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Week Eats v.7 // Meal Plan Comment in & Link up CHRISTMAS FOOD!

So lovelies,

How are you gearing up for Christmas, if you celebrate it? With food on the brain, of course. Let’s pretend you don’t need my last-minute shopping gift guide and you’re simply contemplating your table spread.

Here we are at Week Eats, my weekly comment in linkup food planning for those of us who are terrible at it. So comment with your food ideas or link to your blog with the link below. Thanks in advance for all your suggestions. You’re changing our lives!

For your perusal: the first week when I had lots of pictures.

The second week when you had lots of ideas.

The third week when I was out of steam and you guys saved the bacon // dinner.

The fourth week which doubled as THANKSGIVING PREP!

The fifth week when I had high hopes for a few of these recipes.

Don’t ask me why this is volume 7. I just follow the numbers.

I’m planning for a really stellar Christmas Day dinner, with a light spread to be eaten over the course of Christmas Eve (when we open gifts), sprinkling in lots of semi-healthy treats and a few dishes because most of my family is in town and we have lots of folks crammed in the house who need to eat.


Chicken, asparagus, & penne.

simple, simple. Following this recipe: for Creamy Chicken & Asparagus Pasta.



Frittata again! This time, from PW’s (that’s Pioneer Woman to you): Sunday Frittata. Sorry it’s on a Tuesday, PW’s!


Wednesday//Christmas Eve

Cinnamon rolls. My girlfriend Laurel told me about these. YUM.

That may be all we eat.


Thursday//Christmas Day

Pork Shoulder:


Sweet Potato Roast:


Brussel Sprouts: not sure which recipe my sister & her partner are making but it will be delish!

Wild Rice Pilaf with Butternut Squash:


Rolls: Yeasty ones.

No image. Sorry!!

PIES! Pecan, Banana Cream, Apple, Pumpkin and new for me to make (did it once a long time ago) FRENCH SILK. YES I’m SHOUTING!!!

french silk pie


The usual. Pizza Fridays.




  1. Maggie on December 20, 2014 at 6:03 am

    Merry Christmas! Here’s what our week looks like:
    Friday – I had a work function so we split up for dinner. Big kids went out, hubby and little ones picked up chicken at the grocery counter.
    Saturday – steak, roasted sweet potato, roasted veggies
    Sunday – sour cream noodle bake (thanks, Pioneer Woman)
    Monday – frittata of some sort (using up the summer sauasage and cheese gift box we received)
    Tuesday – chicken taco Tuesday
    Wednesday – beer-battered cod, roasted potatoes, cole slaw (very, very loose interpretation of Lithuanian tradition. Hey, it’s meatless!). 6:00 Mass, then milk and cookies. Oh, and homemade Baileys for momma and daddy (yes, you heard that right).
    Thursday – Crown pork roast, potatoes, squash/bean/pepita dish, kale gratin, sticky toffee pudding (see Ann Burrell’s secet to holiday meal).
    Friday – With two kids getting wisdom teeth pulled, it’s probably going to be a combination of leftovers and milkshakes.

    • Natural Mama Nell on December 20, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      You are my inspiration. Homemade baileys et al!!!!

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  3. Emily Barnes on December 20, 2014 at 11:35 am

    I totally cheated. I know I didn’t add anything that’s helpful for dinners, but I know how much you love hot chocolate. Forgive me this one time? 😉

    • Natural Mama Nell on December 20, 2014 at 12:28 pm


  4. Celia on December 20, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Tonight (Saturday): burgers with assorted toppings and homemade buns

    Sunday: No idea. Probably pasta with chicken.

    Monday: leftovers of this soup we had Friday (last night) http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipe/smoky-split-pea-soup/ (I added some cider vinegar, thyme, and oregano as per suggestions in the comment section. It’s really good. I’m glad I made a double batch.)

    Tuesday: stir-fry

    Wednesday (Christmas Eve): soup (meatless) and homemade bread … Not sure what kind of soup yet, but probably either butternut squash or lentil.
    We’re going to Mass at 4 because my daughter is singing, and will eat after.

    Thursday (Christmas):
    Going to Mass in the morning, after which we’ll have coffee (or hot cocoa with a candy cane stirrer), bacon, eggs, and pannetone. I’m going to make this recipe: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/ginger-apricot-panettone-recipe

    dinner: pork chile verde and homemade tortillas, salad, and some kind of dessert. I think it maybe an apple/cranberry upside down cake, but I haven’t thought that far ahead, sadly.

    Friday: taking advantage of the Christmas Octave (no fasting/abstinence!) and eating leftover chile

    • Natural Mama Nell on December 20, 2014 at 12:49 pm


  5. Celia on December 20, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    I need to come to Minnesota to eat pie. You don’t mess around!

    • Natural Mama Nell on December 20, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      We are so serious about our pies! Come anytime!!

  6. Hafsa on December 22, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Monday (today): roast chicken with red potatoes and baby carrots along with mushrooms in a cream sauce

    Tuesday: glazed pork chops and broccoli (boring I know)

    Wednesday: mushroom and garlic fettucine with glazed baby carrots

    Thursday: cinnamon rolls in the morning with sausage and eggs. My MIL is hosting dinner, but I’m bringing PW’s rosemary buttered rolls. She’s making prime rib! And other family members are bringing various deliciousness.

    Friday: I’m not sure…

    • Natural Mama Nell on December 23, 2014 at 8:57 pm