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Menu Plan Monday Dec 29th

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

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Menu Plan Monday Dec 22nd

It’s Christmas week!!!

What happened to December?

Oh well, at least I won’t be cooking that much this week.

On Saturday my children consumed nothing but candy.  OK they did eat some real food, but their candy consumption was at an all time high.

Why you ask?

 

The Boys Houses

Let’s be honest. They are master house makers.

 

 

Menu Plan 12/22-12/28

Mon: Cinnamon Bear Cruise

Tues:  Chicken Verde Mac & Cheese

Wed:  Dinner at my sisters

Thr: Christmas Dinner!  Honey Baked Ham, twice baked potatoes, rolls, green beans with bacon & salad

Fri: Leftovers

Sat: Dinner at my aunt’s house

Sun: what? I finally have to cook again? Maybe Lasagna Soup

 

 

Happy Cooking

Dawn Marie

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Menu Plan Monday Dec 15th

I can’t even believe another week has gone by in December.

I am so running out of time.  The to-do-list is just as long as it was last week.  Of course I might keep adding to it…

Cards are coming along, but not yet done….This week is more card assembly, present making, gingerbread house assembly (for our big house decorating party on Sat.) and wrapping.  No, don’t worry I didn’t mean rapping, ’cause I can’t throw down rhymes.

But what does that mean? I have no time to cook! OK, I have very limited time to cook.  So to the crock pot I turn.  And to meals that do not require a side dish.

Or I can turn to take-out, or eating at my sisters, or….are pop-tarts ok for dinner?

 

MSS_Breakfast With Santa

We had breakfast with Santa yesterday. No big deal.

 

Menu Plan 12/15-12/21

Mon: Korean Beef and Rice

Tues: Slow Cooker Nacho Grande Soup

Wed:  Beef Bourguinon with garlic noodles

Thr: Ham and Cheese Gnocchi 

Fri: Leftovers

Sat: Kitchen is Closed!

Sun: Roasted Pork Loin in Beer Sauce with roasted potatoes

 

 

Happy Cooking

 

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Dawn Marie

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Menu Plan Monday Dec 8th

Why is my Menu Plan Monday on a Tuesday? you ask….
Well yesterday I had this Silhouette Challenge post schedule with a mega huge giveaway! so the menu plan just had to wait.  It’s okay, you get it.

 

As usual life got in the way of my cooking plans on Sunday, so I made the pork chops last night.  And it had to be last night because I pulled them out of the freezer on Sunday.

We got our tree on Sunday and I brought home a raging headache, which is why I didn’t end up cooking.  I could only handle the boys trying to decorate the tree for about 30 minutes and had to stop them, but I let them finish last night.  As a result the Christmas bins didn’t get put back into the attic and the boys made a fort.

 

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I am so busy this week trying to get Christmas cards and gifts made that I want really easy dinners.

 

Menu Plan 12/8-12/14

Mon: Bourbon & Onion Pork Chops with noodles

Tues: Chicken enchiladas with Spanish rice (I don’t know why, but I must always have Spanish rice when I have tacos or enchiladas)

Wed:  Italian Sausage and Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce

Thr:  Crock Pot Bacon Ranch Chicken

Fri: Leftovers

Sat: Kitchen is Closed!

Sun: Beef Stew

 

 

Happy Cooking

 

Dawn Marie

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