The week before Christmas, we are staying busy in addition to trying to get some things planned ahead. This year, we will have Christmas breakfast (baked oatmeal) head to church and then home for a huge meal with my parents. Christmas night we are going to have friends over for an snack/leftover festival. I like the idea of having lots of food but really don’t want to spend my entire day in the kitchen either on Christmas Eve or Christmas day, so I am trying to plan and get some preparation work done early in the week. Here is what our schedule for cooking ahead looks like so far, you will notice that I don’t have plan to do anything on Tuesday or Wednesday. The explanation for this is my work schedule, if I have extra time great but otherwise I am still prepared.
Sunday- Pull all recipes and finalize plans for food. Lunch will be Turkey and Ham, both in crockpots, squash casserole, pineapple casserole, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole and cream corn. Desert will be pumpkin and sweet potato pie. Appetizers for dinner including cheese/meat ball, veggies and dip, chips with dip and 2 types of Mexican dip.
Monday- Cut up veggies including celery and onions for all dishes. Fry sausage for breakfast on Saturday morning and Mexician Dip.
Thursday- Sweet potatoes pies and pumpkin pie. Make cheese ball
Saturday- Assemble all casseroles and get everything in crock pots to start on Sunday morning- make sugar cookies for Santa. Cook cranberry sauce.
Of course we still need to eat this week and with all the planning and work for Christmas day it will be really easy to eat out without a plan. My goal for this week is no eating out!
Breakfast– Saturday- Big Breakfast- grits, eggs, bacon and biscuits.. Sunday- choices Monday-Fruit. Tuesday- fried bologna and eggs Wednesday- choices. Thursday- Choices Friday- Choices. Saturday (Christmas Eve) Sausage croissants and hashbrown casserole. Choices include : leftovers, eggs, grits, French toast,, toast or cereal.
Lunch- Zach and Kendall have chicken and stars soup, uncrustables and homemade lunchable. They are out of school on Thursday and Friday, Zach has already requested pizza Quesada . I have salad, and leftovers.
Dinner- Saturday- Lunch- chill Dinner- cowboy beans/chilli
Sunday- Lunch- Baked Potato bar. Dinner- Chicken cresant rolls
Monday- Hamburger Helper
Wednesday- Pork Chops
Thursday- Leftovers or Sandwhiches
Friday- Pigs in a blanket and movie
Lots of food and fun scheduled for this week.