Marin Mama’s Weekly Dinner Menu for October 27th

Marin Mama's weekly dinner menu - 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 from Marin to Carmel a few months ago and we were missing her tons, so we headed down for the night.  I had to take a photo of the back of my car as we were heading out.  Yep, this is how Yvonne and I pack for a night away.  It looks like we’re packing for a week long trip instead of just a night (#packratmamas).  Mind you there were 5 of us, but still!

Car packed for road trip

We had a great weekend with Hilary and her family.  Here’s a pic of us gals enjoying a glass of wine on the deck.

Ladies sitting on deck

This was the view that we got to enjoy with that glass of wine!  Talk about amazing, right?  I want to move to Carmel Valley.

View of Carmel Valley

We all were a team and cooked dinner together. Rafferty iced and decorated the birthday cake that Hilary had made up earlier for Eli and Sawyer, Bryce grilled up some amazing steak (I had 4 pieces, piggy) Hilary made up the salad and Yvonne and I took care of the bread, roasted potatoes and sautéed mushrooms.  It was so fun cooking and eating together.  We laughed all throughout dinner and just felt blessed to be together.  I took this candid shot of everyone filling up their plates for dinner. I love this shot because it’s a happy moment in time captured on camera and it makes me smile every time I look at it.

Family dining together

The kids stayed up late and this was how we found them in the morning.  I love, love how they all love and snuggle up together.

Kids snuggled under blanket

Breakfast time!  I made my overnight steel-cut oats for us gals, and we topped them with some peanut butter and strawberries!

Oats with banana and strawberry

Before we headed back home the boys got to watch Sawyer play football and score a touchdown.  They were super proud of their buddy!

Boys on football field

Ok, I have one more shot of this little cutie.  Her name is Hadley and I can’t get enough of her. She is the cutest thing ever!  Check out her shirt, it says, “Just hand over the candy and nobody gets hurt.”  It’s adorable just like her!  She makes me want to have another child, but we’re going to get a puppy instead, well, that’s the kid’s vote anyway 🙂

Pics of Hadley

The kids had Monday off from school and it was wonderful.  We all slept in and totally chilled.  Zoe had some friends over and made them her famous quesadillas for lunch.  That girl seriously makes a mean quesadilla and I love that she can cook up lunch for her friends, as it makes my life easier.  Go Zoe!

Zoe making a quesadilla

On Tuesday I headed out to Pointe Reyes with Eli and his classmates for an all day field trip where we learned all about the Miwoks.  I love this field trip because it was the same one that I did with Zoe when she was in third grade.  It brought back wonderful memories and it was such a gorgeous day to be outdoors.  Can I just say that I just love all of these boys!  They’re crazy, but crazy fun!

Group of boys outside

As you can see, this week was a busy running around week, so I didn’t get to experiment with too many new recipes besides the kale salad that I showed you at the top of the post. Oh, I also made some popovers with dark chocolate, but I still need to work on them!

Popovers with dark chocolate

On Friday I updated the recipe for my chocolate chip pumpkin bundt bread to include coconut oil and applesauce in lieu of the vegetable oil.  I have now tried the cake with 3 different variations and I put all 3 variations in the post for you to choose from.  We love the cake all 3 ways, so give it a try and find the way you like it best.

Chocolate chip pumpkin bundt bread

Ok, let’s move onto this week’s menu!

Sunday night dinner

Italian wedding soup and popovers.  This is one of our favorite fall and winter soups. My kids just love soup with stuff in it like meatballs, noodles and greens.  It’s a good soup to make up on a Sunday because it takes some time to pull together, but it’s worth it in the end because you get to smell the aroma all afternoon, and you can feed your family for 2 nights with this soup.

Italian wedding soup

Popovers with rosemary

Monday night dinner

Paul McCartney’s refried bean tacos and lacinato kale salad.  Yes, you see both these recipes a lot on my weekly menu, but to be honest, these are both such easy and tasty recipes that my family loves, so why not?  It’s nice to have those staple weeknight meals to fall back on.

Paul McCartney's refried bean taco

Kale Salad

Tuesday night dinner

Leftover night!  We’re having leftovers of the Italian wedding soup and some crusty bread!

Wednesday night dinner

One-pan pasta and broccoli rabe.  This is such an easy weeknight meal to make!  I’m going to toss in the blanched broccoli rabe at the end to warm it up, and to add a veggie to our dinner.

One pan pasta

Thursday night dinner

Happy Halloween!  What else do you eat on Halloween but PIZZA!  Yep, we’re heading over to a friends for pizza and to trick or treat!   Halloween is all about the candy, not the dinner.  I’m going to bring over a kale salad or two though, as us moms don’t want to eat just pizza.

Friday night dinner

Buffalo burger with ambrosia sauce, roasted fingerling potatoes with sea salt and rosemary (recipe soon) and kale salad with Brussels sprouts (recipe also soon).  I know my kiddos are going to be tired from Halloween, so I’m going to make up a nice healthy dinner for us.  Eli loves these potatoes. I cut them thin so that they’re almost like steak fries, and then pop them in the oven in a pre-heated cast iron skillet, so they get all browned.

Nepenthe's ambrosia sauce

Kale and brussles sprout salad

Have a happy Sunday everyone!

With love Jackie
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7 thoughts on “Marin Mama’s Weekly Dinner Menu for October 27th”

  1. We haven’t been to Carmel yet but I am dying to go! It does look so beautiful.
    How cute are all of those kids curled up under the blanket?! And Hadley is adorable- I can see why she would make you want another baby. Puppies are good too though.

    I love all of the inspiration I get from your blog. Every time I come back, I want to try something else. That kale and brussel sprout salad looks amazing!

  2. isn’t that the funniest when you have a car packed so full for just one night…it is like seriously what do we all have haha…we so loved your kale &pear salad I will now not so patiently wait for the kale and brussels sprouts recipe…the only bummer is the brussels sprouts weren’t so successful here in WI with the quick cold we got so not much to pick from at our farmer’s market 🙁 total bummer. and way to go Sawyer on the touch down love that name 😉

  3. It looks like you had such a good time visiting friends. Hadley is adorable, she makes me want to START having kids…I’ve already got the puppy! Although I could still go for another puppy too =) My house will be absolute chaos one day.

    That Italian wedding soup looks superb!

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