Menu Plan: November 29 - December 4

There was much in the media this past week about Thanksgiving and how the Pilgrims and Indians didn't overeat and then go shopping.  Apparently, during those times people were a bit more conservative with their stores of food, wanting to make the harvest last through the cold winter months.  So it's apropos that today is the first day of Advent.  A time to scale back in preparation for the Christmas season.

The first week after Thanksgiving is also a time to finish off the turkey.  When you order one from the meat co-op you order a weight range.  This year's turkey was on the upper end of the range.  Lots and lots of leftovers.
  • Monday
    • Breakfast:  cereal (Mr. Gaelic leaves for a business trip)
    • Supper:  creamed spinach, corn pudding, pinto beans
  • Tuesday
    • Breakfast:  oatmeal
    • Supper:  turkey pot pie
  • Wednesday
    • Breakfast:  cinnamon toast
    • Supper:  turkey barley soup
  • Thursday
    • Breakfast:  cream of wheat
    • Supper:  baked mac and cheese, broccoli, honeyed pumpkin
  • Friday
    • Breakfast:  soft-boiled eggs, toast
    • Supper:  pizza for girls, Mr. Gaelic and I are headed to a scotch tasting with heavy hors d'oeuvres
  • Saturday
    • Breakfast:  waffles, bacon
    • Supper:  tuna casserole, salad
  • Sunday
    • Breakfast:  sausage gravy, homemade biscuits
    • Dinner:  hot turkey salad, potatoes, green beans
It cannot be December already.  Just where did the year go?  Time for another holiday soon.  Time to pull out the cookbooks and see what can be done ahead of time.  Maybe it's time to dust off my mama's fruitcake recipe.  Lots of planning and decisions coming up.  Stay tuned to see what it'll be.


  1. I spent the entire day from 8am making pot after pot of different kinds of turkey soups. Then I bagged up more than I can count and doled it out to bunches of neighbors. Whew, lucky they had all gone out to eat and didn't have turkey leftovers, lol.
    Hey, did I hear Scotch? a tasting? I'm on my wayyyyyyyy :D

  2. I have made tuna casserole only once and it was not good. May I have your recipe? Thank you! gail

  3. I had turkey pot pie today. To avoid getting dressed I made my own crust. I'm lazy, but in an odd way. Ha! The tpp was good. The Barefoot Contessa's pie crust recipe is the bomb-diggidy.

  4. Who says the Pilgrims didn't overeat? Besides not haveing anyplace to shop or enough to eat seems to have made them pretty cranky - all those witch burnings and expulsion of people like Anne Hutchinson and Roger Williams. I can't think of a worse Thanksgiving than one I would have to spend with a pilgrim. They certainly would put the 'grim' in pilgrim.
    As to tuna casserole, I have prayed since early childhood that it would never show up at any table at which I sat, and so far so good - close all this week, though...

  5. @Gail, I could have sworn that I posted the recipe but I don't see it in the comments. Did I email it to you instead? I'm very forgetful in my advanced age.

    @David, You just haven't had MY tuna casserole.