Welcome to December, friends! Can you believe we are so close to Christmas now?
I feel glad that I have most of my gifts purchased. But there are many other things to prepare for this month. This week will bring a Nutcracker performance that I’m hoping to attend with daughter #2, and my Christmas piano recital/party for my students is Saturday. I really enjoy that, and I will spend the end of the week getting food ready for it. I’ll post about it next week so you can all attend vicariously.
In other news this week, I put up my birdfeeder. I was prompted by seeing a male and female cardinal couple hopping around on the patio. So pretty! Usually, it takes several days for birds to discover the feeder (I don’t leave it up in the more temperate months). But this time, within an hour or so they arrived. I even looked out once and saw an 18″ tall hawk sitting nearby! Yikes!
Here’s a look at this week’s plans:
Monday: Tuscan Chicken Soup — just tore it out of a magazine; this recipe looks similar. I like soup on cold days. Most soups are easy to make, and they’re just — cozy.
Tuesday: Meat and Cheese Lasagna — cut this out as I was clipping coupons. It just looked good — despite one daughter seeing me and commenting, “I don’t like that … gooey stuff in lasagna.” Hmmmm …
Wednesday: Italian Beef and Spinach Pie — from my “homemade cookbook” — something I’ve made for years. Yummy.
Thursday: Cheeseburger Pie — one of the kids’ favorites. It uses Bisquick, and the good news is that recently I learned that Meijer carries its own brand of Bisquick baking mix. Much cheaper and works just the same!
Friday: Tortilla Soup (a perennial, easy favorite)
16 oz. refried beans
14.5 oz. chicken broth
5 oz. chunk chicken (I usually just cook 1 chicken breast)
15.5 oz. black beans, rinsed
3/4 cup salsa
Combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 10 min.
Crumble a few tortilla chips in the bottom of each bowl.
Ladle soup over chips and sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
What Christmas events fill up your time this week? Are there any special holiday foods you like to make? You can find more menu planning ideas at OrgJunkie‘s.