Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for August 3rd

marin mama's weekly dinner menu for August 3rdThat’s a picture of Eli and his peeps before they boarded the bus for sleep away camp.  I love the boy’s sneakers.  It’s all about sport shorts and neon colored sneakers!  Eli’s sneakers used to be this bright red neon color, but after a few weeks of playing in the dirt, they dulled out to a brownish red, so he laced them up some new neon yellow laces to add back a splash of color.  So, yes, Eli went to his first sleep away camp and LOVED it.  He came home exhausted and dirty, but he was begging to go back next year, so that’s a great sign. I also think it helped that he was with his 5 best buddies at camp and that they all shared a cabin together.

Here’ the letter he wrote to me from camp.  I absolutely adore how Eli uses the word “rocks” in 3 sentences. He loves that word almost as much as I love the word “awesome.”

IMG_0413While Eli was at sleep away camp, Zoe was at her favorite film camp, Future Filmmaker Workshops.  She’s been going to this camp for the past 4 years and loves it!  The kids create a story, film the entire thing and then edit it.  It’s a great camp for kids who like to be in front of and behind the camera. Here’s a link to her camp movie from last year (it’s the last movie at the bottom of the page called, “5 tips for surviving middle school”).  It’s a hilarious video about how to survive middle school, and it’s great for those of you with kids who are going to middle school as they will get a kick out of it.  This year’s video is not up on the website yet, but it’s super witty, and is about inventions from the 1950’s.  Below are two pictures of Zoe and her friend Jack getting ready for the camera.  I absolutely adore Zoe’s look and her awesome hairdo!  Totally rad!IMG_0416 IMG_0417Ok, let’s move onto this week’s menu!  Maybe you can figure out this week’s culinary theme or should I say obsession (tomatoes, tomatoes)!

Sunday night dinner:  Pesto-yogurt roasted chicken, lacinato kale salad and grilled bruschetta with heirloom tomatoes.  I’m also making a batch of our favorite summer ice-cream, chocolate oreo!  pesto-yogurt roasted chicken drumsticks

lacinato kale saladgrilled bruschetta with heirloom tomatoeschocolate Oreo ice creamMonday night dinner:  Meatless Monday!  Heirloom tomato soup, popovers and mixed greens with carrot-ginger dressing.  This is our FAVORITE soup ever, and I’m super excited that it’s finally heirloom tomato season so I can make batches and batches of this soup!  By the way, this soup is vegan, but tastes like there’s cream in it.  I’m totally serious here!  You won’t beleive how amazing it is, and it’s kid approved to boot, so give it a try!Heirloom tomato soup popovers

carrot-ginger dressingTuesday night dinner:  Ina’s summer garden pasta, and mixed greens with carrot-ginger dressing.  This is a simple and tasty make-ahead pasta that makes enough for 2 nights!  Enough said!

Ina's summer garden pasta with video tutorial (1 of 1)-2Wednesday night dinner:  Leftover night!  Ina’s summer garden pasta and mixed greens with carrot ginger dressing!  See, I told you the pasta made enough for 2 nights!  I simply adore leftovers!

Ina's summer garden pasta and saladThursday night dinner:  The kids and I are heading down to Carmel to see one of my best girlfriends and her family, so Marin mama has the next few days off!  It’s going to be all about hitting the beach and playing in the sand!

We will be celebrating my birthday down there, so Zoe’s planning on making me my favorite cake, chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting.  Yum!Chocolate cake with cream cheese frostingComing up soon…  I made a batch of strawberry popovers last week and they were a HUGE hit with the kiddos.  They taste like strawberry shortcakes.  Recipe soon.

strawberry popovers 2Have a wonderful week everyone!

xoxo, Jacquelyn

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  1. says

    YAY for weekly menus – always love to spy on what y’all are having for dinner. Those popovers look insane! Glad to hear Zoe is still nurturing her film making – we’d love to see the new video if she’d let us! Hope all is well, and that you are having a great summer!

    • jackiegrandy says

      Hi Denise! Yes, she is loving making films and she wants to do another video for the blog. We’re trying to get one out this summer. Fingers crossed. The film they did this year is hilarious and super witty! I have to say that each year those kids get better and better! I will let you know when it comes out! I hope you are well girl! xoxo, Jacquelyn

  2. Emma Boulware says

    I am new to your blog and absolutely love your weekly dinner menus! Thank you so much for posting them. I also love your positive attitude. It’s a pleasure to read your writing because of it! I just made your popovers last night and they were perfect. Have a great week! PS Your kids are adorable too!

  3. says

    first off HAPPY HAPPY BDAY! Hope it is the best one yet and i love the letter. SOO CUTE. those strawberry popovers sound to die for! I can’t wait to see how you did it! I can’t believe it but i will have a kindergartner this year and a mommy’s day outer:) Yeah for some mom time

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