December Meal Plan

Happy December, everyone! A December can’t go by without feeling rushed all. the. time. The December Meal Plan will make it easy to prep your plans, grocery shop and prepare your meals… so bookmark this post to make it easy to come back to.december meal plan family dinner menu

I also looked back at posts from the past and noticed that I used to highlight popular, seasonal posts on Julieverse. I love the idea of making it easy for my readers to see what’s hot on the J-verse. Here’s what’s trending now…

82 Book Club Books — Everyone is always looking for a great book. Last week I finished reading Burial Rites: A Novel, a fascinating read about the final days of a young Icelandic woman accused of murder in 1829. The book brought me into the heart of the 1820s where medicine was unknown and Faith and unjust government made decisions. It’s not a fast read, but it’s definitely one that will make you consider how things have changed, and how some things haven’t. What’s next? I’m being encouraged to read the final book in the Heroes of Olympus series, The Blood of Olympus, by the boys, but Colleen just recommended Station Eleven: A novel, which is only $5.99 on Kindle, so I downloaded that over the weekend.

Student’s Midyear Review — It’s generally time for students to look at the goals they set at the beginning of the school year and assess progress. Help your child to evaluate her goals and progress with these FREE self evaluation printables, as well as discussion questions for you and your child. Another free printable that’s constantly popular at Julieverse, the summaries worksheet will help your child to evaluate a book and break it down into a brief summary that covers all the necessary parts for most rubrics. This printable can also be used to plan a writing assignment.

Everybody loves a great deal, so 6 High-Style Deal-of-the-Day Websites You’ll Love is a consistent favorite at Julieverse, especially during the holidays.

Don’t forget to check out the 2014 Teacher Gift Guide, which I think is my best yet!

December Meal Plan

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Week 1

Monday: Easy Slowcooker 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: Loaded Baked Potato Soup; MYO Pizza night 

Week 3

Monday: Crock Pot Sweet Apricot Chicken with side of fresh veggies
Tuesday: Hanukkah Brisket and Roasted Veggies (Hanukkah begins 12/16)
Wednesday: Slow-Cooker Beef Stew
Thursday: Leftovers
weekend: Incredibly Cheesy Turkey Meatloaf with salad;  Citrus Salmon with Watercress Salad

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: Christmas Eve dinner — Whole Chicken with Acorn Squash & Stewed Tomatoes with Basil
Thursday: Christmas — start the morning with the French Toast Casserole
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 & Tomato Cream Sauce I also add chopped red or green peppers with the onions  
Tuesday:Sweet & Sour Chicken with Soba Salad
Wednesday: 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.)
Thursday: leftovers
Weekend: Cauliflower & Chickpea stewBeef & Vegetable Pot Pie

Hosting a New Year’s Eve Party

Check out my New Year’s Eve Family Party Pinterest Board full of lots of ideas for our party. I’ll keep adding over the next two weeks.
Follow Julie Meyers Pron’s board New Years Eve family party on Pinterest.

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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