ON THE MENU- A week's worth of scrumptious menus and recipes!

I feel like I should start this post with, “HO HO HO”! It’s Christmas land here at StoneGable! The halls are decorated and lots of gifts are wrapped. And this week I’ll be making cookies. I don’t make as many as I used to, but I make our very favorites. Gingerbread men, Russian Tea Balls, The Best Sugar CookiesChocolate Chip Cookies, and Rugelach Cookies! YUM! All this talk about cookies is making me hungry. So let’s see what’s ON THE MENU!



Happy December! Now is the time to order those last minute gifts. Make sure you know EXACTLY when they will arrive. It’s frustrating when gifts don’t get to our homes in time for Christmas morning!

And if you are not wrapping gifts as you buy them start wrapping now! I am one of those crazy people who love to wrap gifts (only when I have the time). If you need some ideas for wrapping pretty Christmas gifts you should see 10 VERY BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT WRAPPING IDEAS.

  • Chicken Quesadillas (This is a great how-to recipe)
  • Refried Beans
  • Fixins’- chopped tomato, shredded lettuce, guacamole, sour cream


Here at StoneGable it’s all about S-O-U-P! We love it. I make soup at least once a week. Because this recipe makes a vat, I’ll be freezing it for lunches!

ON THE MENU- A week's worth of scrumptious menus and recipes!



If you make one thing this week it should be Aunt Sue’s Mac and Cheese. The image below is a single serve, but you can make it in a big pan. The best part is the crumbly top! Oh, YUM!!!

Are you planning your Christmas Day menu yet? Get started now! Buy all non-perishable items so you have them on hand! Sunday the 11th I’ll be sharing a fabulous and very easy Holiday Beef Brisket… it’s made in the slow cooker! We will be having it for Christmas supper.





Don’t let this image fool you… Holiday Beef Brisket is a FABULOUS and easy recipe that is company worthy!

As you are thinking about gift giving, how about giving to your favorite charity? What a nice way to spread Christmas cheer to a worthy cause!



  • Braised Short Ribs… Make these a day ahead. (Another oldie but goodie)
  • Roasted Carrots
  • Mashed Potatoes


When things get hectic make a dinner-worthy sandwich. Just add a salad and you have a meal! Reuben’s are a favorite of mine! I keep sandwich fixings in the freezer so I can pull them out when I don’t feel like cooking! Easy-peasy!



If you are having guests for dinner this holiday make sure to ask all of them if they have any food allergies. We have a couple family members that have special food needs. No food reactions at my dinner table!

And now… a public service message! Please, please, please DON’T OVERIMBIBLE at a holiday party!!!! It’s in bad taste and make a person look foolish! Let’s monitor what we drink and drink lots water in between! But you already knew that, didn’t you?




Can you believe it is the 10th of December? Need a BETTER LATE THAN NEVER Christmas decorating idea? I have a good one and it’s so so easy!

On another note, what EVER has happened to pork? It tasted so so much better when I was a child. Granted it’s much less fatty today, but it lost all its amazing flavor! I still eat pork, just in a casserole or soup. 

Other recipes On The Menu this week…

If you have never made gingerbread men, you should give them a try. But not just any gingerbread men! These men are nice and spicy and seriously gingerbread-y!  I make GROWN-UP GINGERBREAD MEN almost every Christmas!


RUSSIAN TEA BALLS are a family tradition. My mother made them at Christmas time and now I do too! These are beautiful little snowballs of melt-in-your-mouth sweetness!


Have a DELICIOUS week!


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ON THE MENU- A week's worth of scrumptious menus and recipes!

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  1. Anne Marie says:

    Sounds delicious!

  2. I would love to see your recipe for the holiday beef brisket fixed in a slow cooker. Planning to try several of your recipes. Thanks.

  3. I shouldn’t have read this hungry. Now I want to cook every one of them ?

  4. I used to make the pork chop & scalloped potato dish years ago – thanks for the reminder! I will surprise my husband with this one night this week and he will be so happy!

  5. Sandra Barnhart says:

    Love the ideas can’t wait to try the Russian tea balls.

  6. I can’t wait to make the pork chip & scalloped potato casserole-sounds delicious! And I think I’ll try your spicy gingerbread men this year.
    Thank you for sharing!

  7. Dorinda Selke says:

    Yvonne I love all your cookies and make most of the ones you make as well but my number one favorite are those Russian Tea Cakes. I could make a million and I still would eat them all. Gosh they are crazy good. Hugs, Dorinda

  8. Karen Cadden says:

    Thanks you for sharing such great recipes. They make enough to have some leftovers-making some days “cooking free”. A great gift to give yourself during the holidays. There is so much packed into this post I will be taking my time going through it.

  9. Love all the variety of dishes.. Love to see how dishes are presented such as the green beans on the platter and the crunchy Mac and cheese
    I’m copying them all !! Happy Holiday Feasting !

  10. “Overimbible”? Interesting portmanteau!

  11. Louise Crowley says:

    So many delicious recipes- which one to try first?

  12. Your Russian Tea Balls look like something my Mother used to make. So yummy! Thanks for the reminder of this favorite!

  13. Rebecca Silverstone says:

    Absolutely making the Russian Tea Ball cookies. I will use pecans instead of walnuts as I have a huge bag from Costco, trying to use what I have on hand, unfortunately got laid off last week. But the good lord will provide & I am not going to let a temporary set back ruin my Christmas spirit! Thank you for your inspiring posts.

    1. Sounds delicious! So sorry you got laid off, Rebecca. What a great attitude. I’ll be praying for a new job for you!

  14. Lisa Marutz says:

    Looking forward to Christmas on your blog?

  15. So yummy and that gingerbread man
    is a cutie !

  16. Cindy Crisler says:

    Thank you for sharing your recipes with us. I cannot wait to try them. You are right about pork. This year we ordered pork from a family member that raises a small number of pigs and picked it up at their butcher. It is delicious!! A lot more flavor!! Happy Holidays!!!

  17. Russian tea cookies are one of my favorites!

  18. I am going to make the sugar cookie recipe this coming week, I am always looking for tried and true cookie recipes.

  19. I love Russian Tea Cakes, thank you for the recipe. I will being using a lot of your recipes over the holiday season.

  20. I can’t wait to try the Pork Chops and Scalloped Potatoes Casserole. What’s not to love?

  21. I love Chicken Quesadillas. I never thought about using butter instead of oil. i will definitely use that idea.

  22. Oh everything looks so yummy!

  23. Looks like several recipes I need to try.

  24. Thanks for sharing, everything sounds so yummy.

  25. I’ve started wrapping my gifts as I buy them, as you suggested, and I’m so glad I did!It feels great to have it done. Plus, I think that I won’t forget some gift that I stashed away earlier in the year!

    1. Oh, I do that too! Even though I mostly wrap as I go I always find a small gift or two stashed in my closet! Don’t tell Bobby, I am gifting him with bar glasses I recently found from last year!

  26. Baking is a family tradition at our house. As always there will be cut out sugar cookies, chocolate crinkles, English toffee, snickerdoodles and peanut butter fudge.
    Your beef brisquit looks wonderful! Will have to give that a try!0

    1. Oh, I wish we would have started that tradition. It’s not too late to start, right?

  27. What a wonderful roundup of recipes. They all look scrumptious! My problem is, which one do I try first! Thanks for sharing !

  28. Carol Tellefson says:

    Merry Advent as you anticipate Christmas! Your recipes always meet all expectations. Carol

  29. I am certainly giving those sugar cookies a try!

  30. Love your cut out sugar cookie recipe. It’s the best. Made pumpkin cut outs for the grandchildren for Thanksgiving dinner dessert.
    Copying your Russian Tea cookie recipe and baking. Yvonne, I am so delighted you are sharing dinner menus again.

  31. Jill Jones says:

    Hi, Yvonne. I can’t tell you how many of your recipes I have made and just love them all. The BBQ rub is one of my favorites that I use all summer long. Do you have a recipe on your site for Aunt Sue’s Mac & Cheese? It looks DELICIOUS! If you don’t have the recipe available on your site, would you consider posting it? Thanks so much. Happy holidays, Jill

    1. Yes, thanks for letting me know I forgot the link! I just added it. Try this mac and cheese. It’s scrumptious!

  32. Carol Elkins says:

    The Loaded Baked Potato soup sounds so yummy!

  33. Teresa Alexander says:

    thank you for the yummy recipes! I’m planning to begin baking this week!!!

  34. I will be making your wonderfully sounding sugar cookies. Sugar cookies always remind me of my grandmother, Maw Currie. We made sugar cookies so often when we got to spend an overnight with her and “Dada”.

  35. Thank you for the menu and recipes. I’ve encouraged my daughter to check your blog each week for at least the menu help/plan. 🙂 I also posted about your menus on my FB! Really appreciate you!

  36. I’m glad you’ve brought back your recipes!

  37. Love soup and can’t wait to try the loaded baked potato soup.

  38. Groan! Oh my goodness, every one of these whets my appetite.
    I’ll be doing a lot of cooking this week thanks to you, Yvonne. And enjoying!
    Russian tea balls–the photo makes them look just as delicious as they are. Good work!