Are you a Christmas cookie baker? I am.  This year just a few of our favorites will make it to the cookie platter. Like these Russian Tea Balls. Our family has been making them for decades and decades. We also love Grown Up Gingerbread Men, Chocolate Chip Cookies and The Best Sugar Cookie You Will Ever Eat. I’ll be adding Lace Cookies and Mrs. Lynch Cookies to the mix.

Before we dive into the menu I want to share two BEAUTIFUL Christmas tours I’m participating in this week.  Find them at the bottom of this page. You will want to grab a drink of choice and maybe a Christmas cookie and be inspired!

Now that we are all on a sugar high, here’s what’s on the menu this week…

This week’s menu plan is perfect or a chilly almost winter dinner.


One of my very favorite dishes is Chicken Marsala. And Karina from Cafe Delites makes an easy version. She even has a video to show us how to make it! Thanks, Karina!



Today’s dinner is a dry run for Christmas Eve. I’l be tweaking Salmon En Croute a bit.  Mine will use mushrooms along with the spinach and no cheese, but dill. I have a funny thing about fish and cheese together. I hope it tastes half as good as Dina’s original recipe looks! Thanks, Simple Home Cooked!

Hey friends, if you want to make a new recipe for a special Christmas dinner PLEASE give it a try before THE dinner! And make it early, print out the recipe and write all over it with your thoughts and adjustments. You will be so happy you did!



A StoneGable menu plan would not be complete without soup on it! This soup is sooo good! And it makes a wonderful weeknight meal! And it is zero smart WW points! YUM!


Oh, we are going to love this recipe! When I cook seafood like clams I buy them the same day as we eat them because they are alive, or should be! This is a glorious recipe from Food Blogs.



HEY! No judging. I made it through college eating Hamburger Helper! So I’m doing a little retro dinner! I’m still as blonde as I was in college (or at least the last half of it). I only wish I were as skinny! Thanks, Countryside Cravings!



Isn’t this a glorious chicken? Wow! I can absolutely taste it with my eyes. And using gruyere cheese is the icing on the cake or should I say chicken! Oh Yum, The Cozy Apron!



This soup is an oldie but so goodie. I’m going to make a double batch and freeze it for when the hoards come for Christmas. My whole family are big soup eaters.


This beautiful snowball-of-a-cookie remind me of my childhood. Russian Tea Balls were one of my mom’s favorite to make. They are melt in your mouth delicious and delicate! And they are so easy to make! Do you make Russian Tea Balls too?

This is such a busy time. Remember to eat well and get good restorative sleep! Hope you have a scrumptious week!



Friends, I’m so thrilled to be a part of a monthly (for me) series called Monday Morning Blooms! The first Monday of every month I’ll be sharing beautiful and fun floral decor and how to make it. Don’t worry about On The Menu it will be posted Sunday night so you don’t miss out on all the deliciousness there!

But this month we are doing things a tad differently. Each day this week one blogger is featuring a wreath and a beautiful arrangement from Lynch Creek Farm and having a WREATH GIVEAWAY!

Today, Mary from Home Is Where The Boat Is is showing us how she styled her products! Oh, my her site is gorgeous! Make sure to see Mary’s “blooms” and enter the giveaway HERE.

It’s that time of year when bloggers want to share and give you lots of inspiration. I’m so thrilled to be part…



collage photo featuring four Christmas porches

Christmas Porch Tour

Follow the links below for the full Christmas porch tour lineup, featuring 18 home decor bloggers. Be sure to visit everyone for lots of ideas to add festive touches to your porch and other outdoor spaces.

Monday, Day 1

collage photo featuring four Christmas porches

My Thrift Store Addiction // Postcards from the Ridge // Cottage at the Crossroads
Petticoat Junktion // House of Hawthornes // DIY Beautify

Tuesday, Day 2

collage photo featuring four Christmas porches

Sweet Pea // Duke Manor Farm // StoneGable
Sand Dollar Lane // Atta Girl Says // Our Southern Home

Wednesday, Day 3

collage photo featuring four Christmas porches
North Country Nest // My Creative Days // Worthing Court
2 Bees in a Pod // Major Hoff Takes a Wife // Craftivity Designs

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  1. Russian Tea cookies were a favorite Christmas cookie that I would make for my father who at 97 passed away in April. Making them always at Christmas in memory of him.
    Love beef barley soup. Thank you for the recipe. Cold weather approaching this week after yesterday’s temperature of 64. Crazy NE Ohio weather.

  2. Arla Philippbar says:

    You have such a way with words. You make everything sound so wonderful. Can’t wait to try some of these recipes. Would love to have you as a friend.

  3. I make a double batch every year as they are my favorite but they’ve been called Pecan Sandies for years at our house.

    1. Yes, I’ve heard of that. They are a bit different but they taste very similar. Aren’t these cookies just scrumptious!

  4. These cookies are my absolute favorite childhood Christmas cookie! I always reserve them for Christmas Day however, I ate one (okay, two) first thing this morning. Please don’t tell anyone.

  5. Hi I just wanted to let you know that I enjoy your Monday menu posts. I look forward to them.

  6. Cecilia from Georgia says:

    YUMMY YUMMY!! Your recipes will be used at some of the pot-luck dinners we are attending over the holidays. I have talked about your blog to my friends and can’t wait to cook the SALMON EN CROUTE. I enjoy baking but cookies are difficult for me to ice. I can’t get the icing to puddle so smoothly like yours. Do you have any secrets to share about getting the right consistency? Thanks for all your recipes!