Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for September 16th

Last week I was a crazy cooking mama. I was trying all sorts of new recipes, some were successes, and some were destined for the compost (aka, my tofu and kale salad).  I also baked our favorite chocolate chip cookies for a celebration at Zoe’s school, as well as cooked up a skillet cookie for dessert.  Needless to say, I am “cookied out” this week. 

So, you might notice that Thursday has moved from leftover night to take out night.  I have really tried to make it a leftover night, but I’m literally in the car from 3:30 till 7:00 shuffling the kids around from one activity to the next. Eli eats dinner first at 5:00 before his soccer practice.  His choice is to hit Stefano’s with a buddy or two and grab a quick slice of pizza, done!  Zoe prefers a healthier dinner fare after her dance class, as well as I, so depending on time, we will either hit Sol Food, which is right next to her dance studio, or Cafe Del Soul, which is near Eli’s soccer practice.  On Thursdays I am literally a chauffeur, and it’s ok.  It’s part of being a mom, and honestly I love it. I savor the one-on-one time I get with the kids and the chaos that surrounds the evening.  I also know that I will miss this all this activity when the kids are out of the house, so I try to appreciate and relish in the chaos now. 
I’m giving you a bonus this week and adding in what we’re eating for dessert.  Mmmmm, I can’t wait, as I love these brownies.

Tuesday:  Leftover night!  Summer garden pasta and garlic bread..
Thursday:  Take out night!  
Friday:  Leftover night!  Enchiladas with pumpkin sauce & mixed green salad.
Here’s a preview of what’s to come this week:
Tuesday:  Easy and crunchy garlic bread.
 Thursday:  How to make juice without a juicer.  
What’s in this juice?  Kale, ginger, lemon, apple & celery.
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  • Anonymous September 17, 2012, 5:21 am

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  • Zoe September 17, 2012, 11:50 pm

    Hi Jacquelyn,

    Sad that we will living so far away if not, we can swap our food. Your weekly menu looks very impressive and wish that I can plan and cook so well like you for our weekday cooking…

    That’s why I love to spend most of my weekend baking… I usually bake most recipes in smaller portions. Most of my bakes are freezable but we usually finish most of them within the week of the bakes. I packed them into our lunches and we ate them all for desserts and afternoon teas during the week :D

    Zoe

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  • Kitchen Belleicious September 18, 2012, 3:10 pm

    can i steal your menu? I mean I want to eat it all and in one sitting they all sound so good! love the skirt steak dish. Thank you for your sweet comment last week about my site and blogging. It is so hard to juggle family and a blog and I appreciate it when others recognize that and assure me I can keep it up! Your the best

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  • Jacquelyn Grandy September 18, 2012, 6:14 pm

    Anytime girl! Blogging to me is a wonderful and creative outlet, but my first priority is my family and friends. I’m not going to look back when I’m in my 90′s and say, gee, I wish I posted more recipes. I’m going to look back on the happy memories that I shared with family and friends because those times are the ones that you remember and that mean something to you. I always have to keep reminding myself about that. If we’re having fun with our blogs, then our blogs will show that to our family, friends and readers! I always say that I will keep blogging till it’s not fun anymore.

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  • l o v e l y t h i n g s September 19, 2012, 2:15 pm

    Jackie,
    Your weekly menu looks and sounds beautiful. Patrick had grilled skirt steak at August in NYC last Sunday and has been asking me to make it ever since. Now I have the perfect recipe! Your photos look beautiful as always and I love how you added the lettering…how do you do that??
    xo
    annie

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  • Jacquelyn Grandy September 20, 2012, 1:52 am

    Hi Annie! Thanks for the sweet compliments. I am using photo bucket for the fonts. Photo bucket is great and it’s free. You can add fonts, instragram-like features, borders and all sorts of things. I’m actually contemplating getting Photoshop as you can do so much more, but photo bucket works for now.

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  • l o v e l y t h i n g s September 19, 2012, 2:15 pm

    Jackie,
    Your weekly menu looks and sounds beautiful. Patrick had grilled skirt steak at August in NYC last Sunday and has been asking me to make it ever since. Now I have the perfect recipe! Your photos look beautiful as always and I love how you added the lettering…how do you do that??
    xo
    annie

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