Thursday, June 12, 2014

Full Menus

I love having my house filled with guests!

Sure, it's work and it can be expensive, but I am most comfortable in my own home and I strive to make others comfortable here too. That makes having people in my house the easiest way for this introvert to get to know people better.

I had quite a few guest over and around the Memorial Day weekend and I thought I would show you what my menus were to give you some ideas. Where possible, I give you the link to the recipe.

Wednesday Dinner - for 5
Cranberry Chicken (So, so easy! And everyone always likes it!)
Brown Rice
Roasted Asparagus (Except I only use 1-2 Tablespoons of olive oils and use a silicon spatula to make sure the asparagus is well coated.)
Roasted Roma Tomatoes (This link doesn't actually have Roma Tomatoes, but it has directions for lots of other veggies. I cut my tomatoes in half lengthwise, coated with olive oil, sprinkled with salt, pepper and parmesan cheese and roasted at 450 for about 5-8 minutes.)

Thursday Dinner - for 7
Slow-Cooker Stroganoff
Egg Noodles
Roasted Green Beans 
Roasted Carrots
Canned Beet Slices
Pudding Eclair "Cake" (I use sugar free because I can't have sugar and no one complains!)

Saturday Breakfast - for 9
French Toast

Saturday Lunch - for 7
Pasta Salad
Olive Oil and Rosemary Bread
Fruit Salad

Saturday Dinner - for 7
Homemade Pizza (I froze the crusts ahead of time, see link!)
Green salad
Garlic Bread

Sunday Breakfast - for 7
Cinnamon Rolls (I made them earlier in the week and froze them, otherwise they wouldn't happen before church!)
Scrambled Eggs

Sunday "Dinner" (Noon Meal) - for 7
Slow Cooker Beef Daube Provanรงal (One of the most delicious ways to serve stew type meat. I think the name means "French Beef Stew!")
Egg Noodles
Lemon Green Beans
Waldorf Salad
Pudding Eclair "Cake" (Yes, I repeated a dessert. So easy, so good, plus it was a different set of people, except for my husband and daughter and they didn't complain!) 

Monday Memorial Day Picnic (lunch) - for 11
Potato salad
Fruit Salad
Baked Beans (my mother-in-law brought these)
Hamburger fixings
Birthday Cupcakes (Someone asked my now 3 year old granddaughter, "Anna, did you make the cupcakes?" She said, "Yes. And Grandma helped me.")

Monday Dinner - for 8
Stuffed half peppers
Green Salad
Coffee and cookies

Tuesday Breakfast - for 7
Blueberries (Anna's favorite!)

Then came the sad time my son and his family had to leave, rushing out by 8 a.m. to get him to the airport in Chicago on time for his business trip flight. Unfortunately, he was in O'Hare for 11 hours because his flight was cancelled and they couldn't get him on another one until late at night. At least he was on an expense account!

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  1. I think I'll just shoplift these menus! It sounds like a busy weekend, but life is best when we are surrounded by family and friends. What as sweet little cupcake maker! ~Pamela

    1. Be my guest! (To the menus!) It was a great weekend, and I loved making cupcakes with Anna.

  2. My mother has the same plates as yours! I think they are called "desert rose" or something like that. Great menu. Looks like you had a wonderful time.

    1. Yes, Desert Rose by Franciscan. My mother-in-law gave me her set when we moved back from the states and she went into a retirement home.

  3. Sweetie's got to watch his blood pressure, so all your "roasted" recipes are gonna be perfecto! Here from the Grand Social; BB2U

  4. I'm pinning this just because I'm not great when it comes to meal planning and you have some great ideas! I have a grandson who turns 3 today. He allows me to help him too!

  5. Your grandson shares MY birthday, Lisa! Coming up with the main dish is easy for me, but I have to sit and think about sides and have variety when I have several days of company.

  6. What a good idea to include some of the recipes on the menu. The table looks so festive!!



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