This week is all about easy and delicious dinners! I just don’t have the time for lots of prep or time in the kitchen. It’s the week before Christmas and I’ll be getting lots of other things ready here at StoneGable for our family’s arrival on Thursday! I want to eat well but not be chained to my stove! Here’s what’s on the menu…


This recipe is a great way to start off a busy week. YUM! Salmon and lemon and garlic and pasta! What could be better? Thanks, to Farah at The Cooking Jar.



I’m making this easy and famous chili for tonight’s dinner and to have it on hand for lunches when the family comes later this week! I’ll add tortilla chips and lots of fixins’ like sliced green onions, sour cream, and a good sharp cheddar! A great dinner and an even better lunch. When you have a big crowd for an extended period of time it’s a good idea to plan ahead and make as much as you can. I make a little every day so I don’t get bogged down a couple of days before everyone gets here and end up stressed and not at my best. Thanks, Julie’s Eats And Treats!




I love this pizza! A combo of Tex-Mex and Italian. Quite a delicious mash-up! Any leftover’s I’ll eat for lunch! Can’t wait!!! Thanks, Living Well Mom!



Another winner recipe from Farah at The Cooking Jar. Please visit The Cooking Jar for scrumptious recipes. It is a StoneGable Prefered Foodie Blog!




I can always find something scrumptious at Cafe Delites! Seriously good eats! My family will love this easy recipe with big flavor! 



Today is our extend family Christmas party! And we are so ready! This year we are deep frying a turkey, a new venture for us! But we have family that are pro’s at it so hopefully, nothing will blow up or the fire department won’t be called! LOL!

We love stuffing (well when it is out of the bird it is really “filling or dressing”). I’ll make it like the recipe below sans carrots and a package of Pepperidge Farm seasoned bread crumbs. Just a thing I’ve used for years and years. 

The turkey gravy is made and in the freezer and I’ll make the mashed celery root and potatoes on Thursday. Then on Saturday they will go in the Sous Vide to reach and stay at the perfect temperature until dinner. I highly recommend a Sous Vide. A great way to make delicious food! And I can control it with from an app in my phone.





Our family loves Spaghetti and Meatballs! I’ll make the meatballs Tuesday and freeze them. And then put them in spaghetti sauce and put the whole thing into the frig to defrost and let the meatballs marinade in the sauce.  And on Sunday I’ll put them in my slow cooker for a couple hours. These meatballs are the best you will ever eat!!! Honestly! If you have not made these heavenly meatballs please give them a try!




Okay, with just one week before Christmas I hope you will make my favorite sugar cookies. I have been making them since my early 20’s and have not found a recipe that comes close. If you have time, make them and enjoy them with a cup of tea or coffee. I feel like I’m sending you love in the form of a cookie!

Have a blessed and scrumptious week! 


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  1. Theresa at Winterberry Lane says:

    Thanks for all the meal plan ideas for the week. My husband and I just returned from a two week trip to Germany. We took in six Christmas markets, the food was awesome and the mulled wine the best. I can not wait to try the recipe for the Salmon and Pasata. We had a similar dish in Germany that was yummy! While on vacation I kept up with your blog post. Wishing you and your family Holiday Greetings???

  2. kathy olson says:

    Thank you! I needed some good ideas for this week!!

  3. Janet Janzen says:

    Wonderful recipe ideas, as always.
    Merry Christmas, Yvonne.

  4. Looks lovely. I can’t wait to try your recipe.

  5. Third Christmas serving your delicious brisket recipe. My family thanks you. A blessed Christmas to you and your family.