Menu Plan Monday ~ Nov 23rd


Hello everyone!  I’m sure those of you in the US celebrating Thanksgiving this week are busy getting ready for the festivities.  We celebrated last month here in Canada.  I always try to prepare almost the entire meal in advance so when the big day arrives I can relax and enjoy my guests.  My favorite make-ahead Thanksgiving recipes include:

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Slow-Cooked Sausage Dressing

Black Forest Cheesecake (I make ahead and freeze)

The only thing I’ve never tried to make ahead is the turkey but after reading this post of Amy’s, over at The Finer Things in Life, I think I’m definitely going to give it a try one of these fine holidays.

Here are a few other note worthy links this week related to food and Thanksgiving that you might like:

Easy No Roll Pie Crust ~ @ Reluctant Entertainer

Thanksgiving Crafts for the Kid’s Table ~ @ Alpha Mom

Quick and Easy Fall Centerpiece ~ @ (In)Courage

Have a great one!  I’m thankful to all of you for coming by week after week to join me here as we bless our families and our budgets with our menu plans.

I’m also thankful for my youngest son with is four years old today (Sunday).   I just can’t imagine life without him in it.  The birthday supper he asked for was hot dogs and potato chips so that’s what we had 🙂


If you haven’t entered the giveaway to win a Kraft Foods Gift Basket, it’s not too late.  The giveaway ends on Tuesday, November 24th at 9:00 pm PST.

Here’s what we’ll be eating in our house this week:

Monday: Zesty Corn Quesadillas with Spinach Salad

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Wednesday: Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken served with french fries and veggies

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: Fajitas

Saturday: Baked Pasta with Chicken Sausage

Simple Supper Sunday (leftovers, omelets, grilled cheese sandwiches or something else easy)


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29 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ Nov 23rd

  1. 1
    Myndie says

    Thanks for having menu plan Monday. I really enjoy your recipes/ideas and seeing others too.

    I love fajitas 🙂

  2. 2
    Amy @ Finer Things says

    Thanks for the mention, Laura. Let me know how your “early bird” turkey turns out at your next holiday meal. 🙂

  3. 3
    [email protected] says

    Happy Birthday to your little guy! Hot dogs and chips sounds like a winner to me!
    Thanks for hosting!

  4. 4
    Ginger says

    Thanks for hosting MPM Laura! Happy Birthday to your birthday boy!

  5. 5
    [email protected] says

    I am very jealous that Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving a month early. It totally makes more sense! The mad rush of the holidays makes one feel the stress, plus Thanksgiving is cheated out as the stores start Christmas selling early.

  6. 6
    Laura says

    You know Christine, I’d have to agree with you. We get to really enjoy each holiday to the fullest with time to recuperate between them. I definitely need that 🙂


  7. 7
    Greta says

    I’m trying your baked chicken and acorn squash recipe this week! Thanks again for hosting MPM 🙂

  8. 8
    Linds says

    I can finally join in and participate with a blog that isn’t private!

  9. 9
    Organising Queen says

    Oh, I am loving your son. How easy is he??? Send him over for a holiday (vacation!) 🙂

  10. 10
    Ramona says

    My comment doesn’t have anything to do with your current blog post. I just wanted to say congratulations for a great blog!I love it! I am also green with envy because you’re such an organized person.Maybe now that I follow your blog something will rub off in my direction.
    My best,

  11. 11
    Mom24 says

    Thank you for doing this. I LOVE it!

    Linky 105 is a mistake. If you can, could you please delete it?

  12. 12
    Lolli says

    I am so excited for Thanksgiving this week, but I had to share what we made last night (and what will be for dinner tonight, too!). It’s been too long since I’ve participated. 🙂

  13. 13
    SnoWhite says

    yummy week — the pasta recipe caught my attention right away 🙂

    While this year will be my first year making a turkey on my own, my mom typically makes the turkey ahead of time — this is because we often bring the turkey to my grandparents, and its much easier to take a pre-cooked turkey than to plan to be there early enough to actually cook it!

  14. 14
    Rebecca says

    I haven’t even thought of a Thanksgiving menu yet. We may have a couple coming over but not sure. Is it awful & unpatriotic if I just want to eat pumpkin pie and a Thanksgiving leftover loaded sandwich?

  15. 15
    Rebecca says

    Happy birthday to your son! I love your suggestions for make-ahead things for Thanksgiving; I will have to look into it next year. Some of your meal links look great!

  16. 16
    Jill says

    Hi! This is my first time joining you. Thanks for hosting Menu Plan Monday!

  17. 18
    Gudrun says

    countdown to T-Day! I love this time of year – and my son is so excited. Says Thanksgiving is his favorite holiday, because of all the food. 🙂

    Thanks for the make ahead tips, I am thankful you are thinking of us this week and trying to make our lives easier!

  18. 19
    Amy says

    Hi Laura!

    I’m so interested in your idea to do stuffing in the slow cooker. Do you think it’ll come out with any toastiness or will it be really soft? My family likes the “crunchy” bits as it bakes in a pan. We don’t stuff our bird. The fewer things in the oven though the better right?

    I’m taking a cue from you and going with an easy Sunday meal this week.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. 🙂

  19. 21
    [email protected] says

    oooohhhhhh…i’m all over the black forest cheesecake!! 🙂 great menu…

  20. 22
    purple moose says

    Hot dogs and chips, nice! Not a very time intensive meal, eh? I like the idea of doing the big turkey meal ahead of time, too. Especially if you have friends visiting. This gives you more time for visiting.

  21. 23
    [email protected] In says

    Hi There! I’ve been following you for about a month or so and I’ve really been enjoying reading the Menu Plan Monday posts. I decided to go ahead and take the plunge and link to my first Menu Plan Monday blog post this week. Thanks for hosting this! And Happy 4th Birthday to your Little Man!

  22. 24
    Becky L says

    Thanksgiving is in my mind. Make a berry crisp for dessert. My daughter is make pumpkin pie from scratch. Dad cut up pumpkin for her, she cooked down the pumpkin in oven and is experimenting with the seeds. (she’s almost 30–5 days before Christmas). Will help her with pie crust on Wed and she will bake it then.
    As for the rest of the week, I’m working on that today. Have lots of things that will go together just need to figure out what. I was gone over the weekend so I’ve not decided anything yet. 😉 Take care and happy Thankful Week to all of you!! We have so much to be grateful. God Bless!

  23. 25
    Jennifer says

    Our sons share the same birthday. Mine turned 2 yesterday! We call him our turkey since he was born on Thanksgiving day.

    Thanks for the great Thanksgiving Day ideas! I’m looking forward to this week!

  24. 26
    m says

    While I rarely eat potato chips and never eat hotdogs, you 4-year-old asking for that as his special dinner made me smile. Happy birthday to him (and you by close association 🙂

  25. 27
    Tammy says

    Thank you for this post! I am going to try the potato trick on Wednesday!
    Keep all the great ideas and tips coming! They are all very much appreciated!
    ~ Hugs ~

  26. 28
    Tamara says

    I am late but none the less it is now published on my blog. I have to say I really need this plan at this time of the year. 15 working days until the end of the school year and the summer holidays. I cant wait.

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    Krista says

    I have also found the slow cooker beef stew recipe you use to be tried and true. I’ve made it several times and it is always a hit.


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