Meal Plan Monday + Cookbook Giveaway

I spend most of a snowy afternoon yesterday working in the kitchen. I did a Cook Once, Eat 10 Times session for both ground beef and chicken since I had picked them both up on sale last week. Now the freezer is stocked with meals to make life easier the next few (crazy) weeks. The cold weather has me wanting soup and homemade bread, too, so I’ll be putting those on my meal plan a lot. You can check out the big linky at I’m an Organizing Junkie for more meal plans and recipes. Here’s what we’re eating this week:

Sunday–Hamburgers, homemade fries, veggies and dip
Monday–Pineapple Pork Chops, green beans, rice
Tuesday–Spinach Pie, corn muffins
Wednesday–Beef tacos (using the meat I precooked on Sunday), fixings, black beans and rice
Thursday–Leftovers of the week so far
Friday–Meatball soup (I can’t wait! I’ve been craving this and waiting for cold weather), homemade bread
Saturday–Crockpot chicken cacciatore, spaghetti, broccoli

And now for a food-themed giveaway! While I like having the usual, traditional recipes every year for the big holiday dinner, it is nice to try something new once in a while. How about you? I have a Southern Living Christmas Cookbook that will help you plan your meal and try new flavors, or you can just give it as a gift.

To enter, just leave a comment below with your name and email address (remember to space out your email to avoid spam–like ginava3 at yahoo dot com) and tell me one of your favorite holiday recipes–something you must have on the table every year. You must have this as part of your entry or it will be deleted.

This giveaway ends Friday, December 11th at 10:00pm EST, when I’ll choose the winner using US & Canada addresses only, please, since I’m mailing it myself. Thank you for reading Moneywise Moms, and good luck! **Update: This giveaway is closed. Thanks for entering!

*Disclosure: This giveaway prize comes from me.


  1. Oh, I collect cookbooks!! Love them! I would love to win this! Ok, something that must be on the table for Christmas?? HAM! Yummy pineapple baked ham. :-)

    My menu:

    momof3boys3702 @ mchsi . com

  2. A favorite at Christmas is Amaretto Sin Pie–truly decadent!!
    Would love to win the SL book!

    philisd at verizon dot net

  3. A must have on our dinner table for the holidays is HOMEMADE ROLLS!!!!
    danaamandanichole at yahoo dot com

  4. The spinach pie sounds wonderful! I've still got Swiss chard in the garden – I'll bet that would swap for the spinach beautifully – thanks!

  5. Bacon Skillet fried cabbage is my ALL TIME favorite and it is a MUST have at my table. :)
    spiphibus at gmail dot com

  6. A must have on the table for Christmas dinner is my grandmother's waiwai (hawaiian) rolls. I make them every year with her recipe.

    -Lisa (

  7. Anonymous says:

    The holidays meals just aren't the same for me unless there are homemade mashed potato's! laurie70 at live dot come

  8. a must have for me is homemade mashed potatos! They have to be made with sour cream and still just a bit lumpy. I would love to win a cook book – more for my 15 yr old daughter who is taking a liking to cooking. Thanks! – laurie70 at live dot com

  9. A must have is my Grandmother's homemade fudge with is the only time all year we get it!

    Emily ( emilyjnewbury at

  10. I lOVE cookbooks! My favorite holiday food is the pink salad my mom always makes. My grandma used to make it and now thats she passed, my mom does.
    jleigh dot ball at sbcglobal dot net

  11. A must have at our holiday dinners is homemade mac n cheese. I have loved it since a kid and love it when my grandmother makes it! Thanks

    thransom at gmail dot com

  12. Tracey, In Word Adorning says:

    Hi I enjoy your blog. I like your method of cooking ahead, it's more like prepping ahead and cooking fresh. Thats the way I do it. I agree, it is time for soups and warm food isnt it.

  13. Every holiday I need to have sweet potato casserole…the one with brown sugar, pecans and lots of butter. Yummy!

  14. Fresh baked bread, real Candied Sweet Potatoes & Homeamde Cornbread stuffing with cranberries & apricot in it. Just to name a few of our traditional side dishes on our table.

    Kewlbreez4 at yahoo dot com

  15. Heather B says:

    MMmm, I hear you on craving soup. That is what is on tonight's menu with buttermilk muffins.

    A must have on the table is my Aunt Linda's sweet potato and apple casserole. Topped with marshmallows, it is almost like a dessert.

    heatheranne226 at yahoo dot com

  16. Tammy Fine says:

    This is not for dinner but for breakfast we love an egg, sausage, cheese and hashborwn casserole along with blueberry french toast casserole. This year I am trying them both in crockpots.

    tamaradrummond at rogers dot com

  17. Anonymous says:

    I have to have stuffing. My mom makes the best stuffing and I miss having it. Thank you and happy holidays. Carol

    moodycab at sbcglobal dot net

  18. Anonymous says:

    Sweet potatoes and apples!

  19. I would love a new cookbook. I'm new to being a stay at home mom and so trying to expand our dinners! All we ever have ate is plan and simple meat and potatoes! Time to venture out.

    My Menu Planning is :
    I'm very new to this and just started blogging with this so the site is still being worked on.

    mmgilley104 at gmail dot com

  20. I can always use a new cookbook!


    Frugalchic at hot maildot com

    Sweet Potato Casserole….brownsugar top…yummm!

  21. I must have Yorkshire pudding on Christmas Day! I made it years ago and ever since, it is a must.

    camillegabel at yahoo dot com

  22. Hi Gina – The holidays (Thanksgiving AND Christmas) wouldn't be the same without homemade pumpkin pie… probably because it's always been that way since I was a child. However, this year, I am starting a new tradition for Christmas breakfast using my best friend's recipes for a yummy egg & sausage casserole and a blueberry french toast casserole. You have to make them the night before — which solves an annual problem for me. I want to serve a special homemade Christmas breakfast, but the last thing I want to do after staying up late wrapping presents, then getting up at the *crack of dawn* with anxious kids, is make a huge breakfast — so it's already done but not the same old, same old. Then I can just enjoy the morning with my family. :-) Happy Holidays!

    piferrobin (at) aol (dot) com

  23. sweet potatoes since I love them but don't make them the rest of the year


  24. Lisa @ Simplified Saving says:

    My must have is my grandma's jello salad. It's absolutely to die for!

    You can see my menu plan at

  25. I LOVE cookbooks!! My must-have holiday recipe is AuGratin Potatoes … my middle daughter LOVES them and it's not Christmas without 'em!

    shawneeh at yahoo dot com

  26. A must for the Christmas breakfast table is homemade cinnamon rolls. Yum!

    akahappyhomemaker @ gmail dot com

  27. Chicken noodle soup!

    tredinadavis @ yahoo . com

  28. TXsunlover says:

    We love my sausage cornbread dressing. It's just not the holidays without it!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    proudyaya04 {at} yahoo {dot} com

  29. DeeAnn Haworth says:

    A must on our holiday table is Corn Souffle. It is a yummy, decadent "vegetable" and we LOVE it. Thanks for the chance to win a great cookbook. My fingers are crossed!

  30. Mmmm! I have to have spicy crab dip every year during the holidays.

    Alynchpyon at aol dot com

  31. I would love this cookbook to add to my collection. Thanks


  32. Bourbon sausages!

    alisonflutz at gmail dot com

  33. suburban prep says:


    msgb245 at gmail dot com

    I love making eggnog bread. I get requests to make it and then family members toast it and put a pad of butter on it.

  34. My favorite holiday recipe is called Orpha Salad and is a jello salad of sorts that was first made by my great grandma Orpha(or maybe great great grandma – I never met her).


  35. It probably sounds way too normal and non-creative, but I have to have green bean casserole. I love it and don't make it any other time. :)

    thezimmermanfamily at yahoo dot com

  36. Jennifer P says:

    On our holiday party we always always have sweet potatos with marshmellows melted on top! Must have!!
    Jennifer P

  37. miamihoney says:

    My holiday favorite is homemade mac and cheese….one day I will get as good as my Mom!
    Always room for a good cookbook!

  38. Chocolate Chocolate chip pumpkin bread

    kgdasilva2002 at yahoo dot com

  39. I would love to win the cookbook. One of our favorite treats at Christmas is fudge! It's the only time of year we eat it!

    kell22 @

  40. I love cookbooks and would love to win this. Two things that we always have at Christmas dinner are ham and macaroni salad. Yummy!

  41. Jeff and Sheila Capell says:

    I'm in need of a new cookbook and have heard SO many great things about this one!! One of my favorite holiday recipes is english toffee that I'm working hard at getting "just right". This is my third year doing it, so we'll see!

    sheilacapell at hotmail dot com

    Sheila Capell

  42. Lynn in MD says:

    My mom makes a delicious cranberry nut bread. :)

    lynnpagel at yahoo dot com

  43. Tamara B. says:

    I love to collect cookbooks and love trying new recipes. My holiday favorite recipe is sausage stuffing.

  44. Robin and Stephen says:

    I love to have a good ole lemon pie! So so good!

    Robin_d31(at)hotmail (dot) com

    Robin Fulton

  45. My mother makes this frozen fruit salad that is a Christmas must have!

  46. Something simple like green bean casserole since it usually the only time of yr. we have it!

  47. Anonymous says:

    We are Italian so stuffed artichokes are a must!!

    collgall at comcast dot net

  48. turkey is what we usually have for christmas. I love love turkey. I don't know why I just don't make it another time!

    s2hartman at yahoo dot come

  49. One of my holiday favorites is Thumbprint cookies! Yummy. :-)
    Stephanie: glass.stephanie(at) gmail(dot)com

  50. The Heritage Sisters says:

    OOOo! I would love to win this! My all time favorite holiday recipe? Hummmm… that's a hard one. Probably my mother's DELICIOUS corn casserole!


    E-mail is: miministries(at)hotmail(dot)com

  51. Anonymous says:

    Oh please let me win…I have been sitting here for about 30 minutes trying to figure out what to make for dinner and stumbled across this giveaway. lol
    On our Christmas table every year we much have sweet rolls with homemade honey butter…my husband's favorite!
    Maureen Ruble

  52. One of my favorites is my mom's homemade nut bread and chocolate fudge :)

  53. Oops — I just re-read the directions and realized I didn't follow 'em.

    A holiday favorite for us is pretzel salad — jello with cranberry sauce and pineapple layered over a cream cheese/Cool Whip mixture and gelled over a buttery sweet pretzel crust. Delish!

  54. I love Southern Living Cookbooks! I've never owned one though. One thing I must have at holiday meals is sauerkraut. We cook it with pork the way my grandmother used to make it.

    ilovesweatpants at gmail dot com

  55. I made sweet potato donuts with maple cream frosting a few years ago, and now they are requested every year! Yummy!

    shaneandkari at gmail dot com

  56. Love cookbooks! We always make baked ziti the day of Christmas for lunch. So, this is one of my favorite recipes

    Christie C
    dctm at bellsouth dot net

  57. oh dear gina, for christmas, there must be ham. not sure why, but just like there must be turkey on thanksgiving, there must be ham at christmas. thanks for the great giveaway.

    my email should show up when you get my comment in your email address. it's published in my profile settings. :)

  58. Cheesy mashed potatoes, ham, and pineapple bake for Christmas eve yumm

    kiravens at yahoo dot com

  59. frugalfriends says:

    Thanks for a great cookbook giveaway!
    The one holiday dish that I loooove is my grandmother's recipe for sweet potato casserole with mini marshmallows on top. Have loved it ever since I was a kid!
    frugalfriendsnva at gmail dot com

  60. What a great giveaway!

    One of our favourite holiday foods is Gingerbread Cake! Yum!

    sroyce at cogeco dot ca

  61. My favorite recipe that I have to have on the table is my Mom's Apple Pie! She makes the best ever, and we always have it for dessert after Christmas dinner. I like mine with some melted cheese on it….YUMMY!

  62. I always make Chocolate Nut Clusters around the holidays to give to friends and family. They are super easy to make:
    stacy at recipesformoms dot com

  63. Thanksgiving just isn't the same without my Aunt's pretzel jello!
    khsavings at gmail dot com

  64. Julie Nguy
    julie dot c dot nguy at gmail dot com

    We love gingerbread anything!

  65. Mary Beth says:

    I have to have corn pudding at Christmas.
    lilyrose1963 @ yahoo dot com

  66. I love spiral ham cooked with a coca-cola glaze with baby glazed carrots! I love cookbooks and would enjoy this one as well since I recently moved to Tennessee. giggles33183 @

  67. My fav holiday recipe is my Cranberry & Orange Chunk Relish…hot or cold its YUMMY

  68. I collect cookbooks and I love this giveaway! Christmas brunch at our house – must have – quiche!

    lindarella at mtnwaves dot net

  69. I would love this for my mom who was raised in the south but moved to New England when she met my dad. She's been here now for almost 50 years but still misses the south something terrible.
    My grandmother used to make a salad that me and my brother would call "funny salad" and now my mom makes it every Christmas. We still call it "funny salad"!!
    Thanks for the chance!!

  70. My favorite is stuffing.

  71. I must have hashbrown casserole on the table for either Thanksgiving or Christmas, hopefully both, though.

  72. my fave holiday recipe is Hashbrown Casserole – yummy!!!

    carriemschmidt at gmail dot com

  73. I love sweet potato casserole! Thanks!

  74. I make a mean apple crumble that I only make once a year.

    njfoley at sbcglobal dot net

  75. I would love a new cookbook. I can't celebrate a holiday without homemade noodles on the table!

  76. Charlene W. says:

    I just love Southern Living Cookbooks! We have several traditional recipes that we make every year but my favorite is Grandma's Sweet Potato Casserole! I'm not a huge fan of sweet potatoes but that is a MUST for Christmas!

    Charlene W.

  77. My MIL makes this hashbrown casserole that is sooooo good. Love having it every year!

    My name is Crystal and my email is:

    crystal_psu at yahoo dot com

  78. Gary and JoAnn says:

    I love collecting cookbooks. We are having our Christmas dinner tomorrow, and you will find on our table fried turkey, fried cabbage, potato salad, sweet potato cass, corn, hash brown cass and corn bread, yum.

  79. One of my favorite things to make during the winter in apple crisp on a cold Minnesota night! Yum!

  80. beachmom25 says:

    My must have recipe would be Crockpot Dressing.

    beachmom25 at yahoo dot com

  81. Christmas Eve-beef tenderloin with mushroom gravy. It is the big treat for the holiday.

  82. One of our hoilday must-haves is Sausage Rolls and lefse. The lefse honors my husband's heritage and the sausage rolls my mother's English side. Throw in some Dublin coddle and we have a party :)

    amanda.mueller at yahoo dot com

  83. One of the dishes I must have on the table every Christmas is cevaps(Serbian sausages)

  84. Water chestnuts wrapped in bacon:)

  85. We have to have a squash casserole every year – it's way too rich to eat any more often than once or twice a year!

    mrsthistle at comcast dot net

  86. It just wouldn't be Christmas dinner without sweet potato pie!!! Flaky crust, yummy filling and topped with a dollop of real whipped cream!

    Thanks, Helen

    kamkolt21 at suddenlink dot net

  87. very simple just homemade mashed potatoes with butter
    a10small at hotmail dot com

  88. danimcgarry says:

    My favorite dish is chocolate peppermint ice cream cake! I love when they come out with peppermint ice cream during the holidays and this cake is delicious! I got the recipe out of Cooking Light. Thanks!

    danimcgarry at hotmail dot com

  89. We must have my traditional Rosemary Pork Tenderloin.
    Kelly –

  90. Well it isn't the holidays without my mom's green jello salad…lime jello, coolwhip, pineapple, cheddar cheese, and pecans! My favorite!

    I would love a new cookbook to give to my mom for Christmas!

  91. Gina @ MoneywiseMoms says:

    This giveaway is closed. Thank you for entering!