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Montag, 23. Dezember 2013

Weekly Meal Plan and Cookie Dough Balls

Christmas in in two days! Are you ready? We're ready. main present hasn't yet arrived, and it's not expected to arrive on time. It's one of the tough parts of living abroad. Things don't always arrive on schedule. Everything else is wrapped and tucked under our little tree, ready for Wednesday morning. My daughters are planning to set their alarms for 5 a.m. Christmas morning. I do so hope they oversleep.

I'm linking up to Menu Plan Monday. If you're visiting from there, welcome! I hope you'll hang around a while!

Here's what's cooking at our house this week:

Monday, December 23rd

Breakfast: Gingersnap Oatmeal

Lunch: Black Bean Pumpkin Soup

Dinner: Chicken and Dumplings

Snack: Cookie Dough Balls (below)

Christmas Eve

Breakfast: Cinnamon Rolls

Lunch: Leftovers and homemade bread

Dinner: Paleo Chicken Pot Pie,   Flourless Orange Cake 

Christmas Day

Breakfast: hootenanny and bacon

Late Lunch: Roasted Goose, Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Potato Rolls, Oven-Roasted Whole Onions, Carrots, Spice Cake with freshly whipped cream

Snacky Dinner: Deviled Eggs, gingerbread men cookies, leftovers, cinnamon raisin bread

Boxing Day

Breakfast: biscuits & cream sausage gravy

Lunch: leftovers from Christmas

Dinner: Roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, leftover veg from Christmas, leftover sweets

Friday, December 27th

Breakfast: leftovers

Lunch: Simple Sesame Noodles and Baked Ham & Cheese Sandwiches

Dinner: leftovers for the kids while Mom and Dad go out on a date! We're venturing out for the first Mexican food we'll have since moving to Europe two Octobers ago. The restaurant is supposed to be pretty darn good, but having lived in the midwest may have spoiled us for Mexican. We'll see. I'll let you know how it was.

Saturday, December 28th

Today, I am going to begin stocking my freezer for future meals. I'm going to assemble this list of slow cooker freezer meals as my first go with freezer cooking.

Breakfast: donuts and fruit (they balance each other out, right? hehehe)

Lunch: sandwiches and chips

Dinner: Beef Noodles

Sunday, December 29th

Today, I'm going to assemble several breafast freezer/pantry meals.

DIY Instant Oatmeal Packets
Breakfast Sandwiches
Cinnamon Applesauce Waffles
Pancake batter (mixing it up and storing it in decorator bags to use later)
Pumpkin Spice Scones

Breakfast: breakfast sandwiches

Lunch: Loaded Baked Potato Soup and homemade rolls

Dinner: Meatball Sub casserole and salad

And now, I've got a recipe for you. You can take it to a Christmas pot luck, or you can wrap it up and give it as a gift. Edible, safe, raw cookie dough. What's not to love?

Cookie Dough Balls

total time spent: 30 minutes hands-on
total cost to me: $5 per batch, roughly
craftiness level: beginner


2 cups flour (gluten-free or otherwise)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup butter at room temperature
1 cup chocolate chips (recommend mini but all I had was regular)

Beat butter and sugars together until creamy, then add in flour and salt. Mix in chocolate chips. Roll into balls and chill until firm.

Now, you can leave them as is, or you can dip them in melted chocolate. It's up to you!

Nom them relentlessly. Or, you know, gift them.

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