Menu Plan Monday :: 12.12.2016

Monday, December 12, 2016
First off, I want to wish my sister a happy birthday today. I know she's reading this, so have a happy one, girl!!

Secondly, it's going to get very, very cold here later in the week. So, I am planning to keep my house warm by doing lots of holiday baking. :) Oh, and I'll throw in some cooking in there also!! Here's what will be on our plates this week:

Monday - Classic French onion soup. It may not seem like a typical comfort food, but French onion soup is one of my favorite ways to warm my insides on a cold day or rainy day. Plus, it uses my favorite wine, sauvignon blanc, in the cooking process. Can't beat that!!

Tuesday - Dinner out. It's Harper's winter chorus concert. It's happening at 7:00, and since it won't last long, we'll grab dinner out afterwards and celebrate what is sure to be a wonderful performance.

Wednesday - Lemon Chicken piccata. I used to make chicken piccata often. I love the salty, tangy sauce with lots of capers. Since I haven't made it in a while, I thought I'd fire up a batch, and try a new recipe while I am at it.

Thursday - Homemade chicken noodle soup. I don't generally follow a recipe when I make chicken noodle soup. I wing it and know that it will never turn out badly. This recipes comes pretty darn close to the one I have in my head, and what's great about it is that you can add any veggies you like and/or swap out the type of pasta for one you prefer. And using a rotisserie chicken makes it so easy!!!

Friday - Dinner out. Twice in one week? I'll take it!!

Saturday - Three-cheese white pizza with arugula and a side salad. We are re-instituting our Saturday night pizza nights starting now! This one will kick off our Pizza Saturdays.

Sunday - Beef roast with potatoes and root vegetables. This is my own recipe, another wing-it kind of recipe. It's super easy. I buy an eye round beef roast and sear the outside of it. Then I place it in the slow cooker in about a 1/2 inch of beef broth. I sprinkle with Lipton dehydrated onion soup mix and cook on high for 4 hours. I add the peeled and quartered potatoes and peeled carrots and cook for another 2 hours.

As for that baking I'll be doing...I plan to make these Linzer muffins, and I'll be baking a batch of these cranberry orange cookies to test as a possibility for a cookie exchange I'll be attending later this month.

What's on your plate this week? For more meal time inspiration, visit I'm An Organizing Junkie's Meal Plan Monday linkup.

To view all of my menu planning posts, click here. Visit my What's For DinnerPasta, and Soups On! Pinterest boards for even more ideas.

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