Marin Mama’s Weekly Dinner Menu for August 25th

Marin Mama's weekly dinner menu - August 25th

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 on their delicious links page and the Huffington post featured my grilled bruschetta with heirloom tomatoes.  That was all good and happy news for the blog, so I’m grateful for that.

Last week was also not my week for making videos or for cooking.  I came back from MN with all of these high hopes for healthy dinners and lunches, but I ended up eating PB&J’s for lunch most days and dinner out a couple of nights.  Summer can be hard with everyone home 24/7.  Meal preparation and cleaning up after each meal becomes an all day activity, so sometimes it’s just easier to make up something simple like a PB&J or to just eat out.

As you can see from the top photo, I attempted to make a video with one of my best girlfriends, Yvonne.  The kids and I went to her house for dinner and we made broccoli lemon pasta and crispy garlic bread together.  We thought it would be fun to have Zoe videotape the process, and it was fun making the video together, but sadly it’s not going to make it to the blog, as I forgot to mention a few key things in the video, bummer!  I guess we’ll just have to try and make another one Yvonne.  Are you cool with that girl?

Aside from all of that, we had a great day last Saturday.  We do an annual bike ride through Sebastopol each August to go Gravenstein apple and blackberry picking.  We’ve been making this trek for the past 6 years and each year different friends join us.  Our friend’s Kim and Campbell and their children, Sofia and Toby have joined us for the past 3 years.  It’s our August family tradition.

Annual Sebastopol bike ride

We start by biking on the Joe Rodota trail, which begins in Santa Rosa, and take that to the West county regional trail, which runs between Sebastopol and  Forestville.   It’s a beautiful bike ride that takes you through beautiful vineyards, farms, the town of Sebastopol and the town of Graton.  We always make a pit stop for lunch at Willow Wood Cafe and then to our favorite art gallery the Graton Gallery.  Graton is the cutest and friendliest little town and one that we love visiting each year.  Before we hit Graton we stopped off for lemonade at this cute little lemonade stand run by this adorable girl, Lila.  She and her mother hand squeezed over 100 lemons to make these two huge batches of lemonade.  We all agreed that it was some of the best lemonade we’ve ever tasted. Here are the kids posing with Lila!

Kids at lemonade stand

After lemonade and lunch, it was time to pick those blackberries. Can I just tell you that these are some of the best blackberries we have ever eaten?  They taste like dark chocolate, they’re that tasty.  My kids kept saying, “Oh, I just had another dark chocolate blackberry mom.”  I know blackberries don’t actually taste like dark chocolate, but that’s the way we described them a few years back when we first tried them, and it’s stuck with us ever since.  You can’t buy blackberries like these in the stores, as there’s no comparison to ones just picked off the bush.  The kids were amazing pickers even thought the majority of blackberries went into their mouths  Here’s Eli showing us his blackberry jazz hands below.

Eli with blackberry stains on his hands

He did a great job picking though!

Eli with blackberries

Here’s a picture of Sofia and Zoe with their blackberry stash.  Of course we had some amazing blackberries, but we also had a few sour ones.  John was videotaping me as I took a bit of a sour blackberry.  We posted a snippet of the video on my Instagram account and my face at the end says it all, “Sour pickings.”

Zoe and friend with blackberries

What did we do with all of those blackberries?  John made up some blackberry cobblers and we topped the rest on our morning steel-cut oats.  So delish!

Easy overnight steel cut oats

Zoe was a great help in the kitchen this week.  She made the Paul McCartney refried bean tacos all by herself by following the recipe on my  blog, and Eli helped John grill up the tortillas.  It was a family cooking affair and I hope that this trend continues, as we had a lot of fun playing in the kitchen together.

Zoe helping in kitchen

Ok, so let’s move onto this week’s menu.

Sunday night dinner

Buffalo apple burgers with sage jalapeño pesto, corn on the cob and onion rings.

Buffalo apple burger with jalapeno pesto

Monday night dinner

Green bean and shallot ravioli and crispy garlic bread.

Ravioli and green beans

Garlic Bread slices on a cutting board

Tuesday night dinner

Grilled buttermilk chicken, green beans with mint, dill, lemon and feta, and corn on the cob.

Roasted chicken

Green beans with mint, dill, lemon, and feta

Wednesday night dinner

Kid friendly caesar salad topped with leftover buttermilk chicken.

Kid Friendly caesar salad

Thursday night dinner

Heirloom tomato soup and grilled Gruyère cheese sandwiches.

Heirloom tomato soup

Friday night dinner

TGIF! It’s Marin mama’s night off!   Have a great week everyone and here’s to hoping for a better week on my end as well.

With love Jackie
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8 thoughts on “Marin Mama’s Weekly Dinner Menu for August 25th”

  1. Zoe grows up more each week. I swear. She’s just beautiful 🙂

    And congrats on THREE big features: BA, the Kithcn, and HuffPo. NICE!!! I’ve never been featured in BA. The others, yes, but what a feather in your cap. Nice going Jackie!!!

    1. Thanks Avery girl, I feel the same way about Zoe’s growth, soon she will be taller than me. Those 3 little features made my week a bit better and what’s funny is that they all happened when I was on vacation. Maybe I should take a vacation a bit more often 🙂 xoxo, Jackie

  2. Congrats on all the features, you deserve it! You know I think you’re just the bees knees.. but really congrats!

    I need the Green bean and shallot ravioli in my life, it looks delicious!

    Can’t wait to see those videos!

    And I love your weekly photos and how much time you guys spend outdoors! It makes me happy to see!

  3. Hey girl! I have those weeks where I feel like the rat on the wheel too! What a great blogging week though, congrats on the recognition, you deserve it! Your food is delicious and your photos of them are beautiful, they SHOULD be showcased! I hope you’re getting new visitors from that who will see the beautiful blog and person behind it. 🙂
    Love the photos – Eli with the jazz hands is so adorable – all of it looks fun. Love seeing Zoe cooking in the kitchen too – getting so grown up when they can cook for the family. The photo of you and your friend Yvonne is adorable. I hope you all do re-shoot it, I’d love to see it. I might make that one of my goals next year to add a video but I’m a dork in front of a video camera and I think my voice sounds all weird. haha! THAT would be something to see. 🙂 Okay friend, hope you have a great week. Another great looking menu for the week. Lucky family! xoxo, Sharon

    1. Hey girl! You’re comment is so sweet 🙂 I’m bummed the video didn’t work out, but Yvonne and I get together tons, so we will shoot a new one soon. I think when I shoot a video at a friend’s house, I need to do one that doesn’t incorporate cooking as it was too difficult to navigate! I was going to post the video bloopers but I don’t know how to post a video on the blog without posting on youtube as well. I didn’t want the blooper video posted to youtube.
      This week fortunately is slowing down and we’re slowly getting in a going back to school routine. Zoe and Eli don’t start school till the 9th so we have 2 more weeks to enjoy summer. This is our warmest time of the year, so it’s nice to not have them in school yet 🙂
      xoxo, Jackie

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