Hi friends! It’s the big week, are your menus ready? It always takes awhile for me to pull it all together. I like to be prepared and make as much as I can in advance so I can spend time hanging out with my guests and not in the kitchen. We have friends joining us for Christmas dinner and they’ll be wearing their pyjamas. I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this before or not but one of our very favorite Christmas traditions we do each year is we stay in our new Christmas pyjamas (usually matching) all day on Christmas and yes even for dinner. Our guests have to as well if they want to come. Our friends joined us for the first time last year and enjoyed it so much they invited themselves back again this year :) It’s absolutely the best! So relaxing and comfortable that is for sure.
I don’t actually do a lot of baking because in our house it’s all about the chips! We are all salty lovers and love our potato chips. I especially love it because those are easy to buy! I tried making peanut butter balls the other day just for something to do and the whole dipping them in chocolate was a hot mess for me. They looked awful, sheesh! I should just stick to the chips.
Oh and I told you I’d share a picture of our real tree so here it is. Like I said I’m not crazy about the warm white (blue tint) lights so I’ll be switching those out next year.
Menu Plan Monday Upcoming Date Changes:
Please note that there will be NO Menu Plan Monday next week as it is Christmas. The following week MPM will be published on Tuesday, January 2/18, a day later than normal due to the New Year holiday.
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Here’s what we’ll be eating this week.
My Weekly Menu Plan:
We keep dinner pretty simple leading up to Christmas.
Monday: Chicken Burgers and Healthy Green Smoothies
Tuesday: Italian Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner
Thursday: Leftover buffet
Saturday: Keeping it simple with store bought Swiss Chalet Chicken Pot Pie with Caesar salad and garlic bread
Sunday: Christmas Eve Appetizer Party as follows:
Mozza Sticks (store bought)
Bacon Wrapped Chestnuts
Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Meatballs
Pepper Cheese Ball served with crackers
Chip and Guacamole Bites
Big Batch Holiday Party Punch
Monday: Christmas Dinner as follows:
Garlic Rosemary Turkey
Slow Cooker Stuffing
Paleo Stuffing (I’ll make this one the day before)
Dairy-Free Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Garlic Asparagus and Mushrooms
Bread Machine Golden Honey Pan Rolls
Paleo Dinner Rolls
Whipped Shortbread Cookies & my guests are bringing a Chocolate Yule Log
Gluten, Dairy and Egg-Free Chocolate Cupcakes for my son
Paleo Apple Pie Crumb Bars for me!
Have a wonderful week everyone and Merry Christmas!!
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