8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas: Plan your Food

I think this will be a fun week in the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas series!  It’s all about food! Specifically, we’re going to plan our holiday menus.  You’ll want to think about:

  • Christmas dinner
  • Christmas brunch
  • Christmas eve
  • Boxing day

And well, any meal surrounding Christmas day.  My planning is quite simple.  My parents cook our Christmas brunch and dinner so all I have to do is bring the cheesecake and some baking!

For inspiration, I highly recommend taking a look through Pinterest.

While you’re planning out your dishes, be sure to start adding items to a grocery list.  You don’t want to forget anything!

To help you out, you’ll want to check out the Christmas dinner planner and grocery list that are available in the Holiday Planner, here.

Also be sure to print off the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas checklists to make sure you’re on track for the final week’s until Christmas day!

What will be on your holiday menu?  Leave it in the comments! Any food traditions you have to uphold?  How do you keep on budget?

Sign up for the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas newsletter to receive a FREE Christmas Dinner Checklist!  This checklist is quite detailed and will help you remember all the details needed for a memory filled dinner with family and friends. You’ll also receive a weekly email with each week’s “task”.

Here are the posts in the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas series so far:

8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas

This Week’s Menu Plan: November 14 – 20

This week's menu plan from Simply Frugal

This week’s Menu Plan: November 14 – 20, 2016:

Breakfasts:

  • Eggs and toast
  • Peanut butter toast and apples
  • Waffles/cereal

Lunches:

  • Leftovers
  • Quesadillas and beans
  • Grilled Cheese sandwiches

Dinner:

Once again, I’d love to know what you’ve got planned for your meals this week. Let me know in the comment section below!

This Week’s Menu Plan: November 7 – 13, 2016

This week's menu plan from Simply Frugal

Well, the verdict is in. Not having a menu plan means we don’t eat “proper” meals around here. I was feeling so drained last week that I was pulling random things out of the freezer and fridge and calling it good. While I don’t think we ate terribly, it could have been so much better if I had taken the time to plan a menu. Lesson learned…again. 🙂

 

Here’s the plan for November 7 – 13, 2016:

Breakfasts:

  • Eggs and toast
  • Peanut butter toast and apples
  • Waffles/cereal

Lunches:

  • Leftovers
  • Quesadillas and beans
  • Grilled Cheese sandwiches

Dinner:

What’s on your menu this week? Let us know in the comments!

This Week’s Menu Plan: October 24 – 30, 2016

This week's menu plan from Simply Frugal

Have you guys tried the Click & Collect from Superstore? I’ve been having fun trying it out the last couple of weeks and I absolutely love it! Such a time saver. And money saver too, I might add, since I’m not picking up random things that I ‘need’ each time! I’m definitely sold on the service.

This week I’m doing something a bit different for dinners. I came across the My FreezEasy Make One, Freeze One Challenge, so I signed up! You get to choose one free meal plan. I chose the Traditional plan. The idea is to make one dinner and double it to add one to the freezer. But I’m only going to make one to eat each night.

Here’s the plan for October 24 – 30, 2016:

Breakfasts:

  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut butter toast and apples
  • Waffles/cereal

Lunches:

  • Leftovers
  • Soup
  • Grilled Cheese sandwiches

Dinner:

I’m doing the My FreezEasy Make One, Freeze One Challenge for four meals. My husband requested Pesto Chicken Stuffed Shells.

What’s on your menu this week? Let us know in the comments!

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This Week’s Menu Plan: October 17 – 23

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What a blur last week was! I had no menu planned and we ate out entirely too often. Sometimes, life throws some things at you that requires cutting yourself some slack so the important things get taken care of. We were fed, not the most nutritious meals, but the important things got taken care of.

I’m feeling a bit more like I can tackle this week after my mini blogging break, especially since I have a menu planned! However, some things may get pushed off the list because we may have to do some hospital visits due to our situation last week. (Extended family health emergency.)

Here’s the plan for October 17 – 23, 2016:

Breakfasts:

  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut butter toast and apples
  • Waffles/cereal

Lunches:

  • Leftovers
  • Smoothies
  • Grilled Cheese sandwiches

Dinner:

MondayChicken in Basil Sauce
Tuesday: Tacos
WednesdayHam, mashed potatoes, veggies
Thursday: Chicken Pot Pie (freezer meal)
Friday: Hamburger Soup
Saturday: Leftovers
Sunday: Dinner at parents

What’s on your menu this week? Let us know in the comments!

This Week’s Menu Plan: October 3 – 9

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Well, sickness hit our household which threw off most of my plans for dinner. Somehow, I managed to escape the sickness, but I’ve been busy tending to everyone else! However, looking at the list, I did make the spaghetti, Hashay and Sausage & Potato bake. Not too bad I guess.

This week I’ve got a pretty easy week for dinners because of Thanksgiving (read: I’m spoiled 😉 ) We’ve got dinner taken care of us for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I’m in charge of making dessert so I’m bringing my mini pumpkin cheesecakes.

Here’s the plan for October 3 – 9, 2016:

Breakfasts:

  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut butter toast and apples
  • Waffles/cereal

Lunches:

  • Leftovers
  • Smoothies
  • Egg salad sandwiches

Dinner:

MondayPeanut Chicken Pasta
Tuesday: Oatmeal Pancakes, bacon
Wednesday: Stirfry
Thursday: Meatballs, mashed potatoes, veggies
Friday: Weiner roast with family
Saturday: Thanksgiving dinner with family
Sunday: Thanksgiving dinner at parents

What’s on your menu this week? Let us know in the comments!

This Week’s Menu Plan: September 26 – October 2

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I’m happy to report that last week all of the meals I had planned got made! Now that’s progress! How did you do? Did you try any new recipes that were a hit?

Here’s the plan for September 26 – October 2, 2016:

Breakfasts:

  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut butter toast and apples
  • Waffles/cereal

Lunches:

  • Leftovers
  • Smoothies
  • Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese

Dinner:

Monday: Spaghetti
Tuesday: Oatmeal Pancakes, bacon
Wednesday: Hashay
Thursday: Sausage & Potato Bake
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Snack Party plate
Sunday: Dinner at my parents

What’s on your menu this week? Let up know in the comments!

This Week’s Menu Plan: September 19 – 25

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You guys, I bombed last week’s menu plan. I think the only thing that got made from the list was tacos and that wasn’t even the recipe I linked to last week! (I found some precooked taco meat in the freezer, yay!) Other than that, we ordered Domino’s pizza, I made a bourbon chicken in the slow cooker, we had a “snack party” plate another night and the rest must have been leftovers.

At least we were fed, right? Ha!

 

Since most of the meals never got made last week, I’m just going to roll them over to this week. 😉

Here’s the plan for September 19 – 25, 2016:

Breakfasts:

  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut butter toast and apples
  • Waffles

Lunches:

  • Leftovers
  • Smoothies
  • Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese

Dinner:

MondayOatmeal Pancakes, bacon
Tuesday: Cool Ranch Shredded Chicken Tacos 
Wednesday: Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies
ThursdayFettuccine Alfredo, carrots
FridayBalsamic Beef Roast, mashed potatoes, veggies
Saturday: Out for our anniversary (yes, we didn’t even do this last week!)
Sunday: Dinner at my parents

What’s on your menu this week? Let up know in the comments!

This Week’s Menu Plan: September 12 – 18

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Well that was a whirl wind week! How about yours? My daughter started back to preschool and she’s now taking a ballet class once a week. Nothing out of the ordinary but I guess I did get used to having a more laid back summer! This coming week will be pretty much the same with school, dance and my husband’s last soccer game of the season. (I’m realizing that I may need to carve out a wee bit of time for something I would enjoy doing! We’ll see.)

Since I’m still learning how to juggle a newish baby, getting my daughter places, new routines and whatnot, I’m planning simple meals this week.

Here’s the plan for September 5 – 11, 2016:

Breakfasts:

  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut butter toast and apples
  • Waffles

Lunches:

  • Leftovers
  • Smoothies
  • Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese

Dinner:

MondayBalsamic Beef Roast, mashed potatoes, veggies
Tuesday: Cool Ranch Shredded Chicken Tacos 
Wednesday: Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies
ThursdayFettuccine Alfredo, carrots
FridayOatmeal Pancakes, bacon
Saturday: Out for our anniversary
Sunday: Dinner at my parents

This Week’s Menu Plan: September 5 – 11

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How on earth did we hit the end of summer vacation already? It just zipped by! We’re enjoying the long weekend by just spending time together and hitting up a nearby fair. It was the first time my oldest daughter has been and she had a blast!

Also, soup weather has hit! That makes me sort of giddy, because I love soup! There will be a couple of soups on the menu because of that fact. 🙂

Here’s the plan for September 5 – 11, 2016:

Breakfasts:

  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut butter toast and apples
  • Waffles

Lunches:

  • Leftovers
  • Smoothies
  • Grilled Cheese

Dinner:

Monday: Dinner at my parents (because we missed yesterday)
TuesdayZuppa Toscana
Wednesday: Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies
Thursday: Potato Soup (from Good Cheap Eats Dinner in 30 Minutes), buns
Friday: Pizza (either this dough recipe or on Pita bread with pepperoni or ham)
Saturday: Cool Ranch Shredded Chicken Tacos 
Sunday: Dinner at my parents