Weekly Menu 12/2 - 12/6


The beginning of December already. This year sure is flying by. Before you know it, it will be Christmas!

I maybe kinda went overboard in purchasing Christmas decor items this year. Our entertainment center looks like Christmas threw up on it. Both end tables have Christmas decor. The tree is fully decorated. The dining room table has some decorations. The hanging lights above the island in the kitchen are wrapped with ribbon. Above the kitchen cabinets there is a 10' strand of tree-like garland wrapped in ribbon and decorated with ornaments. We have a wreath on pretty much every available surface. Suction cups hold ornaments to the windows. Oh, and the entire apartment has white lights around the ceiling. I'm not even joking.

I'll have to take some pictures once its dark out again and share them with you. So, needless to say, aside from there being wrapped presents under the tree (which I plan to partly remedy today), we are more than ready for Christmas.

But that didn't stop us from visiting a Christmas wonderland yesterday when Tom's parents came to visit. If you're in my area, or even if you aren't, I highly suggest making a trip to Valley View Farms during the holiday season. They have every ornament you can possibly think of. And every type of light, garland, bow or star.

Since, of course, they had Grinch stuff and Tom and I are Grinch addicts, we maybe kinda added 4 more decorations to our already over-decorated apartment. But it was Grinch stuff! I also picked up ornaments that I think my mom and aunt will like.

After that adventure, we went across the street to grab some lunch at the Silver Spring Mining Company, which I also highly suggest visiting. Its kind of a no-brainer. You go and look at awesome Christmas decorations and then head across the street for a delicious lunch. I had strawberry sangria (yum!), some of a crab pretzel for an appetizer (delicious!) and a Crisfield burger sans ham with sweet potato fries for lunch. The burger is topped with cheese, crab, shrimp and some type of spicy sauce. Its incredible.

Then, because my mother-in-law is as much of a HomeGoods addict as I, we headed over there. I didn't intent to buy anything but that never works. A $15 snow globe, a $15 3-in-1 cupcake/mini cupcake/cake carrying pan, $3 set of Christmas dish towels, a $10 new bath rug and $5 worth of Toblerone candies later, I managed to make it out of the store.

Talk about an expensive Saturday! Here is the menu plan for this week. I'm pretty excited since its almost all new recipes to try out.

Sunday - Peppercorn Crusted Steak with Jalapeno Mashed Potatoes and Corn 

Monday - Pumpkin, Mushroom, Prosciutto Risotto 

Tuesday - Tomato-Basil Parmesan Soup 

Wednesday - Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Sauce, Roasted Red Potatoes and Green Beans 

Thursday - Spicy-Sweet Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry 

At some point today I need to make some cranberry apple bread that didn't happen last weekend and also some cookies that would be incredibly awesome for Christmas. I hope it all gets done! 

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