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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Week 151 Menu

At first glance, this gingerbread head may seem a tiny bit on the morbid side. But it’s actually cute. Cate received a gingerbread man cookie from a friend at school. She couldn’t wait to get home to eat it. After a few minutes of munching, she brought the head to me and told me she didn’t want to eat it. When I asked why, she simply replied, “I like him.” Apparently she didn’t like him enough to save his body, but I still thought it was pretty sweet.

gingerbread head 2 web

Now begins the craziest two weeks of my year…both of my daughters’ birthdays are this week (only one day apart!), which just so happens to coincide with the already busiest time of year.  Needless to say, we have a lot going on. I need to try to keep it VERY simple and realistic. Wish me luck.

Paninis (I think this has been on my menu for a month!)

– Bistro chicken (chicken breasts browned in a skillet, remove & cook 1/2 c chopped onions 5 min, add 1 14oz can diced tomatoes, italian seasoning, 1 can of Campbell’s french onion soup, cook that together to reduce liquid 5 min, pour sauce over chicken in a casserole dish, add swiss cheese on top & bake for 20 min! I love this recipe – thanks to Jen Schulte! I like to serve with garlic mashed potatoes)

Easy Apricot Chicken

– Eat out

– Leftovers

– No idea…eat out or leftovers

Green Noodles

Can’t wait to see what you are having for dinner this week. Remember, I don’t care how fancy or UN-fancy your menus is, I like to see all of them!

And Happy Hanukkah to all of our Jewish friends! 🙂  Cate has been educating us about Hanukkah a lot lately, including singing “O Hanukkah, O Hanukkah, Come Light the Menorah” while Christmas tree shopping and making a star of David Christmas tree ornament at a church Christmas party. We’ve loved every minute of it!


  1. In no particular order…

    -Mascarpone Polenta with Sausage and Peppers
    -Pasta with Butternut Parmesan Sauce (Simply Recipes)
    -Chicken with Tarragon Mustard Sauce and Fingerling Potatoes
    -Broccoli Cheese Soup and bread

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    Sunday: Pre-Marinated teriyaki beef tenderloin (Bjays), baby yellow potatoes (trader joes), chilli cilantro sweet corn

    (Make turkey meat sauce for tomorrow)

    Monday: Turkey meat sauce (ground turkey, trader joes Italian starter sauce, onions, garlic, pasta sauce, sugar), pasta, salad

    Tuesday: BBQ chicken quesadillas

    Wednesday: chicken in spinach simmer sauce (trader joes), rice
    (think I will add other vegetables to simmer sauce)

    Thursday: Leftovers (grocery shopping day)

    Friday: pizza

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    Sa – Chicken and Broc with egg noodles
    Su – Roasted Veggie lasagna
    Mo – leftovers
    Tu – stuffed peppers
    We – mac and cheese, green beans
    Th – pork chops, potato, squash
    Fr – quiche

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    I just found this fun site. I’m not organized enough to know what we’re having a whole week out, but I am keeping a dinner food log, so here’s what we had last week (and you’ll quickly figure out that we’re in the kids grown up and gone set):
    12/06/09 Filet Mignon with Herbed Cream Cheese
    Crustless Mushroom Quiche
    Tuscan Kale Salad
    Steamed Asparagus
    Bought big pumpernickel bread
    Shoofly Shiraz 2007

    12/07/09 Kale & Kielbasa Soup—with 1 can cannelini beans rinsed & added
    Parsnip Pancakes
    Caesar Salad
    Pumpernickel bread repeat
    Two Worlds Pinor Noir (Germany/Oregon; Dr. Loosen/J. Christopher)

    12/08/09 Vegetarian Meal
    Kale Crisps before dinner
    Mexican Eggs
    Corniest Corn Muffins
    Iceberg Salad with Mushrooms & Fontina
    J. Lohr Wildflower Valdiguie

    12/09/09 Wine tasting dinner at Yellowhammer
    Sausage & Seafood Gumbo
    Loosen Dr L Riesling 2008
    Tomato Bruschetta with fresh mozzarella basil (too acidic)
    Toscolo Chianti 2006 (could not stand up to acidity)
    Boudin Sausage on crostini (not a lot going on)
    Heartland by Ben Glaetzer Shiraz 2006 (Australia) (nice, full)
    NY Strip au Poivre portion with mashed potatoes & yummy julienne yellow
    Jed Steele Shooting Star Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 (California)
    Bete Noire with berries, whipped cream & ganache (wow! Better than molten
    chocolate cake)
    Grayson Cellars Central Coast Zinfandel (rich, lovely)

    12/10/09 Mushroom, Cheese & Crab Crustless Quiche
    Strawberry Spinach Salad
    Steamed asparagus
    Corniest Corn Muffins replay
    French Chablis (I loved it, too austere for Phil)

    12/11/09 Mushroom, Cheese & Crab Quiche again
    Roasted parsnip, brie & glazed walnut salad
    Spaghetti Squash with Spike & a little Parmesan & mozzarella
    Au Bon Climat Chardonnay 2006 Santa Barbara (not your typical Calif-good)

    12/12/09 Pork and Hominy Stew (torn kale, ~4-5 cups torn added at end)
    Avocado Salad
    Mexican Cornbread
    Thorne-Clarke Terra Barossa Shiraz 2007 (Wonderful, probably too good for
    the spice level of the stew)

  5. Sun–Roasted chicken, bell pepper/zuchinni/onion medley, baked potatoes
    Mon–Chicken Quesadillas, rice, beans, quac
    Tues–Philly cheesesteak sandwiches,
    Wed–French toast
    Thurs–Chicken with Stovetop casserole
    Fri–eat leftovers

  6. Sun – Ravioli, meatballs, tomato sauce
    Mon – Dinner at friends’ house
    Tues – My honey is making “surprise” dinner
    Weds – Salmon with orange glaze and mushroom sauce, wild rice, snap peas
    Thurs – “Tailgate Casserole”
    Fri – Out for a friend’s birthday dinner

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    S: Leftover Mac & Cheesse, broccoli
    T: Grilled Pork Tenderloin, roasted beets, sauteed apples
    W: Flank Steak w/blue cheese sauce, baked potatoes, greeen beans
    T: Linguine with Turkey Meatballs, Cesar salad
    F: Barbecue Chicken, baked beans, coleslaw
    S: Out

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    Jen Schulte

    Hi Jane – thanks to the “shout out” for Bistro Chicken! I love that recipe.

    I’m finally finished with 4 weeks of travel so happy to be planning a menu once again.

    Monday-sweet & sour chicken (a new crockpot recipe from Kraft) over rice
    Tuesday-roast pork loin, sweet potatoes
    Wednesday-work dinner/out
    Thursday-maybe I’ll do bistro chicken! I have the ingredients
    Friday-pasta w/sauce or pizza
    Saturday-hubby taking me out for my birthday (not until the 21st)

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    Sunday: Pork roast with leeks, broccoli bake
    Monday: Sausage, acorn squash, green beans
    Tuesday: (Costco) Chicken enchiladas, cole slaw
    Wednesday; Chicken piccata, orzo, green beans
    Thursday: Leftovers
    Friday: @ mom’s
    Saturday; Not sure–maybe pizza or other take out?

  10. So funny,maybe it makes more sense you/your site has been my inspiration:)I have a similar December situation: Dh’s bday this week, xmas next week, then my twin b-days on the 30th of Dec. woo-hoo!
    m: chili- hubby’s b-day
    t: turkey tacos
    w: white fish/greens
    th: Book Club!
    f: ?
    sa: ?
    su: ?
    happy birthdays to all:)

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    Erika B.

    Monday-Waffles with Whipped Cream and Strawberries, Bacon, Spinach Salad
    Wednesday-Brisket (Trader Joe’s), Latkes and Spinach
    Friday-Curry Chicken, Frozen Samosas, Raita

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    Sunday-Mongolian beef with mushroom and onions
    Monday-Breakfast for dinner
    Tueday-Roasted chicken breast with Boursin cheese sauce and roasted potatoes
    Wednesday-Salmon with Rice and Vegies
    Thursday-leftovers or sandwiches
    Friday-Stir Fry
    Saturday-Out/Holiday Party #1

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    Nancy Deininger

    Sunday – leftovers
    Monday – Sausage with peppers and onions and mashed potatoes
    Tuesday – Chicken and green beans with cheddar and pecan casserole
    Wednesday – Ravioli with salad
    Thursday – leftovers
    Friday – corn chowder with salad and bread
    Saturday – out

  14. This if my first time actually planning out the weeks meals:
    Monday-2 Mustard Chicken
    Tuesday- Loaded Baked Potato Soup in Crockpot
    Wednesday-Chicken Tacos
    Thursday-Beef Roast in Crockpot
    Friday-Chicken Spaghetti
    Saturday-BBQ Pork Ribs in Crockpot

  15. Sunday:
    -Pulled Pork Tacos
    -Black Beans

    -Butternut Squash & Chipotle Soup
    -Cheese Quesadilla

    -Spinach Quiche
    -Balsamic Mushrooms

    -Spaghetti w/ Bolognese Sauce

    -Soup & Grilled Cheese

    -Josh’s work Christmas party

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    Monday-spice rubbed pork tenderloin with acorn squash
    Tuesday-baked pasta with chicken sausage and spinach
    Wednesday-sausage and lentil soup, fresh bread
    Thursday-roasted butternut squash and pasta, salad
    Friday-chicken tikka masala, brown rice, sesame green beans, naan
    Saturday-probably snacks and a movie night
    Sunday-Italian shrimp pasta, salad, bread

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    Jenn E.

    Monday- Meatball Subs
    Tuesday- Chicken Enchiladas
    Wednesday- Chicken Pot Pie
    Thursday- Spaghetti Pie
    Friday- Pizza
    Saturday- Out for b-day/Christmas celebration
    Sunday- Ribs, Mashed Potatoes and Corn Pudding

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    Since we will be traveling a bunch in the next 2 weeks, it’s all about easy this week. Happy birthday to your girls! Mine is on the 24th, so I know all about birthdays and busyness.

    Mon- mac and cheese, green beans
    Tues – sandwiches
    Wed – veggie burgers, rice, whatever fruits and veggies are in the house
    Thurs – pizza, fries, fruit
    Fri – leftovers or pasta

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    Jane — Got my Cake Wrecks book on Saturday — that was fast! It’s hilarious…

    M — To friends’ house for a lasagna dinner. I’m bringing a hot pepperoni dip for an appetizer.
    T — Creamed chipped beef on toast
    W — Cabbage/hamburger casserole
    TH — D’lish Fish that I never made last week
    F — I’m thinking Mexican!
    S — Ham & Swiss bake that I didn’t get to last week
    Su — Panera, I hope!

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    Mon-teriyaki salmon with grilled asparagus
    Tue-fried rice
    Wed-mexcian brown rice beef skillet
    Sun-xmas dinner at my house. making my first ham.

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    Happy Monday! After a crazy couple of weeks, I’m looking forward to some normalcy before Christmas… here’s this week’s menu.

    M: Chicken Piccata and Butternut Squash Soup
    T: Pork Tenderloin with Dijon Sauce and Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Broccoli
    W: Mediterranean Chicken and Zuppa Toscana
    Th: Leftovers
    F: Fajitas
    S: Sausage, Bell Pepper, and Onion Pasta Bake

    Have a good week!

  22. Monday: Chicken Parmesan and Salad
    Tuesday: Crock Pot Brown Sugar Chicken (365 days of Crock Pot) and Broccoli and Cauliflower
    Wednesday: Seared Shrimp and Beans
    Thursday: Pork Tacos
    Friday: Work Christmas Party, boys are having mac and cheese
    Saturday: Breakfast for dinner
    Sunday: Left Overs

  23. That is cute! We made gingerbread automobiles at our house last night. And rockets. And trucks.

    Yeah, still working on that sensitive side here…

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    MOnday – Pork steaks, roast pumpkin and beetroot and baby spinach salad
    Tuesday – lamb sausages, mash, peas and carrots
    Wednesday – Creamy pesto (homemade) pasta and garden salad
    Thursday – BBQ – steak, corn and salad
    Friday – Rissotto (chicken and whatever vege is in the fridge)
    Saturday – Treat night for the month takeaway
    Sunday – Chicken HOt pot (also my daughter and I are baking gingerbread for my husband to take to work)

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    Wed- quick moo shu chicken
    Thurs-white chicken and broccoli pizza (I have dough in the freezer)
    Fri- Beef stew (the Man has requested)
    Sat- Out
    Sun- Red Beans and Rice
    Mon- Chicken enchiladas (freeze half for later)
    Tue- Piccadillo empanadas (freeze some for later)

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