome! Happy Thanksgiving Week!


  1. Jane!! So sorry to hear about the car accident. I’m glad you’ve healed up, but I’m sure it’s been difficult to shake. Bleh. We are traveling for Thanksgiving. I am in charge of the stuffing at the in-laws. I’ll be pulling out a cornbread stuffing recipe from Bitten Word.

    Sunday: Mac and cheese casserole, roasted sweet potato
    Monday: Blue Apron (husband cooks)
    Tuesday – Friday: Thanksgiving at Babas!!
    Saturday: Date night….kids are staying an extra day at Babas’

    • Thank you, Bonnie! I was in bed for a few days…which gave me lots of time to watch…you guessed it, Gilmore Girls! 😉 Anyway, thank you! And safe travels!!!

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    Kim From PA

    Take it easy, enjoy life, enjoy the holidays, and focus on healing! It’s good to hear that you are OK & on the mend after a scary experience.

    I don’t have a menu this week because I’m not sure what the heck I thought I was doing last week…..for some reason I went nuts and made HUGE meals. I froze half of it and we are eating it again this week.

    Our Thanksgiving is with family at my parent’s house. I’m bringing Sweet Potato Souffle & wine.

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!

    • thank you so much, Kim. I will follow your advice to a tee!

      I think that was perfect that you ended up with so many leftovers this week – will make you love Thanksgiving even more!

      happy thanksgiving to you, too!

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    Signed up for Netflix on Friday just so I could watch Gilmore Girls.

  4. Jane! I’m so thankful and grateful you’re OK. Take care of yourself and have a very happy Thanksgiving with your sweet family. Hugs from Seattle.

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    Vicki Tunell

    Jane, so sorry to hear about your accident, and I’m glad you are doing alright. Also, we are binge watching Gilmore Girls too, getting ready for Friday woohoo!!! Happy Thanksgiving!

    Monday: Beef and Bean Burritos, Avocados, and Tomatoes
    Tuesday: Cucumber Bruschetta Chicken
    Wednesday: Little Caesar’s night
    Thursday: Thanksgiving at my house, I’m in charge of Turkey, Ham, Stuffing, Gravy, Apple Pie, Cherry Pie, Caramel Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie
    Friday: Turkey Gravy Breakfast
    Saturday: Left Overs
    Sunday: Pumpkin and Bean Gratin

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    Vicki Tunell

    Also, I’m trying out your perfect turkey formula you posted last year, can’t wait! Thanks for the great idea and information :).

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    Sunday – leftovers
    Monday – salmon, rice and roasted brussel sprouts
    Tuesday – Fresh keilbasi, pot stickers or pierogies, broccoli
    Wednesday – Charcuterie and wine!
    Thursday !!- just the two of us this year (kids all at their cousins in NC) turkey, and all the trimmings!
    Friday – leftovers!
    Saturday – hopefully more leftovers!

    Glad you are on the mend, Jane!

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    Jane, I’m so glad you’re okay! I can’t imagine how scary that was for you. I hope you’re healing quickly.

    I started watching Gilmore Girls about 2 months ago and I love it! Hardcore addicted. I’m on season 5 and can’t wait to finish so I can watch A Year in the Life!

    Sun: Traveling home from vacation – fast food burgers
    Mon: Husband cooks
    Tues: Stuffed Peppers, Pasta, Salad
    Wed: Broccoli Cheese Soup & Bread
    Thurs: We’re hosting this year. I’m making: Turkey, gravy, dressing, cranberry sauce, bacon wrapped green beans, cauliflower gratin, deviled eggs, homemade pimento cheese stuffed celery.
    Fri: Leftovers
    Sat: More leftovers

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Jamie M

    Jane, hope you feel better soon. Take care of yourself!

    Bought another huge bag of shredded cheese from Smart N Final. We are going to a family dinner for Tday, so I can’t rely on leftovers- decided to bake empanadas on Friday. Should be fun!

    Sun- Baked Trader Joe’s ready-made polenta, sliced and topped with Costco canned shredded chx, diced tomatoes and shredded cheese (was pretty good and super easy)
    M- bean and cheese burritos with crockpot pinto beans
    T- frozen pizza
    W- cheese ravioli, plus prepping green beans
    Th- Thanksgiving at relatives’ home
    F- Homemade Argentine ground-beef-and-egg empanadas (cross fingers, it’s first time making them)
    Sat- Clam chowder? Haven’t decided yet

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