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

It’s Christmas week! The most beautiful week of all the year! I hope you soak up and drink in every minute! On a personal note, I have something to tell you that I have been hiding for awhile. Have you noticed that I’ve been missing a bit this week?  Well, time to fess up. I’ve been walking around on a fractured ankle (in a boot) for a few months. Unfortunately, it was near a very arthritic area of my ankle/foot and got so bad I had surgery on Tuesday. A pin and a plate later and 5 days in the hospital will hopefully give me an ankle as good as new. I just got home this afternoon… 

I’m feeling fine and taking very good care of myself. I have never felt so happy to see StoneGable!

However, I am not able to put any weight on my left foot for 8 to 12 weeks!  YIKES!

You might be wondering how this will effect my blog. Hopefully, very little. I have a wheel chair and a knee scooter and lots and lots of help lined up. My assistant Katie who usually helps me put things away will be helping me in many more ways for awhile! Katie is THE BEST! It’s my goal to keep StoneGable up and running and active and beautiful and better than ever! 

 I’ll keep you posted on my recovery. Right now I just need prayer for healing and your friendship, like always! 

To be honest I will not be cooking every day because my wonderful friends are bringing me meals several times a week. I still want to give you a full week of On The Menu even though I won’t be making everything each week.


Let’s get to a week of yummy recipes!


My mom made a big pot of Cabbage soup for Bobby and me to enjoy tonight. I love this soup. I make it with lots of meat. When I’m on my feet again look for the recipe!

  • Nani’s Cabbage Soup
  • Crusty Bread



I LOVE LOVE LOVE Christmas week! It just “feels” different than any other week of the entire year! Join me in basking in the true meaning of Christmas this week! 

My friend Fran makes legendary meatballs. This meatball recipe was given to her by her grandmother with a promise she would never share the recipe. But the cat’s or should I say meatballs are out of the bag. They are too good to keep secret. Fran always says, “If you see me sitting outside the pearly gates, you will know it’s because I have shared my grandmother’s meatball recipe”. lol!



Did you see my post on last minute gifts?  If you have to fill in your gift list you might want to check out some great gifts I found that you can get before Christmas. Find it posted on Monday Dec 19th.

The last time I had surgery my amazingly talented friend Kim made these Chicken Enchiladas for me. YUM! Hint, hint Kim!



Just a reminder… make sure to take lots of pictures this Christmas! They make such amazing memories!  

I have Clam Chowder in the freezer and this is so so delicious! 



Christmas is only three days away. Everyone do their happy dance! I love to sit in my dark living room with the tree lights on. Magical!


Time to finish up the last little details before Christmas.  I like to go to bed on the 23rd with everything totally done! Christmas Eve and Christmas day are meant for enjoying!

This is such a fresh, easy to make, tasty meal!



I almost love Christmas Eve more than Christmas day itself. I look so forward to Chrismas Eve church. Silent night, holy night!



May the Author of Christmas fill your hearts and home with His greatest blessings today! 


Other recipes ON THE MENU…

Christmas Brunch Breakfast Casserole

We eat this for brunch every Christmas morning!


My Best Sugar Cookie

If you need to make one more kind of cookies for Christmas these cookies would be my pick!


You might like to follow me on Pinterest and see what I’m finding to pin every day HERE.

ON THE MENU DEC 18TH. A week's worth of scrumptious recipes. I'll do the planning for you!


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  1. Best wishes for a full recovery.
    Merry Christmas, Ruth

  2. Oh no, Yvonne! I hope you have a speedy recovery.
    Thank you for sharing your menus. You’ve helped me in a few stumped areas.
    Hope you have a good week and a very merry Christmas! (and a good as new ankle!)

  3. Jonne Molesky says:

    I Hope you have a speedy and complete recovery! Merry Christmas!

  4. Oh my goodness, poor you, sending you lots of love and healing prayers for a very quick recovery. You are a real trooper, we would never have known. Huge hugs from France xx

    1. Merry Christmas! God’s blessings and joy to you and your darling family!

  5. Oh my! Praying you mend quickly and completely. Love your recipes (which is what initially drew me to your blog). Hope you have a very happy and blessed Christmas.

  6. Everything sounds delicious. Take care of yourself and get lots of rest…..you’ll be back on your feet in no time!

  7. Mary burke says:

    Please rest! Elevate your foot…take your pain meds …& have a Blessed MARY CHRISTmas!

  8. Julie Veldman says:

    Yvonne prayers for a speedy recovery. Please take care of yourself first and remember that we will all be here ready to read SG when you are feeling up to blogging. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family and new grand baby!!

  9. Wishing you a speedy recovery and a very Merry Christmas and a healthy new year.

  10. Prayers for a quick, complete recovery

  11. Yikes! I’m so sorry but glad you’re on the mend and have such great friends to bring you some goodies. Praying you heal quickly. May you and the family have a very blessed CHRISTmas! ❤

  12. So sorry to hear about your recent mishaps and surgery. In March I broke a bone in my left foot, wore a blue boot, which threw off my gate and as a result had a flair up of arthritis in my right knee. So I can so relate to your misadventures! Glad to hear you’ve got lots of help and will still be able to share your ideas with your readers. Praying for a full and fast recovery for you!

  13. betty in arlington says:

    prayers for your reconery! Wish i lived near you to help you – maybe you do??

    I am making your beef recipe for Christmas day- if weather is good, will take it to my nieces in the Virginia countryside til Dec 26 th – church on Christmas eve!

    Christ is born! Glorify Him!

  14. You certainly have my family’s prayers. We are only a few of your many friends that love you dearly. Take care and please don’t overdo. Your family, friends and especially that new baby need you back in top notch condition.

  15. Dear Yvonne,
    So happy to hear you are on the mend
    Of course we noticed you were missing
    I suggest the best way to heal is to hold that beautiful grandson!!
    Wish I lived close by, just made some roasted chestnut soup that I think you would enjoy
    Praying for you
    Merry Christmas my friend

    1. Hi Mary! Thanks! Little Anderson is coming on Tuesday and I can’t wait! And we will have another bundle to love early in June. My son and his wife Abby are expecting. I am over-the-moon!

      1. Kittyluvr says:

        Oh congrats on another grandchild!! Bless your family during this Christmas season….so many blessings to be thankful for!

  16. Lillian Lane says:

    The link for Kim Rice’s Chicken Enchiladas is incorrect. It takes me to Perogies With Sausage, Cabbage and Pear. Help!!

  17. So sorry to hear about your foot issues. I will pray for a full recovery. Merry Christmas to you and your dear family.

  18. Betty Hummel says:

    Many prayers to you and your family as you recover. You are such a trooper and so glad that you have help.

  19. Wishing you a speedy healing and recovery. Have a Merry Christmas and a 2017 full of blessings.

  20. Many prayers for a complete and speedy recovery. God bless you!

  21. Judi Johnson says:

    My prayers will be with you. You don’t realize how much you use your body till there comes a time you can’t use it

  22. Get well soon. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  23. Hope your ankle gets better soon. Wishing you a yours a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

  24. Kittyluvr says:

    Oh, no, I thought you were probably spending extra time with your family…I am so sorry for your accident and surgery. I will be praying for you and ask my friends to join in asking for the great Healer to heal you faster than expected so you can return to normal life. I saw another reader post that your fans/readers will always be here and that is so true! Your blog has so much content that we can re-read things posted in previous years and gain so much knowledge. Rest and enjoy your time with your family. I wish i lived close enough to bring your family a meal.

    1. Thanks so muchKitty!
      I am so appreciative of all your prayers! And I’m so thankful for all my most wonderful readers!

  25. Barbara Harilaou says:

    Yvonne my wishes and prayers for a quick recovery. In the mean time since you have the help and the love of your friends and family sit back and enjoy your beautifully decorated home … I’m sure you’ll be back on your feet in no time…Have a [quick and speedy recovery] Merry Merry Christmas…….. Barbara [Corfu Greece]

  26. Yvonne,

    Wishing you a speedy recovery. So happy you are being well looked after. Enjoy this week and your visit with your grandson. He is all the medicine you need. Congratulations on the news of another little addition to the family. That’s wonderful! Wishing you and your family a joyous and magical Christmas!

  27. Brenda Chambers says:

    A speedy recovery I wish for you. Wishing you and your family Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  28. So sorry to hear about your ankle! Hope your recovery goes well!

  29. Carol Barton says:

    Wishing you a complete and speedy recovery!

  30. Hi Yvonne,
    My goodness girl, I have put you on my prayer list and will be praying for your recovery. You are amazing and seem to always be able to manage very well, through all the challenges of life. Hope you have a restful week and thanks so much for sharing your wonderful menu with us.
    Miz Helen

  31. Deanna Gertsch-Pozorski says:

    Always, always open your posts. You post great recipes and home decor ideas. Loved your winter wreath posts.

    Take care of yourself.

    Merry Christmas

  32. So sorry that you’re hurting, but hoping that you’ll be better off in the long run. Prayers to you and yours this holiday season.

  33. Wishing you a speedy recovery and accept all the help you can get!
    Enjoy this time with your family!

  34. Praying you will be up soon….playing with that little GRANDBABY. Congratulations on the one to arrive in June. Children are a blessing from our Lord. Take care and God bless

    1. Anderson arrives tomorrow and I can’t wait! And the new baby arrives in June!

  35. Beautiful blog…healing thoughts to you.

  36. Praying for a speedy recovery, Yvonne. Please take care of yourself. Your readers will be here always and will wait for you to feel better. Hospital stays are no fun! Hope the nurses took good care of you. Have a very Merry Christmas, especially with that new grandson! Many blessing to you. ??

  37. Lorri Rauscher says:

    Many prayers going your way for a speedy recovery!!! Your meals all look delish!!!!Who would have known that you were in the hospital having surgery..your posts are as beautiful as always. That just goes to show you how organized you are with so many posts that you can put some oldies but goodies and not even miss a beat!!!! Enjoy your new grandson and for goodness sake please take care of yourself.Have a Blessed Christmas anx Happy NewYear!!

  38. Carol Tellefson says:

    So sorry to hear about your surgery. Please follow all orders precisely so you heal quickly. Peace be with you as you cope with a change in Christmas plans…letting others do for you. Merry Christmas!

  39. Yvonne, I had major pelvic surgery in 2014 and was non-weight-bearing for three months. You can do it! Prayers for a calm, peaceful Christmas week.

  40. It couldn’t have happened at a worst time but I’m sure you’ll have lots of help from family & friends. God bless!

  41. Oh my,so sorry to hear about your injury.Glad you have
    help with all your preparations for Christmas.Having to
    be off your feet will give you more time to hold onto
    Anderson.Congratulations on the news of the new baby.
    You all will have a blessed Christmas for sure.

  42. Happy healing and wishing you a speedy recovery. I did miss your posts this past week, now I know what was happening with you. I am glad your are back. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas filled with lots of love and joy!!

  43. Dear Yvonne,
    I always look for your posts and noticed there was a lot to sift through to get to yours. I hope you have a lovely Christmas in spite of the surgery. I will pray for you! Your message today was wonderful.

    I’m in a boot again for my left foot after two foot surgeries this year. Hoping now to avoid another one.
    Feet are precious! Please everyone be careful and wear supportive shoes!
    Lots of hugs and best wishes for a thorough recovery. Portia

  44. Yvonne, I knew something was amiss and I am sorry to hear you are in pain. You are one to make the best off all situations and learn from them. I appreciate your testimony. You encourage me. I am praying for your comfort and good recovery. It looks as if you are being loved on with comfort food. Thank you for sharing.

  45. Debbie Esparza says:

    Sending you prayers for a full recovery. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

  46. Oh boy, Yvonne, best wishes for a complete recovery with no additional arthritic pain…or compensatory new pain elsewhere! Probably a good time to heal. We all like things a little more quiet after the new year, so try to relax into your new job….rehabilitating your body!
    Merry Christmas!

  47. Oh Yvonne, do take care of yourself!! Glad the surgery went well (wish we had known so we could have lifted you and your doctors up in prayer, but God knows your needs).
    A word of caution…take it easy…a friend had something similar happen and did a bit too much with her knee scooter and fell!!! Ended up with a wrist brace too. Not fun.
    Glad you have good help, and are willing to accept it.
    Take this time to slow down and have a wonderful Christmas with your sweet family!!!

  48. Prayers for good healing. Years ago I had surgery in Dec and it really forces you to experience Christmas in a new way. Friends and helpers are such a blessing.

  49. Stephanie Gable says:

    God bless and heal you completely. Have a blessed Christmas and New year with your dear family. Thank you for sharing your faith and your design gifts with all of us. Your sharing lifts our spirits and our homes year round!

  50. Wishing you a very blessed Christmas and a very speedy recovery. I enjoy your blog very much!

  51. Sending hugs and prayers for a swift and complete recovery! Take care of yourself…let others wait on you… xoxo

  52. I will be praying for your full and speedy recovery, Yvonne. Don’t you do a single thing but hold that grand baby for awhile. So excited to hear that you will be getting another one to love soon! I can’t wait for my first in April!

  53. Yvonne, I did 3 months no weight bearing due to an arthritic joint fusion in a foot a few years back. Also got the metal plate and pin badge. I’m gonna tell you it is no walk in the park. (Pun not intended!) it was my driving foot so no driving proved to be a giant hassle. When you can start showering again use a plastic umbrella sleeve to cover you leg. They are just inside most stores and grocers. My surgery was days before Thanksgiving so I know this is added trouble. I will say my husband came away with a deeper understanding of what I do during the day when he’s working and it completely changed our relationship in a good way.

  54. Best to you in your recovery. Your blog is great, informative and a great read. Merry Christmas!

  55. I’m so sorry this has happened to you! Put your feet up, take care of yourself and let others help this joyous season.

  56. Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery! Thank you for your beautiful blog and all the work you put in to it–it is very inspirational to me. Merry Christmas!

  57. Yvonne, So sorry to hear about your injury and resulting surgery but was so glad to hear you are on the mend. When there were no new blogs from you I feared something terrible had happened to you or a family member. I guess sometimes God tells us to slow down a little. I wish you a peaceful and beautiful Christmas with your loved ones around you. We will all be here when you are fully recovered and your blog is back up. Just rest and heal. Prayers of health and happiness. Merry Christmas and happy New Year, Kathy

  58. Yes, you were missed. Mentioned to my husband that I hoped you were not sick, so already praying for you. Guessing it will be a tad difficult to let others minister to you with your servant’s heart. May the outpouring of love, prayers and well wishes, encourage you. I’m thinking lots of snuggle time with Anderson while you rest.

  59. Yikes, Yvonne, that is quite a secret! SO sorry u r going through these hard times & I pray u will heal quickly now post-op. ??

    Thx for the wonderful things u share…u inspire us all! May u & your family have a blessed Christmas. ?NO doubt it will be fantastic since it is your first Christmas as a grandma! Welcome to this fun club!??

  60. Gay Lemley Ratheal says:

    Praying for your recovery. Merry Christmas

  61. Christine says:

    Prayers for your speedy recovery!

  62. I lost my mother’s meatball recipe so I’m excited to try the one you wrote about!
    So sorry about your ankle! Three days ago I had surgery on my left foot for a painful neuroma. Seems like we’re in the same boat:)
    Let’s make a toast to our healing!

    1. Yes, but isn’t it amazing how well one can get around if one has to!

  63. I hope you heal in hurry. Thanks for sharing your home and talent. Merry Christmas!

  64. Blessings for a speedy recovery…….Merry Christmas!

  65. Teresa Nichols Houston TX says:

    Sending prayers for a speedy recovery …..blessings to you and your family this Christmas Season …..thanks for a wonderful year of awesome ideas for my home ….

  66. Jeri Ann Thompson says:

    Sending love and prayers your way. Wishing you a speedy recovery and the happiest Christmas!

  67. Yvonne, you have definitely been missed. You are in my prayers for a speedy recovery. In the meantime, rest up, have yourself a warm, safe and Merry Christmas and all the best in 2017. Here’s hoping you are up and around soon. God Bless you and your family.

  68. Bless your heart! I am so glad you are home and hopefully on the mend. Please take care! Hugs

  69. Prayers coming your way for a speedy recovery! Thank you for continuing to post I look forward to them and I can’t wait to try some of these recipes. Take care.

  70. Anne Marie says:

    Sending hugs and prayers your way – hope your recovery is speedy and you have a wonderful Christmas. My day would not be complete without a visit to Stone Gable. Your are a part of my life!!

  71. Wishing you a Merry Christmas! And a speedy recovery.

  72. I hope you have a full and speedy recovery. I always enjoy your blog. Thank you for sharing with us. I definitely want to try your Sugar Cookie recipe.

  73. Oh my! What a thing to happen when so much else IS happening……but I do believe it may be a blessing in disguise. We all tend to over do things during the Holidays, and this may be God’s way of saying…..slow down Yvonne! LOL…..my prayers are for a speedy and pain free recovery. It seems that you have an army waiting in the wings to come to your rescue during this time. I know you will find joy in each and every day because you are a Child of God. Bless you and your family during this wonderful season and congrats on the new “grand” news. Merry Christmas!

  74. So sorry to hear about your surgery but glad you are “fixed”. Please be careful and don’t re-injure it. Have a restful Merry Christmas!

  75. Very sad to hear about your ankle and the required surgery. Prayers that you have a healthy and calm recovery, but still have
    the ability to enjoy your holiday festivities and family. Take care; you have to eat to heal and please receive all of your bloggers’
    sweet wishes for a complete recovery. The boot may prove to be a pain but its there for help.

  76. Dear Yvonne…I am so sorry to hear of your surgery…heartfelt prayers for restored good health….thank you for your tremendous work on your blog…..it’s the best and so are you !!!! If I lived closer I’d wait on you hand and ‘ankle’ !Merry Christmas and God bless each and every member of your family !!! Anne

  77. Wishing you a speedy recovery! The menus look great and I can’t wait to try some of them.

  78. well that certainly doesn’t sound very holidayish….but the body doesn’t care if we might be busy with the holidays….so prayers for a speedy complete recovery…

  79. Yvonne, oh my goodness! I’m so sorry you had to go thru surgery. But i am sending you prayers for a speedy recovery! Wishing you & your family a Merry Christmas? Many blessings for 2017?

  80. Nancy of Lake Stevens says:

    Yvonne, I remember years ago when you decided to take a sabbatical from blogging but said that the content would still be available. I went through and wrote down the post title and date for every single recipe because I didn’t want to miss a thing. This was before Pinterest. I am so happy you are back with your wonderful recipes.

    On another note, I am sorry to hear about your injury. I wish you a speedy recovery and many, many friends to care for you. I know if those of us in blogland could send a meal or clean a toilet for you we would.

  81. You are in my thoughts & prayers way up here in snow covered, gorgeous Vermont. Your story of your recent physical challenges has given me renewed hope & encouragement that I will survive two weeks of holiday company despite my flare-up of hip arthiritis that makes it difficult to dance around my kitchen while prepping all those holiday meals! Let’s be proud of our inner strength & carry on in the true spirit of the season. Blessed Christmas & Happy New Year, Yvonne.

    1. Angela,
      Hope you enjoy your Christmas company! Hope your arthritis doesn’t keep you from “dancing”!

  82. My sincerest sympathy. And I can definitely sympathize because I’ve been hobbling around in a boot myself for the past 4 weeks after foot surgery. But at least I can put weight on my foot. Take care of yourself and don’t hesitate to accept help. While we all love your almost daily posts, we can survive while you put your focus on recovering.

  83. Many prayers for a speedy and complete recovery for your ankle. Let your friends and husband take care of you. Two Christmases ago, I had knee surgery. I did too much and suffered a painful recovery. Let those who love you wait on you. You have already decorated and baked for Christmas so take it easy. So excited about your expecting another grandchild.

  84. Sharon Burckhalter says:

    Feeling so bad for you but glad we will still see your wonderful blogs. I too have a fractured ankle which is healing but found out I have a torn tendon so definitely surgery. Waiting until after the holidays. Not sure what it will hold but ready to get it done. Wishing you the best in your long recovery and keep the beautiful pictures and info coming.

  85. Well the silver lining is that you will be “forced” to take it easy and enjoy every second of this week(and a few more after!)instead of rushing around to finish up last minute things! Prayers for a speedy recovery. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  86. MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says:

    Yvonne, we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. May God continue to lay His healing hand upon you. Your post was missed but we all want you to just do what you can and take some time over the next few weeks to just enjoy your family. God bless each and every one of you! Have a blessed week and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    We continue to thank God for you and the special person you are. Your posts are wonderful.

    Bless you in a special way this coming week, Yvonne! May you feel His presence!

    1. Thank you Mary-Ann for your beautiful comment! Every single comment means so much to me!

  87. Marcy Leonard says:

    Oh my! Well, in an apparent show of solidarity unawares, I tripped and fell yesterday, thankfully ONLY breaking my next-to-pinkie toe (ring toe?) and badly bruising my knee. I am the family Klutz–am perfecting my Ho-Ho hobble for Xmas and using a walker.
    Hope you continue to mend nicely–one silver-lining, I hope is that you can spend extra time holding that grandbaby while others handle Xmas.

  88. Jacqueline says:

    Yvonne, I wish you a blessed Christmas surrounded by all you love and who love you. Offering prayers fora speedy recovery. Blessings

  89. Merry Christmas Yvonne. Praying for a full & speedy recovery from your surgery. It is hard for a busy girl to be laid up during the Christmas Holidays, but sounds like you will handle it with grace. Also, if you look for the silver lining here it is, since you have to be sitting a lot it is a perfect place for a new grandson to spend Christmas.

  90. Karen Stopher says:

    I agree with Janice, I good time to slow down , could be your best Christmas yet. So glad you have help. Praying for a speedy and complete recovery. Congrats on another new grand baby coming. Wonderful time in your life. Our youngest of 6 grandchildren is almost 14. No more babies?. Enjoy them they are little such a short time.

  91. Barbara Windle says:

    All the best for a speedy recovery. Enjoy this magical season.

  92. Thoughts and prayers that you wil be back on your feet soon and feeling better than ever.

  93. Diane Ruebel says:

    Dear Yvonne,
    Now your lovely StoneGable Christmas “halls,” created so lovingly for your family, can be the place where you begin your healing. May it be so.

    Loving prayerful hugs from Camano Island,

  94. Prayers. Merry Christmas

  95. Prayers for quick healing

  96. Karen Cadden says:

    So sorry about you ankle. Praying God will bring about a speedy recovery. And that you will see all the ways He meets you needs during your recovery.

  97. This all sounds so yummy! Will be trying some of these ideas soon. Prayers for a speedy recovery.

  98. Prayers for a speedy recovery! I’m sure little Anderson will be your best tonic!

  99. Praying for a complete and successful recovery!

  100. Patricia Lawlor says:

    All of the best for a speedy recovery and have a Merry Christmas and happy New Year to you and your family. I hope you get to see your new grandson during the holiday season

  101. Marilyn Craighead says:

    Merry Christmas and get well soon!!

  102. Phyllis Veal says:

    Bless your heart! Praying for complete rapid recovery! Merry Christmas!!!

  103. Pat Hatter says:

    Sorry to learn of your pain & struggles but surgery should really, really help!! Gd bunion surgery in Jan, 2016, and wore a boot & couldn’t put weight on it for 6 weeks – hang in there. Every day gets better!! Can’t wait to try your enchiladas too. Merry Christmas & love your web site, it’s always beautiful, like you!!! Pat

  104. Oh no! So sorry to hear about your ankle! Putting you on my prayer list. Take care of yourself, keep us posted on your recovery, and enjoy Christs birth with your family.

  105. Yvonne,
    I hate welcoming you to the ankle, pins, plates and boot club but here are?

    Please take extra care with that break, sometimes it takes a little longer to heal fully. The good news is, now you can predict stormy weather. Seriously, happy to hear you have help during your recovery. Merry Christmas!

  106. Botanic Bleu says:

    Prayers for you as you recover from surgery… What a blessing to have friends who help out with meals. If I lived near you, I would be on the meal list. Have a wonderful holiday with your family.

    Merry Christmas and Joyeux Noël,


  107. Hoping you have a speedy recovery. Snuggle by the fire, sip hot chocolate, enjoy your family and this holiday season. Thank you for the wonderful menu ideas.

  108. Yvonne, please rest and take care of yourself. Enjoy your Christmas with your family.

  109. Have a wonderful Christmas Yvonne! Prayers are with you. Hope you have a full recovery. My MIL did and she was 75! She broke her ankle in the snow, had plates etc.. and is now good as new! Enjoy your precious grandson at
    christmas and always. They keep you feeling young!!!

  110. Dorinda Selke says:

    Oh my dear Yvonne – I hope this finds you resting and elevating that ankle ! I also hope and pray that you aren’t in terrible pain. I have severe Fibromyalgia along with other issues and my heart goes out to you because I know you like to do yourself and not delegate. But sometimes you just gotta let it go and ha ha listen to me as if I take my own advice. Praying for you honey. Love and hugs, Dorinda

  111. Cindy Hallow says:

    Love all your ideas for the Christmas dishes! Can’t wait to try some. Best of luck on your road to recovery. Merry Christmas!!

  112. Erica Thomas says:

    Your recipes sound amazing. Great ideas for my busy week too. Our favorite Christmas Eve dinner was alway oyster stew with bread and salad. Since my mom passed our traditions have been to try something new each Christmas Eve this year is fondue. The kids can’t wait.

  113. Carmen Wiker says:

    Praying for your full recovery; thank you for the menu ideas. Have a blessed Christmas!

  114. Dear Yvonne,

    I am dreadfully sorry to learn this. Hopefully all went well and you will be on a fast-track to mending. God’s blessings for that for sure. What a time of year to be having that- ouch! Well, may your Christmas be restful and peaceful and full of loving help.

    Hugs. ♥

  115. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Merry Christmas ELAINE

  116. Enjoy this wonderful week and may you and your precious family have a wonderful Christmas! Praying for a speedy recovery for you!

  117. Jamie from Kentucky says:

    Yvonne, bless your heart, you just tied up that ol broken bone with a Christmas bow and kept going!! Thanks for the menu and get better . Merry Christmas to all!

  118. Mary Jo McGovern says:

    Well this is the perfect excuse to sit and rock away with your little grand baby! That’s the best medicine! Your home is decorated beautifully, so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor, relax and focus on taking care of yourself! Merry Christmas and blessings for a healthy and happy 2017!

  119. Yes, I *did* miss you, Yvonne! (I thought you were just extra busy this week before Christmas.) Please take good care and know I’ll be praying for your full recovery. I’m so glad you’re home now. Merry Christmas!

  120. Glad you are ok! Prayers Fot a full heal quickly! Stay off yoir foot! Let it heal ! SO IMPORTANT , thanks for the great recipes! May have to make the cabbage soup and clam chowder!! Looks yummy! Blessings! Merry Christmas,Cindy

  121. Glad to hear you are on the mend. Also glad to hear you have help and are able to stay on target with goals between now and Christmas. Take care!!

  122. Elaine Wesselman says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your injury and surgery but glad to hear you are on the mend. And yes I was worried because you had missed a few days! I guess that is the bad thing about writing a daily blog. Your faithful followers notice if you miss a day. I don’t know how you do it! I am so very happy about your announcement about another baby in June! Congratulations to your son and daughter in love. Sincere prayers! for you all.

  123. Darlene James says:

    Ouch! Prayers foe a complete healing. Maybe a white Rocking-chair with a pretty pillow is on Santa’s list….Congratulations!

  124. Sending prayers and positive thoughts your way. I had a surgery on Tuesday also. Coming home has made me feel even more grateful for family and friends and the joys of Christmas. I am sure that we will both be breathing in Christmas week and everything it has to offer!

  125. Prayers, your ankle is good as new and you will be “up and running” soon. Thanks for the delicious looking recipes. Merry Christmas!

  126. Carol Davis says:

    If I was there I would help you. Have been helping a niece who uses a walker and wheelchair 90% of the time so am well versed on how to help and stay out of the way at the same time. Needless to say you are in my prayers. Please let your loving family and friends help, knowing you would do the same for them.

  127. Praying for healing and rest for you Yvonne- and that you’ll enjoy the Christmas holidays.

  128. Prayers for your quick recovery! Just like a “mom”, hiding your pain and suffering so you can continue your work and serve everyone! Have a blessed wonderful Christmas and thank you for your wonderful blog.

  129. Nancy brasher says:

    Hope you heal quickly. Love, love you and your blog.!

  130. Carol Brooks says:

    Prayers for healing…rest and re-blog from your archives. We, your readers, always enjoy what you write! Remember to eat your black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for health and prosperity in the coming year! Take care, rest and receives God’s having and comfort. Blessings to Katie and all your friends that can help!

  131. Prayers for your speedy recovery. I do know one thing that will make that healing joyous, lots of time sitting and holding that grandbaby! Enjoy your holidays.

  132. genie steger says:

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery! And keep your Christmas spirit!!!!!

  133. Bless your heart, Yvonne. Prayers are being said. Thanks for the sugar cookie recipe. I have been looking for a good one.

  134. Konstantina says:

    My best wishes for a full recovery of your ankle. To you and your family “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” full of health , love and joy..!!!

    Take care
    Athens – Greece

  135. There’s no place like home for a relaxing recovery! Hope you feel better soon and can enjoy this wonderful holiday with your family.
    Take care, Susan

  136. Oh my! I remember you were hobbling around at Haven with that boot and I hope that this surgery has you back on your feet soon! Enjoy some pampering and relaxing at home and we will all be here for you if you need some time off.

    Warmest holiday blessings to you and your family,

  137. Carol Adame says:


    Wishing you a very speedy recovery!! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  138. Wishing you a completely recovery and a very merry Christmas!

  139. Prayers go out to you. It sounds like you have a lot of help from everyone , so you should ave a speedy recovery if you take care of yourself. Thanks for the recipes and a blessed holiday week.

  140. I’m so sorry about your injury! Take care of yourself and enjoy this week leading up to the celebration of Jesus’ birth. Thanks for the sacred meatball recipe! Can’t wait to try it.

  141. Remember to take your vitamins especially C. 2000MG a day It helped my husband heal twice as fast.

  142. Oh no! Prayers for a speedy recovery. Looks like you have everything planned out, but as busy as you always are, you still need to take care of yourself and let others do for you. Take good care of yourself and keep that foot off the floor. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  143. Sue Braithwaite says:

    Love your dinner plans. Hope you feel better soon..

  144. Healing Wishes… and Merry Christmas! Congratulations about the new Grand baby too… Love and hugs from Minnesota! Judy

  145. So, so sorry to hear about your ankle. Praying for rest and full recovery right now. Even in the difficulties His grace is more than enough, isn’t it?
    May your week be blessed in extra special ways.
    Merry Christmas week!

  146. I can one up you but I won’t bore you with the gory details……so I know what your going through and I can’t imagine going through it and still trying to do what you do! Kudos to all your “elf helpers”, wishing you a speedy recovery, listen to your Dr’s and Therapists and despite it all enjoy your holidays with friends and family….prayerfully with love and hugs!!!! Marcia

  147. Angela Hamby says:

    Prayers for a quick recovery!

  148. Thanks for continuing with your blog in spite of your ankle injury and surgery. I very much enjoy your posts and look forward to them every day – and from all the comments, many others do to. So nice that you have people that you can depend on to help at home and for meals. Praying that you have a very quick recovery.

  149. Teddee Grace says:

    So sorry to hear about your surgery, especially right here at the holidays, but as organized as you are I’m sure everything will go like clockwork! All the best to you and yours at Christmas and the New Year.

  150. Winnie Bunting Spicer says:

    So sorry you had to had surgery. I can only imagine your disdain of being non mobile but as someone long ago told me: Perhaps God thinks now is a good time for you to slow down! Your organizational skills already have enabled Stongegable to continue going forward. I wish you best for Christmas and the coming New Year! You will be in my prayers!

    1. Thank you so much Winnie. But I’m finding I’m very mobile! I really can get around quite well! I’m very thankful for that!

  151. Carol Elkins says:

    Thank you for sharing all the yummy recipies! Praying for a quick recovery for you! Merry Christmas!

  152. Oh my goodness! I’m so sorry you were injured! Praying for complete healing! I’m pretty new on your blog, and enjoying it.

    Merry Christmas!

  153. Avril Crundwell says:

    You are an amazing woman, Yvonne. Blessings during your recovery and may the Lord bless you and keep you with joy during this blessed season. Thanks for all the beautiful things you post and your obvious love for the Lord or this Season.

  154. Well, of course we’ve been missing you!
    I feel for you, Yvonne. I had a tri-mal fracture of my ankle 20 years ago with no weight-bearing for 12 weeks, and a l-o-n-g recovery, including learning to walk again (you forget due to proproception after being off it for a time). I have a long plate and 7 screws, and I have NO idea why you aren’t in bed doped up on drugs! It was the most painful thing I’ve ever had to endure. I have prayed for your healing and will continue to pray for an extra measure of grace to bear this trial. I’m glad you have Katie and a load of people who love you. It’s impossible to do this by yourself!
    All your readers love you, too – and we’d be there fixing meals, cleaning your bathroom, and washing your hair if we all lived closer.

    1. proprioception is the right spelling

  155. Wishing a happy holiday and speedy healing! I love your blog so much, you’re amazing and inspiring.

  156. May you heal quickly and without incident.

    Merry Christmas!

  157. Best wishes for a speedy recovery and a Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  158. Constance Colvin says:

    Yvonne…..it sounds like you’ve got a challenge on your hands with that ankle! I love your positive attitude about it and also your umbrella of joy that never goes away, no matter what! Merry Christmas!

  159. Well you are definitely making a memory this Christmas — but not the one you hoped for and planned! I am so very sorry for the trial of this ankle injury and surgery, but I pray that you will be encouraged by people helping you through this season. You will really be looking forward to spring and walking in your garden — even more than usual! We do look forward to your posts, even when we aren’t able to comment. Your posts are inspiring and fun and so very helpful! Hope you are able to rest and enjoy the view from your window, read a good book, and listen to uplifting music. You’ll be better before the daffodils are blooming! 🙂

  160. Sending many prayers your way for a speedy recovery.
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours!
    Take care

  161. So sorry to hear this Yvonne. Take care of yourself and enjoy Christmas with your family!

  162. Denise Cox says:

    Goodness Yvonne! So sorry to hear about your ankle! You will be in my thoughts and it comes as no surprise that you have oodles of helpers lined up! Have a Blessed Christmas with your family and your new grandson!

    Looking forward to new decor/menu ideas that you will bring to us in 2017!!!!


    God Bless…

  163. Yvonne. I am so sorry to hear about your ankle. Please do rest up and listen to Doctors orders. Thoughts and prayers to you for a speedy recovery.

  164. God’s blessings on you, Yvonne. Prayers for your speedy recovery. I am making your brisket, twice baked potatoes, and green beans with bacon for our family’s Christmas dinner. Thank you for recreating On the Menu. I really missed it.

  165. Beth Stansell says:

    I made your meatballs and Ceasar Salad dressing last night!! My girls home from college and my hubby loved it all!! Thanks for the wonderful recipes! I plan to make the brisket as well. God’s speed in your recovery!

  166. Theresa Palm says:

    Yvonne, sending prayers and healing thoughts your way. Have a blessed holiday season.

  167. Julie Maier says:

    Yvonne, please know that you are in my prayers for a good and speedy recovery! You’ll be good as new before you know it! And thanks once again for some wonderful menu ideas and recipes. Merry Christmas!

  168. Sheila Gunderson says:

    Oh no Yvonne, so very sorry to hear you are recovering from surgery and under the weather for the holidays. Prayers for healing coming from me to you.

  169. I have a question completely unrelated to this post. In a picture of your kitchen sometime ago on the blog there was a dish stacking unit on your countertop that held 2 sizes of plates and cups. What was your source for that unit?

    1. Hi Carol, I think you are talking about my mug holder. I found that at Decor Steals. Hope this helps.

  170. Wishing you speedy recovery for your ankle, and a Very Merry Christmas! I think the Christmas Breakfast Casserole ( w/ Asparagus!) will be on the menu at our house Christmas Day!

  171. Best wishes for a very speedy recovery and wonderful 2017. Merry Christmas!

  172. So glad you made it home before Christmas. Your family will take over and it will still be a great holiday!

  173. Maggie Nelson says:

    So sorry to hear about your ankle. Prayers coming your way for a speedy recovery!

  174. How very sorry I am to learn of your ankle injury and surgery, Yvonne, and what timing!! 🙁 You give us readers so many lovely decor ideas, amazingly professional photographs, recipes and content to read every single day, that your absence went (almost) unnoticed by me; I simply thought you were taking a well deserved Christmas break with your company. Take this time to put your feet up and cuddle the grandson and let others give back to you for a change! Don’t try to push yourself and overdo it … I had a second knee replaced a few months ago and know how long the body needs to heal. By the way, your gift and card arrived yesterday and I have to ask … did you do that beautiful calligraphy?? The enclosed family photograph was SUCH a delight and surprise – it made the receiving end here feel so very personal! Everyone who visits and sees it, asks who my friends are! lol! Take care of yourself and Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

  175. I’m praying that you have a good recovery. Please mind the doctor’s orders. Have a Blessed Christmas with your family and friends.

  176. Anne Porter says:

    Thinking of you and asking ? for complete healing . Just being in your home is a soothing remedy, isn’t it?
    Merry CHRISTmas , dear one!?

  177. Yvonne, no more secrets – we could have been praying!!!! xo GET WELL and STRONG.

  178. Anna Clarke says:

    Yvonne, so sorry for your injury. Wishing you a speedy and as painless as possible recovery and a great holiday.
    Thank you for the “On the Menu” feature. I’ve tried a couple of the dishes (delicious!), and your suggestions have reminded me of things I haven’t made I quite a while. Thanks for making dinner more interesting.

  179. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Merry Christmas and best wishes for the coming year. Much love from Boston!

  180. ( Hey you ) That is how my sisters and say hi. I have been busy, but I have noticed that you have been not as visible. So sorry to hear about your ankle. Take care of you. Have been praying for you and will continue . Big Hugs. Kiss that grandbaby of yours. Will be Busy the next couple of days. Merry Christmas. and many Blessings.

  181. I’m sorry we didn’t know because I’m sure like me, we would have loved to be praying for you. But I will start now. “Precious FATHER, Jehovah Rapha, please mend the bones in Yvonne’s ankle. Give her comfort. Help her to rest in YOUR care through her family and friends at this time. Help her to rest and not worry because YOU have allowed this for YOUR good purpose. We know YOUVE got this! So thank YOU precious LORD! In JESUS’ name, AMEN.

  182. Pam Fogal says:

    Merry Christmas Yvonne! My prayers are with you for a very peaceful, loving time with your family as we celebrate the birth of our Savior! I must admit you have inspired me to be more in tune to the true meaning of Christmas. At this time of year, it is so easy to get side-tracked with deadlines, gift buying, school programs and Santa gifts, that I get so frustrated with myself when Christmas Day is finally here. I pray for that mind change so I have a Peaceful Heart at this Christmas.

  183. Mary Robinson says:

    Best wishes for a quick healing. Love the menu ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  184. Sarah Barr says:

    Sounds good! Would love the chocolate bourbon pecan cake recipe too!

  185. Yvonne, would love to be able to join in to help you along your road to recovery! Sure wish I could do more than send up prayers … but I will be content doing just that.
    I have pinned most all the recipes you posted and look foreard to trying them! We are so lucky to be able to include yours and your friends’ creations in our own meal planning in the coming weeks!
    Hoping your recovery is still going well, and you are taking good care of yourself. Don’t get overly confident about being so mobile ~ be sure to follow doctors’ orders!!! Hope your Christmas was the Merriest, and you have a very Happy New Year … ! Sending gentle hugs your way!

  186. Great Menu Ideas I will use them. Rest and heal. I know your mind is full of ideas. Take one day at a time. Can’t wait to read and see what you will share with us next.

  187. Praying for a speedy recovery for you, Yvonne. I enjoy your blog so much. Merry Christmas and God bless!