Menu Plan Monday ~ Dec 24/12 Merry Christmas!

Update: The winner of the set of four soft cover cookbooks is #15 Charla at Healthy Home Blog.


Merry Christmas Eve everyone!!  Ready or not, it’s here!  I suspect Menu Plan Monday will be pretty quiet this week.  Might only be us die hards linking up today 🙂  I wanted to thank each and every one of you for joining me here each Monday this past year and most of all I do hope you found keeping a weekly menu helpful for you and your family.


As my way of saying thank you, I’d like to do an impromptu giveaway for those of you who link up today before 8:00 pm PST.  One lucky participant, chosen at random from the linky list below, is going to win all FOUR of these Taste of Home soft cover cookbooks!!

Taste of Home Cookbooks

This is the first year we don’t have any company coming to spend Christmas with us.  In some ways it’s nice to have so much time with just my family but other times I miss the hustle and bustle that having visitors brings.  So we are keeping things pretty low key.  We’ve got the tiniest turkey, it’s so cute…shouldn’t take long to cook it up that is for sure.  I’m looking forward to spending the whole day in my jammies relaxing!!

We had our monthly dinner club last week as well.  This month’s theme was our favorite things.  We had to bring our favorite Christmas appetizer and our favorite things for the gift exchange game.  For the gift game I brought a Taste of Home Cookie cookbook and one of my favorite bracelets.  I absolutely adore inexpensive bracelets.  It’s usually the one thing I purchase for myself whenever I travel.

Surprise Spread

My favorite appetizer is Surprise Spread.  Yummy!  It’s easy to prepare and doesn’t have to be cooked, which is of course right up my alley!! 🙂

Surprise Spread 2

Other Recipe Highlights:

On the blog last week that you might have missed:

Easy Christmas Recipes and Using Up Christmas Leftovers

Warm Spiced Fruit Dessert {Gluten Free}

Have a good one everyone!

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday:  Leftovers ~ got to make sure the fridge is cleaned out before Christmas!  We’ll be having an appetizer party later in the evening ~ I’ll be making Pepper Swiss Cheese Ball.

Tuesday:  Christmas dinner! ~ Turkey with bacon-infused gravy, Old-Fashion Dressing, Mashed Potatoes, Acorn Squash Slices, Golden Honey Pan Rolls (bread machine) and Cherry Cheesecake for dessert.

Wednesday:  Homemade turkey soup served with Bread Machine Wheat Bread

Thursday:  Breakfast for dinner ~ Banana Pancake Snowmen Pancakes

Friday:  Oven Tacos

Saturday:  Pepperoni Pizza Mac & Cheese served with spinach salad

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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30 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ Dec 24/12 Merry Christmas!

  1. 1
    Rita says

    Have a Merry Christmas!

  2. 2
    Angela says

    Beautiful pics! Merry Christmas to you and yours –

    • 3.1
      Laura says

      It’s all fixed now.

  3. 4
    Diane says

    I don’t see the linky either.

  4. 5
    April V says

    Merry Christmas!

    • 6.1
      Laura says

      Sorry about that Paula, it’s back up now.

    • 7.1
      Laura says

      Sorry Tammy, I’ve fixed it 🙂

    • 8.1
      Laura says

      Hi Heather, I’ve fixed the linky 🙂

    • 9.1
      Laura says

      Hi Janet, the linky is back up now 🙂

    • 10.1
      Laura says

      Hi Jamie, you can now link up, I’ve fixed it 🙂

  5. 11
    Miz Helen says

    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
    Miz Helen

    • 12.1
      Laura says

      Hi Diane, the linky is now back up 🙂

  6. 14
    SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen says

    Thanks for hosting, Laura! Merry Christmas to you too. I’m glad you enjoy the bacon-wrapped turkey so much to make it again 🙂 The other recipes you’ve chosen look delicious too.

  7. 15
    Angela says

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! Thank you for all the blessings you share throughout the year. You may not realize it, but you share so much and touch so many through your blog! It always brings a smile to my face. Thank you!

  8. 16
    Rona says

    I wanted to thank you for the amazing job you do. This was our year, in eating more healthy and at home. I also quit my job last December so it was important that I get a handle on our expenses. Menu planning was the key!
    I hope that you and yours has a wonderful Christmas.

  9. 17
    Wendy B says

    I just had to tell you that I read “Sunrise Spread”……which could work, I guess! At any rate, thanks for the recipe and the menu plan. That is one of my “goals” for the next year, to have a plan and try to stick to it!

  10. 18
    cheryl says

    I really enjoy your blog and could really use a menu plan! Thanks for all you do.

  11. 19
    Tami says

    Merry Christmas ???? Thank you so much for all your time & awesome ideas you display on your blog! I have learned so much from your blog! Love your site ???? Thanks for all the giveaways too! Be safe & have a blessed Christmas!

  12. 20
    Kari George says

    I’d love to have this wonderful collection!


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