Menu Plan Monday - Menu for the Week of December 15, 2013

I've been trying some new recipes - yum!  So many good recipes out there!   I'm so glad that I have so many options for wonderful food for my family and the opportunity to find recipes for us to try and enjoy (or eliminate depending on the recipe!).

We have company coming for a whole month starting on Wednesday this week and we are SO excited.  My parents are braving the cold and joining us for Christmas, New Year's and John's 40th Birthday.  I can't believe John is turning 40 - and just around the corner too!  We're hoping his parents can come visit for that too. We'll see. 

Anyway, we did some stock up shopping this last week and a quick run to Sam's Club the week before to get some things that we were low on - spices for Christmas baking, bread flour, canned diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and a few other things.  We stayed within out budget and were very happy with the holiday grocery deals the last few weeks.  I picked up a turkey for 59-cents/pound and a couple of whole roasting chicken for 98-cents/pound.  We also bought oranges and grapefruit at 89-cents/pound.  My refrigerator, freezer and pantry are full to overflowing right now with everything we had and everything we bought!  We are planning on doing a challenge in part of January and February after our company leaves.  Partly to see how long we can eat from our stockpile and partly to use up what we have.

Here's what we're eating this week:

Sunday, December 15:
  Breakfast: Leftover Coffee Cake, Bananas
  Lunch: Apples and Peanut Butter, Cut Veggies
  Snack (After Piano Recital): Christmas Cookies at the Reception
  Dinner:  Butternut Squash Soup, Irish Soda Bread, Orange Wedges

Monday, December 16:
   Breakfast: Oatmeal Muffins and Bananas
   Lunch: Hot Lunch for Children, Leftovers for Adults
   Snack: Yogurt
   Dinner: Fish Tacos, Orange and Grapefruit Wedges

Tuesday, December 17:
   Breakfast: Oatmeal with Pecans and Craisins
   Lunch: Leftovers for Adults, Hot Lunch for Children
   Snack: Yogurt
   Dinner: Tossed Salad with Chicken, Mandarin Oranges and Craisins

Wednesday, December 18:
   Breakfast: Chai Spiced Oatmeal
   Lunch: Leftovers for Adults, Hot Lunch for Children
   Snack: Yogurt
   Dinner: Chicken Wild Rice Soup, Homemade French Bread, Orange and Grapefruit Wedges
   Dessert: Cookies and Bars after the Christmas Program at the Reception

Thursday, December 19:
   Breakfast: Pancakes with Peach Jam and Pecans
   Lunch: Leftover Chicken Wild Rice Soup and Bread
   Snack: Yogurt
   Dinner: Split Pea Soup, Homemade French Bread, Orange Wedges

Friday, December 20:
   Breakfast: Oatmeal with Pecans and Craisins
   Lunch: Leftover Split Pea Soup and Bread
   Snack: Yogurt
   Dinner: Cracker Backed Chicken, Baked Squash, Tossed Salad, Fruit Salad

Saturday, December 21:
   Breakfast:  Waffles with Pecans and Peach Jam
   Lunch: Leftover Soup, Bread and Oranges
   Snack: Christmas Cookies
   Dinner: Out after a play (my parents will treat us to this as part of our Christmas gift)
What are you eating this week?


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