Monday, December 24, 2007

Menu Plan Monday - Christmas Eve Edition!!


I'm so thrilled that Christmas is finally here and that our family is able to be together for this special time. Since it's just the four of us this year (for the first time in forever!) and it will probably be just us for a while due to our move, I started thinking about what kind of traditions I'd like our family to have of our own.

For Christmas eve, we always go to the candlelight service at church. This year, Daniel will be playing a shepherd in the nativity pageant, so we are especially looking forward to it. The candlelight service is one of the most special times of the year to me. It is just so significant how one light, representing the light of Christ, soon spreads and brings light and joy to the entire congregation. Let this be a reminder to all of us to be bearers of Christ's light to the world.

Another tradition I've been establishing is that I always give my kids a new game on Christmas Eve. Then, after dinner, we can play together before bed. This year, the game I've chosen is Apples to Apples. We played this with our small group a few months ago and had such a great time! I really think my kids will be thrilled to get it.

Here's our menu for the week. Since we are counting down the days until Hubby leaves, there are a couple of no-cooking days that we'll probably go out - WHOO-HOO!!

Fondue with beef, shrimp and chicken, served with a selection of dipping sauces
Chocolate fondue with marshmallows, apple, pineapple, pound cake

Cinnamon and Orange Rolls for breakfast
Roast turkey breast, Sausage, Apple and Cranberry Stuffing, caramelized onion mashed potatoes, corn, broccoli salad, devilled eggs, dinner rolls, birthday cake for Jesus as dessert

Grilled chicken, dirty rice and chopped salad
Sausage and Shrimp Gumbo served over rice

Friday – I think we’ll go out to celebrate Hubby’s last day of work

Saturday – Hubby and I have a date to go out one last time before he leaves; I’d like to go to Gloria Estafan’s restaurant, Bongo’s.

– Some friends are hosting a goodbye party for Hubby (well, for all of us, even though it’s just Hubby leaving at this point)

Next week I'll be preparing all of Hubby's favorites so be sure to check back for those.

As always, thanks to Laura at the Organizing Junkie for hosting Menu Plan Monday!!


Vickie said...

Your menu looks great. I will be praying for you while your husband is gone. I hope your Christmas is very special this year. God bless you!

Natalie said...

That fondue sounds yummy!

Come check out my Menu Plan if you get a chance! :)

justkc said...

Your menu looks delicious. The caramelized onion mashed potatoes sound devine! Merry Christmas.

Sandra said...

Your menu looks great.

Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Hi! Merry Christmas!

The broccoli salad sounds so good right now! So does the grilled chicken w/ dirty rice and the GUMBO! Oh my, I really need to put gumbo on my menu for next week!

Blessings! Merry Christmas!



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