Monday, December 12, 2022

Master 'To Do' List and Menu Plan Monday - December 12, 2022

Another week has fairly flown by and Christmas Day is less than two weeks away. Can you believe it?

(Note: I would have had this out this morning, but we were without internet for most of the day.)

On Thursday I was invited to make gingerbread houses with some of the grands. I've only made a gingerbread house one other time and it was from a pre-made, packaged kit.

Gingerbread House From 2009

This time, daughter, Amber, made the dough and, using a gingerbread house cutter (like the one below), cut and baked all the pieces herself.

Those of us who were building, constructed and decorated our houses using a variety of icings and candy. 

Gingerbread Houses 2022

I think they turned out pretty cute!

A Gingerbread House Flop

Even the this one. It was one of mine. Half of the roof slid off and the "ridge pole" fell into the interior of the house. I think I had the side walls sitting the wrong direction and that took away the support. Oh, well! It was fun and, no matter how they looked, they tasted great!

Saturday was our annual Family Christmas. We always have it the second Saturday of December because, generally, that's the only weekend that Amanda (youngest daughter) and her family can make it down to join us. 

The Grandchildren

This year we decided to have a costume party. Everyone was invited to come dressed as a favorite Christmas character, song, or theme of choice. We had angels and reindeer, a shepherd, a snowman, a candy cane, the Twelve Days of Christmas, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and a whole host of other fun and Christmassy characters! The host and hostess of our party, of course, were Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig! 

Patrick and Amber Dancing as Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig

A few friends and extended family members were able to join us and, honestly, it turned out to be one of the best family get-togethers I can remember. It was laid back and relaxed, the food was great, and there was no stress. I truly enjoyed it and am already looking forward to next year's celebration!

Grandgirls Mercy, Alysia, Esther, Kelly, and Kira

Granddaughter, Audrey, As The Twelve Days of Christmas. 
(She couldn't come up with a partridge, but this owl was more than
happy to fill in for the afore mentioned bird in a pear tree.)

Granddaughters Esther and Ruth
(a.k.a. Frosty Turned Angel and a Beautiful Christmas Angel)

Now, it's time to take a look at the week ahead. Won't you join me?

Grandsons T.J., Isaiah, and Silas

This week's master 'to-do' list...

- clean house
- do laundry
- plan out the remainder of the Christmas season
- finishing filling out and mailing the last of the Christmas cards
- make and deliver Christmas treats to the guys at work
- go grocery shopping
- get together with family and friends
- say good-bye to another friend
- work

Baby's First Christmas - The Newest Members of Our Family
Granddaughters Kelly and Bethany 

This week's menu plan...

I really have no idea at this point what the week ahead will look like. My refrigerator looks quite empty after making and removing all the dishes for Family Christmas and I need to shop for fresh items. I need to go through my pantry and freezer, too, and see what's on hand. After that, I need to figure out what I have left to do between now and Christmas cooking and baking-wise. After that I will know more. 

As for today, though, for breakfast I had THM pancakes (freezer) with vanilla yogurt and sugar-free syrup; for lunch I had chicken strips from Casey's with Chili-Cheese Fritoes. I have no idea what I'm making for supper. 😕 

This Groovy Guy (B-I-L Shawn) and His
Chick, Dee, Joined in the Fun, Too

I guess that's it for now. I'll be glad when the internet comes back on so I can get this posted. You have a nice day and a great week ahead and I'll be with you again soon! 

Until next time...

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