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Menu Plan Monday ~ Nov 3rd + giveaway

Updated to add: The winner of the MPM giveaway is Mamma D of FairyBread. Congratulations!!

Hello everyone!  I’m coming to you today from the eastern coast sitting in a comfy chair at my mommy’s house!  I made it here without incident and my son traveled so well, praise God.  So, as I’m sure you can understand, I’m not planning a menu myself this week but I do have much to share with you today starting with the Chicken Soup with Tortellini and Cheese recipe I made last week.  It was so delicious!  If you are looking for a fast and easy recipe it was yummy, yummy, yummy!

Last week I was emailing with Amy from Mom’s Toolbox and we were talking about freezer meals.  She wants to prepare some meals now to put away for the upcoming busy Christmas season to make life a little easier.  As this is something I’ve not done a lot of myself I’m interested in learning more as is Amy.  I’m guessing there are probably others interested as well.  So I’m thinking what I’d like to do is compile a list of links that explain a little bit more about how to go about it with maybe some great freezer meal recipes included.  If you have something like that on your site and would like to be included in my link fest could you please send me an email with the link and put “freezer meals” in the subject line for me.  That would be great, thanks!

Next up I have to tell you all about For the Love of Pie.  If you are interested in pie recipes or in learning more about making pie then you are in for a FREE treat.  Since I have always been too scared to venture into pie making from scratch I was thrilled to get my hands on this resource.  My blogging friend Laura from Heavenly Homemakers has compiled a fantastic ebook called For the Love of Pie, filled with 31 tried and true pie recipes, and is giving it away for FREE!  Be sure to head on over and download a copy for yourself.

Finally because my last giveaway was so much fun, I’m holding another one today just for you faithful menu planners.  It’s my way of saying thank you to you for coming around here week after week and joining me in such an important household task.  It makes it so much more fun to have company and I really do appreciate each and every one of you.   One lucky participant is going to receive a Little Lily and Card Cubby set from Lily On the Fly!

This most excellent menu planning resource has recently combined forces with the Card Cubby company, both of which I’ve mentioned around here before.  It’s a great partnership designed to help you organize a weekly food plan AND your coupons all in one place.  I also think this would make a great gift.  If you are interested in purchasing a set, Lily On the Fly is also offering a coupon code just for my readers.  Enter OrgJunkie4Lily at checkout and get 20% off your order.  The code is good through to the end of December.

To be eligible to win one set today all you have to do is link up to your Menu Plan Monday post below as usual by Tuesday at 12:00 noon EST and I’ll draw a winner by random shortly after.  Good luck!

Whew told you we had a lot to talk about today…lol.  Have a great week everyone, I know I will :)


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89 Responses to “Menu Plan Monday ~ Nov 3rd + giveaway”
  1. 1

    Thanks for the recipe review, always helpful! I love the giveaway.

  2. 2
    Connie says:

    Have a wonderful week!

  3. 3

    Hi Laura,
    I’m having a houseful for Christmas and have done exactly what you describe. Here are a few links that might interest you.
    It took me about 3 days total, but the meals are prepared and in the freezer for 14 days!

  4. 4
    Ashley says:

    Have a great week! Happy menu planning!

  5. 5

    With baby no.5 due after Christmas I will be very interested in the freezer food. I am hoping to build up stocks to make things easier when the baby comes.

  6. 6
    Pamela says:

    Have a wonderful time at your Mom’s house, I hope the weather is good to you!

    The giveaway looks cute!

  7. 7

    Hope you have a wonderful time away with your mom!!

    Thanks for posting about my Pie Ebook! I’ll be sending you a great freezer meal. Well, I’ll send you a LINK for a great freezer meal. I’m not sure I should UPS a casserole to Canada. :)

  8. 8

    I hope you have a great time with your mom. I love freezer meals and I am glad Amy from Mom’s Tool Box (my sil) is planning ahead. I know how busy she gets during the holidays!

  9. 9
    Tammy W says:

    WOW!! That set looks amazing! How special you are doing that for us faithfuls!

  10. 10
    Naomi says:

    Another fun week! Lots of great recipes ladies!

  11. 11
    Kyle Suzanne says:

    Thanks for the give away and I’ll for sure get my pie download. What a great idea before the holidays!
    Mrs McVay

  12. 12
    Debra says:

    Thanks for getting me in the menu plan mood and for hosting great giveaways!

  13. 13
    Da-Niel says:

    Yeah! Another week of menu planning completed! Looking forward to everyone else’s menus!

  14. 14
    Angela says:

    How nice for you not to have to plan this week! Sorry about my double linking. I thought I had erased the old linky link, but I guess not. Grrrr….

    I have a bunch of freezer links. I’ll get that together for you tomorrow. Have a GREAT week!

  15. 15

    I love everything to do with organizing. The menu cards look great. I enjoyed reading the articles. Doylene

  16. 16

    What are you people doing up at this ungodly hour? I have stayed up until 10:30 PM Pacific time (on Sunday) and apparently it is Monday where you live. But what is it – 2 AM????

    And how on earth can I be link 126 at 10:30PM on SUNDAY.

    I zink I might be mizzing zometing. Do you have this all automated? Am I missing a very cool widget or something? :)

  17. 17

    Oooo…I love giveaways…I simply LOVE this site!

  18. 18

    Is it just me? I can’t see the Mr Linky…

  19. 19

    Anyway, here is my link if anyone wants to have a read

    BTW< like Cathy, I’m also curious – what time do you post this thing, Laura? Do you set it to publish at a specific time every week, or what?

    I’ve also wondered are ladies all across America waiting until 3am to post their links???

  20. 20
    Ally says:

    Always love giveaways and anything organized makes me even more happy.

  21. 21
    savvysuzie says:

    Thanks for the recipe! Hope you have a great visit :) I actually did a post on Once a month/freezer cooking a while back with some reference links – feel free to use anything you find helpful!

  22. 22
    Denise says:

    Enjoy the visit with your mom and thanks for doing another great giveaway!

  23. 23
    Shan says:

    Great giveaway! Have a great week!

  24. 24
    Colleen says:

    Even when I don’t get my MP posted, I always find lots of inspiration here. Thanks for all your work!

  25. 25
    jen says:

    I’m so glad you made it home…how nice to be with mom. I know you look forward to this nice trip.
    I would be interested in looking at the freezer recipes and learning more about it too. I dont know anything about it…I can freeze a chicken pot pie…but that is normally it…it would be nice to pull something out fast and thaw and heat up or even just throw into the oven…keep us posted and enjoy your visit.

  26. 26
    SheilaG says:

    I love your giveaways! And I love the opportunity to have to plan my menu by Monday. It gets me so organized!


    Visit To Love, Honor and Vacuum today!

  27. 27
    Denise says:

    You know, I have never left a comment. Don’t know how I missed that instruction lol. Thanks for your site!

  28. 28
    Jennifer says:

    I’m back! This week’s menu was hard to plan. I am tired and unmotivated, but I feel better now that I have done it!.

  29. 29

    I am trying to get back on the Menu Planning Wagon. Thanks for the giveaway. It looks great!

  30. 30
    Sara says:

    This is my first time posting a Menu Plan. I am hoping this will help me become more organized. It is crazy around here with 2 baby twin girls and a 6 year old. Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. 31
    Andrea in MO says:

    Giveaway looks great!! More organizing is what I need!! :)

  32. 32
    Melissa says:

    Have a great time with your mom! Thanks for the chance to win and the info on the pie book.

  33. 33
    BQkimmy says:

    Funny! I was just searching for tips on freezing foods a couple of days ago. I want to start doing that but couldn’t find any good tips at all. Can’t wait to read what you come up with.

  34. 34
    Susan says:

    Please enter me in you give away. Thank you.

  35. 35
    Amanda says:

    OOhh!! I am working on a blog posting about making meals to freeze. There is a group of moms I’m in that do this once a month, and then we have 15 main courses ready to pull out of the freezer! I LOVE IT! So, I’ll get on the ball with that this week:)

  36. 36
    Jennifer says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your site! It has helped my family tremendously. It’s not just that the menu planning has helped kept me sane (well as sane as you can be with 3 boys aged 8, 4, & 2) but it has helped us financially. THANK YOU!!!

  37. 37
    kat says:

    I hope you have a great visit with your mom!

  38. 38
    Cindy says:

    I need to be better like you in planning my meals but I tend to do it on the spur of the moment. I love this site and have gained so many new ideas for organizing and have gotten some wonderful recipes from it. Do you mind if I put a link on my blog to you in a post? I wanted to let people know more ways to organize. I’ll be doing the post in a week or so. Thanks in advance if this is okay! Cindy

  39. 39
    Steph says:

    What a great idea rounding up freezer meals!
    Have a great week!

  40. 40

    Have such a great time with your family! Glad your little guys did well on the trip.

    Freezer meal info would be helpful. I have a few that I know I can always make, but sometimes it’s nice to get new ideas, or tips on how to make the meals turn out better, etc. It definitely is a good time of year to have just a few extra meals put aside!

  41. 41
    Angie says:

    Hope you’re having a good time! Thanks for the chance to enter the cool giveaway.

    Our oven/stove went kaput last night so we will rely on grill and microwave this week. Fun!

  42. 42
    Pippajo says:

    I have a (mostly) cheap and (mostly) low-carb menu planned this week. We’ll see how it goes! Lucky you, not having to plan one this week!

  43. 43
    Sweetpeas says:

    hmmm . . . I’m not seeing the Mr linky, is my computer wonky? In any event, my Menu Plan is here:

  44. 44
    Heather says:

    What a wonderful giveaway!

  45. 45
    Amy says:

    I just have a simple menu, but hey it works right?

  46. 46
    mom_of2boys says:

    I’m always looking for new freezer recipes!! What a great giveaway!

  47. 47

    AWESOME giveaway! I totally need it! ;-) Thanks so much for the contest!


  48. 48
    Bug says:

    Love this site, and love the giveaways!!

  49. 49
    Amanda says:

    Have fun in the east. I hope it warms up for you.

  50. 50
    Elaine H says:

    I’ve posted my menu and entered the link. I got my copy of the ebook for pies and would love to win the give-a-way as well. That looks to be a great tool to use.

    Have a great day everyone.

  51. 51
    Rita says:

    I’m excited about participating with Menu Plan Mondays. The giveaway is a nice idea!

  52. 52
    Susie says:

    Thanks for all you do. Have a good with with your Mom. Mine just left for Florida and I miss her already!

  53. 53
    Betsey says:

    Thanks Laura for having this! I have been posting my MPM’s but not linking… I finally did it !! I enjoy this on your site every week -thank you!!

  54. 54
    Betty says:

    This is my first attempt. I hope I did it right. Thanks Betty

  55. 55
    Betty says:

    I’ll try again. This is my first attempt I hope it works.Thanks Betty

  56. 56
    Lara T. says:

    Thats so nice of you to take time away from family to host mpm.

  57. 57
    tif says:

    That’s great! I always have trouble deciding what’s for dinner that week. I mae my husband pick 2 things, my daughter pic 2 things, and then we have leftovers the rest of the week!!! Come on over to my site and check out my plan!

  58. 58
    Scatteredmom says:

    I have LOADS of recipes over on my site, and many are freezable! :)

    You may want to note that I actually have two blogs: Notes From the Cookie Jar ( is more about writing, but it’s sister site Recipes from the Cookie Jar is ALL food. I moved my MPM there. :)

  59. 59
    The Roost says:

    I hope and pray you have a wonderful time on your visit!:)

  60. 60

    I haven’t done this for a while but i was all planned out so I figured I’d link up.
    Hope you’re having a good visit with your mom :-)
    Love the idea of the freezer meals, it’s not something I do but with a baby on the way it’s something I need to look into even if it’s just for those first few weeks.

  61. 61

    Have a great week! My menu is posted.

  62. 62
    Donetta says:

    My My you have grown girl. Remember back when it was just a handful of us.

  63. 63
    Jennifer says:

    This is my first time to try Menu Plan Monday. Hope I did it right. Thanks for doing the giveaway! I’ve also added your blog to my reader. Great blog!

  64. 64
    Dee says:

    So glad to have finally joined the menu group! I love this site and I love organizing!


  65. 65

    love your site! heres my menu for this week

    joyful homemaker

  66. 66

    So excited about this giveaway! Thanks!

  67. 67
    Martha says:

    My menu plan is finally up!


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