menu plan monday ~ november 13, 2017

We had a busy four-day weekend. My sister was here for the entire time, helping with Christmas prep. A friend came over on Saturday and put in hours of help with decorating Christmas trees and hanging snowflakes. She brought two of her helpful kids along to carry and tote and help as they could for an hour or so. Older Son and his wife were here all day Saturday, as well. And, of course, DH, who helps in so many ways. My grateful thanks to all of you!

The staircase, before the bows were added.

The staircase banister just needs the bows.

Out the kitchen windows…autumn outside…winter snowflakes inside…

Out the kitchen window.

The grands were here Thursday through Monday. We celebrated their tenth birthday!

tenth birthday!

Snow White did some decorating of her own. She used a piece of garland and some duct tape to make a tree. Then she decorated it with ornaments from the surrounding boxes and used pipe cleaners to make a star for the top!

My granddaughter fixed up her own little tree, using garland and ornaments she found.

She also gave me an award!

My granddaughter gave me an award.

The next few weeks will be busy. We are prepping for our annual Christmas Open House, which will be Sunday, December 3. There is still a lot of work to be done. We have six small trees to decorate and the two largest ones are not yet decorated. I am still putting lights on the “glass” tree. It has to be entirely redone. It had quite a few nonworking lights strings this year. I decided to start fresh with all new lights. A huge job, but it will look better when I’m done. If I had to give up all my trees but one, I would keep the glass tree.

Here is a picture of DH decorating the top of the glass tree last year.

glass tree

The front hall is packed with boxes and there are storage containers all over the house. Just part of the process. When it’s done, we will have all of December to relax and enjoy it.

For now, here is the menu for this week. I hope your menu is in place. Planning ahead makes mealtime much more simple than it is without a menu!

BBQ Baked Pork Steaks
Cauliflower and Broccoli with Cheese
Garden Salad

Fridge Food

Cheesy Burgers
Garden Salad
Dill Pickle Spears

Alton Brown’s Pot Roast A family favorite!
Cauliflower and Broccoli Casserole

Chef Salad

Beef Stew

Roasted Lemon Chicken with Veggies
Garden Salad
Steamed Green Beans



  1. MaryAnn Dorf
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    Glass tree is also my favorite!

  2. Posted November 26, 2017 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    The glass tree is absolutely amazing. I don’t think I have noticed it before, but I don’t know how I could have missed such a beautiful tree.

  3. Posted November 27, 2017 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Lucy! It’s my favorite tree of all the ones we put up each year. And it is by far the favorite of most of the company we get during the holidays. 🙂

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