Meal Plan Monday for November 28 thru December 4


Did y’all have a nice Thanksgiving? We did. I cooked all day and put out the good china and silver and we all ate til we felt like busting. It seems like a lot of work for a 30 minute mealtime but we did have leftovers for lunch and dinner through Sunday.

I have a busy week full of running around doing administrative stuff (closing accounts, legal stuff, etc.) for my mom’s estate. It sure is complicated closing out someone’s life. That didn’t sound right but you know what I mean.

Monday
Taco Salad
Tuesday
Chicken Noodle Soup
Wednesday
Pepper Steak with Rice
Thursday
Leftovers
Friday
Fast Food Friday
Saturday
Grilled Steak
Asparagus
Sunday
Shish-ka-bob

 

I’m going to give you my recipe for Chili.

1 pound lean ground beef
1 green pepper, chopped
3 large stalks celery, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 large can diced tomatoes
1 can spaghetti sauce
1 can kidney beans
1 can black beans
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon black pepper

I actually just throw all the ingredients in my crock pot and cook on low all day. Simple, huh? I occasionally stir it up and make sure the ground beef is separated. We sometimes eat this with a few tortilla chips on top, and/or shredded cheddar and sour cream.

Have y’all got your Christmas decorations up yet?

Have a great week!

Cathy

Black Friday Is Coming!

My son loves Black Friday. He and his 2 cousins have made a tradition out of camping outside big box stores on Thanksgiving night, waiting to get the great deals. They stay up all night for this and think it’s great fun.

To me, that would be agony. I know it’s not commonly heard coming from a woman, but I hate shopping. I especially hate shopping during the Christmas rush when there are lots of crowds to deal with. And I think I’d prefer a root canal over shopping on Black Friday.

What is Black Friday anyway and why do they call it that? I mean I don’t remember having Black Friday as a kid, do you? But in doing some research on it,  the day after the USA Thanksgiving has traditionally been the start of the Christmas shopping season since the 1920′s.

Black Friday didn’t officially get it’s name until sometime during the mid 1970′s. The reason why it’s called Black Friday is because retailers tend to not see any profits until the official Christmas shopping season starts so they operate in the red until the day after Thanksgiving. That day helps them to make a profit for the year, hence then they are operating in the black. Black Friday. Get it?

Anyway, I usually do about 80-90% of my holiday shopping online, and most of that is from Amazon. They have some of the best deals out there, usually come with free shipping and have just about everything you could possibly want on your list.

If you are looking for toys for the kids in your life, check out Amazon’s top toys list: Amazon’s Holiday Toy List

And to check out their Black Friday deals, click here: Shop Amazon’s Black Friday Week

If you prefer handcrafted gifts, look on Etsy.com for some awesome products. Beware it can be a time trap. I can spend hours on there looking at all the pretties.

So, do you do your holiday shopping online or in stores in your area? What is your favorite store to shop?

Hope yall are having a great Thanksgiving!

Cathy

Decorating Tips for Thanksgiving

Do you decorate for Thanksgiving? I know many of us decorate for Christmas and even for Halloween but not many decorate for Thanksgiving. Fall wreath

Thanksgiving decorating need not be extensive and elaborate. Just a few items here and there can make your home beautiful and bring in the spirit of the holiday. Some of it you can make yourself for free or very cheaply.

Indoor Decorating

Plus, it’s a nice tradition to add to the season. You may have seen the “wrapped pumpkin” I made before Halloween. If not, you can find that post here: Dress Up Your Pumpkin. This is an easy, cute project that can you can keep in your home from the beginning of Fall, until you are ready to put the Christmas decorations up (as long as you are using a fake pumpkin, a real one would get pretty yucky).

Years ago, I bought a cute little plush Pilgrim couple at a craft show. Now at the beginning of November, I set them out on the sideboard in my dining room. On Thanksgiving day, they get to sit on each side of the centerpiece on the dinner table. My kids love seeing them every year and it’s become a family tradition.

You can even make your own decorations by finding things in your neighborhood such as pretty branches, acorns and other nuts, pretty colored leaves, gourds, etc. Just arrange them in a vase or bowl, and add a ribbon in a complimentary color, and it will look as good as anything you could buy.

You know those adorable mini pumpkins and decorative gourds they sell at the grocery store every year? I always want to buy some because they are just so cute, but I never know what to do with them. Well I started to think about it and a simple way to display them would be to just arrange them on a pretty tray and fill in with colorful leaves.

One thing my parents always did, and now I do too, is to put a bowl of nuts (still in their shells) out on the coffee table with a nut cracker. It’s a decoration and a snack!

Look around your home at your current deco and think about how you can dress it up for Thanksgiving. You can add Fall leaves to things, add Fall colored ribbons to other things, you get the idea.

Outdoor Decorating

You can add a Fall wreath to your front door. I wanted to get one this year for my front door, but waited too late. I really like the one in the picture above. I do plan on getting an Autumn wreath for next Fall. In fact I’m toying with the idea of getting a wreath for every season for my front door. There is just something so warm and welcoming about a front door wreath. What go you think?

If you don’t want to go the wreath route, how about a few stalks of that pretty colored corn (I believe it’s called Indian corn) hanging from your front door?

You can also find gorgeous mums in Fall colors at Walmart, home improvement stores and even grocery stores. The ones I got were pretty inexpensive too. I put them in a pot by the front door. I am really enjoying being greeted by these pretty flowers when I come home.

I’m sure there are oodles of Thanksgiving decorating ideas out there that I haven’t even touched on. Do you decorate your home for Thanksgiving? Or even just for the Autumn season? Please leave a comment and let me know how you decorate for this time of year.

Cathy

Meal Plan Monday for November 21 thru 27


Snoopy Thanksgiving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m so excited! It’s Thanksgiving week! I just love holidays. Even though it’s extra work, it’s so worth it. I love having all my family here and specially my little granddaughter. It’s so fun seeing things through her eyes.

It will be sad not to have my mom here at the dinner table on Thanksgiving. I do miss her. She used to always send a beautiful floral arrangement the day before Thanksgiving so we could use it as a centerpiece on the dinner table. I always thought that was really sweet of her. It’s been a month now since she passed away and I figured the holidays would be the hardest time for missing her.

What are you thankful for? I am thankful for so many things. My children, my grandbaby, my sister, my friends, my dogs, my home, my business, my health and my life! The older I get, the more content I get. I realize now what a gift that life is and how precious it is. And I’m very grateful for every day I have.

How about you?

Monday
Ham and Cheesy Potatoes Casserole
Tuesday
Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Wednesday
Beef Stew
Thursday
Thanksgiving! That means:
Turkey
Ham
Gravy
Stuffing
Mashed Potatoes
Candied Yams
Green Bean Casserole
Cauliflower Casserole
Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Rolls
Pumpkin Pie
Apple Pie
Friday
Leftovers
Saturday
Leftovers
Sunday
Probably leftovers again but if there isn’t enough, I’ll make something simple like omelets or sandwiches

I am going to share with you my recipe for Cauliflower Casserole. This is a family favorite and my kids love it which is surprising considering it’s mostly cauliflower and eggs. And we call it a casserole although it’s not baked so I guess it’s not technically a casserole.

Cauliflower Casserole
1 head of fresh cauliflower
6 eggs
2-3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup flour
1 cup milk

  • Hard boil eggs and set aside to cool.
  • Steam cauliflower and cut in bite size pieces.
  • In large pot, melt butter on high and add flour to make a paste.
  • Pour in milk and using a wire whisk, stir until mixture is smooth.
  • Turn heat down to medium low and let the mixture simmer until thickened.
  • Chop the hard boiled eggs into small pieces.
  • Add the eggs and cauliflower to the flour mixture and stir to coat.
  • Salt and pepper to paste and serve.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Cathy