menu plan monday ~ december 13, 2010

The month of December is flying by! How are your Christmas plans coming along? I’m always so glad to have the house decorated by the time we host our annual open house the first Sunday of December. That gives us all of December to enjoy it. We tend to decorate every nook and cranny, so there is always something to look at.

tiny nativity

dining room chandelier

sledding boys

We have two events scheduled for this week. Thursday evening will be the fourth year we have hosted a house concert by Nathan Clark George and his friends, Mark Stofell and Ross Sermons.

The second event is a dinner party for the local library. In February, each year, the library hosts a charity auction. We donated a Christmas dinner for eight with a Christmas house tour of our home. That is scheduled for Saturday evening.

Baked Penne with Chicken
green salad

Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

Crock Pot Turkey
Steamed Sugar Snap Peas

Thursday / House Concert
Shrimp Dip with Triscuits
Sausage Cheese Balls (DD’s favorite, so we have to make these!)
Puff Pastry Holly Leaves
Spicy Meatballs with Cranberry Sauce Delicious!
Bacon-Cheddar Biscuit Snackers
Veggie Tray with Dip
Chex Mix
Spiced Cranberry Punch (hot punch)
Cold Cranberry Punch (This recipe makes a very refreshing punch, one that gets many rave reviews. So easy! Mix one 1-liter bottle mandarin orange flavored seltzer water with one 12-oz. can cran-raspberry concentrate. May add ice, but do not add any other water. Serves 8.)

Sloppy Joes
Homemade Buns – We’ve been making these with buttermilk. Sooo good!
Veggie Tray Leftovers

Saturday / Library Dinner
I’ll post this dinner next week. I’m still tweaking the menu, though I know it will involve a nice beef roast and possibly a chocolate peppermint cheesecake…

Cheesy Potato Sausage Soup

You’ll find more menu and recipe ideas at Menu Plan Monday.

PS – Bring your pets in…it’s cold out there! That’s what Zak thought Sunday morning when I snapped this picture of him through the kitchen window…we DID let him in, BTW. He will be spending these cold days indoors, even though he prefers to be outside.

my cat Zak


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