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<p>Can you believe it's already almost December?!? I figured people are probably starting to plan for December so let's get this thread started!</p>
 

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<p>I only plan for weekday dinners. On weekends dp and I just make whatever sounds good at the time :)</p>
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<p>1. Chicken Enchiladas</p>
<p>2. Meatballs</p>
<p>3. Tacos</p>
<p>6. Chicken Parmesan</p>
<p>7. Breakfast for Dinner (probably omelet with veggies, turkey bacon and waffles or pancakes)</p>
<p>8. Fajitas</p>
<p>9. No plan, out of state</p>
<p>10. No plan, out of state</p>
<p>13. Fish and Shrimp</p>
<p>14. Chicken Marsala</p>
<p>15. Taco Salad</p>
<p>16. Chicken Tenderloins with stir fry veggies</p>
<p>17. Steak</p>
<p>20. Beef Tips and Noodles</p>
<p>21. Chili</p>
<p>22. Fish and Shrimp</p>
<p>23. Chicken Pesto Florentine</p>
<p>24. Dinner at dp's parents</p>
<p>25. Fend for yourself/leftovers from dp's parents house (I might make seafood with pasta because dp hates that and he wants leftovers). We are not cooking on Christmas because we have to leave early the next morning and don't want to deal with leftovers or dishes or anything.</p>
<p>Dec. 26- Jan. 3 we will be on vacation (in the Virgin Islands..... getting married <span><img alt="love.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/love.gif">).</span></p>
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<p><span>Nice, short easy month for my planning!</span></p>
 

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<p>Congratulations!</p>
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<p>Finally done, I had some trouble with this month.</p>
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<p>1-quesadillas</p>
<p>2-hamburgers, fries</p>
<p>3-pizza</p>
<p>4-chili burgers, fries</p>
<p>5-leftovers</p>
<p>6-soup of some kind - dh's getting wisdom teeth pulled</p>
<p>7-eggs, toast, fruit</p>
<p>8-penne with vodka sauce, garlic bread, salad</p>
<p>9-soup, sandwiches</p>
<p>10-pizza</p>
<p>11-out</p>
<p>12-sloppy joes, fries, veggie</p>
<p>13-leftovers of some kind</p>
<p>15-out</p>
<p>16-hamburger casserole, biscuits, veggie</p>
<p>17-pizza</p>
<p>18-chicken fried rice</p>
<p>19-leftovers</p>
<p>21-french toast</p>
<p>22-spaghetti, garlic bread, veggie</p>
<p>23-leftovers</p>
<p>24-dinner at my uncle's</p>
<p>25-ham, bacon green beans, rolls, scalloped potatoes</p>
<p>26-leftovers</p>
<p>28-pancakes</p>
<p>29-ham sandwiches, veggie</p>
<p>30-hamburgers, fries</p>
<p>31-pizza</p>
 

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<p>Here is this month, I'm going to attempt to paste it in from my blog rather than have to type it out in a list, we'll see if it works!</p>
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<p>The holidays still aren't solidified yet since I'm not the only one cooking for them so what I make will depend on what everyone else is bringing.</p>
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<table border="2" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2" style="background-color:rgb(238,221,187);width:100%;"><tbody><tr><th colspan="7" style="text-align:center;"><strong>December</strong></th>
</tr><tr><td style="text-align:center;"><b>Mon.</b></td>
<td style="text-align:center;"><b>Tues.</b></td>
<td style="text-align:center;"><b>Wed.</b></td>
<td style="text-align:center;"><b>Thur.</b></td>
<td style="text-align:center;"><b>Fri.</b></td>
<td style="text-align:center;"><b>Sat.</b></td>
<td style="text-align:center;"><b>Sun.</b></td>
</tr><tr><td style="text-align:center;"> </td>
<td style="text-align:center;"> </td>
<td style="text-align:center;">Omelets</td>
<td style="text-align:center;">Chicken and Rice Casserole</td>
<td style="text-align:center;">Sheet Pan Pizza</td>
<td style="text-align:center;">Potato Soup</td>
<td style="text-align:center;">Salmon Salad <span style="font-size:small;">Sandwiches</span></td>
</tr><tr><td style="text-align:center;">Barbecue Chicken Braid</td>
<td style="text-align:center;">Spinach Pasta e Fagioli Soup</td>
<td style="text-align:center;">Chicken Stir Fry</td>
<td style="text-align:center;">Tex-Mex Pizza</td>
<td style="text-align:center;">Penne with Vodka Sauce</td>
<td style="text-align:center;">Monte Cristo <span style="font-size:small;">Sandwiches</span></td>
<td style="text-align:center;">Salmon Salad <span style="font-size:small;">Sandwiches</span></td>
</tr><tr><td style="text-align:center;">Arroz con pollo</td>
<td style="text-align:center;">Cream of Tomato Soup</td>
<td style="text-align:center;">Crispy Fish Tacos</td>
<td style="text-align:center;">Spaghetti with Chickpeas</td>
<td style="text-align:center;">Pepperoni Pan Pizza</td>
<td style="text-align:center;">Rump Roast, Potatoes, Carrots & Parsnips</td>
<td style="text-align:center;">Salmon Salad <span style="font-size:small;">Sandwiches</span></td>
</tr><tr><td style="text-align:center;">Beef Soup from leftover Roast</td>
<td style="text-align:center;">Spinach, Cheddar & Mushroom Quesadilla & Sweet Potato Black Bean Soup</td>
<td style="text-align:center;">Chicken Curry Over Rice</td>
<td style="text-align:center;">Omelets</td>
<td style="text-align:center;">Christmas Eve Potluck (probably Mexican themed)</td>
<td style="text-align:center;">Christmas Day Potluck (probably Italian themed)</td>
<td style="text-align:center;">Salmon Salad <span style="font-size:small;">Sandwiches</span></td>
</tr><tr><td style="text-align:center;">Chicken <span style="font-size:small;">Enchiladas</span></td>
<td style="text-align:center;">Chicken Tortellini Soup</td>
<td style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:small;">Horseradish</span> Honey Salmon</td>
<td style="text-align:center;">Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic, rice, green beans</td>
<td style="text-align:center;">hors d'oeuvres<br>
(specifics are as yet undecided)</td>
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<td style="text-align:center;"> </td>
</tr></tbody></table><p> </p>
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<p>awesome! it worked!  (If it doesn't show up right for anyone, you can also see it <a href="http://level2mommy.blogspot.com/2010/11/december-meal-plan.html" target="_blank">here</a> on my blog.  The plan is to link back to recipes that I post as I make/post them)</p>
 

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<p>We are only the second day into December and I've already strayed from my menu. LOL! Yesterday we ended up having Chicken Parmesan, because it was dp's mom's birthday the day before and she requested it. Today I did make meatballs (bbq.... ended up really yummy!). Tomorrow was supposed to be tacos but I think dp and I are having date night instead. Woo! Then I found out that the 13, 14, 15 and 16th dp won't be home (he'll be away on a work trip) so all of those days will be messed up (I don't really cook if it's just me and ds because ds won't eat any of it anyway!). So my new menu, for now, is as follows...</p>
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<p>1. Chicken Parmesan</p>
<p>2. Meatballs</p>
<p>3. Date Night!</p>
<p>6. Coconut Shrimp</p>
<p>7. Breakfast for Dinner (probably omelet with veggies, turkey bacon and waffles or pancakes)</p>
<p>8. Fajitas</p>
<p>9. No plan, out of state</p>
<p>10. No plan, out of state</p>
<p>13. No plan</p>
<p>14. No plan</p>
<p>15. No plan</p>
<p>16. No plan</p>
<p>17. Chicken Tenderloin with stir fry veggies</p>
<p>20. Beef Tips and Noodles</p>
<p>21. Chicken Marsala</p>
<p>22. Fish and Shrimp</p>
<p>23. Chicken Pesto Florentine</p>
<p>24. Dinner at dp's parents</p>
<p>25. Fend for yourself/leftovers from dp's parents house (I might make seafood with pasta because dp hates that and he wants leftovers). We are not cooking on Christmas because we have to leave early the next morning and don't want to deal with leftovers or dishes or anything.</p>
<p>Dec. 26- Jan. 3 we will be on vacation (in the Virgin Islands..... getting married <span><img alt="love.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/love.gif" style="">).</span></p>
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<p><span>So I guess technically I only have to cook on</span> 9 weekday nights this month. Woah!</p>
 

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<p>Don't feel bad Steph, I've already moved mine around too!  And we always have prime rib for Christmas (we raise our own so it's super cheap).  Now dh's saying he wants ham. </p>
 

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<p>Mine always gets juggled around to.  I plan things for certain days but I'm not concerned if it doesn't work out that way.  I consider the month a success if we don't:</p>
<p>1- get takeout</p>
<p>2- stop at the store for ingredients for a different meal (unexpected company is an exception) (we shop once a month so I'm thrilled when we don't forget things/decide we need something else)</p>
<p>3- stress over dinner at the last minute because we don't know what to make or what ingredients we have.</p>
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<p>I'm not concerned so much with sticking to the plan verbatim. Just having the plan (and the ability to deviate from it) gives me peace of mind and less dinnertime stress.</p>
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<p>Although, I'm still <em>really</em> pleased when we cross every item off the menu by the end of the month.  So far in 14 months that's only happened once and come close a few times.</p>
 

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<p>Ok, here is my next 5 weeks. I do it that much at a time because I have a 5 week blank dry erase calendar. :)</p>
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<p>13- Homemdae pizza, salad</p>
<p>14- Minestrone soup, bread</p>
<p>15- Fajita burritos</p>
<p>16- Falafel pitas, veggie</p>
<p>17- Bean and sweet potato quesadillas, salad</p>
<p>18- Going to a potluck, probably will make empanadas</p>
<p>19- Black bean soup</p>
<p>20- Pasta, veggie</p>
<p>21- L/O black bean soup baked with a cornbread topping</p>
<p>22- Split pea soup, sweet potato biscuits</p>
<p>23- Veggie burgers, salad</p>
<p>24- Stir fry over brown rice with tofu</p>
<p>25- Christmas, Mom's house</p>
<p>26- Chili, salad</p>
<p>27- Homemade pesto pizza, salad</p>
<p>28- Chili macaroni</p>
<p>29- Dahl, naan</p>
<p>30- Tacos</p>
<p>31- Mexican potatoes (Salsa, black beans, etc)</p>
<p>1- New Year's Eve party</p>
<p>2- Lentil stew</p>
<p>3- Lasagna, salad</p>
<p>4- Noodle soup, crackers</p>
<p>5- 3 sister's stew</p>
<p>6- Pakora, veggie/rice</p>
<p>7- Fajita burritos</p>
<p>8- Veggie burgers, oven fries</p>
<p>9- Potato/leek soup</p>
<p>10- Mashed potatoes with lentil gravy</p>
<p>11- Tacos</p>
<p>12- Pasta</p>
<p>13- Falafel pitas</p>
<p>14- Stir fry over brown rice with tofu</p>
<p>15- Leftovers</p>
 
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