December Dinners: 5 weeks of family meal plans

Oh, hai. It’s only 11:15 am and I’m finally sitting down to work. Not because I was oh-so-busy this morning,but because I have 2 sick kids, one of whom was in my bed, keeping me up all night. Sweet little thing. When we took Big’s temp last night (he’s easy… any time your tween boy doesn’t eat dinner, you know he’s going to be sick the next day), Little begged for  her temperature to be taken. But she was fine, healthy. Just a little stuffed up. Oh… but she ended up not getting to sleep until about 4 am when I finally gave up on holding her and calming her and gave her a little Children’s Advil to get some sleep for both of us. Apparently, that calmed the throat and ear pains. It’s really “just a cold” but she looks so sweetly stuffed up with even her eyes puffy and dripping. There was no way I could work on that little sleep, so while the kids played Disney Infinity (Big just showed me how he created a Wipe Out-type course for the characters), I napped for another hour. Let’s hope I make it until the bus drops off Middle this afternoon… and that he, my husband and I don’t catch whatever it is Big and Little came down with.

Here’s what you’ll see at Julieverse this week:

  • pictures from the past few weeks! I’m still practicing all that I learned in First Steps with the DSLR Clickin’ Moms class, and learning more as I search through the internet for tips. Can’t wait to share some little things I’ve learned, like editing and white balance
  • Review of Jersey Boys. My husband and I had a date night last Thursday night in the FREEZING cold Philadelphia weather. I always love a night on Broadway–no matter the weather or the city!
  • While my holiday shopping lists are mostly over, I have 2 requested lists left. One, a friend asked me to share gifts for her 7-year-old boy–beyond video games. The second, my own last minute shopping list of what my husband can get me (since he rarely starts shopping until December 23.)
  • And… should everyone be feeling well enough for me to feel motivated to get dressed, look for not one but two #VlogMom entries this week
  • Finally, don’t forget that today is #ThankATeacher day. Go out of your way to say Thank You to a teacher who would move mountains for your child, or has for you. It’s as easy as sending in a note to school or tweeting to your followers. (Use the hashtag.)

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December Meal Plan

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Week 1

Monday: Beef Chili
Tuesday: Panko Parmesan Chicken Tenders and Panko Parmesan Zucchini Fingers (follow same recipe for chicken)
Wednesday: leftovers
Thursday: Quick Pastitsio
Weekend: Extra Easy Lasagna, Quick Fall Minestrone

Week 2

Monday: Herbed Cheese-Stuffed Salmon & Caesar Salad
Tuesday: Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup
Wednesday: leftovers
Thursday: Turkey Meatloaf and green beans
Weekend: Baked Potato Soup; MYO Pizza night

Week 3

Monday: Crock Pot Sweet Apricot Chicken with side of fresh veggies
Tuesday: Citrus Salmon with Watercress Salad
Wednesday: Slow-Cooker Beef Stew
Thursday: Leftovers
weekend: Incredibly Cheesy Turkey Meatloaf with salad; Hanukkah Brisket and Roasted Veggies

Week 4

(This is Christmas week… so adjust and plan accordingly. Also, don’t forget to include your Christmas morning breakfast casserole in your plans. Here’s my recipe for French Toast Casserole, which can be made Gluten Free and is loved no matter which way you make it. Take note! You must make this the night before you serve it–which makes it perfect for Christmas morning.)

Monday: Steak Fajitas
Tuesday: Butternut Squash Soup with side salad
Wednesday: Chicken with Acorn Squash & Tomatoes
Thursday: leftovers
Weekend: Beef & Beer Chili, Slow Cooker Turkey Breast (here are the basic how-to instructions for slow-cooking a turkey breast. This time, I’m adding a can of cranberry sauce and a packet of onion soup.)

Week 5

(See what I mean? 2014!!! This is New Year’s week… so adjust and plan accordingly.)
Monday: Rigatoni with Sausage & broccoli
Tuesday:Sweet & Sour Chicken with Soba Salad
Wednesday: Beef & Vegetable Pot Pie
Thursday: leftovers
Weekend: Cauliflower & Chickpea stew, Jambalaya for a crowd (this is actually the recipe I use for New Years Eve–so if you’re entertaining this week, move Jambalaya to whichever that night will be for you.)

mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchandiser with Chloe + Isabel ( and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

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