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    Charmie777
    Sat Dec 15, 2012 11:24 am
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    Meredith C-ville wrote:
    Hello,

    Charmie, I hope you both have a wonderful celebration! You deserve it.

    Last week for our camera club potluck I was just going to buy something but ended up roasting cubed butternut squash with garlic and onion powders, cumin, chipotle chili powder, and S+P and olive oil. I love the smoky spicy combination with the warmth and sweetness of the squash. People even asked for the "recipe" and it was almost embarassing how simple it was. I was glad I'd made the effort.

    No parties so far this week; as with SC, just keeping things simple to keep from getting stressful. Unfortunately I have to hold off on making the gozlemes for a few more months because I am having to stay dairy-free while breastfeeding. I know there are dairy-free "yogurts" but in this recipe I suspect that the protein content of the yogurt is significant, so I think it would be too risky to sub. But I hope to try them soon.

    Sat – pasta w/jarred tomato sauce (has been on sale very cheap) and frozen fish and broccoli

    Sun – leftovers from Friday (Mexican tamale casserole type thing)

    Mon – chicken with tomatoes and peppers and olives, with nice bread

    Tue – tree trimming + dinner at inlaws, I think we will bring lemon squares using an old family recipe -- not a usual Christmas thing but DH (who VERY occasionally cooks although he always does weekend eggs for us because his are so much better than mine) has the urge to make them; I'm not going to stand in the way of that!

    Wed – North African Meatballs with carrots and polenta

    Thu – Baklava Salmon (Salmon With Honey, Butter, Walnuts, and Mustard) with broccoli and rice

    Fri – Moroccan Spiced Chicken with Almonds and Dates with bulgur and green beans

    I am also thinking of the families in CT. The pain of losing a child is something no one should have to bear; the devastation in that community is unfathomable.

    --M
    Saving the meatball recipe!!!

    I agree Meredith. Every time I think about those children and their families, I tear up.
    CheapThrills
    Sat Dec 15, 2012 6:12 pm
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    Today we ate a wonderful lunch at a bar mitzvah. Tonight we will eat a wonderful dinner at DH's company's Christmas party. #1 is out, and #2 will have chicken breast strips and probably cookies. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Tomorrow/Sunday night we go out to dinner to use a gift card, and visit the drive-through animated lights at a nearby farm. Later, there may be cookies and cocoa involved.

    I'm glad I came by here for inspiration for the coming week. Relatively calm, no major events, and comfortably cold weather that's leaning me toward stews, casseroles and other cold-weather delights. I will report back. Don't be surprised if I totally snag your dishes.

    On a personal note, I have been following this forum again this year, mostly in a quiet, non-stalker-ish, half-hearted way. Thanks for sharing your menus. I hope that I will be posting more frequently now. I have not been working for some months; there have been changes in our family (not bad ones, just adjustments); we find ourselves better off than expected. We are truly blessed and grateful to be how/what/where we are. So everyone enjoy your holidays, and have a great year ahead.
    Charmie777
    Sat Dec 15, 2012 7:20 pm
    Forum Host
    CheapThrills wrote:
    Today we ate a wonderful lunch at a bar mitzvah. Tonight we will eat a wonderful dinner at DH's company's Christmas party. #1 is out, and #2 will have chicken breast strips and probably cookies. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Tomorrow/Sunday night we go out to dinner to use a gift card, and visit the drive-through animated lights at a nearby farm. Later, there may be cookies and cocoa involved.

    I'm glad I came by here for inspiration for the coming week. Relatively calm, no major events, and comfortably cold weather that's leaning me toward stews, casseroles and other cold-weather delights. I will report back. Don't be surprised if I totally snag your dishes.

    On a personal note, I have been following this forum again this year, mostly in a quiet, non-stalker-ish, half-hearted way. Thanks for sharing your menus. I hope that I will be posting more frequently now. I have not been working for some months; there have been changes in our family (not bad ones, just adjustments); we find ourselves better off than expected. We are truly blessed and grateful to be how/what/where we are. So everyone enjoy your holidays, and have a great year ahead.
    Oh CT, I'm so glad you posted and that you still follow us!!!!!
    And snag away!
    mickeydownunder
    Sat Dec 15, 2012 8:21 pm
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    SarasotaCook wrote:
    Come on over Twinie!!


    WHOO HOO! Good luck today too icon_smile.gif icon_wink.gif icon_wink.gif
    mickeydownunder
    Sat Dec 15, 2012 8:23 pm
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    Charmie777 wrote:
    ratherbeswimmin' wrote:
    The Plan--Mon-Friday

    Monday: Easy Chicken Soft Tacos, salad, chips and hot sauce

    Tuesday: Smothered Meatballs over noodles, steamed green beans and salad

    Wednesday: Bandito Chili Dogs, salad, and White Texas Sheet Cake

    Thursday: Skillet Hopping John, steamed broccoli, steamed carrots, and salad

    Friday: Out of town game; eat out after

    Work Lunches: Senate Bean Soup w/ cornbread muffins and Chile Con Queso w/ chips

    Breakfast: scrambled eggs and Cheesy Bacon and Ham Casserole

    Snacks/Christmas goodies: Spicy Cashews, Incredible Chocolate Fudge, and Granny's Gingersnaps

    Drop off meal for friend w/ cancer: Crock Pot Taco Soup w/ corn muffins and Easy and Tasty Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches in the Crock Pot

    Prayer vigil tonight for families of Newtown, Connecticut; very sad time icon_cry.gif


    I absolutely ADORE your bean soup! Make it all the time!


    WHOO HOO I will put your soup on the list when it gets a LOT cooler here too Thank you!
    mickeydownunder
    Sat Dec 15, 2012 8:24 pm
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    Meredith C-ville wrote:
    Hello,

    Charmie, I hope you both have a wonderful celebration! You deserve it.

    Last week for our camera club potluck I was just going to buy something but ended up roasting cubed butternut squash with garlic and onion powders, cumin, chipotle chili powder, and S+P and olive oil. I love the smoky spicy combination with the warmth and sweetness of the squash. People even asked for the "recipe" and it was almost embarassing how simple it was. I was glad I'd made the effort.

    No parties so far this week; as with SC, just keeping things simple to keep from getting stressful. Unfortunately I have to hold off on making the gozlemes for a few more months because I am having to stay dairy-free while breastfeeding. I know there are dairy-free "yogurts" but in this recipe I suspect that the protein content of the yogurt is significant, so I think it would be too risky to sub. But I hope to try them soon.

    Sat – pasta w/jarred tomato sauce (has been on sale very cheap) and frozen fish and broccoli

    Sun – leftovers from Friday (Mexican tamale casserole type thing)

    Mon – chicken with tomatoes and peppers and olives, with nice bread

    Tue – tree trimming + dinner at inlaws, I think we will bring lemon squares using an old family recipe -- not a usual Christmas thing but DH (who VERY occasionally cooks although he always does weekend eggs for us because his are so much better than mine) has the urge to make them; I'm not going to stand in the way of that!

    Wed – North African Meatballs with carrots and polenta

    Thu – Baklava Salmon (Salmon With Honey, Butter, Walnuts, and Mustard) with broccoli and rice

    Fri – Moroccan Spiced Chicken with Almonds and Dates with bulgur and green beans

    I am also thinking of the families in CT. The pain of losing a child is something no one should have to bear; the devastation in that community is unfathomable.

    --M


    Your Moroccan Chicken looks divine! TRUE!
    And yes words cannot express not only losing a child, people you loved, but those children will be affected their whole lives through
    mickeydownunder
    Sat Dec 15, 2012 8:27 pm
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    CheapThrills wrote:
    Today we ate a wonderful lunch at a bar mitzvah. Tonight we will eat a wonderful dinner at DH's company's Christmas party. #1 is out, and #2 will have chicken breast strips and probably cookies. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Tomorrow/Sunday night we go out to dinner to use a gift card, and visit the drive-through animated lights at a nearby farm. Later, there may be cookies and cocoa involved.

    I'm glad I came by here for inspiration for the coming week. Relatively calm, no major events, and comfortably cold weather that's leaning me toward stews, casseroles and other cold-weather delights. I will report back. Don't be surprised if I totally snag your dishes.

    On a personal note, I have been following this forum again this year, mostly in a quiet, non-stalker-ish, half-hearted way. Thanks for sharing your menus. I hope that I will be posting more frequently now. I have not been working for some months; there have been changes in our family (not bad ones, just adjustments); we find ourselves better off than expected. We are truly blessed and grateful to be how/what/where we are. So everyone enjoy your holidays, and have a great year ahead.


    Gday and BIG thanks as it is ALWAYS good to see you and dont feel like you are being perhaps stalker-ish (love that expression as I know exactly what you mean) Here in the land down under re the internet we call them LURKERS lol

    I hope ths New year continues to bring good things to you and your family, TRUE!
    And even if you pop in to say a quick G'day (HELLO lol) we always welcome YOU! WHOO HOO!!!
    mickeydownunder
    Sun Dec 16, 2012 12:40 am
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    DH's lunch!! LOVED it! WHOO HOO!

    Hope you do too!
    Meredith C-ville
    Sun Dec 16, 2012 11:06 am
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    Looks great, Mickey. Sorry I missed out!

    Just stopping by to say that I am also making these "fruitcake cookies" with a few mods to the fruits based on prices and what looked good at the bulk food section. I am going to mail some to my sis and BIL and some to my parents, and keep some around for stop-ins and the neighbors. They smell wonderful! I made half of them in a square log (like mini fruitcake slices?) and half in a triangular log (think toblerone -- maybe like a tree shape?). Maybe one of these days I will figure out how to host and post pics.

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/fruitcake-cookies-recipe/index.html
    Charmie777
    Sun Dec 16, 2012 11:16 am
    Forum Host
    Meredith C-ville wrote:
    Looks great, Mickey. Sorry I missed out!

    Just stopping by to say that I am also making these "fruitcake cookies" with a few mods to the fruits based on prices and what looked good at the bulk food section. I am going to mail some to my sis and BIL and some to my parents, and keep some around for stop-ins and the neighbors. They smell wonderful! I made half of them in a square log (like mini fruitcake slices?) and half in a triangular log (think toblerone -- maybe like a tree shape?). Maybe one of these days I will figure out how to host and post pics.

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/fruitcake-cookies-recipe/index.html
    Yum!
    CheapThrills
    Sun Dec 16, 2012 2:30 pm
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    Back! Last week Charmie's potato soup was a big hit! Topped with bacon pieces. Mmmm.

    Okay, here's what I've planned for dinners this week. I've got a couple of new recipes to try, easy-peasy standbys, and #1's sauerkraut he learned to make from the German ladies.

    Sunday: Out to eat and to see drive-through Shepherd's Lights display. Gift card!

    Monday: Sloppy Joe Casserole (ground beef 1.29/#, sloppy mix ~.25, breadsticks .34, cheese .25), cole slaw (.60 total), corn (.34).

    Tuesday: Bratwurst Stew (just happen to have all the ingredients!) (bratwurst 1.99, vegs ~.75 total, broth .15), rolls (.89)

    Wednesday: Spaghetti (.eighty-eight) with marinara (.45), garlic rolls (free!), broccoli (.50)

    Thursday: Pork chops (1.88/#), sauerkraut (to die for, at ~1.25 for the batch), noodles ($1), green beans (.34)

    Friday: Chicken strips ($2) Parmesan (sauce .15, cheese .50), salads (.40), broccoli (.50)

    Saturday: Beef patties in gravy ($2), cole slaw (.60), home fries (potatoes .35)

    These seven menus for four will cost me about $20, including dinner out! Awesome, I'll take it. I'll continue to try to include vegs on half the plate, and limit my personal carb consumption (while having such available to the guys).

    My cookie-baking is done. The table-setting is next -- decisions, decisions!
    Charmie777
    Sun Dec 16, 2012 4:03 pm
    Forum Host
    CheapThrills wrote:
    Back! Last week Charmie's potato soup was a big hit! Topped with bacon pieces. Mmmm.

    Okay, here's what I've planned for dinners this week. I've got a couple of new recipes to try, easy-peasy standbys, and #1's sauerkraut he learned to make from the German ladies.

    Sunday: Out to eat and to see drive-through Shepherd's Lights display. Gift card!

    Monday: Sloppy Joe Casserole (ground beef 1.29/#, sloppy mix ~.25, breadsticks .34, cheese .25), cole slaw (.60 total), corn (.34).

    Tuesday: Bratwurst Stew (just happen to have all the ingredients!) (bratwurst 1.99, vegs ~.75 total, broth .15), rolls (.89)

    Wednesday: Spaghetti (.eighty-eight) with marinara (.45), garlic rolls (free!), broccoli (.50)

    Thursday: Pork chops (1.88/#), sauerkraut (to die for, at ~1.25 for the batch), noodles ($1), green beans (.34)

    Friday: Chicken strips ($2) Parmesan (sauce .15, cheese .50), salads (.40), broccoli (.50)

    Saturday: Beef patties in gravy ($2), cole slaw (.60), home fries (potatoes .35)

    These seven menus for four will cost me about $20, including dinner out! Awesome, I'll take it. I'll continue to try to include vegs on half the plate, and limit my personal carb consumption (while having such available to the guys).

    My cookie-baking is done. The table-setting is next -- decisions, decisions!
    I'm soooo glad you liked the soup! icon_smile.gif
    mickeydownunder
    Sun Dec 16, 2012 7:03 pm
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    Meredith C-ville wrote:
    Looks great, Mickey. Sorry I missed out!

    Just stopping by to say that I am also making these "fruitcake cookies" with a few mods to the fruits based on prices and what looked good at the bulk food section. I am going to mail some to my sis and BIL and some to my parents, and keep some around for stop-ins and the neighbors. They smell wonderful! I made half of them in a square log (like mini fruitcake slices?) and half in a triangular log (think toblerone -- maybe like a tree shape?). Maybe one of these days I will figure out how to host and post pics.

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/fruitcake-cookies-recipe/index.html


    Gday and YUM YUM YUM!!!

    If you would like I can help you as it really is simple and easy to do and I don't do anything re hosting

    Just take the photo with my camera, take SD card and put it into the computer

    I have PICASA (free software) downloaded

    CLICK

    IMPORT photos...then download

    I click on them ....Save some to my hard drive to send to friends

    IF I want to get fancier and crop and edit, I have GOOGLE PHOTOS and it does everything by itself

    Trust me If I can do it, ANYONE can WHOO HOO!
    mickeydownunder
    Sun Dec 16, 2012 7:05 pm
    Food.com Groupie
    CheapThrills wrote:
    Back! Last week Charmie's potato soup was a big hit! Topped with bacon pieces. Mmmm.

    Okay, here's what I've planned for dinners this week. I've got a couple of new recipes to try, easy-peasy standbys, and #1's sauerkraut he learned to make from the German ladies.

    Sunday: Out to eat and to see drive-through Shepherd's Lights display. Gift card!

    Monday: Sloppy Joe Casserole (ground beef 1.29/#, sloppy mix ~.25, breadsticks .34, cheese .25), cole slaw (.60 total), corn (.34).

    Tuesday: Bratwurst Stew (just happen to have all the ingredients!) (bratwurst 1.99, vegs ~.75 total, broth .15), rolls (.89)

    Wednesday: Spaghetti (.eighty-eight) with marinara (.45), garlic rolls (free!), broccoli (.50)

    Thursday: Pork chops (1.88/#), sauerkraut (to die for, at ~1.25 for the batch), noodles ($1), green beans (.34)

    Friday: Chicken strips ($2) Parmesan (sauce .15, cheese .50), salads (.40), broccoli (.50)

    Saturday: Beef patties in gravy ($2), cole slaw (.60), home fries (potatoes .35)

    These seven menus for four will cost me about $20, including dinner out! Awesome, I'll take it. I'll continue to try to include vegs on half the plate, and limit my personal carb consumption (while having such available to the guys).

    My cookie-baking is done. The table-setting is next -- decisions, decisions!


    Well done!!! Congrats!!! ENJOY and thanks for sharing

    WHOO HOO!
    mickeydownunder
    Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:47 pm
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    Was difficult to photograph

    was VERY yummy according to FANG who S-C-O-F-F-E-D the lot too! lol

    And looks forward to having it again too! icon_smile.gif

    WHOO HOO!

    http://www.food.com/recipe/authentic-meat-loaf-375576
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