Monthly Menu Plan – December

Summer flowers from butterfly bush

Summer flowers from butterfly bush

Wow, I can’t believe it’s the last month of 2009.  This has been an amazing year of growth for me.  I’ve met so many wonderful people through blogging.  This wonderful community continues to grow and I continue to learn.  I have a goal that every day should include fun and I learn something new.  Some days the two are the same and others, well you know.

As we make our way through this last month I hope you will take time to reflect on this year and make plans for the coming year.  I’m not talking about a few New Year’s Resolutions.  I’m talking about really taking some quiet time to think about how you would like to see your year play out.  You can write down your ideas, cut out pictures and paste them onto a Treasure Map, or even just make a little list.  Everyone has their own way of planning but I can tell you something that I’m certain of.  If you don’t take the time to evaluate what you’ve done and plan out how you would like things to go, you will spin your wheels repeating the same mistakes and not even realizing what made something really work.  Make a bold statement this coming year and then write it down.

More on ideas how to do this later in the month.  Also coming later this month some new and exciting additions that I’ve been working on.  Sorry, you’ll have to wait for the details on these until later this month too.

This is my last monthly menu plan for 2009.  I’ve made one each month and looking back I can say it has made a huge difference.  I’ve done a much better job of getting dinner on the table.  I’ve saved us tons of money.  Enough to take a really nice vacation for our family of four.  It also gave me a great way to make sure our family had balanced meals throughout the week and stuck to the rotation diet.

I will definitely keep up this new habit.  My goal for 2010 with my menu is to continue to save money, mix up the meals, eat from the freezer and notice if I keep making the same thing too often.

December will also be a month of celebrations.  My birthday and the release of the Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince DVD 8th, Hanukkah 12-19th  , Christmas 25th, Kwanzaa 26-Jan 1, and New Year’s Eve 31st.  Of course we’ll throw in a few more things to celebrate like date night, end of the semester, winter break and our office being closed for vacation.  What will you be celebrating this month?

Reminder that this week’s Secret Ingredient for Friday Foodie Fix is pecans. Can’t wait to share my truffles with you!

1- Lemon Sole, broccoli, red quinoa

2- Steak, fries, salad

3- Fried Chicken for Brad

4- Turkey Vegetable Soup

5- Turducken Burgers

6- Beef and Noodles

7- Hash with sausage and peppers

8- Birthday Dinner- Seafood Kabobs wrapped in bacon, mini crab cakes, salad, Chocolate frogs, popcorn, maybe even a cake.

9- Chicken Taquitos, refried beans and rice

10- Chorizo and Potato Frittata

11- Beef Brisket Soup

12- Pizzas including Zaatar

13- Book Party

14- Turkey Tacos

15- Burgers with potatoes

16- Broiled Mahi Mahi

17- Pasta with vegetables

18- Dinner out at Pazo

19- Dinner out at Black Olive

20- Freezer Finds

21- Roasted Pork Loin with  baked apples

22- Whole Roasted Spatchcock Chicken, roasted root vegetables

23- Ostrich Steaks, green beans, quinoa

24- Veal Shoulder Roast

25- Risotto

26- Winter Fire Roasted Tomato Soup and sandwiches

27- Italian Calzones

28- Shrimp and black beans

29- Veal Scaloppini, grilled onions and asparagus

30- Pasta with lamb ragu

31- Chateaubriand  stuffed with lobster tail, Italian green beans, salad and champagne.

3 Responses to Monthly Menu Plan – December

  1. gfe-gluten free easi December 1, 2009 at 5:00 am #

    You know you make all of us want to be a part of your family … just so we can eat these meals! LOL I especially want to be there with you on New Year's Eve … ;-)

    Shirley

    • Diane December 3, 2009 at 5:26 pm #

      Shirley- Happy to feed more but New Year's Eve is just for my sweetie?

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