Menu Plan Monday

Southern California lends for a warm Christmas day. It is suppose to be upper 70s with sun. This can make it tough to get into the holiday spirit. So, to get my spirits up, I enjoy baking cookies with my daughter. For this menu, I chose to share my favorite holiday cookies recipes – tried and true – I know they work.

  • Russian Tea Cakes – the simplest cookies to make and always a big hit with everyone
  • Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Cookies – who doesn’t love a batch of these cookies?!
  • Snickerdoodles – these cinnamon sugar yummies are great to make all year round
  • Ginger Cookies – this is a first for me. I decided that I am going to make a batch for my mother for when she comes over on Christmas day. It’s always been a favorite cookie of hers.
  • Rice Krispies Treats – Another favorite treat! You have to use Jet-puffed marshmallows and the Trademark Rice Krispies – no subs!
  • Traditional Christmas Dinner – this will be the first time I am cooking Christmas dinner – Wish me Luck! Turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, stuffing, gravy, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, jellied cranberries, crescent rolls, pumpkin pie with Cool Whip – did I get everything? Let see if I can coordinate everything to be ready at the same time. Oh ya, don’t forget the thin mint cookies shots: 1/3 each Bailey’s, 1/3 creme de cacao, 1/3 creme de menthe. Yum! Taste just like the Girl Scout cookies, but for adults. πŸ™‚


Have a very Merry Holiday!

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12 thoughts on “Menu Plan Monday

  1. Rona

    We’re from San Diego so I know what you mean about the warm Christmas. It took me awhile to get used to it but after years of shoveling snow in Maine I learned to love it!
    You have a delicious menu planned!
    I’m so glad that my husband isn’t working on Christmas Eve and Christmas. He really needs the days off. This is the best family Christmas gift!
    Here’s wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas!

    ps Please stop by my blog and leave a comment to “Do you still read the newspaper?”

    1. money funk

      Definitely need a sweet tooth for this week’s menu! But Christmas day…. yum! My husband is off to get the ham right now.

      My husband gets 2 weeks off! Lucky him. And he cleans & cooks, too. LOL. It’s quite nice. So I’ve made a (long) list for him while I’m slaving away at work. πŸ˜‰

      And I’d be happy to stop by your blog.

      Merry Christmas to you and yours, too!

  2. Annie

    MMMM! I wish I’d swung by here on the weekend. I did a lot of baking myself! I haven’t done it in years, but I quite enjoyed it. It’s all going to D out at the mine, though, as I can’t eat dairy/sugar/yeast right now (I KNOW!)…If you’re interested, this is what I made:

    Raspberry-Cream Cheese Brownies –
    Lemon Buttermilk Cookies –
    Favourite Old Fashioned Gingerbread –
    White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies –
    Lemon Lavender Pound Cake

    They smelled wonderful and I hope they turned out okay! Enjoy what sounds like a wonderful Christmas dinner – Merry Christmas to you and yours, Christine! πŸ™‚

    1. money funk

      That’s okay, I didn’t post until last night. I feel like I am going to be a huge by the end of the holiday season with all this baking. LOL.

      You can’t eat what?!?!?! Poor, dear. Are you starving?

      Thank you for sharing your recipes. I love lemon… mmmm… and raspberry. I would hate to bake and not be able to eat it! So, do you have any idea how the lemon tastes with the lavendar? Of course pound cake has tons of sugar. Hmmm… never baked with Lavendar.

      Tip: I was told instead of coating your pan with flour when baking a pound cake, use sugar. It works wonderfully.

      I am so glad you stopped by! Annie, I hope both you and D have a Wonderful Christmas!

    1. money funk

      nope. are you kidding? my pics would have crumbs from someone taking a bit out of each one. And I am no crafty interior decorator… we are doing buffet style for dinner with chinet paper plates. πŸ™‚

      Have a Merry Christmas!

  3. Sharon

    We finally have snow for Christmas!!!!

    I LOVE the Russian Tea Cookies…I’ll be making those and the rice krispie treats as well as sugar cookies! Not too much, because unfortunately I eat them!

    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!!!

    1. money funk

      I saw that! Beautiful pictures! I can’t imagine. This Saturday we had 80 degree weather! My daughter was wearing a tank top and a jean skirt with flip flops. LOL.

      I know… ‘LOVE’ is already an understatement. πŸ˜‰ And they are the simplest to make, too.

      I forgot to put sugar cookies down too. Where am I going to fit it all in this week’s schedule??? Crazy busy Christmas season. It’s all good.

      Sharon, you and your family have a wonderful Merry Christmas!

    1. money funk

      I am hoping to make the Christmas wreaths too. You adorn them with red hots and die the Krispies mixture green.

      Have a Merry Christmas and don’t forget, I’ll be over for Christmas breakfast. πŸ˜€

  4. Alice

    seriously seriously impressive!! you have been sooo busy – well done you πŸ™‚
    My parents have just arrived back in the UK from LA… they are freezing!!! (-6 here)… hmmm, I would like Christmas at yours thank you very much πŸ˜‰ x

    1. money funk

      LOL. I bet they are freezing. Least it is cold enough to turn on a heater or light a fire.

      Did I tell you all this festive baking has me feeling very large? I think it’s only right to taste what you bake. πŸ˜‰

      Merry Christmas, Alice.

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