Happy December… or is is Merry? Well, whichever way it is I’m delighted it’s December. I love Christmas. I think the key to enjoying the season is to concentrate on the real meaning of Christmas and to make lists! In the coming weeks, I’ll share a guest room or two ready for Christmas, give you ideas for Christmas gifts, 10-minute Christmas decorating, have scrumptious menus and so much more! When you feel a little stressed come visit me here at StoneGable!!! Now let’s see what’s on the menu this week…

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Today on Decorating Tips And Tricks we are talking about KITCHENS DONE RIGHT. Kelly, Anita and I all have very different kitchens and points of view about decorating but there is a whole lot we can agree on about making a kitchen the heart of the home and someplace you love to be!!! 

You can listen to episode 132 below:


Listen to all DTT podcast episodes HERE.

It’s important to make and eat good and healthy meals when we are so busy, like during the Christmas season.  Planning ahead is the key. I hope you find inspiration and yummy recipes today!


Sunday’s are such family days around StoneGable. And making dinner for whoever shows up is here is a must. I don’t like to fuss every Sunday (well, most Sunday’s) and salmon is an easy dish that everyone loves! Look at these great potatoes from Eatwell 101! A must read! You will get lost in all it’s heavenly recipes for sure!



My favorite food is probably Mexican or Tex Mex! Oh, YUM!!! Look at these oven baked tacos. Gotta love them!



We love pasta in this house!!! And today’s recipe from Tastes Better From Scratch looks and sounds delicious!  I’ll probably divide this recipe in two after I cook it. We will eat half and I’ll freeze half for a quick meal!

I’m always thinking ahead so I have great, easy meals in my freezer for lunches and dinners.



My Daddy was a southern boy so pork chops and white gravy was a must in my home growing up. I just love it. But I don’t smother everything in gravy now, just a little for that comforting taste. Oh, YUM!!!



When you have an afternoon at home it’s so easy to make a roast chicken for dinner. So, so much better than those horrid store bought ones! Make it yourself!!! And save the bones to make your own Chicken broth for soup. Your home will smell absolutely amazing!!! Easy peasy meal!


I’ve made this cod dish several times and I love it! It’s so easy and buttery and has a mild fish taste. Great for those in your family that might be “on the fence” when it comes to dinner from the sea. You can find this scrumptious recipe at Valentina’s Corner!



This is hand’s down the best chicken noodle soup you will ever, ever make. No kidding and no bragging… just fact!!! Give it a try and you will make it again and again!!! Making this brings back such wonderful memories of my grandmother, Helen Pinter Jackwood who taught me to make this made-with-love soup!


I’ve heard of Christmas Crack for years but have never made it. So I turned to one of my go-to foodie blogs Cafe Delites for this sweet treat recipe!


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  1. Marilyn Gillis says:

    Thursdays chicken looks amazing!!!!

  2. Those potatoes look delicious and such a nice presentation too!

  3. Sharon Knerr says:

    I have never taken the time to make hasselback potatoes, but seeing your picture, and the simple recipe, I’m going to give them a try next Sunday. Always enjoy seeing your menus, and love the quality of your photos as well. 🙂

  4. I was wondering if you might be able to fix the link for the recipe to the Roasted Chicken that you rave about. When I hit the link it takes me to the crispy fried pork chop recipe from Yummy. I buy the Sams club chickens all the time and would love to try your recipe to compare. Thanks.

    1. Sam’s club and Costco have fabulous chickens. When I don’t make a chicken myself I buy one of those brands

  5. Paulette Weed says:

    Your food dishes always look amazing. I want to try ALL these recipes!!

  6. All your dishes look scrumptious!

  7. Francis Moore says:

    All the food looks delicious. Your photography skills are over the top.

  8. yum To all of it! I so enjoy your blog & podcast!!

  9. Your chicken noodle soup recipe is the BEST.

  10. Cindy Lou says:

    It ALL looks delicious ! You are VERY organized !!

    1. I am naturally a very disorganized person. But I love to be organized. It’s always a struggle so I try to stay on top of it.

  11. Cindy Lou says:

    Potatoes and tacos look amazing ! Will try !

  12. laura nuss says:

    It all looks amazing! Never thought to put my tacos in the oven! I am the horrid one who grabs a dinner to go when dinner time shows up announced! I think I will try the real deal next month! Merry Christmas! laura

  13. It all looks and sounds sooooo good!

  14. Everything sounds delicious!! You have inspired me to try a couple of your recipes especially the pork chops!! I never make them but I would love to try yours! Thank you!

  15. LAURA VARGO says:

    The chicken looks so delicious. I am just getting my kitchen back in order after a 4 week plus kitchen remodel. My oven is now in working order and I will be making that chicken today along with the hasselback potatoes. I can’t live without potatoes!

  16. Everything looks sooo yummy !

  17. Yvonne-the chicken link now goes to Christmas pillows instead of the crispy pork like yesterday. Maybe its my computer, but I am still very interested in the roasted chicken recipe. Merry Christmas

    1. Now that you’ve looked at Chrismas pillows you can go back and get the chicken recipe. LOL!!!

  18. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes!!! I feel like I have someone planning my menu each week and I love it!

  19. Sandra Barnhart says:

    Love the Christmas pillows they’re all so pretty but sure would like that roasted chicken recipe instead.

  20. Pat Peterson says:

    I love to cook, but sometimes the weekly planning is a chore. Thanks for the great recipes this week! Looking forward to the baked tacos!

  21. I see from other comments that the roasted chicken link is fixed, but I’m still seeing just the name with no link at all. Please tell me where to find the recipe for that beautiful chicken! Thank you.

  22. Eloise Fitzsmmons says:

    I LOVE your menu post! This week I’m thinking I’ll need to have some chicken soup around for me and to share. The potatoes might be a Christmas Day possibility , and who doesn’t need a little Christmas crack ? Thanks for this wonderful post.

  23. Oh boy Yvonne, I’m on board for a yummy ride, I love tacos too, I can eat them three times a day.
    I’ve been looking for a delicious chicken noodle soup and this recipe looks amazing.
    I’ll be dreaming about those tacos tonight-sweet dreams to you and yours.

  24. Valentina @Valentina's Corner says:

    Thank you so much for sharing my cod recipe, Yvonne. So appreciated. 🙂 Pinned the post.

  25. Lynda Tupman says:

    All the Menus sound scrumptious…will have to try some, or all…maybe not all “this” week…
    but soon….thank you for sharing them…. Helpful ideas…. 🙂

  26. The couscous caught my attention. Sometimes we drive a couple of hours to a special restaurant and it’s on their menu. I like the added mushrooms and spinach.
    Thanks for making meal planning easier and giving us ideas to change things up a bit.

  27. Denise carlson says:

    I have tried several of your recipes and I have to tell you they have all been keepers!!! Think I’ll have to try the Christmas crack sounds interesting. please enter me into the drawing.
    Thanks, Denise