Menu Plan Monday ~ November 24/14

Menu Plan Monday for the week of November 24/14

Hi friends and welcome to another Menu Plan Monday.  It’s a big one too for my US friends with Thanksgiving coming up.  Happy Thanksgiving to all of you there.  Enjoy!

Thanksgiving Menu Planning Resources:

If you are looking for a few last minute resources check these out.

thanksgiving free printables

Free Thanksgiving Printables


Cute Thanksgiving Day Menu Planner

Plan to Eat Black Friday Weekend Sale:

I want to be sure to let you know about the annual Plan to Eat 50% off sale coming up this week.  They only do this once a year and it’s a great deal.  For those of you who don’t know what Plan to Eat is, it’s a menu planning and recipe subscription service that assists you with your daily menu planning.  It gives you the freedom of selecting your own recipes and then stores and organizes them permanently for you all in one place.  Plan to Eat allows you to easily import recipes from popular recipe websites which is what I love best about it, no having to worry about inputting recipes by hand (although you can if you want to enter old family recipes). Then all you need to do is drag and drop them into your menu planning calendar each week, print off your calendar if you chose AND as well print off a complete shopping list based on your chosen recipes.  It’s absolutely brilliant and organized, I highly recommend it!

Click on the graphic below to find out more!

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

Have a great week y’all!!

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday:  Sausage, Apple and Carrot Hash

Tuesday:  Garlic Roast Chicken with Rosemary and Lemon served with Oven Roasted Vegetables

Wednesday:  Herb Rubbed Pork Chops served with spinach salad

Thursday:  Leftover buffet

Friday:  Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast

Saturday:  Homemade Pizza

Sunday:  YOYO (you’re on your own!)


Menu Plan Guidelines, banner selections and recipe helpers are here.

More family favorite recipes here.

Don’t forget to join the growing Menu Plan Monday Facebook Page!!

One of my favorite menu planning resources:

  Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat


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Washi Tape Stemware Labels

The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home.

A few weeks ago I admitted one of my hostessing faux pas and how I made an organized drink station to solve the problem. Today I’ll share a quick-fix for yet another entertaining oversight I’ve made in the past.

Use washi tape and a marker for stemware labels this holiday season - such a simple idea!

Recently we had a large group of friends over for dinner. The party extended past dinner into games and fun conversation. With so many couples and continued activity, it didn’t take long until I began hearing, “which glass is mine?” Everyone’s stemware looked the same and I completely forgot to order some type of labels before the party.

My first thought was, I must remember to buy special wine glass charms for our next get-together but that didn’t solve the immediate problem. Then, the light bulb went on – why not use washi tape?!! I love this stuff and use it all the time.

Washi Tape Stemware Labels:

Love using washi tape for holiday labels.

It worked like a charm, figuratively & literally, on every style of glass that had a stem. I just cut a short piece and wrote a name down for each guest’s glass. At first I taped it to the side of the glass… honestly, that didn’t work too great because of the condensation. It’s better to stick the label on the stem itself (see below).

Label wine glasses with washi tape... so simple!

Personally, I thought it worked the best when placed directly on the base, like you see below. It’s the most obvious place to see the name and the easiest place to apply the tag.

Use this easy idea for stemware labels at the next get together!

Rather than purchasing pricey charms or specialized labels, I now use an inexpensive roll of washi tape every time we host friends. It lasts a really long time, it’s a fraction of the cost (less than a penny per label), and it adds unexpected festivity. How simple is it to match your washi according to the season or party style?!! It looks thoughtful and personalized without going to any extra trouble.

She labels stemware with washi tape for holiday parties.

You can pre-label the glasses or simply leave the whole roll alongside a permanent marker for guests to write their own names.

Washi tape works on any stemware piece for drink labels!

I especial love when organizing ideas are simple enough for adults and children to use.

Even kids can label their own drinks using festive washi tape, how simple!

Drink labels for the kids table using fun washi tape

In case you’re wondering, the washi tape removes easily and doesn’t leave a sticky residue afterwards.

Washi Tape Stemware Labels

Of course, you can get really imaginative with different colors or styles. I kept it simple but would LOVE to hear if you have any tips on using washi tape for creative drink labels; share in the comments below!


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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

oatmeal chocolate chip muffins mm

The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Melanie at Melanie Makes. One of the things that I love to have on hand for a quick breakfast, especially amid the holiday chaos, are muffins.  There’s something about a fresh from the oven muffin that is just hard to resist!  Muffins are also my usual […]

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5 Simple Strategies for Being on Time

5 Simple Strategies for Being on Time

So last week I accidentally blew up my Facebook page.  I shared a link from a fellow I don’t even know who wrote an article on how people who are constantly late are selfish and rude.  Well people took umbrage to such a statement and oh the defending of the lateness that ensued.  Now I […]

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Menu Plan Monday ~ Nov 17/14


Hi friends, thank you so much for all your support and encouragement on last week’s post when I shared my recent diagnoses with you regarding my autoimmune disease.  I was so scared to share it for some reason but you all made my day and gave me a real boost of confidence in knowing that […]

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5 1-Minute Ways to Make Your Home Smell Fresh!

5 1-Minute Ways to Make Your Home Smell Fresh

The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Sharon at Mom of 6. With less than six weeks until Christmas, things are about to get crazy around here! (And by “here” I mean “here, there, and everywhere!”) During the holiday season as we all attempt to juggle so many things, sometimes our homes aren’t […]

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3 Steps to an Organized Thanksgiving Feast

3 Steps to an Organized Thanksgiving Feast

The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Emily at So Damn Domestic. If you’re in the United States, and if you have managed to block out the early Christmas hype, you’re probably starting to think about Thanksgiving. And your Thanksgiving feast. Maybe you’ve even ordered or purchased your turkey already, or you’ve revived […]

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Menu Plan Monday ~ Nov 10/14


Hi everyone, I hope you are excited about planning your weekly menu.  Hopefully by now you’ve realized how life changing it can be.  I am so thankful to have a weekly menu plan each week but no more so than in the last couple of months. You see I’ve recently been diagnosed with the autoimmune […]

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Dear Mothers…When Organization Seems Impossible

Dear Mothers... When Organization Seems Impossible

The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. This week my husband and I received some of the worst information a young couple expects to hear. We were told by a specialized physician that although both of us are completely “normal” and physiologically capable of having children, we will […]

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How to Create a Gift-Giving Battle Plan


The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Kalyn at Creative Savings. Why do we make shopping for Christmas gifts such a pain-staking and difficult process? Is it the pressure? The prices? The stress of adding yet one more thing to our already massive to-do lists and jam-packed calendar? The thing is, gift-giving is […]

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