momssmallvictories buttermilk waffles

Menu Plan Monday – Thanksgiving 2014



I am joining Menu Plan Monday hosted by Org Junkie and What’s for Dinner? Menu Planning Linkup hosted by Jill Conyers and Mommy Run Fast this week to share what we’re eating. The only topic I like to chat about as much as books is food!

I’m a little late in sharing this week’s menu plan since I was busy shopping yesterday and it took me FOREVER to figure out what I wanted to make for our semi-traditional Thanksgiving dinner this year. Also, this sale on Blog Clarity’s Content Brew content planning course started yesterday and I had to rave about what a great class this was.

This Week’s Menu Plan:


Our Family’s Favorite Pancakes

The Girl Who Ate Everything’s Copycat Macaroni Grill Penne Rustica. I made quite a few changes to the recipe so my version is really just Penne with Chicken but the boys love it. It’s creamy, delicious and easy to pack in the thermos for a hot lunch for the kiddos. They love it so much they ask for it everyday in their lunch till it’s gone.

moms small victories penne with chicken


Sausage, egg, cheese and hashbrown tacos

Leftovers and fish sticks, french fries and green beans. It’s my weekly night off and we’re having a Twitter chat to discuss Waiting for Snow in Havana for a Travel the World in Books reading challenge event.




Not sure here either…isn’t it all just waiting for Thursday?


Happy Thanksgiving if you celebrate it! Last year I made a bunch of traditional Thanksgiving food (but my Rotisserie Chicken in A Bundt Pan instead of a huge turkey) and the little guys weren’t crazy about it. Yes, the kids who don’t like chocolate or cake, also don’t like sweet potato casserole or stuffing!

This year I decided to ask my boys what their favorite dishes are so we have a hodge podge of food and the in-laws are bringing the more traditional Thanksgiving dishes. At least I know my boys will eat well with this menu and to me being with family and stuffing ourselves with good food is what Thanksgiving is all about.

Bacon Nutty Cheese Ball with crackers
Fruit and veggie tray
Jalapeno-Garlic and House Marinated Steak Tips from a local butcher. Seriously good, better than a steakhouse. Thankfully weather is cool but clear so grilling should be ok on Thursday 🙂
Sweet Potato Casserole
King’s Hawaiian Rolls
Rudy’s Slow Cooker Creamed Corn
Cornbread Stuffing Muffins from A Spicy Perspective
Cranberry Orange Relish
Apple Pie from I Wish I Lived in A Library


Buttermilk Waffles Recipe from Cooking Classy and bacon. A family favorite and I haven’t made it for the in-laws yet.

My photo when I made them:
momssmallvictories buttermilk waffles

Ham/Cheese Paninis and Crock Pot Enchilada Soup from Skinnytaste


Blueberry Muffins from Cooking Classy

Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki from This Silly Girl’s Life, brown rice and sauteed broccoli


French toast with fruit

Homemade Pizza

Organizing Printables

I created a couple weekly planner printables to incorporate my menu plans into my week. Check them out and download for free if it will help you with your weekly goal and menu planning.

Free Weekly Planner printable with menu planner based on 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Free Weekly Planner Printable with Menu Plan, Daily Goals and Small Victories & Gratitude Tracker


What’s on your menu plan for this week? What do you have cooking for Thanksgiving? Are you hosting or traveling?


  1. What a wonderful menu plan. Last night we had homemade chicken soup that I made. Tonight we are having Chili and White Bean Chicken Chili that I made and canned with the help of my husband over a week ago. Tomorrow, we will be having Spaghetti with homemade sauce probably. Then on Thursday we will have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner complete with Turkey, Ham, Collard Greens, Creamed Corn, Green Beans and Mashed Potatoes. For dessert we will be having a selection of pies and a Spice cake.

    By the way I am stopping by from MommyBlogger. I welcome comments on my blog as well.

  2. We are having beef and broccoli tonight, and making a lasagna tonight for tomorrow. So that we don’t overdose on poultry before Thursday 🙂
    Thanksgiving lunch will be turkey for us with sausage and leek baked stuffing, homemade cranberry sauce, mashed potato, roasted carrots and more broccoli (one of the few veggies the kids eat! Then leftover turkey in a pie on Friday. I’m hungry just thinking about it.

    1. Good idea Helen. I think I’m already going to have to modify my menu plan because I forgot that hubby wanted me to buy Spanish ham and cheese for Friday’s breakfast. Looks like it will be waffles tonight or tomorrow, which will be easy to reheat for breakfast.

      Yum, how do you make your stuffing and cranberry sauce? Your menu sounds delicious. My kids love the sauteed broccoli too, I make it a lot but at least they gobble it up. Roasted carrots sounds good too. How long do you roast them for?

      1. This is the stuffing recipe we use but we substitute sourdough for cornbread. The cranberry sauce is just cranberries and sugar with a touch of OJ on the stove-top. We sometimes will add a dash of brandy to it, if we have some in.

        I just steam the broccoli and then put it under the broiler with a bit of shredded cheddar on top – smother anything in cheese and my kids eat it. Our mash is usually loaded with cheese and cream too 🙂

        The carrots, I honestly don’t have a clue since my hubby is the one that cooks. I know he adds fresh thyme or rosemary (again depending what we have in) and honey.

          1. I have not tried leeks before, that stuffing sounds delicious. My cornbread stuffing ones were pretty but not popular. I didn’t even use as much bread and still was too dry. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

    1. You’re welcome Annie, it’s very much (if not exactly) like the one our family uses. Our meats may change but the sweet potato casserole is a constant and its the adults who love it more than the kids!

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