Happy Menu Plan Monday! How is your December going? Hopefully well; mine is enjoyable so far. My piano recital/party was Saturday, and 15 of the 17 students were able to attend.
I really enjoy this each year. The kids have a lot of fun with it, too. They each play 2 pieces, then we have games, and then refreshments. This year, a friend who is marvelous at playing by ear played for the kids while they enjoyed refreshments.
Speaking of refreshments, you can see the spread at the top. I got most ideas from pinterest. My daughter and her friend, a piano student who spent the night, helped with several items, including this Christmas “tree” made of cheese cubes and grapes. Not hard, and fun —
Christmas Bark is always easy and popular — I just put crumbled Oreos, Christmas M&M’s, and pretzel sticks onto a pan and pour melted white candy melts over it, then sprinkle with more M&M’s and sprinkles. Refrigerate until hard and then break into pieces.
Probably closest to a “Pinterest Fail” were these Chocolate Covered Strawberry Christmas Tree cookies.
We tried dipping the strawberries into melted candy melts, but we learned that the candy dried/hardened fast. I kept re-heating it, but each time its texture deteriorated a bit more and … Well, soon it was like trying to stick play dough onto a damp strawberry, and the “trees” were looking more like aliens. I’m not sure they tasted too great either, as I saw several making their way into the trash. Oh well, live and learn.
So, it’s on to a new week. All three of my girls have finals. Best wishes to them, and to all of your kids facing end-of-semester tests as well! Here’s the menu plan:
Monday: Parmesan Crusted Bruschetta Chicken — really good
Tuesday: Calico Beans — good meatless entree
Wednesday: Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole — easy, and made in the crock pot
Thursday: Wendy’s Chili — because surely these unseasonably warm temperatures have got to end soon …
Friday: Beef and Bean Taco Casserole — clipped from a magazine and made before — good.
What is new in your world this week?
More menu ideas at OrgJunkie’s.