It’s Christmas week! Can it really be? My goodness time flies doesn’t it! I hope everyone is able to slow down and enjoy these next few days. This afternoon the kids and I snuggled up to watch a Christmas movie while I crocheted away on an afghan I’ve been working on for forever. It was so nice and I may or may not have fallen asleep for a few minutes in the middle of it :)
Do I have all my gifts wrapped? Nope. But I’m not worried about it because when your hubbie faces a job loss well there are just fewer presents to wrap. In all honesty, it’s actually quite refreshing. Most years we go way overboard and this year it’s been nice not having to fight the shopping crowds or stress whether or not we got all the kids an equal amount of gifts. Just none of that matters to us this year. What matters to me is reveling in the real reason for the season, the birth of our Savior, spending time with loved ones, relaxing by the fireplace, singing Christmas carols around the piano, playing card games with silly glasses on and maybe just maybe getting in a teeny tiny nap in the middle of the afternoon :)
I did want to do a little something special for all of you joining me here this week though. I found this latest Taste of Home publication on the grocery store shelf this week and knew it would be perfect for a Menu Plan Monday giveaway today. Anyone who enters a menu link into the Mr. Linky below before Wednesday, December 23rd at 9:00 pm will be entered to win. I will chose the winner by random draw sometime after that. Open to everyone who participates! Thank you for joining me here week after week!
My recipe highlight of last week is another super EASY appetizer recipe (it’s in the magazine above) that gets eaten up lickety split. This recipe called, Italian Dipping Sticks, requires just a few simple ingredients and tastes delicious.
This year for Christmas dinner my in-laws are preparing a rotisserie turkey and bringing it up to our home. They also volunteered to do the potatoes as well. Wow I wasn’t going to say no to that! That just leaves me in charge of the stuffing, veggies (would love some ideas on this one), buns and dessert. I think I should be able to handle that especially since I purchased a yummy apple pie from a church fundraiser :)
If you are looking for some cute Christmas menu planners to print and use be sure to check these ones out from Laura over at Heavenly Homemakers!
Here’s our menu this week…another simple one leading up to Christmas:
Monday: Appetizer party at a friend’s house…I’ll be bringing a delicious peppered cheese ball (a family favorite…I’ll post the recipe tomorrow)
Tuesday: Saucy Chicken Thighs
Wednesday: Thick & Rich Italian Spaghetti Sauce (I’ll make it in the morning and throw it into the crockpot)
Christmas Eve Thursday: Santa Pancakes! (how cute are these!)
Saturday: Next Day Turkey Soup
Simple Supper Sunday
WHAT’S ON YOUR MENU THIS WEEK?
Menu Plan Monday guidelines and banner selections are here.