Monday, December 21, 2015

Menu for week of December 2lst

Monday:  (freezer meal) Meatloaf dinner (didn't get to this last week)

Tuesday:  Lovely Leftovers

Wednesday:  (freezer meal)  Italian Dump Chicken, Rice, Green Veggie or Salad

Thursday:  Taco Chili (going to my Mom and Dad's for Christmas Eve)

Friday:  Christmas Day (hubby sleeps after working nights so when he wakes up it's breakfast!)
Cinnamon Roll French Toast, Hash brown Casserole, Juice
Later that evening?  Who Knows???

Saturday:  Christmas Feast at my house:  Ham and Turkey from Honey Baked Ham, Sweet Potato Casserole, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Stuffing, Broccoli Casserole, Macaroni and Cheese  Layered Salad, Cranberry Relish, Deviled Eggs, Rolls, Stack Cake, Cheesecake, Pumpkin Pie, oh my!  No, I'm not doing all the cooking.  My Mother-in-love is providing some of this food too.  It will be so good.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

Sunday:  The most loveliest leftovers of all!

That's my week.  How about you?  Go to Organized Junkie  for menu planning inspiration.  Some recipes are below:

Cheese and Sausage Balls

8 oz. Cheddar cheese, grated
1 lb. sausage
3 c. Bisquick

Work together with hands. Roll into medium size balls and bake 20 minutes at 400 degrees until done.

Crock Pot Taco Soup

1 lb. ground beef
16 oz. kidney beans
11 oz. corn
10 oz. Rotel
taco seasoning packet
28 oz. tomatoes
small can green chilies
16 oz. pinto beans
1 small package Hidden Valley Ranch dressing

Brown beef and drain. Add all other ingredients and beef to crock pot and stir. Do not drain cans. Simmer on low 6-8 hours. Good with chips or Mexican cornbread.

Pam's Layered Salad

Chop one head of lettuce and place in glass bowl. Over this put one onion, chopped and 1 green pepper, chopped. Over this pour one can of drained peas. Over this lay sliced cooked eggs about 4 or 5. Next cover the entire surface with mayonnaise. Sprinkle grated cheese liberally over all. Top with bacos or real bacon bits. Refrigerate all day before serving.

Crunchy Sweet Potatoes
4 cups sweet potatoes, mashed (canned)
2 eggs
1 c. coconut
1 t. vanilla
1 stick margarine
½ c. sugar
½ cup milk
½ cup plain flour
1 cup nuts
1 cup brown sugar
1 stick margarine

Mix first 7 ingredients and pour into 9 inch baking pan. Mix next 3 ingredients and sprinkle over sweet potatoes. Chip butter over mixture and bake 45 minutes at 325 degrees.

Classic Broccoli Rice Casserole

2 cups instant rice
2 pkg. chopped broccoli
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 ½ sticks margarine, melted
1 small jar Cheez Whiz
1 small can French onion rings

Mix all but onion rings. Bake 350 degrees for 1 hour. During last 5-10 minutes top with onion rings.

Perfect Mashed Potatoes

2 ½ - 3 lb. medium sized all-purpose potatoes, peeled
¾ c. very hot milk
3 T butter, cut-up
¾ t. salt
1/8 t. pepper

Put potatoes in a large sauce pot or Dutch oven and cover with water. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to moderate and simmer 30-35 minutes, until potatoes are tender. Drain potatoes. Chop up fine. Add hot milk at once and mix potatoes. Stir in butter, salt and pepper. Beat vigorously with a fork or wooden spoon, then stir over moderate heat until just heated through. Makes just over 5 cups. 8-10 servings. Good with Roast Beef or Pork.

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