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Menu Plan Monday Dec 29th

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Oh my goodness.  This week’s menu plan goes into the new year.  It is hard to believe this year will be done and we will be on a new one when I do my next plan.

When I did my meal plan last week I went ahead and wrote out this weeks too and boy was I happy I took the time.  Who knows, maybe this upcoming year I will start planning a whole month of meals at a time

The other night was one heck of a night with the kids.  They were coming down from all the Christmas activities and just fighting constantly.  Especially over new toys.  So it was a beer kind of night.  I had this wonderful 22oz bottle of Vanilla Porter in the fridge that I cracked open, but only ended up drinking one glass of it….

Since it went flat, I wanted to use the rest for a pork roast.  Last night I made this Balsamic Beer Braised Pork and it was absolutely wonderful.  I actually had a pork tenderloin, not a butt roast, so I turned the oven temp down and only cooked it for about 45 minutes.  I then thickened the sauce to make a gravy.  Wonderful.

On Christmas Eve my sister makes Cioppino for dinner.  I don’t like it but my husband loves it, and as it turns out so does Sid.

MSS_Sid Cioppino

He did his happy food dance when he was eating the leftovers on Friday.

Menu Plan 12/29-1/4

Mon: Bowtie Skillet Lasagna

Tues:  Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Bacon and One Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta

Wed: New Years Eve dinner at a friend’s house

Thr: Ham & Cheese Gnocchi

Fri: Leftovers

Sat: Kitchen is closed

Sun: Italian Crumb Topped Cod and rice pilaf

Happy Cooking

Dawn Marie

Need something to help plan your meals?  I use the Plan to Eat online meal planner.  Try it free for 30 days

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

Find more recipes at I’m an Organizing Junkie


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