Happy Monday! We woke up to about six inches of snow on the ground, and a school cancellation. #itsstillfall Fortunately, it hasn’t gotten too cold, yet, so my daughter and I were able to get some good sledding time in.
We had a pretty low-key weekend at home, although we did host my parents for our annual Christmas celebration with them. But first, my husband and I took our daughter to the library for their gingerbread house making program. They provide the space and the materials – and the clean-up!! They don’t skimp on decorations, either. There are various kinds of sprinkles, candies, cookies, and pretzels for adorning the houses.
My parents arrived Saturday afternoon. We had lunch with them, chatted, opened presents, and had our (very) early Christmas dinner with them. I had planned to make my grandmother’s shrimp scampi recipe, but remembered that my mother doesn’t like shellfish. Instead I made the Spinach in Puff Pastry recipe from Barefoot in Paris. I love it – but then again, I love anything in puff pastry! I also made the Endive, Pear, and Roquefort Salad recipe from the same book, although I left the egg yolk out of the vinaigrette. My parent spent the night at our house, then left after a quick lunch on Sunday. The rest of my day included reading the Sunday NY Times, eating, and napping. A pretty good Sunday in my book!
The Week Ahead
This is going to be my least busy week in a while. We have no holiday events or activities, nor any extracurricular activities. (Tonight’s Brownies’ meeting was cancelled because school was closed.) I’m meeting a friend for coffee tomorrow, and have a doctor’s appointment on Thursday, but they’re both during the day. (One other thing I’m looking forward to this week is the installation of our tankless hot water heater.) Our NYC trip next weekend is definitely the most exciting part of our week. (And not just because it means I’ll get two nights off from cooking!)
This Week’s Meal Plan
- Monday: Pasta with Sunday Slow Cooker Beef Ragu (from the freezer)
- Tuesday: Weeknight Black Bean Chili w/ rice
- Wednesday: Leftovers
- Thursday: Eggs, bacon, and toast – brinner!!
- Friday: Dinner at my parents’ house
- Saturday: Dinner out in NYC
- Sunday: Ravioli with frozen veggies
What’s for dinner at your house this week??
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