ON THE MENU- A week's worth of scrumptious recipes. I'll do the planning for you!

MERRY CHRISTMAS! I love love love the days starting just before Christmas through New Year’s Day. They are so very special. We are all about celebrating and fun and family and pondering the true meaning of Christmas here at StoneGable! Food is a big part of our celebration. We put on big and festive holiday meals and easy no fuss ones in between! Whether a feast or a snack, it’s all about putting lots of Christmas love into each thing I make! Have a yummy and merry Christmas!

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A very merry and blessed Christmas to you! May the Author of Christmas be present in your home this holy day!

ON THE MENU- A week's worth of scrumptious recipes. I'll do the planning for you!


Here at StoneGable we keep celebrating Christmas straight through New Year’s Eve! Today is for having friends in to enjoy a yummy libation. 

It is all about no-fuss cooking! I made a big pot of soup earlier this week and that is dinner for tonight! The ham and bean soup is such an o-l-d post. You can see how my posts looked when I first started (ugh)! The recipe is fabulous (with a secret ingredient for making the best soup) but the pictures… not so much!

ON THE MENU- A week's worth of scrumptious recipes. I'll do the planning for you!


Today I am working on a very very big surprise for all of you! It’s really top secret and I’ll be sharing it with you in the middle of January! I am so excited and hope you will be too! That’s all I can say for now… I don’t want to spoil the surprise.

If you have never tried Chicken Paprikash you will want to. It is scrumptious and smokey and filled with layers of flavor. And if you like Nani’s Sautéed Chicken you will love this! Serve it over noodles. YUMMY!


Today I’m using the leftover beef brisket to make brisket and coleslaw sandwiches. YUM! I’m substituting the smoky brisket with the holiday beef brisket leftovers. So delicious!

And I’m making homemade potato chips. A real treat!

ON THE MENU- A week's worth of scrumptious recipes. I'll do the planning for you!


Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup and a meal in a bowl. My daughter-in-law Abby LOVES Pho and I’m venturing into new culinary ground to make some for her. It looks delicious! Pho is customarily eaten for breakfast in Vietnam, but here in the States we eat it at lunch and dinner. HERE’S some very interesting facts about Pho and the proper way to eat it and pronounce it too! 

Want to venture along with me? If you are a Pho eater, please comment on your experience.

  • Pho
  • All the garnishes that go along with it


We are expecting our second round of family for New Year’s Eve today! My sister and her husband will be ringing in the New year with us. My mom and her husband Jim will be joining us too! I feel game night coming on. I am a wicked Mexican Train Domino player! 

Please give these wonderful and easy hand pies a try. They will be a favorite for sure!




Bring out the hats and noisemakers. Let’s ring in the New Year in style!

No “dinner” tonight. But we are serving some delicious heavy hors d’oeuvres.

ON THE MENU- A week's worth of scrumptious recipes. I'll do the planning for you!

  • Bacon Wrapped Almond Stuffed Dates- upcoming recipe… this recipe is oh, oh so fabulous!
  • Pizza Pinwheels
  • Oh, Christmas Tree Cheese Board
  • Salmon Mousse in Phyllo Cups
  • Radicchio Boats with Bleu Cheese, Mandarin Oranges, Candied Pecans and a Balsamic Reduction
  • Brownie Bites
  • Old Fashioned Gingerbread and Creme Anglaise 
  • Champagne

Here’s what else in ON THE MENU this week…

We have had the same Christmas Brunch menu for YEARS!!!! And Christmas Breakfast Casserole is the star! The toasted croissants make it extra rich and wonderful!

ON THE MENU- A week's worth of scrumptious recipes. I'll do the planning for you!


Kicked Up Chex Mix

ON THE MENU- A week's worth of scrumptious recipes. I'll do the planning for you!



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ON THE MENU- A week's worth of scrumptious recipes. I'll do the planning for you!


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  1. Theresa Winterberry Lane says:

    Wishing you the best this Christma. And hope you are on the mead and enjoying that new grandson.

  2. So yummy.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.

  3. Sandra Barnhart says:

    I make ham and beans soup but have never put lemon juice in it. Will definitely try your recipe next time.

  4. Linda Buchanan says:

    Everything looks great.

  5. Denise Moraris says:

    Merry Christmas ?Thanks for all the great tips! ????

  6. I’m so glad you started up the weekly recipes. I’m going to make the puff pastries. Not sure what to sub for broccoli though. Hmmm
    Happy Christmas Eve!

  7. Thanks for the yummy recipes! Merry Christmas!

  8. This looks so good and would be great for Christmas breakfast. Merry Christmas

  9. Thanks for all the inspiration recipes. merry Christmas to you and your family.

  10. Love that the recipes are back! Merry Christmas to you and your Family. We are gamers too- Mexican Train, 7’s and Canadian Golf.

  11. Some delicious ideas to feed the gang. Who wouldn’t want to feast in these delights?

  12. I have read your blog for some time now. Everything is always so beautiful and the food looks delicious. Most of all, I love the heart and soul of who you are that comes through loud and clear for your readers. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  13. Carol Barton says:

    Wishing you the very best in the New Year! Really do enjoy your blog, have a Blessed Christmas

  14. You surely aren’t cooking with your broken ankle! Have family members cook for you. It’s time to be pampered.

  15. Always enjoy your blog! A very very Christmas to you and your family!

  16. Merry Christmas! What a great menu! I love, love, love pho but I’ve made it myself – you’ve inspired me to give it a try!

  17. I appreciate your weekly recipes. So good! Merry Christmas !

  18. Maureen brinkmann says:

    It’s Christmas Eve and l’m lying in bed reading your blog exhausted from another busy day and oh so thankful that you have made my life so much easier by supplying everyone with these easy fabulous recipes. Love that you have become Grandparents. Take care of yourself and don’t overdo. Have a wonderful day tomorrow and a very fun New Year.

  19. I am going to try Pho it sounds delicious. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.

  20. Gloria Damoff says:

    Hi Yvonne and Merry Christmas from Niagara Canada! I’ve been following your blog now for a few years and love how you inspire me with your creativity! This year I was blessed to have Christmas dinner with my friends from my childhood whom I’ve reconnected since moving here last year. It’s like we never left each other. I made your Christmas tree cheese platter and it was the star of our dinner table. Thanks again for all that you do and God bless you and your family in 2017. Warmest regards, Gloria

  21. Merry Christmas Yvonne,
    I have never written a comment to anyone before today. I feel a connection to you from the authentic voice you present in your messages.
    I’m hoping you will send an update of your son’s health. I’ve been praying for him and your family. Please forgive me if I missed this news.

  22. Delia Teal says:

    Love your recipes especially the winter ones. They make staying inside and cooking a fun event.

  23. Carol Elkins says:

    I look forward to this email every week! Your recipes are yummy!

  24. Hi! Everything looks so good!
    Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year!

  25. Sandy Ross says:

    The hand pies look perfect to make with leftover ham, thanks for the recipe.

  26. Pam Griner says:

    Yum, yum, and yum! Great menu ideas!

  27. Sheila Gunderson says:

    You have inspired me to bake something new and delicious. Loved your Minestrone soup recipe and so did my family. Hoping this finds you recuperating well.

  28. I love Pho, it has an incredible flavor hard to describe. We go to a small Vietnamese restaurant in Kyle, Texas that serves the best Pho I have been served. Good luck with your recipe and Happy New Year.

  29. Your menu looks scrumptious. We changed up our Christmas Eve menu from the traditional — we had turkey, a lovely tenderloin & noodles, both prepared by BIL. Latkes, Turkish green beans (new recipe, YUM) salad greens, chocolate pudding desert, Cherry Pie squares (new recipe, YUM)– all delicious. When I send out Christmas wish lists to my kids, I ask for their favorite holiday tradition — daughter’s BF, said rum cider — so we will incorporate that into one of our evenings this week. She says it’s like wassail with a shot of rum. We have served wassail many times over the years. My son and I also made fruitcake this year, and soaked one in rum — delicious! So we have added another new entry to our menu.

  30. All of them sound delicious! One question though, are the croissants raw or cooked already? Sorry, I just couldn’t tell.

  31. I have made the Holiday Beef Brisket and it was delicious.