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Project 365: January 6th.

One picture every day for a year…

Dinner time fun (bruises from this afternoon)!


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Christmas Prep.

I’ve been a little MIA lately. I apologize.

With it being the week before Christmas, we’ve got a lot going on. My goal is to do a little cleaning each day, and then by the end of the week, just a quick touch up vacuum/dust and by Christmas Eve morning we’ll be ready to set up the table and decorations and be having dinner by 2pm.

Oh yeah, I didn’t tell you? We’re hosting Christmas Eve dinner at our house.

Thanks to everyone pitching in, it shouldn’t be too hard.

On the menu: 

Appetizers: Crackers & cheese platter.

Dinner: Spiral cut ham, green bean casserole, green beans (plain, for anyone who doesn’t want/can’t eat the casserole), stuffed zucchini/mushrooms, homemade mashed potatoes, olives,  bread.

Dessert: brownies, christmas cookies, coffee.

And with all the help, the only thing I’m responsible for buying are the potatoes and the fixings for them (sour cream, butter), and the cream of mushroom soup/onions that will go on the beans. Everything else is being bought by someone else! But i’ll be doing most of the cooking — they’re just buying the stuff and dropping it off here. Easy enough!

So Christmas Eve will be spent here in my house. We’ll set up a table for 10, play Christmas music, eat dinner and dessert, and I’m thinking there will be lots of gifts for the baby. Unfortunately, we couldn’t really afford gifts for anyone BUT the baby, but we ARE handing out Christmas pictures of him to everyone.

Christmas Day will be a busy one, too. Wake up, just Hubby, the baby and I, and open presents. I’ll be making something for breakfast — so we’ll sit and enjoy some coffee/eggnog and breakfast before heading up to Hubby’s Dad’s house to open gifts with them. Then we’ll rush back home, get on our Christmas clothes, and head off to MY Dad’s house for dinner at 1pm. There will be minimal gifts there, just for the baby — but i’m sure we’ll have eggnog and cookies and chit chat.

I hope to spend the very end of the day at home, cuddled up with my 2 guys — in front of the Christmas tree, drinking just a LITTLE bit more eggnog.

Can you tell I like eggnog!?

But back to today. I’m hoping to continue on with my holiday traditions, and do some Christmas cookie baking today. I have a few recipes that I would like to try for the first time. If all goes well, pictures and a follow up entry will be coming soon.


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Meal Planning Monday.

I missed last week’s Meal Planning Monday due to the husband being home from work all week (NOT a good thing — he was home due to not being able to work in the weather/rain). I need to get on top of scheduling my posts ahead of time so I can make sure they get done no matter what.

Monday: Chicken Thighs, Scalloped Potatoes, & Veggies*
Tuesday: Beef stir-fry. 
Wednesday: Pork Chops & Veggies*
Thursday: Spaghetti & Meatballs. 
Friday: Something fun — maybe pizza? 
Saturday: Tuna Casserole. 
Sunday: Leftovers – if there are any. If not, something easy! 😉 

(*we always have lots of bags of frozen veggies on hand, especially during the winter when fresh fruits and vegetables are much more expensive. Usually I just grab a bag from the freezer, and whatever it happens to be, that’s what we make!)

My meals have been pretty boring lately. Maybe I’ll spend some time this week looking up some new recipes. I’d like to find some new crockpot recipes, too, for the upcoming weeks.

We just went grocery shopping, but had to do a smaller “shop” thanks to lack of funds. So meals this week may not be super exciting, but they work well enough. 😉

Also, Christmas is just around the corner. Has everyone started planning their Christmas meals? I’m starting to think about/start planning out mine this week.

That’s it for this week’s Meal Planning Monday! This hopefully will be a post that I’ll be posting every Monday! If you like the idea of Meal Planning Monday’s, link up with me in your blog — and leave me a comment if you do! If you see something that you like and would like a recipe, leave a comment, or you can find my email under the contact page.

Also, if you haven’t downloaded the meal plan yet, hop on over to this post to grab it!

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