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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Week 361 Menu

Christmas cookie decorating has begun!

christmas cookies from @janemaynard

I’m going to try to take it as easy as possible this week with work (work schmwork!) and really enjoy this magical time with our kids, including some fun cooking!

– Breakfast for dinner: Swedish PancakesΒ (Cate’s always begging for these, so figured it would be fun to do this week)

– Chinese Take-Out, a Maynard Christmas Eve tradition!

Swedish Meatballs with boiled red potatoes and lingonberry jam (plus a little bit o’ salad)

– Leftovers

– Homemade pizza night

– Take out

– Leftovers or tomato soup or something simple

Looking forward to seeing your menus for the week, whether they are simple or filled with fancy Christmas food. All menus welcome! Happy Holidays!


  1. Merry Christmas, everyone! We’re skipping Christmas this year, sort of. We get on a flight to visit our son and his girlfriend in New Zealand on the evening of December 24 and we land, after a 13 hour flight, on the morning of December 26.

    This month for Sunday Dinner:

    December 16
    Quick Cassoulet
    Sourdough Bread (store bought)

    December 22
    Mini Meat Loaves
    Mashed Potatoes

    December 29, January 5
    Traveling to New Zealand, so no home cooking (except what our son cooks for us)

    January 12
    Pan-Fried Pork Chops with Orange Gastrique

    January 19
    Batter-fried Chicken

  2. I just finished our Christmas menu. We have 11 people at our house for a week starting Tuesday. I’m in charge of Christmas Eve/Day. I have to work at the end of the week. So, they have to come up with the rest. πŸ™‚ MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone!!!

    Sunday: Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe and roasted sweet potatoes
    Monday: Chicken kebobs on the grill and oven-fried pearl onions
    Christmas Eve: Snack-y treats after church
           Goat cheese & caramelized onion
           BBQ chicken
       Kale with Preserved Lemon
       Sausage, cracker & cheese
       Christmas Cookies
           Cocoa Balls
           Candy cane cookies
           Gingerbread wo/men
           Candy Cane Biscotti

    Christmas: We have a lot of great food planned; judging on the last couple years, I’m not planning on too many leftovers πŸ™‚
       Standing Rib Roast
       Balsamic Brussel Sprouts
       Carrot Mash with Mint and Orange
       Buche de Noel

    Thursday – Saturday: Who even knows?? We’ll have a house full of people still; Out? Leftovers (not likely)? Cook up some more great dishes? Probably a combination of all

  3. Monday: Slow Cooker Cola Beef Stew
    Tuesday: Finger Foods (Mozzarella Sticks, Potato Skins, etc)
    Wednesday: Breakfast for Dinner–PW’s Blueberry Crumb Cake and Eggs
    Thursday: Pepperoni Pizza Enchiladas from Picky Palate and Salad
    Friday: Tacos with Avocado and Tomato
    Saturday: Chili Rice and Corn
    Sunday: Left Overs

  4. 4

    5 planned meals, no specific days

    Chili, cornbread
    Pizza chicken (new recipe from PLAIN CHICKEN), veggies
    Skillet lasagna, salad
    crockpot french dip sandwiches, oven fries
    baked fried chicken, lima beans

  5. 5

    Merry Christmas to all!!

    Sunday – Ranch pork chops, jasmine rice, corn
    Monday – Soup and salad
    Tuesday – Everyone at our house for Christmas Eve after Church. Chick fil a breaded and grilled chicken, peel and eat shrimp, pierogis, coleslaw, cheese balls, buffalo chicken dip, chili cheese dip, crackers and lots of cookies
    Wednesday – Going to daughters, Ham, scallop potatoes, potato salad, green been casserole, carrot salad, lots of goodies
    Thursday – Friday – Hoping for leftovers
    Saturday – TBD

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    Naomi S.

    I love your Christmas eve tradition. Awesome!

  7. 7

    Monday – chicken sausage, apples & potatoes (It’s a one-dish recipe thing if I remember correctly. I have it pinned but haven’t made it before).
    Tuesday – We are hosting Christmas Eve for about 13 and will be having lasagna, garlic bread, corn, salad, and cheesecake for dessert.
    Wednesday – We are hosting the other side of the family and will have 16 for dinner. We’re doing a ham, cheesy potatoes, dinner rolls, corn, pistachio salad…I can’t think of what else right now but those are the main things, I guess.
    Thursday & Friday – leftovers
    Saturday – attending a wedding
    Sunday – celebrating another Christmas with the in-laws

    I’ll also have a tray of goodies out on Christmas Eve & Day. This year I made peanut butter blossoms, Oreo truffles, chocolate covered pretzel rods, cut-out sugar cookies and fudge. I’ve also really been wanting to make some mint chocolate brownies but haven’t gotten to it yet. Maybe tomorrow! My girls have really been enjoying all the baking this year. It is so fun to have them involved.

  8. 8

    We don’t celebrate Christmas…so, my menu is same ole’ same ole’!

    Mon- Red beans and rice, homemade ciabatta and salad.

    Tues- Pot of Sneaky Chili, rice. Cornbread and all the toppings. Apple pie

    Wed- Chinese takeout

    Thurs- Turkey pot pies and dinner rolls

    Fri- Homemade Pizza’s

    Sat- Stuff on the Smoker, potato salad, baked beans and corn muffins

    Sun- GUMBO….Yeah! With frechbread and bread pudding.

    Mon- White Beans and rice, salad and French bread.

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    Kim from PA

    Sun: Seafood Gratin, peas, coleslaw, crusty bread/rolls.
    Mon: Cook all day for gifts”¦.eat odds & ends & leftovers
    Tues: Christmas Eve gathering with family. I’m making cocktail meatballs.
    Wed: Christmas Dinner at my parents house
    Thu: Simple salad and maybe soup
    Fri: Eggs, toast, & fruit
    Sat: Holiday dinner with husband’s family

    Merry Christmas!

  10. 10

    Merry Christmas!

    Mon – Norwegian Christmas Foods: Lutefisk; diced bacon, mushy peas, potatoes & grated cheese & mustard; pinnekjott; potatoes, mashed swede (rutabega) & mustard
    Tues – Italian Christmas Foods: Lobster & Marscarpone Ravioli, Calamari, Baked Clams on the half shell, Antipasti, Panettone, Struffoli, Insalata, Broccoli
    Wed – American Christmas Foods: Ham, Baked Macaroni & Cheese, Sweet Potato Casserole, Buttery Crisp Green Beans, Rolls, Fruit Salad, Deviled eggs, Christmas Sugar Cookies, Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie
    Thurs – Leftovers
    Fri – Leftovers
    Sat – Leftovers
    Sun – Corn Chowder w/Ham, Rolls

    • 2wellsmade5

      That’s awesome that you have 3 separate meals with different cultures embraced! I would love for you to share some of the recipes!

    • Jane Maynard

      ditto what 2wellsmade5 said – that is amazing!!!

      also, funny that norwegians have a food called mashed swede. funny, or scary! πŸ˜‰

  11. 11

    Mon: Chicken cutlets and salad
    Tues: Chinese food and baking
    Wed: Prime rib, rolls, green been casserole, brussels sprouts with bacon, roasted carrots, mashed potatoes, fruit and dessert
    Thurs: Leftovers
    Fri: Sandwiches
    Sat: Vacation!
    Sun: Vacation!


  12. 12
    Lynn BB

    Sunday: Homemade chicken noodle soup w/ homemade bread
    Monday: Out after church
    Tuesday: Fondue with filet, shrimp, chicken, red potatoes and broccoli
    Wednesday: Prime rib, au gratin potatoes, from scratch green bean casserole (a Thanksgiving hit)
    Thursday: Strogonoff
    Friday: Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches
    Saturday: TBD

    Merry Christmas everyone!

  13. 13

    Sunday – spaghetti, salad
    Monday – milk-braised chicken in the crockpot, wild rice, broccoli
    Tuesday – tacos, chips & salsa/queso (kids’ request for Christmas Eve)
    Wednesday – Appetizers: penguin appetizers (olives, cream chees and carrots), pesto/sundried tomato dip, fruit kabobs Dinner: Ham, homemade mac ‘n cheese, cranberry salad, green bean bundles and rolls
    Thursday – leftovers
    Friday – homemade pizza
    Saturday – out

  14. 14
    Denise Nh

    S: Burger’s & oven fries
    M: Chicken carbonara pasta, salad & French rolls
    T: Friends for Xmas eve dinner. Bringing carrot cupcakes & chocolate tart
    W: Rib roast, gorgonzola potato gratin, salad & dinner rolls
    T: Chefs salad
    F: Depending on leftovers from roast, either french dip sandwiches with coleslaw or Naan piazzas as a Philly cheesesteak.
    S: TBD
    Happy Holidays, Everyone!

  15. 15

    Sat: BBQ turkey meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans
    Sun: Buffalo chicken mac n cheese, roasted broccoli & carrots
    Mon: Leftovers
    Tues: We also have a Christmas Eve tradition of Chinese take out!
    Wed: Christmas dinner at in laws
    Thurs: Honey butter pork tenderloin, brussel sprouts, salad
    Fri: Mandarin orange chicken, broccoli, brown rice

    • Jane Maynard

      long live the chinese food!

      also, honey butter pork tenderloin sounds amazing…recipe?

    • Michelle

      I used the Martha Stewart recipe online after getting the idea from someone on this site! Tasty, easy and the kids liked it.

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    Merry Christmas! Were on the road heading to mom’s for Christmas, where Santa left my 5yrold’s gift…a yorkie puppy named Odie! πŸ™‚

    Mon: McDonalds! Too busy w/ Christmas Eve prep so it my sons choice.

    Tues: Christmas Eve dinner at our home!
    Apps: brie en croute w/ pepper jelly/smoked salmon/olive tray/deviled eggs/Xmas yogurt pretzels
    Dinner: deep fried turkey/baked ham/roasted garlic mashed potatoes/turkey gravy/cranberry-jalapeño relish/roasted carrots & radishes/baked parmesan Mac n cheese/buttered corn/assorted rolls
    Dessert: lemon meringue pie/pecan pie/assorted cookies

    Wed:Christmas Dinner at mom’s
    Chili Colorado/Mexican rice/refried beans/homemade tortillas

    Th: Playing in the snow at Sequoia National Park so well eat out somewhere…probably pizza.

    F: heading back home…probably eat on the road or leftovers at home.

    Sa: ham bone soup or turkey noodle soup/rolls

    Su: Going to SD Zoo w/ friends & then back to their place for dinner & late Xmas gift exchange

  17. 17
    Jane Maynard

    thank you, small but loyal band of meal planners during the holidays! πŸ™‚

  18. 18

    Jane-I see that you have takeout chinese on Christmas Eve. When you were up in the Bay Area, where did you get your Chinese food? I”m having a bit of a tough time finding a good Chinese restaurant in the area. Our go-to is Szechuan Garden in Sunnyvale but I’d love some other recommendations.
    Happy New Year!

    • Jane Maynard

      we would get it at Jing Jing in Palo Alto – the kids loved singing “Jing Jing Bells” when we would pick it up! πŸ™‚ let me know if you ever give it a try and like it or not – we thought it was good! πŸ™‚

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