A lovely break + menu planning

Hello everyone!

I hope you had a fantastic week.Ā  I took a break from everything… blogging included, but am happy to be back! We had a really great time with both sides of the family, lots of cousins, 3 Christmas celebrations, and a little bit of snow. The only rough piece was that L could not sleep past 5am all week…. thankfully, we’re all catching up on sleep again now that we’re home again!

Individual family pics at Grandma's house

Individual family pics at Grandma’s house

We’re now home again and have a much quieter week planned as we get ready to ring in the new year.

On the menu this week…


Sunday: Crock pot white bean soup


Monday: Peanut soba noodles with tofu, broccoli and carrots (from one of the Moosewood cookbooks)

Tuesday: Variety of dips and finger foods for New Year’s Eve… some or all of the following:

Spinach and Artichoke dip (I like to replace the mayo with yogurt)

7 Layer Bean Dip

Shrimp Stuffed Avocados

Ā Spicy Grilled Hummus Tostados (so simply but yum!!)

Wednesday: (New Year’s day tradition) Pork and sauerkraut, with baked potatoes and sauteed greens

Thursday:Ā  Leftovers

Friday: Black bean -veggie quesadillas

Saturday: Out

Ā Do you have New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day food traditions?

What’s your favorite appetizer or dip?

27 thoughts on “A lovely break + menu planning

  1. welcome home and welcome sleep! haha. I’ll come to your house for new years! yum! we always make a brunch so i’ll save room for your dish at dinner, k?

  2. Welcome back from the holidays! I think many of us took a little break šŸ™‚ Do you have a recipe link for the peanut soba dish? I am trying to figure out how to make a peanut dish more creamy and have trouble with it. The white bean soup looks delicious. I used to make a white bean soup often and it was always a big hit in my household. I need to make that again too!
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  3. One of my favorite appetizers is really simple. Cut mozzarella cheese (yes, I love this even though soft cheese & I do not like each other) to fit on cracker. Cut or tear fresh basil and put on top of cheese. You can use dried basil if you want. I have in a pinch. Bake in 325F oven until cheese melts (dependent on how thick you slice cheese). Enjoy!
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  4. All of your dip recipes look awesome!!! I haven’t planned for our NYE party yet!
    I think I might try the crock pot white bean soup this week but you know I’m gonna have to add chicken for my boys!!
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  5. we just got home a few days ago and getting back into our normal routine šŸ˜‰ glad you had such a great time with your family!!!
    we don’t have any real New Year food traditions, but Gary’s family does, like spinach and black eyed peas and sauerkraut. think that is all of them šŸ™‚
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  6. I do love the holidays, but getting back into routine is always something I love as well. Enjoy some down time and I hope you have a great new year!

    I think my favorite appetizer is bruschetta, there are so many ways to make it and it just combines so many awesome flavors!
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  7. New Year’s Eveis traditionally a finger food night for us. This year our au pair has asked to incorporate her family’s NY tradition and we will be cooking on a table top Raclette, which she bought us for Christmas! I love holiday traditions and I am thrilled that she has chosen to share this one with us!
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