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Cindy's Menu for Dec 12 - Dec 18 
Dec. 11, 2009 4:29 pm 
Updated: Dec. 17, 2009 6:29 pm
Dearest Friends,

Can you believe it's only 2 weeks until Christmas?!  I'm just about done with my shopping and I've made a few "food" items for Christmas gifts also.  Here's what I've made so far for gifts:

Cindy's Best Fudge
Marvelous Mocha Mix
Cappuccino in a Jar
Cajun Spice Seasoning Mix in a Jar

I'd like to make a couple more but I don't want cookie mixes or soup mixes.  I can't think of anything else so if you know of something, please comment below with the link or an idea for me.  It's very much appreciated.

On to the menu for this week:

Saturday - Dec 12 ~ Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich with Garlic Mayo and Crispy French Fries.

Sunday - Dec 13 ~ Ham Steak with Honey Glazed Ham Sauce.  I'm just going to make the sauce and simmer for a bit, fry up the ham steak and serve the sauce with it.  I'll also bake some sweet potatoes and steam some fresh broccoli.

Monday - Dec 14 ~ Bacon Wrapped Scallops with some Long Grain and Wild Rice Pilaf from Rice-a-Roni, it's great stuff and can be made fat free.  Green salad on the side with those grape tomatoes that I love so much!

Tuesday - Dec 15 ~ Chicken and Yeast Dumplings.  This is a one pot meal and a one dish deal that is such great comfort food, especially when it's cold outside.

Wednesday - Dec 16 ~ Beef Tips and egg noodles served with Japanese Zucchini and Onions.  May not sound like they go together but I'd eat that zucchini with anything, I love it that much!

Thursday - Dec 17 ~ Breakfast for dinner -- Homemade sausage & gravy with biscuits, eggs and hashbrowns.  I use the little tubes of biscuits because 3 biscuits are a serving with only 2 grams of fat.  It's not big, fluffy biscuits but they get the job done for being low fat.  I also make my own hashbrowns by peeling russet potatoes and then dicing into very small cubes, perhaps 1/4 inch by 1/4 inch.  I then spray a large skillet with Pam and saute with the lid on for a few minutes, then turn over and leave the lid off to get some of the steam off and crisp up the potatoes.  It's our favorite way of "fried" potatoes.

Friday - Dec 18 ~ Tomato Chicken Parmesan.  Serve this over angel hair pasta with homemade french bread and salad.

Another week of meals and another week of being healthy.  I plan to make some Oreo Truffles this week, it's truly one of my weaknesses and heck, they only happen once a year so I'm going to indulge.  I did buy the "reduced fat" Oreos and I'll use the Neufchantel cheese but they'll still be decadent dipped in chocolate almond bark.

Here's hoping you are having a wonderful Christmas season and that you and yours are safe and happy.  I've truly made some great friends here on AR and look forward to spending another year with you!

Love & Hugs from me to you,

Yummy Yeast Dumplings for my Chicken & Dumpling meal
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Cindy's Best Fudge - makes 5lbs of the best fudge!
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Philly Cheesesteak - Made these with the Onion Rolls. Really very yummy!
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Onion Rolls for Philly Cheesesteaks
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Low Fat Breakfast Pizza - made with all low fat or non fat ingredients. Very tasty!
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Dec. 11, 2009 4:34 pm
Sounds good - especially the beef tips and noodles and the Tomato chicken parm! We'll be over for supper on Friday!
Dec. 11, 2009 5:05 pm
Nice menu there Cindy. You know, it didn't really hit me till I read it "two more weeks till Christmas." I haven't even started shopping yet, but I have started making yummy treats for my friends gift bags. Look up Chocolate Brittle Surprise. It is so good and easy. I also decided I would do pound cakes in mini loaf pans (the disposable ones so I can just give it away like that) Gonna wrap it in cellophane (hope that's the correct name for the paper) and tie with a ribbon, make it all pretty. Doing some shortbread, truffles and sugar coated pecans for the gift bags as well. Hopefully some of these ideas will inspire you.
Dec. 11, 2009 5:10 pm
Thank you Roxanne. 2 of my friends that I'm making treats for are diabetic. So the coffees I made I used the sugar free ingredients. That's why I said I don't really want any cookie recipes because of the fat & sugar. Just trying to stay healthy as I can.
Dec. 11, 2009 5:46 pm
I see, it might be possible to adapt some recipes to use splenda or some other sugar replacing ingredient (if they can have it that is) I guess it is hard to find food gifts to give that aren't sweet and fattening at this time of the year. But I just remembered this. RG posted this recipe for when I was looking for gift ideas >>> <<< This also gives me another idea. Savoury flavoured popcorn instead of caramel corn might be a nice treat too.
Dec. 11, 2009 6:13 pm
I'll head out now and see you Monday! Yum!!!! Oh and zucchini, onions, and tips go perfect together in my book. Thank you for my card! You were my first from the list and it really made me smile.
Dec. 11, 2009 7:23 pm
That's a good sounding menu, Cindy...I wish I could plan out like that, but I can't! It's just me! Thank you so much for sending the Christmas card, it was a bright spot in an otherwise cr@ppy day! Peace!
Dec. 11, 2009 7:49 pm
I'll see you on Sunday for that ham, sweet potatoes and broccoli! Perfect combo!
Dec. 11, 2009 9:19 pm
I love seeing your meal plans, it's so eclectic! I haven't seen anything twice yet, and the flavors are all over the map. I usually plan about two weeks in advance, but I actually ran out of planned days, so tomorrow is my first mystery in about 4 months! I need to sit down at the calendar. Happy eating!
Dec. 12, 2009 8:10 am
I am so impressed with everything you make. I will over on Monday,and Thursday, and Friday. How bout I just stay the whole week;)
Dec. 12, 2009 9:10 am
Cindy I would like to come over every night:o) I added those truffles to my recipe box they look so tasty!
Dec. 14, 2009 7:24 pm
WOW Those truffles look AMAZING!! I'm adding them to my box as well :)
Dec. 14, 2009 7:26 pm
You could give home-made jams as Christmas gifts. There are quite a few diabetic recipes using splenda.
Dec. 14, 2009 7:30 pm
So, Cindy, are you the one that set chef Tony around the country a year or two ago? Wasn't he injured? If it is him, he looks pretty well.
Dec. 14, 2009 7:30 pm
One homemade gift I like to make and give is banana nut bread, applesauce bread, etc. I start making them in early Fall and freezing them. Another thing I have done in the past is make home made cinnamon rolls on Christmas Eve and deliver them that evening so people can just stick them in the oven on Christmas morning.
Dec. 14, 2009 8:48 pm
Jillyjo, no I found that tiny little chef at Bealls Outlet for $2.00. I thought he'd be perfect to be my little mascot!!
Dec. 15, 2009 8:45 am
Wow your menu sounds great. I can't even plan on some thing in the morning to make for dinner and it seems plans get changed.
Dec. 15, 2009 9:12 am
those steak sandwiches look GREAT!
Dec. 15, 2009 10:58 am
The truffles do sound good. I have a similar oreo truffle recipe! I want to try the cappuccino in a jar! I think they would make great teacher gifts!!
Dec. 15, 2009 11:51 am
Can I come and eat at your house this week? My menu is bland compared to yours. Well, enjoy.
Dec. 15, 2009 12:13 pm
All your planned meals sure beat the heck out of my hamburger helper meals we've had two nights in a row! I really need to ge on the ball!
Dec. 15, 2009 12:22 pm
Cindy, I plan on making your fudge recipe- but what size is the "large can of evap milk". The largest can I could find is 12oz. Help..... :-) Thanks!
Dec. 15, 2009 1:54 pm
12 oz of evap milk is exactly correct. They make those little ones (I think 5oz each) so that is the specification I was making. It truly is very very smooth and delicious. I've been making it like that for 30 years, nothing beats it!
Dec. 16, 2009 12:05 pm
If you are still looking for a "mix" to mix up I would recommend a taco seasoning by Bill Echols from this site. Superb! I use it for so much more than just tacos... chili, oven fries, etc. So much healthier and fresher than what you purchase in a store. :0 )
Dec. 16, 2009 1:48 pm
You have inspired me woman!!! everything sounds delicious!!!
Dec. 16, 2009 3:16 pm
Thank you Shannon - I just printed out the recipe and made it for 60 servings and that will go great into a pint mason jar! Thank you so much for the idea.
Dec. 16, 2009 3:56 pm
this is a wonderful blog, i'm always looking for dinner ideas. do you have the recipes for the breakfast pizza and the onion rolls?
Dec. 16, 2009 5:20 pm
This is the one I make with bacon instead of sausage:
Dec. 16, 2009 5:20 pm
These are the onion rolls I used and they are great:
Dec. 16, 2009 11:16 pm
mmmmmm, cheese steak! Can I come over to your house for dinner? =] BTW, I love the chef in all the pictures...
Dec. 17, 2009 10:02 am
I've given food item gifts many times too. I found many liked a container of "spiced orange flavored tea" mix. I've also seen bean soup mixes, but have never made it myself. Several years back when money was very tight, we were having the entire family together for Christmas at a sisters house. I made all the ladies pretty bottles or jars of bath salts using Calgon Bath Beads. The men got travel size items with assorted teabags or instant coffee packets in Christmas boxes. Merry Christmas from another Cindy.
Dec. 17, 2009 10:28 am
I saved the fudge recipe. :) Hope I can make it sometime soon.
Dec. 17, 2009 6:29 pm
Your homemade sausage looks really yummy ! I never know what to do with ground pork , now i do ! Will let you know soon how it turns out . Take care and have a awesome weekend .
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I grew up in Stockton, CA and then lived most of my 1st married life in Lemoore, CA. We raised our 3 boys (twins and one more 20 months later)up together but when the youngest son graduated from high school, I realized life was too short to stay in an unhappy, dead marriage. After 23 years, a divorce and a new life. I moved to the Biloxi, MS area and met my wonderful husband now. He is all I could ask for. We have a kitty and a camper and we love them both! She camps with us all the time. I quit my job in August, '08 and my husband is retired (again) so we are enjoying our time together. ***UPDATE*** I'm working again and really liking my job. I don't have to bring it home with me and it's 32 hours per week, which works out perfect. Very happy to report that we are very happy again with a new job!!!
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My new favorite is finding low fat, healthy recipes to try. I'm really up for anything to cook.. it's truly my hobby.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Right now I would have to say that having a fish fry is the closest thing to a tradition I have. Not healthy but it sure is good! Fried fresh caught fish, hushpuppies, okra, french fries. All deep fried and all soooo good!!
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Beef Tenderloin With Roasted Shallots from this site. I served it to guests and they could not believe that this was a home made meal. For something so easy it's the best meal I've ever made. Also feel very good about my submitted recipes. I'm not one to usually make something up but I like to follow recipes and then maybe make a few tweaks to our liking and needs.
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HAHA - It still makes me laugh. My very first meal I cooked for my 1st husband was supposed to be eggs, bacon and pancakes but the skillet I tried to use was not a non-stick. Needless to say.. we had scrambled eggs, torn up bacon, and worst of all, scrambled pancakes.
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