Menu Plan: Eight is Great!

 

 

Every single year it staggers me.

 

As of tomorrow, I will have two eight-year-olds. Never mind that about a foot of height separates the two of them; less than eleven months went by between the birth of my first two children. What an amazingly blessed, though rough, year 2005 turned out to be.

 

I try to plan this Christmas week menu pretty early just because, as you well know, there’s a lot going on. Everyone is busy this time of year and throwing a birthday in the mix just adds a little extra challenge.

 

But we’ve had practice! So, in case you’re interested, here’s the plan for what we’ll be eating.

 

 

Here’s the plan:

 

Sunday:

Breakfast– Cereal, Apples, Milk (for the littles, before 7:30AM Mass)

Brunch– Denver Skillets (ham, green pepper, onion, egg, cheese, & fried potato– oh, and hot sauce)

D– a taco skillet thing I threw together with mini pasta, cheddar, taco sauce, and some ground organic chicken I scored for a buck a pound– I KNOW!!!! I bought ten pounds.

 

Monday: 

 

B–Cheerios, Yogurt, Apple Juice (keeping it real low-key and simple today– the kids are off school and rising at varied times)

D–Beans & Franks (no beans for the hubby– he can’t STAND the things)

 

 

Tuesday: — HAPPY BIRTHDAY, C!!! (And Merry Christmas Eve, too!)

B–Pancakes, Sausage Links, Grapes (<– bday girl request)

L– Mac & Cheese, Purple Jello (<– again, bday girl request)

D–Italian feast at my sister’s house; I’ll take the bread.

 

 

Wednesday: 

B–Breakfast arrives in stockings on Christmas morning!– individual cereal cups, clementines, juice boxes

Brunch– Cinnamon Rolls, Scrambled Eggs w/ Cheese, Fruit (<– we have this EVERY Christmas)

D–Shrimp Enchiladas (I realize that’s not a traditional Christmas dinner, but there are a few reasons for it:

  • 1) it can be made ahead
  • 2) everyone loves it
  • 3) shrimp makes it kind of fancy
  • 4) rice and tortillas help stretch the pricey ingredient
  • 5) most importantly, it’s C’s pick and, let’s face it, she didn’t get to pick Christmas Eve, i.e. her birthday,  dinner)

 

 

Thursday: 

B–PB Honey Oatmeal, Bananas, Milk

D–Ranch-y Cheesy Beans & Rice (date night!)

 

Friday:

B–Chocolate Wineberry Smoothies, Toast

D–Not home! C’s friend party is this night, and we’ll be at a bowling alley. Pizza and hot dogs are the fare they offer. I’ll be baking a Cinderella cake.

 

Saturday:

 

B–Fried Potato Skillets, Grapefruit (What can I say? Potatoes are cheap this time of year. Grapefruit, too.)

L–Sandwiches, Oranges, Pretzels

D–It’s C’s family party!!! — Penne & Cheese, Sausage Pizza, (cooked) Carrots, Potato Chips, Fruit, Lemon Cake <– again, all C’s choices

 

 

 

And that’ll do it! Whew! Lots of stuff going on, but it should be a fun one.

 

What are you eating this week? 

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