Friday, December 30, 2011

Weekly Menu - It's the start of New Year!

Can you believe that a new year is starting in just a few days?  How crazy is that??  I figure that there is nothing like starting off a new year right with planning the menu, right? 

Saturday:  Today is New Years Eve!  We are having Frozen Pizza for lunch.  Then, for dinner we are having Meatball Subs and chips.  Then, after the kids go to bed Darryl and I will have our New Years Eve snacks :-)  On the menu is Warm Bacon Dip, Shrimp Cocktail, Fruit Dip and Fruit (I'll share this recipe soon!), Inside-out Carrot Cake Cupcakes, and Lime Sherbet Punch. 

Sunday:  New Years Day!!  We are planning on a simple brunch of Eggs, Bacon, Toast and Cinnamon Rolls; Then for dinner we are planning on Beef Drips, and Fries

Monday:  Hot Dogs and Fries

Tuesday: Homemade Hamburger Helper (Mac and Cheese with Ground Hamburger), Twice Baked Potatoes, and Corn

Wednesday: Crock-Pot Parmesan Chicken (a new recipe - we'll see how it goes!), Roasted Cabbage (another new recipe!), Garlic Bread

Thursday: BBQ Chicken, Savory Rice, Peas, Rolls

Friday: Pork Loin, Orzo, Green Beans, Rolls


Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve morning, we got up and packed up.  I had a goal of leaving by 9:00 . . .we were on the road by 9:30 which I will say was pretty good.  Trying to get 2 kids and 2 adults out the door by 9:00 is asking alot when you throw in packing and gathering food!! 

My poor parents.  Their sewer system backed up Saturday morning into the basement bathroom.  When we got to their house, Darryl headed to the basement to help my dad try to snake out the problem while the rest of us headed over to my brother's house for lunch.  The one thing on the plan for Saturday afternoon was taking family photos - due to the sewer issue (which did get resolved once the plumber showed up!) it pushed back from 2:00 until 4:00 but we still got them in!  Check out these great photos :-)
This is the whole clan - acting crazy which is what we do best HA! 

This is all of us for real :-) 

 My brother Ken and his family.
 My brother Kel and his family.
 My brother Jeff and his family.
 My brothers and I (and yes, they are all older!!).  They kept trying to do a serious picture but they are such goof balls that at least one of them would smile every time!
My parents with my brothers and I. 

 Josh with Nana

 After finishing up photos, we headed back to my parents house to watch the Lions game before the Christmas Eve Service. 
 After the service, we went back to my parents house for some snacks and fun.  My brother was a little tired - he's the pastor of the church and had to speak at the Christmas Eve Service.  :-)
 We had a contest for the snacks called "Who's the Biggest Dip".  Each family made their favorite dip (or dips) and my parents judged them all.  We were all STARVING and had to watch my parents snack away HA!
 And the biggest dip is . . .. my brother Kelly! HA!  The funny thing is the rest of us were working on our dips for like 30 minutes.  Kel walked in and threw his together in 5 minutes and still won!
 Here comes the judges!! 
 Micah trying to sway the judge :-)

 Breadon trying to get Grandma to make a decision!

It wasn't long after this that we divided and went to our "homes" (some of us at my parents and some at my brothers house).  Time to get ready for Christmas morning!!