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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Week 204 Menu

You may have already figured this out…but the ingredients from the picture in last week’s menu post were for homemade marshmallows, hot chocolate on a stick and frosting for my girls’ birthday cakes! Sanjana was the closest guess, “a chocolate marshmallow concoction.” That was almost exactly right! Good job!

I have a confession to make. I didn’t make dinner once last week. It’s downright scandalous, I tell ya. In my defense, it was the busiest week of the year for me. I was up until all hours every night trying to get everything done for birthdays, Christmas, work, and oodles of school activities. I was able to stay on top of all of that, but our dinners suffered considerably. Something had to give. And we survived. And the girls were beyond happy with their birthdays, and that’s what matters most!

– Paninis of some sort


– Nachos (I know, fancy)

– Leftovers

– Chinese Take-Out (a Maynard Christmas Eve tradition!)

Swedish Meatballs (this is just one dish that was always part of my family’s Swedish Christmas Eve feast…maybe one day I’ll gear myself up for the entire dinner! The Swedish ham is out of this world.)
– Boiled red potatoes

– Leftovers

I’m excited to see your menus this week – I love it when there are holidays involved and I get to see your fun traditions and recipes!

Oh, and be sure to check back in this week…I can’t wait to share Cate’s birthday cake with you. Anna’s cake may have been cute, but Cate’s was cute and beyond delicious. The frosting, oh, the frosting. It was a new recipe for me and I’m completely in love. You’ll love it too. But I’m not sharing it quite yet. First, you have to share your menu for the week!


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    The thing that makes the Swedish ham so great is that it isn’t cured (or pickled) – that will be one great blog post, the day you create the ‘complete’ swedish Christmas Eve dinner!

  2. Busy week!

    Sunday: Fish and chips
    Monday: Boursin-stuffed chicken (thanks for the idea!!) and roasted carrots; dessert party with the neighborhood
    Tuesday: Leftovers
    Wednesday (Mom & Dad arrive!): Homemade Pizza and green beans
    Thursday (Brother arrives!): Crockpot chili & cornbread
    Friday: Christmas Eve feast
    Saturday (In-laws arrive!): Standing rib roast, Garlic Roasted Mushrooms, still working on the other dishes!

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    No menu from me this week! Every night is fly by the seat of our pants. Dealing with a sick child and unsure of our plans that used to include travelling. ACK!
    We haven’t yet decided what we are having for Christmas dinner. We usually have beef, so I am thinking steaks and mashed potato casserole. Have a very Merry Christmas!

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    Those ‘concoctions’ look amazing! I’m hoping to make some for a girls get together next week.

    Sun: Fettucine with creamy spinach sauce
    Mon: Out
    Tues: Out
    Wed: Roasted veggie minestrone soup and polenta with pesto/red bell
    Thurs:Khichari (Indian lentils and rice with ginger/pepper/cumin tempering) and stir fried veggies
    Fri: Pesto pasta with chicken or shrimp
    Sat: Potluck… not sure what I’m making yet.

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    I’m way excited to read about the frosting. Don’t keep USA in suspence too long.

    Menu planned, but we’ll see when our little girl decides to come and interrupt that! Getting excited!!!

    M – taco soup, corn bread and salad
    T – sukiyaki
    W – chicken and dumplings(daddy thinks she’s coming Tuesday, so if not he gets this as a conciliatory dinner.)
    Th – pasta
    F – daddy is home, he cooks
    Sat – grandpa brings turkey, we make a few sides like carrots and rolls.

    Merry Christmas!

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    This week will be insanely busy! Between work, finishing shopping, a few orders I have going out and Christmas, dinner may suffer!

    Sunday- Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts and bacon, cranberry sauce
    Monday- Pasta with meat sauce
    Tuesday-Chicken Salsa Stew
    Wednesday- Leftovers
    Thursday- Probably pizza
    Friday- At the in laws for Filet Mignon, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots
    Saturday- Ravioli with meat sauce!

  7. Actually had time to cook quite a bit this week (nice change!)

    Sunday: Homemade Beefburger & Creamy pepper sauce
    Monday: – leftovers
    Tuesday: Beef & Ale Stew with Rumbledethumps (mash & leek)
    Wed: – leftovers
    Thurs: Pasta with roast veg
    Fri: Homemade Fish & Chips (haddock)
    Sat: Indian Takeaway – Buttered Chicken..nyom!

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    Happy Holidays everyone!
    M- making lasagna and inviting some friends over to celebrate the husband’s birthday (which is actually today)
    T- Szechuan beef and broccoli with rice
    W- Omelets and sausage
    Th- Christmas eve-eve dinner at home = a yummy summer sausage, cheese and crackers spread
    F- Heading out of town to the in-laws and having our yearly tradition of a cheese and crackers spread on a large quilt in the living room (my favorite meal of the entire year)
    Sat- eating at 3 different places so who knows what all we will eat!
    Sun- on the road all day, so prob just fast food

  9. Lots of HAM! We received a giant smoked ham!

    Sunday: Country Smoked Ham with buttermilk mashed potatoes and corn.
    Monday: Leftovers 🙂
    Tuesday: Ham Sandwiches wit Broccoli and cheese sauce
    Wednesday: Ham and Bean Soup
    Thursday: Leftovers
    Friday: Christmas Eve Dinner at the In Laws
    Saturday: Christmas Dinner at my parents
    Merry Christmas!

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    Monday: Chicken Salad (using leftover chicken from tonight’s “Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic”)
    Tuesday: Family Party
    Wednesday: Bowtie Lasagne
    Thursday: Pulled Pork (Crock Pot recipe)
    Friday: Christmas Eve w/ The Family – we’re bringing salad, pies and cookies.
    Saturday: Christmas Breakfast w/ The Family – we’re bringing fruit salad. Christmas Dinner w/ The Family-we’re bringing salad.
    Sunday: Pass Out from Exhaustion…eat cereal.

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    Monday- Enchiladas

    Tuesday – Honey-spiced chicken thighs, salad and rice

    Wednesday – Cheater chicken souvlaki & grilled veggies

    Thursday- Take out

    Friday – XMAS EVE!!! Our traditional Xmas eve munchies, spinach dip and whatever else we rustle up!

    Saturday – Xmas Day -Breakfast Creme Brulee French Toast.
    Dinner -Prime rib roast, yorkshire pudding, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and peas

    Sunday – LEFTOVERS!!!!

  12. I can’t believe Christmas is less than a week away. I just barely finished my shopping today – thank goodness for Amazon Prime! I hope the week goes smoothly for everyone.

    SUNDAY: 5 Grain Pancakes topped with Maple and Cardamom Spiced Pears and Pecans, scrambled eggs

    MONDAY: Individual Pot Pies, Salad

    TUESDAY: Leftovers

    WEDNESDAY: Chicken Tortilla Soup, but I’ll be experimenting with a veggie version.

    THURSDAY: Leftovers

    FRIDAY: Sausage Spaghetti with Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce, Salad, Garlic Bread

    CHRISTMAS: Filet Mignon in Red Wine Balsamic Reduction, Mixed Greens with Fennel and Orange, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Pecan Pumpkin Tart

    THIS WEEK’S TREAT: Cranberry Crumb Bars and Hot Cocoa (BRRR! It’s cold!)

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    Sunday- chicken piccata
    Mon- out
    Tue- chicken masala w/rice (thanks to Trader Joe’s masala sauce)
    Wed- Potstickers w/rice (thanks again Trader Joe’s)
    Thur- Mexican chicken bake
    Fri- Stuffed shells w/salad and scali bread from the Italian bakery. Yule log for dessert!
    Sat- sirloin roast, mashed potatoes, sauted mushrooms, steamed green beans amd lots of cookies.

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    Friday: OUT
    Saturday: French Dip Sandwiches + Fruit Salsa w/ Cinnamon Chips
    Sunday: Leftovers and Dinner at Friends’
    Monday: Cafe Rio Chicken Salads
    Tuesday: Pureed Broccoli Soup
    Wednesday: 4th Anniversary — OUT!!
    Thursday: Omelets or Pumpkin Pancakes + Eggs

    Not sure about Christmas Eve & Day yet.

  15. I do hope that you can find some “extra” time for a bit of R&R this week.
    Hmm, I am shocking at planning a full weeks menu in advance. I don’t even know what’s for dinner this evening. I am hoping to get some fresh fish fillets.
    🙂 Mandy

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    I’ve got my mom visiting all week, dad comes on Tuesday, Hubbs returns from his golf retreat on Wednesday & then it’s Christmas – wa hoo!

    Sunday – pork chops with chicken & rice soup (crockpot meal)
    Monday – asian stir-fry
    Tuesday – chicken pot pie
    Wednesday – corned beef & cabbage
    Thursday – baked teriyaki chicken (
    Friday – turkey dinner at Hubbs’ grandma’s house
    Saturday – tri-tip & chicken bbq at my brother’s house

    Merry Christmas!

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    I’m checking out of life on Tuesday (having surgery) so our meals are whatever GRANDMA makes!! We always have layer dip on Christmas Eve and French Cream Pies. Years ago, when our older kids were little my husband convinced them that Santa gets tired of cookies so we should leave him a piece of French Blueberry Cream pie. Naturally the tradition stuck, although Grandma’s going to have to make that too! Christmas dinner, for those lucky enough to be able to eat it is:
    Ham with my own fabulous glaze
    baked potatoes
    Spinach salad
    cranberry salad
    orange rolls
    whatever vegie they decide on
    The day after Christmas I always chop up and fry the extra baked potatoes, green onions, and pieces of ham. It’s simple and no-fuss but a good meal after lots of holiday indulgence….along with all the other leftovers! I’m on my pre-op “clear liquids only” already and probably shouldn’t be reading peoples menus when I can’t eat anything!! Killing me…

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    Monday – tilapia, baked lemon spaghetti and peas
    Tuesday – mexican stuffed shells (from a double batch I had put in the freezer a few weeks ago)
    Wednesday – steak salad
    Thursday – going to a concert and will either eat out or do leftovers
    Friday – I’m hosting my first Christmas Eve dinner: ham, au gratin potatoes, sweet corn that we grew this summer then froze, lefse (with butter, cinnamon and sugar, of course), spinach salad with feta and carmelized pecans and I’m trying to find a good punch recipe to make as well. My aunt is bringing homemade ice cream and toppings for dessert.
    Saturday – at my parents’: turkey, mashed potatoes, homemade dinner rolls, stuffing, corn
    Sunday – probably leftovers

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    I’m currently 41 weeks pregnant (!!) so our menu for the week is in flux and based on things I can make super easily. Christmas dinner is set though – just hope we actually get to eat it on Christmas!

    Sun – Leftovers
    Mon – some kind of chicken and broccoli
    Tue – turkey bolognese
    Wed – out?
    Thu – ? (hospital food??!)
    Fri – Mom and brother working it out
    Sat – Prime rib roast, yorkshire pudding, scalloped potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, chocolate birthday cake for Mom

    Merry Christmas everyone!

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    Sunday: Spicy Asian Noodles with Chicken and peppers, eggrolls
    Monday: Salmon, Rice, broccoli
    Tuesday: out?
    Wednesday: Crockpot 40 clove chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans
    Thursday: Hubby cooks. Breakfast for dinner (egg sandwiches?)
    Friday: Butternut squash risotto, salad
    Saturday: Hubby’s family over. Menu is:
    Appetizers (vegie tray, cheese and crackers)
    Zuppa Toscana (sausage and potato soup)
    Prime Rib for 20
    Steakhouse Baked Potatoes with all the fixings
    Glazed Carrots
    Homemade dinner rolls
    Assorted cookies and sweets
    Assorted pies

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    M: Slow cooker pork roast (served as tacos)
    T: Leftover slow cooker pork roast (served with BBQ sauce on rolls), coleslaw, sliced peaches
    W: Husband’s work dinner party. Crown roast of pork (anyone have an awesome recipe?), cream-braised brussel sprouts, Bandera cornbread, roasted root vegetables with thyme
    T: Pizza
    F: Christmas ham, deep-fried turkey, party potatoes (cheesy potato casserole with green onion), sweet potato casserole with pecans and brown sugar, cream-braised brussel sprouts, shoepeg corn, dinner rolls.
    S: Leftovers!

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    My husband is off this week but I’m still working, so he and my six-year old will do the bulk of the cooking. It’ll be a nice Christmas break!

    Sunday – Pork tenderloin with honeyed butter
    Roasted sweet potatoes
    Salad with dijon dressing

    Monday – Christmas potluck

    Tuesday – Tacos

    Wednesday – Grilled chicken, grilled romaine, wild rice

    Thursday – Japanese soup, curry beef stir fry, rice

    Friday – homemade pizza bar

    Saturday – Chicken with orange sauce
    Haricots verts with peppers and onions
    Roasted red potatoes
    Spring mix with goat cheese
    Dinner rolls

  23. Monday: crispy honey-ginger chicken
    Tuesday: biscuits and gravy
    Wednesday: leftovers
    Thursday-Sunday: out of town for Christmas

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    Su- Pork tacos, rice & beans
    Mo- Spaghetti & garlic bread
    Tu- Leftovers
    We- Not sure, some kind of football food. Watching the Las Vegas Bowl—Go Boise State Broncos!!!
    Th- Seafood Chowder & biscuits
    Fr- eat out (doing lots of prep for Christmas dinner)
    Sa- Christmas Dinner:
    Baked Ham
    Scalloped Potatoes
    Baked Beans
    Green Beans
    Veggie tray
    Apple pie
    Pecan pie

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    Everyone has lots of fun meals this week! It seems like such a long menu list this week since Christmas is on Saturday, and we usually improvise that meal. Looking forward to it, though!

    Sunday – smashed chickpea salad (Smitten Kitchen)
    Monday – freezer spaghetti sauce and a veggie
    Tuesday – sweet and sour stir-fry
    Wednesday – out after we pick up a few stocking stuffers
    Thursday – our Christmas dinner of ham, eagerly awaited and sinful scalloped potatoes, and Brussels sprouts
    Friday – appetizers of cheese and crackers like things, deviled eggs and sugar (in the form of truffles and cookies)
    Saturday – family brunch and my Aunt Donna’s bean soup for the two of us for dinner

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    Anne L

    Monday – Two Bean Soup with Kale and Goat Cheese Biscuits
    Tuesday – Raw Tuscan Salad with Ham and Cheese Panini
    Wednesday – Black Bean Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries
    Thursday – Goat Cheese Pizza and Salad
    Friday – Potluck
    Saturday – Christmas Dinner
    Sunday – Leftovers

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    Sunday-fried chicken & mashed potatoes
    Wednesday-sausage & cabbage
    Friday-Chrismas Eve! Delicious food all day!
    Saturday-Christmas Day! Rinse & repeat from Friday.

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    Happy Holidays!

    Sunday: Christmas dinner in San Diego
    Monday: maple glazed salmon with potatoes and balsamic roasted beets and carrots.
    Tuesday: sausage panzanella salad
    Wednesday: Tex-Mex pork over rice with quesadillas.
    Thursday: chicken and chickpea soup with cornbread.
    Friday: Christmas eve dinner
    Saturday: Christmas dinner Newport Beach
    Dessert: gingerbread souffles and coconut layer cake

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    This week’s schedule is so crazy, but I love it! My husband will be home from Thursday through Monday which means I will also have to come up with lunch as well as dinner most of those days. So far I have the following figured out:
    Monday: chili
    Tuesday: we were supposed to have dinner with friends but they had to cancel, I am thinking about stealing your nacho idea Jane. =)
    Wednesday: veggy stir fry
    Thursday: frozen lasagna
    Friday: out for our typical family Christmas Eve dinner
    Saturday: a day of grazing at the inlaws
    I hope everyone has a joyous holiday!

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    Only home for part of the week, so low on groceries therefore…
    Lemon Waffles with blueberry and cream sauce
    Cheese steak sandwiches with sweet potato fries
    Leftover Black bean Sweet potato chili (

    Then off to Toronto where all meal planning is up to my mother-in-law!
    Have a blessed Christmas everyone!

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    Yikes, so late in the week! I swear, it’s Sunday somewhere, right?

    Moving continues, which means dinner on the fly this week

    Mon- Take out
    Tue- Pizza
    Wed- Take out
    Thr- Holiday Market food (LAST minute shopping)
    Fri- Posole and salad, my mom’s New Mexico Christmas Eve tradition
    Sat- The honey’s parents: don’t know the exact menu but there’ll be a roast or ham, potatoes, casseroles, breads, veggies and wine galore
    Sun- Leftovers!

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    So funny that your family always did the Swedish Christmas Eve dinner, too! We’ve adapted over the years to the smaller numbers of people, but at one time, my great-grandparents would squeeze 150 people into their little farmhouse for a smorgasbord. Now it’s just me, hubby, our kids, my folks, my sister, and maybe an assorted friend or two. We’ll do the meatballs, pickled herring, my great-grandmother’s crispy potato pancakes, smoked salmon, potato sausage, beet salad, hardtack, limpa bread, fruktsoppa….I’m hungry just thinking about it!

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