Monday, December 15, 2014

Menu Monday ~ December 15, 2014

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Monday:
  • cheesy pasta casserole (made with leftover homemade pasta sauce)
  • salad
Tuesday:
I need to take our car to the out-of-town dealership for its last free service. I then have a 5:30 meeting. I think this will be a good day for an easy crockpot dinner. 
  • roast in crockpot 
  • potatoes, onions, carrots (cooked with roast)
  • salad
Wednesday:
We are going to our niece and nephew's Christmas program and will need to leave around 5:30. That calls for a really quick meal!
  • quesadillas
  • tomato soup
Friday:
Saturday:
  • leftovers
Sunday:
Most of our kids will be out of town so David and I will most likely eat lunch at a local Mexican restaurant after church and save half for dinner. 
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What's on your menu this week? Leave me a comment. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Menu Monday ~ December 8, 2014

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Monday:
Tuesday:
David's boss will be in town so we are going out to dinner with him. 

Wednesday:
David will be out of town so I'll just have a salad or smoothie.

Thursday:
David will be coming home after dinner. Another salad or smoothie night for me. 

Friday:
  • roast, potatoes, carrots, onion cooked in slow cooker
  • salad
  • rolls
Saturday:
  • vegetable beef soup (from leftovers)
  • with parmesan dumplings
Sunday:
Family dinner and game night...
  • lasagna
  • salad
  • garlic bread
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Monday, December 1, 2014

Menu Monday ~ December 1, 2014

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Did you have a nice Thanksgiving? We did! And I cleaned out the refrigerator this morning (other than a bit of cranberry sauce) so we are starting with a clean slate. 

Monday:
  • homemade macaroni and cheese with caramelized onions
  • leftover cranberry sauce
  • peas
  • salad
Tuesday:
I made a big pot of cooked cabbage with bacon and onion Saturday night and have quite a bit left over. I'm going to add some smoked sausage and noodles for an easy, stick-to-your-ribs one-dish meal.
  • cabbage, sausage and noodles 
Wednesday:
  • black bean enchiladas
  • Mexican rice with peas and corn
  • chips and salsa
Thursday:
We are going to go to our little town's Christmas parade then to a local Italian restaurant where one of our bands is playing. We will eat dinner there.
Friday:
  • baked chicken breasts with homemade sweet and sour sauce
  • brown rice
  • carrots
  • salad
Saturday:
  • big baked potatoes with broccoli and cheese
  • salad
  • homemade bread or rolls
Sunday:
The kids were all out of town or otherwise busy this past Sunday so we didn't get together. That's why the menu is the same. 
  • grilled cheese sandwiches with caramelized onions
  • homemade soup (tomato?)
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Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Menu Monday ~ November 24, 2014

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Happy Thanksgiving to my U.S. readers! Are you ready for some turkey? We had the kids over last night for "Family Dinner and Game Night" and had an early Thanksgiving dinner. There were nine of us and I promise we put a healthy dent in the food I prepared. We had a turkey breast which I cooked in the crockpot (I'll do a separate post about that), ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade cranberry sauce, Creamy Cheesy Corn Casserole, whiskey carrots (my niece brought those), rolls, homemade chocolate chip cookies (my daughter brought those) and pumpkin pie (brought by the other couple who attended our meal). When we were all full of good food and wine, we played Trivial Pursuit. It was a wonderful evening AND I have leftovers for the next couple of days. Yay!

Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
It looks like David and I will be out of town Wednesday afternoon until quite late. It looks like one of our bands will be playing in Ardmore and if so we will go see them and eat there.

Thursday:
We will join my parents, cousins, other assorted relatives totaling about 35 at my cousin's house. We all sign up for various parts of the meal. I'm signed up for homemade dressing and homemade cranberry sauce. The corn casserole I made Sunday night was such a hit I may double the recipe and bring that, too.

Friday:
A lighter meal is in order, I think!
  • homemade soup (not sure what kind yet)
Saturday:
My parents are having yet another Thanksgiving meal at their house. She and I will divvy up the cooking duties.

Sunday:
If the kids are around for "Family Dinner" I think we would all do well with something simple. Since we ended up doing Thanksgiving this Sunday I'll move that planned meal up a week.
  • grilled cheese sandwiches
  • homemade soup
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I hope each of you has a wonderful week. If you are looking for some Thanksgiving meal recipes/pointers, here are some of mine:

Monday, November 17, 2014

Menu Monday ~ November 17, 2014

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Monday:
  • potatoes/onions/peppers/sausage bake
  • salad
  • green beans (leftovers)

Tuesday:
  • baked ziti (made with leftover spaghetti sauce)
  • salad
  • garlic bread
Wednesday:
  • Mexican rice casserole
  • salad
  • chips and salsa
Thursday:
Dinner at local Italian restaurant. We have a Happyland Music Alliance show from 7-10.

Friday:
  • crockpot roast with potatoes, carrots and onions
  • salad
  • French bread or rolls
Saturday:
  • vegetable beef soup with parmesan dumplings
Sunday:
Family Dinner and Game Night
  • grilled cheese sandwiches
  • homemade chicken noodle soup
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What's cooking at your house this week?

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Giving Thanks


This year is just zipping along, isn't it? I can't believe we are only 12 days away from Thanksgiving. Our extended family will be celebrating together the evening of Thanksgiving. One of my cousins generously opens her home for this gathering almost every year. There are quite a few of our usual group who will be out of town this year yet we are still expecting around 35. Fortunately our family has always done holiday meals as a potluck. A couple of years ago I found the website Perfect Potluck which makes it really easy to cover all our bases and make sure we don't end up with four pans of sweet potatoes and no cranberry sauce.

Speaking of cranberry sauce, that's one of the items I signed up to bring. I grew up on the canned stuff but several years ago I made some from scratch and was astounded by how easy it is to make. And so much better! Here is the link to how I make mine:

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

I will also be bringing a big pan of homemade dressing. I've made this in a variety of ways, largely because I keep forgetting what recipe I used the year before. It's always been good, though. We have some people in the family who actually like Stove Top Stuffing and someone usually brings some of that, too. Personally, I prefer the real stuff. This year I will try to remember to photograph the finished product and write a recipe post. If you have a favorite recipe I'd love to see it. Leave me a comment.

Chances are I'll end up bringing something else, too. Maybe I'll try this recipe for Sweet Potato Creme Brulee.

In addition to the big family gathering I will also host a Thanksgiving meal in my home. I don't know yet when that will take place or just who will be here. I'll make sure it's a time when our kids can be here and my niece and her boyfriend, as well. Hopefully my parents will be able to join us, too. It can be a lot of work to pull off a big Thanksgiving meal but spending time with my family is important. Besides, the leftovers make it all worthwhile!

Here are the links to some of my usual holiday recipes:
So, what are your Thanksgiving plans this year? Do you have any favorite holiday recipes you'd like to share? 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Menu Monday ~ November 10, 2014

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Monday:
  • black bean enchiladas
  • Mexican rice
  • salad
Tuesday:
  • broccoli cheese soup
  • sourdough bread
Wednesday:
Lisa (my daughter) and I will be doing our monthly grocery shopping in the city. Our guys are on their own and we will eat up there. 

Thursday:
Dinner at local Italian restaurant while watching one of our bands perform. 

Friday:
Saturday:
  • chicken and dumplings
Sunday:
Family dinner and game night
  • spaghetti and meatballs
  • salad
  • garlic bread
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