menu plan monday ~ october 9, 2017

After a weekend of Christmas prep, I am ready to tackle the coming week. I have a new custom-order Putz church to finish, I need to continue the work of decluttering and organizing my craft room (a long-term project), and I also need to keep checking items off in my Christmas Notebook which contains my Christmas prep schedule.

My sister came this weekend and we finished the Putz tree and the Nativity tree.

Putz tree

We started on the Blue and Silver tree, but the tree developed a real lean while we were working on it. When DH took a look at it, he could tell the stand was broken. While he tried to fix it, the legs gave way and the tree fell over. Thankfully, it didn’t have much on it and the bead garland is tied to the tree, so we lost just a few ball ornaments.

Winston says, “I PROMISE! I did NOT knock this tree over!”

I promise. I did NOT knock this tree  over.

If you look closely at the tree above, you can see that the tree has silver highlights. When we bought the tree (not prelit), I spray-painted it with shiny silver paint. I didn’t try to cover it all. Just a heavy highlight. The spray paint softened the dark green and lightened the whole tree. It is perfect in the downstairs bedroom which is decorated in a blue and white cottage-style theme. After painting the tree, I had to put the lights on it. But I prefer to do that than to buy a prelit tree. They never have enough lights on them to suit me.

Saturday evening, after clouds all day (but no rain here), there was a beautiful rainbow. What a lovely treat!


Younger Son is coming home from Seattle this week for a four day visit. He will arrive Thursday, late afternoon. We will have dinner with his siblings (except for Youngest Daughter who is in college). We haven’t seen him since December last year. This year, he and his wife are going to Florida for a vacation in December, so they won’t be here for Christmas. Our DDIL doesn’t have the extra vacation days to come at this time, so it will just be Younger Son. We will miss her, but we are so looking forward to our son’s visit! I tried to plan the menu around things he likes when he’s here.

Fridge Food

Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup

Cheesy Burgers
Cauliflower and Broccoli with Cheese Sauce

Grilled Meat and Veggies
Garden Salad
Cheese and Fruit Platter

Pulled Pork
Homemade Rolls
Garden Salad
Steamed Sugar Snap Peas

BBQ Ribs
Cole Slaw
Baked Beans

Baked Ham
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Loaded Mac and Cheese
Mashed Potatoes
Garden Salad

If you haven’t tried making a weekly menu, I highly recommend it. It solves so much of the stress involved with getting meals on the table!


One Comment

  1. Emily
    Posted October 11, 2017 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    I love the tree! It’s so beautiful!!!

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