Meal Plan: Christmas to 2011 Edition

Food is fun this time of year, wouldn’t you say? While we’ll be enjoying simple suppers and slow cooker meals a great deal, I also have special meals and appetizers we enjoy this time of year. I’ll follow the daily plan similar to last year’s meal plan to 2010.
Cooking fun: Of course, the best time for cooking fun is at Christmas! It was this time last year that Nana gave the children the Cook Box. We will be doing all or most of this:
Reindeer Mix
Southern Living Two Step Pound Cake
Sugar Cookies
Sunbutter® Cookies + kisses
Microwave Fudge
Hot Chocolate Mix, Gourmet

Cookies, our favorite Whole Wheat Oatmeal Flax

Christmas Eve – we have something simple like Pimento Cheese by Mama Ann. Before bed, I prep the Egg Casserole so I can just stick it in the oven after I turn the coffee pot on (casserole bubbles while coffee brews). Grits go in the crock pot. See Simple Christmas Morning Breakfast.

Christmas Day – baked egg casserole, crock pot grits, cinnamon rolls from the tube, turkey bacon. It’s how I am able to avoid the kitchen and enjoy the early morning with my family.

Christmas Night – Yumbos by my brother, Chip, a tradition started last year. I bake a Southern Living Two Step Pound Cake or may do a Chocolate Chip Cake.
New Years Eve – since there is usually football plus all the New Years festivities to watch, we have a supper of appetizers. We’ll enjoy some sort of fun activity with the children like a game night by the fire. Plus a sampling from this list:
• The glory dip
Mexican roll ups

Garlic Dip Appetizer
Velveeta Rotel Dip

Beans – using the crock pot
New Years Day – New Year’s traditional lunch – black-eyed peas, greens, cornbread, Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese. Maybe Spinach & Artichokes En Casserole.

Sunday dinners: Crock Pot Spinach Lasagna from Menus for Moms and Crock Pot King Ranch Chicken by Southern Living
Lunches: ideas from Back to basics: The Lunch Lady – a short, easy lunch solution
And at the start of the year, I’ll likely do another eat from the pantry and meal plan.
*all Hodgepodge meals prepared with care due to our Trials and Triumphs with allergies
*make a Christmas Tree in Snow with Nana’s free tutorial

What are your favorites to serve this time of year?

About Hodgepodgemom

Tricia faces a daily dose of chaos homeschooling five children – preschoolers to high schoolers. The biggest lesson she’s learned? At the end of the day – when the dishes are put away and the children are tucked in bed – truly what matters is each child’s relationship with the Lord. Raising children is a God-given privilege and, folks, the time is short.

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