Menu Plan Monday ~ Dec 8th

Hello!  Today we went trekking through the bush for our annual Christmas tree hunt.  Pine is our favorite kind.  We found a great looking one that I think might only need a little creative hole filling 🙂  Afterwards I was able to pop into Wal*mart to pick up something I’ve had my eye on for awhile because it finally went on sale!  I don’t know how many of you noticed but I haven’t been using my slow cooker nearly as much as I use too.  That’s because the one we had was just getting a little too small for this family of five.  Today I was able to pick up a 7 quart Crockpot for $30.00 plus it came with a little dipper crockpot as well which will be really handy for keeping things like dips and chocolate warm.  Yippee!!!


I don’t need any of that fancy schmancy programmable stuff.  I’m just a simple gal….low, high and warm work just fine for me.   Check out the difference in size:


So of course this week I’m looking forward to giving it a go and hopefully I won’t have any problems.  I’m sure it will take a little while to get the temperature times down pat again but I’m okay with that.

My girlfriend sent me this link with plenty of slow cooker recipes to choose from and of course Sandra’s got a whole slew of them here on Delicious from the Slow Cooking Thursday carnival she runs each week.  Also Stephanie from A Year of Crockpotting has close to a years worth of recipes up on her site now.

So let’s get to it shall we?  Have a great week everyone!!

Monday: Burritos

Tuesday: Kathy’s Delicious Whole Slow Cooker Chicken

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Salsa Roast Beef (just doesn’t get any easier than that!)

Thursday: Smarter Fettuccini Alfredo using leftover chicken

Friday: Asian Peanut Beef & Noodles using leftover roast

Saturday: Fondue!

Simple Supper Sunday


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64 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ Dec 8th

  1. 1
    Anhelpmeet says

    Drat! I double posted……didn’t refresh. I’m sorry about that…..

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    Michelle says

    Hi Laura the Asian Peanut Beef Noodles sounds so good..Well I’m lying all the recipes sound so good..

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    Joy @ Five J's says

    Ooooh! I love chicken alfredo. I’m going to have to try that recipe — and soon!

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    $5 Dinner Mom says

    Yeah for a new crockpot! Happy Crockpotting!


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    kiy says

    Love that new crockpot! I also love all the links to the CP sites. I had Stephanie’s but not the others. Awesome, thank you. 🙂


    P.S. Oops, your menu plan looks great. All those yummy CP recipes. What a fab way to cook during the busy holiday season.

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    lindanuts says

    threw me off to see the Dec. 15 date–thought maybe I missed a week somewhere…Thinking maybe you might be anxious for Christmas……

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    Tracy says

    Have a blessed week. Crockpot cooking is my favorite just have to get a new crockpot, hopefully it will be one of my Christmas gifts. Good cooking.

  8. 8
    Laura says

    LOL yep looks like I missed a week somehow. All fixed now 🙂

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    Ginger says

    Fondue! Yummmy! I bet my boys might like to try that soon. Love your new crockpot! This is my first MPM on my brand new blog and I’m so excited to be a part of it! 🙂

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    MemeGRL says

    Hey, enjoy that crockpot! I have a newish one myself and have found it cooks somewhat unevenly–one side much hotter than the other–so check for that too! Easily fixed by stirring halfway with most of what I make but something to look out for. Happy slow cooking!

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    Joelen says

    I need to use my crockpot more – thanks for the inspiration!

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    Krisi says

    Menu looks so yummy – have to get that crockpot out more often! Good luck on the temperature adjustments!

  13. 13
    Rosario says

    Hi Laura! I’m so glad I found you. Thanks for showing me that THERE’S A WAY….

  14. 14
    n*stitches says

    Excellent menu! Love that crockpot!

  15. 15
    Susan says

    I always appreciate crockpot recipes – thanks! And thanks also for doing MPM!

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    SavvySuzie says

    That crockpot is huge! I love Stephanie’s site, but I’ll have to check out the other links too – I would be lost withotu my crockpot.

    Great use of leftovers in your menu too!

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    Denise says

    I NEED a 7 qt crockpot, what a GREAT price!!! I’ll have to check out slow cooking Thursday, the crockpot is my best friend.

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    Steph @ Problem Solvin Mom says

    We LOVE fondue, how fun! Are you making your own, and if so, what recipe do you like best? Everything sounds delish, have a yummy week!

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    NSBMOM says

    Thanks for reminding me to get out my crockpot!!

  20. 20
    SheilaG says

    I absolutely love my crockpot! I seem to have more time to cook in the mornings, so if I can get the meal on then, then right before dinner I have time to do errands, go to the gym, or whatever!

    Today I’ve posted on my method to teach teens to cook! Come and check it out!

    Visit To Love, Honor and Vacuum today!

  21. 21
    Jill says

    I made the Smarter Fett. Alfredo a couple of weeks back! The family LOVED it! I added chicken and also some steamed broccoli – yum!

    Have a great week!

  22. 22
    Rona says

    I had our crockpot working yesterday. My husband loved the Chinese Dumpling Soup.
    Lots of veggies!

  23. 23
    Kris Van Allen says

    Congrats on the Crockpot! That’s the size we have too, and with 3 teenagers it’s a godsend.

    Here’s a great recipe for you:

    Slow Cooker Pot Roast

    1 chuck roast/pot roast (5-6#), can be frozen solid!
    1 package Lipton onion soup mix
    1 1/3 cup water
    2 cans cream of mushroom soup

    put roast in crockpot
    mix everything else, pour over roast
    cook on high 4 hrs, or low for 8.

    I use a 3# roast, and estimate half of the rest of the recipe. The gravy it makes is amazing, too!

  24. 24
    Angie says

    Our week is short as we head off to Jamaica. Fun!

    The Asian Peanut Beef & Noodles sounds really good. Will have to try that sometime.

    Have a great few weeks.

  25. 25
    Kalisha says

    Menu looks great!

    Wow, that is a size difference in your crockpots! I think the one I have now is about the size of your old one…

    Well, my 20 mo old is yelling for me to come rescue her from her crib–and so my day starts!

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    Rita says

    My crockpot is my lifesaver. It is 30 years old, West Bend, and one that is really a stockpot that you put on a heating base. I’ve used it faithfully these many years and love it.

    Thanks for hosting Menu Plan Mondays!

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    Nicole says

    It’s all lookin’ pretty yummy!! 🙂

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    Lilbear says

    This is my first time for MPM, and it looks like fun! I love my crockpot, too!

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    jsprik says

    yummy, i like to use my crock pot, too!! looks like a good week!! take care!!!

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    Elizabeth says

    I LOVE my Crock Pot! I am using it 3 times this week! Have a blessed day ladies!

  31. 31
    Angela says

    Woo! I’m on your menu! It works with chicken, too, by the way. So, so easy… I’ve had a brush with fame! How cool is that?

    Have fun with your crock. I am in love with mine…

  32. 32
    crockpot lady says

    congratulations on your score! yay for new crockpots! 🙂

  33. 33
    Mistress says

    We have an easy week this week. I almost feel silly posting but its hard when my hubby is not home.

  34. 34
    Charlene says

    I have three crockpots, a regular sized one and two of the big ones. It does take longer to cook most things in the bigger crockpots, I think because the heating element is farther from the center of the food. Sure is handy when you have a lot to cook, though!

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    Lori L. says

    I was JUST thinking about busting out the crock-pot when I read your post. Divine intervention. That chicken dish sounds delicious for my first crock-pot meal in a while.

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    Cathy | GF says

    Thanks for hosting again! In real life I do up my menus every TWO weeks, so I gave up separating them (cause I kept missing week 2 anyway) and put both weeks in today’s post. 🙂

    So glad to have gotten this done!

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    Susanne says

    Congratulations on the new member of your family! I’m sure you’ll have many happy meals. :v)

    I love my larger crockpot and I also love the oval shape. Fits oblong roasts and whole chickens wonderfully.

  38. 38
    Moranda says

    This is my first menu planning monday and I am so excited about it!! Thanks!!

  39. 39
    Stacey says

    Very cool! I really want a new bigger crock pot, too. Thanks for sharing and hosting this menu planning. 🙂

  40. 40
    Gina says

    Thanks! This is fun and I enjoy seeing other peoples menu ideas.

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    Guidemom says

    I love the freezer and slower cooker plans for December. I am storing up food now.

  42. 42
    Ellen says

    Love your site!

  43. 44
    Patricia says

    This is my first time here, but I’ve menu planned for years and love it! Thanks for all your organizing tips!!

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    Trish says

    Thanks for adding the crockpot recipe links!


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