All is Merry and Bright… I love that phrase!!!

But for some reason it takes a whole lot of “nothing is organized and clean” to get to “all is Merry and Bright” around StoneGable.

I am in awe of some homemakers who can whip out whip and up their Christmas decorations… decorate a designer tree… string the outdoor lights over the entire house… make fresh green wreaths for every window  WHILE they are baking 15 kinds of Christmas cookies… clean their guest rooms (and put up a tree in there too)…make Jr’s Christmas Pageant costume and host a fabulous holiday party with no effort at all… or seemingly so!

For all of you who fit into that category… HAND OVER YOUR ELVES! Please share! After all, it IS the season of giving!

I will expect them here tomorrow morning!

Now, here’s what’s ON THE MENU…


Roasted Broccoli
Rye Bread
Chopped Salad
Crusty Bread
Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Root Vegetables
Gnoccchi Con Guazzetto di Capriolo ( Gnoccchi With Venison Stew)
(Look for upcoming recipe)
Individual Crochenbouche
(look for upcoming recipe)

Here are some yummy OTMM features from last week…

You must love Doritos as much as I do! Andrea from THE OPUPULENT COTTAGE shared this fabulous sounding DORITOS BREAKFAST CASSEROLE! It was the most viewed link last week. Oh.. I can’t wait to make this!


I am making this GOLDEN FRUITCAKE for my Mom! She is a huge fruitcake fan. It has been my theory that there is really only one fruitcake made each year… it just gets regifted over and over… until it gets to my Mom! If Cathy from WIVES WITH KNIVES (don’t you love that name?) makes it… it gotta be delicious! And now the world will have three!

SPAGHETTI CASSOULET sounded so intriguing I had to check out this recipe from Jenna at THE PAINTED APRON. It looks scrumptious! It will be ON THE MENU next week for sure!! Thanks, Jenna!

If you are planning a holiday get-together and need some delicious recipes go visit my dear friend Mary at HOME IS WHERE THE BOAT IS! Her blog is like the best magazine! Sooooo beautiful!  She shared  recipes and decorations and beauty from a cookie exchange… and this very pretty CHA-CHA CHICKEN SALAD

The CAFE’ SUCRE’ FARINE is another great foodie blog! Chris makes everything sound and look so good… like this TURKEY TORTILLA SOUP. Oh, Yumminess!!!! Now I know how I am using my turkey carcass!

Scones and Christmas… they go together so wonderfully. Especially if they are CINNAMON SCONES from Camille at GROWING UP GABEL. The thought of them makes sugarplums dance in my head!

Cinnamon Scones

The Weekly Menu this week is COUPON KITCHEN. Alison, your recipes looks great… especially the TUSCAN CHICKEN PIZZA! So delicious!

Coupon Kitchen

My offering this week is STONEGABLE HOLIDAY GRANOLA BARS. They are good for you and very very good tasting!!! We eat them for breakfast-on-the-go!



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  1. says

    Yvonne~ Thanks so much for featuring my Cha Cha Chicken Salad! Your Holiday Granola Bars look delicious…I need breakfast on the go AND elves :)

  2. says

    Hi Yvonne,
    When those Elves finish up at your place, please send them to me, I would be so grateful. Your menu looks awesome and I am off to check out your features for the week. Hope you have a great week and thanks for hosting!
    Miz Helen

  3. says

    Yvonne, I could use some help from the elves too. I’ve been busy all weekend and there is still more to do!
    Thanks for hosting. The food looks delicious, and I’m hungry! ~ Sarah

  4. says

    Mmmmmmmm I love your menu and the features, Yvonne. I hope those elves make it to my house, too! Whew, I could use them around here. I hope you have a wonderful week and thanks for hosting.

  5. says

    Ha ha, I agree, share those elves! I have been pretty much faking it and behind since Thanksgiving, but things are looking up around here and I would love some time to cook! Thank you so much for the feature, nothing fancy this month until closer to THE DAY, I am always looking for delicious on the quick! I am looking forward to trying some new recipes too, especially your Constructed Pear Salad. I pinned it last year and it has been on my to do list weekly, I want to make it for our special Christmas Eve to wow the family! Thanks so much for your continued inspirations and hosting On the Menu Monday.

  6. says

    Great features this week Yvonne. That Dorito breakfast looks fabulous, Iknow my hubby and kids would go gaga over it b/c they are HUGE fans of Doritos!
    Wishing you a wonderful week!!!
    XO Barbara

  7. says

    I hope your mom enjoys her Golden Fruitcake, Yvonne. This fruitcake made a believer out of me and now I can’t imagine a Christmas without it. Thank you so much for featuring my post among all the wonderful recipes you have chosen this week.

  8. says

    I agree with sharing the elves. We’re in Florida and I’ve opted for elegant but easy, emphasis on the easy. When you have a small place, too much can be too much.

    Thanks for hosting. I’ve brought homemade mayonnaise and some flavored sauces. Hope you have a great week and don’t kill yourself decorating. Send out for elves :)

  9. says

    Yvonne,I got tired just reading the list of what super hostesses do for the holidays. LOL… I think they have elves too.
    Thanks for the party enjoy my fish appetizers and I will see you next week.

  10. says

    I could use the CLEANING elves!!! Getting all the Christmas stuff out and up sure makes a MESS! I feel like I have carried boxes and bins up and down the stairs for 2 straight months now. Oh well, at least I am getting quite a work out:) Merry and bright, indeed:):) XOXO

  11. says

    Thanks for hosting this fun party,I copycat your granola bars they turned out sooo good delish,I replaced the rice krispi with whole wheat cheerios and wow the crunch stayed,fabulous recipe I will be making these all the time.thanks

  12. says

    I”m so glad everyone liked the Doritos casserole recipe so much! Thank you for featuring it, Yvonne! It’s so funny, I almost didn’t post this because I thought so many people would be horrified that I would feed that to my family :) I’m definitely suffering from lack of holiday elves here too, We have a whole lot of crazy here and I’m waaayyyyy behind!
    xo, Andrea

  13. says

    OH Yvonne, what would it be like to spend the day in your kitchen? Seeing you create these amazing dishes from simple ingredients. And then plate them with such finesse, and I imagine everything served with a big smile. Your dishes all look so yummy and appealing. I’m getting hungry, I mean wistful, just thinking about a visit with you.

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