Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for November 24th

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Marin mama's weekly dinner menu for November 24th

I almost didn’t publish a weekly menu this week, as it’s a holiday week and I know most of you are just concentrating on what to make for Thanksgiving and are probably in vacation mode, but I’m a creature of habit, so I’m just going to post one anyway for those of you that are interested.  I mean Thanksgiving is on Thursday and we still have to cook Sunday through Wednesday, right?  BTW, if you’re eyeballing that above cranberry sauce, I have the recipe on my blog.  It’s super easy to whip up and tastes so much better than the canned variety. It also makes a great hostess gift. We like to put the cranberry sauce into little glass jars, …

Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for November 17th

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Marin mama's weekly dinner menu for November 17th

There’s my gorgeous ballerina Zoe! Zoe had her ballet rehearsal last night and I had to grab a quick shot of her before she left.  I love the pairing of the sweatshirt with the big pink tutu, as it captures who Zoe is, she’s sporty but yet also has her girly side.  I simply adore her and I love the person she is growing up to be.

Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for November 10th

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Marin mama's weekly dinner menu for November 10th

So I’m happy to say that I did much better on keeping in line with my weekly dinner menu this past week.  Actually Zoe was the one who made me stick to it.  She took a look at Sunday’s weekly menu post, and was so giddy at what I was planning on making for the week.  She couldn’t wait for the buffalo burgers with the chipotle mayo. Oh my goodness, those burgers were so good. We all seriously stopped speaking as we ate. I put in 1/2 cup of sharp grated cheddar cheese into the patties, topped them with the chipotle mayo, put the burger between two grilled brioche buns, and it was pure burger bliss.  BTW, if any of you …

Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for November 3rd

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Marin mama's weekly dinner menu for November 3rd

So I want to start out this post by making a confession to you all.  I can’t and don’t always follow my weekly menu. There are some weeks, like last week, where life is just too hectic and I don’t even have time to hit the grocery store. Last week the Italian wedding soup that I was craving on Sunday never got made. Our Sunday was filled with soccer and baseball games, as well as a soccer party, and by the time we all got home, we we’re wiped, so we just opened the fridge and had a dinner of leftovers.  On Monday I had a meeting for a new work venture I’m starting, so I didn’t even have time to …

Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for October 27th

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Marin mama's weekly dinner menu for October 27th

Surprise, surprise, I made up another kale salad this week. My girlfriend Carolyn sent me the recipe and I just had to try it. You all know that I just can’t resist new kale recipes.  It’s a kale salad with roasted almonds and Brussels sprouts. It was so good and I promise to make it this week so that I can photograph it and get it out to you all.  I’m think I’m going to make up this salad along with my kale salad with pear and aged gouda for Thanksgiving. So last weekend Eli and I took a road trip along with my friend Yvonne and her boys to Carmel Valley, to visit our friend Hilary.  Hilary had moved …

Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for October 20th

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Marin mama's weekly dinner menu for October 20th

Eli is all smiles in the above picture because he’s wearing the jersey of his soccer idol, Messi.  It’s all about Messi right now in Eli’s world.  Honestly, I didn’t know who Messi was until 2 weeks ago, but now I do, and I bet there will be many more “Messi’s” in Eli’s world as the years go on.  So as you all know, Eli turned 9 last week!  We had his birthday party last Sunday and I have to say that it was a blast, but it was also exhausting. Sixteen boys is a lot to manage and I’m so glad that we had his party at a park, because a park is the perfect place for 16 boys to …

Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for October 13th

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Marin mama's weekly dinner menu for October 13th

Happy Birthday to my little man!  We now officially have a 9-year-old in the house!  Oh yeah!   We celebrated Eli’s special day by making our family’s favorite cake for dessert, chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting.  Since Eli’s birthday is in October he always asks me to make a Halloween themed cake.  This year we added some grave stones complete with dirt and bones and a marshmallow ghost.  This cake is homemade and looks homemade, but it’s full of love.  I got a quick picture of the family posing with the cake before Zoe and John ran off to Zoe’s soccer practice. These are the only pictures you will see of the cake because it we brought it with us …

Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for October 6th

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Marin mama's weekly dinner menu for October 6th

I’m just feeling an overwhelming sense of gratefulness and giddiness. Do you ever have days like that?  Days where you just feel grateful for life and all of its blessings?  I’m ever so grateful for health and for having an abundance of love in my life.  I’m grateful for the love from my family, friends and YOU my wonderful readers, who stop me to say hi at the grocery store or take the time to write a super sweet comment or email.  You all keep me motivated to keep this blog going.  Seriously, I keep blogging because you all keep reading, plain and simple, so THANK YOU guys!  

Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for September 29th

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Marin mama's weekly dinner menu for September 29th

I just love this above photo of Zoe.  It just shows her natural beauty and innocence. I also remember the day we took this photo, it was on our 16th anniversary in Pointe Reyes.  Zoe is sitting next to some Marguerite Daisies and those are the flowers that we used at our wedding, pretty symbolic I think.

Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for September 15th

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Marin mama cook's weekly dinner menu for September 15th

That was our dinner the other night and it was so good!  I had a nice glass of Rose from Spell Estates, a vegeterian banh mi sandwich and some kale salad.  As you can see, I finally made and photographed those vegeterian banh mi sandwiches so  I will be sure to post the recipe this week.  Yaaay!  It felt good when I got to check that recipe off my to-do list.

Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for September 8th

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Marin mama's weekly dinner menu for September 8th

Yep, that’s a 20 pound salmon that Eli caught last week and that’s what we had for dinner 3 nights in a row.  So you can basically say that we are all salmoned out (not really a word, but let’s go with it).  Eli and John went fishing on Monday with our neighbor, Captain John of New Rayann Sport Fishing.  Captain John was kind enough to take Eli and John along on a fishing trip, as he heard that fishing was one of Eli’s favorite things to do.  It was a long day as they set out at 5:00 in the morning and didn’t get home till 5:30 that evening.  I had two happy, but tired boys when they got …

Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for September 1st

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Marin mama's weekly dinner menu for September 1st

This past week was all about love, as John and I celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary on Friday!  I can’t believe we’ve been married 16 years, but I’m so happy with the life that we’ve created together.  We followed our dreams and moved out to California a week after we got married, a few years later we bought a house and we’re now having a blast raising two wonderful kids.  We’re now even talking about adding a puppy to the mix this spring.  I mean why not, why not make the family even bigger, you’ve got to live a little, right?  Yes, there have been ups and downs, marriage and life are not always rosy, but at the end of …

Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for August 25th

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I apologize that this post is late today, but last week was one of those crazy busy, non-routine weeks, where it was hard to get a grasp or handle on any one thing.  I felt like I was running on a hamster wheel, but not getting anywhere.  Do any of you have weeks like that? There were also a few big unexpected hiccups along the way that I would rather not go into, blech. I’m sincerely hoping that we get some better juju this week, because we need it.  I did have some happy blog successes the past few weeks.  Bon Appetit featured my citrus-marinated photo on their Facebook page as well as on their website.  The Kitchn featured my pesto-yogurt drumsticks …

Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for August 18th

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Marin mama's weekly dinner menu for August 18th

Isn’t this picture hilarious?  Yep, that’s my goofy Minnesota family.  We just returned from a wonderful trip to Minnesota to visit John’s parents, brother, sister and all their kids. We wanted to get some photos of the family while we were there, so John surprised us all with these mustaches. They were a hit and really made the whole posing for a photo experience fun.  I took this shot below of everyone getting ready for the photo, and I have to say that I almost like this one better because it captures the silliness of it all.