Merry Meal Planning Monday!

Today’s post is written by Kim Bergeron of Extreme Coupon Professors.

First of all, our family would like to wish you a Merry Christmas, a little early. I hope you’re all enjoying the season, the festivities and more importantly, each other!

Well, we’ve got our Christmas and New Year’s food list and yes, we’re checking it twice. Really, we’ve checked it 9 or 10 times and the kids keep adding to it. I’m not surprised.

I’ve been having fun finding recipes online. One of my favorite resources has been Hannaford’s Holiday Recipes this year. By using some of their recipes and some of my traditional recipes, this is how we are breaking down our menu:

Yes, we have to cover dessert first! Would you think any differently? Everyone chose Chocolate Trifle. You can choose a different trifle if you’re not a chocolate fan, any trifle is so easy to put together. I have a beautiful punch bowl that I use layering chocolate cake, cool whip, chocolate pudding and crushed heath bar toffee. Make the day before for all the flavors of chocolate to mesh together.

I found another recipe for a trifle that I’m going to make for our New Year’s Eve Party. It’s an Egg Nog Trifle, yum. I’ve got the recipe for it HERE. 

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Fudge

Hands down, everyone chose the Reese’s Peanut Butter Fudge. You can find my recipe HERE! Amazing!

Loaded Chocolate Chip, M & M Cookies. We use the traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe from the package and add mini M&Ms to the cookies.

I also make my favorite cookies-I call them Snowball Cookies. Another easy recipe, but the ingredients are a little more on the expensive side. These I really make because I love them and I only have them once a year.

Hannaford Christmas

Main Meal: 

Our main meal is not a sit down meal. It used to be, until one of my babes gave me a due date of December 23rd. So, we planned a pot luck and everyone loved it. Fourteen years later, we’re still doing it the same way. We even switched to paper/plastic plates and plastic cups. So many pretty Christmas choices and clean up is simple! 

Amazing Meatballs: EVERYONE will love these! Cook everything in your crockpot 4-6 hours, mix it up a few times during cooking, and that’s it. They can be eaten as is or offer finger rolls on the side.
1 large bag of frozen meatballs, 40-oz or larger
3 cups of water
4 Tbl corn syrup
4 tsp vinegar
8 Tbl ketchup
2 tsp basil
1 tsp salt
16 gingersnap cookies

Lasagna: I make my lasagna a couple days before which makes my Christmas Day and Christmas Eve much more relaxing, enjoying the family and not slaving over the stove. We make a Caesar Salad to go along with our lasagna and garlic bread is nearby too.

Turkey: Here are a couple other make ahead meals that we enjoy on Christmas Day. I have a few extra turkeys in my freezer from the Thanksgiving sales. I cook the turkey ahead and then make several turkey pot pies. I usually make the turkey and pies the weekend before Christmas and I freeze the pies. I also make a turkey soup and freeze that as well until the day before I need it.

Finger Food*Finger Food*Finger Food: My family loves finger foods and the great thing about this is you can space these out all day. Some of our finger foods are hot wings & lime wings, shrimp cocktail, mini spring rolls and stuffed mushrooms. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it! I found this recipe tonight for stuffed mushrooms and I’m going to give this recipe a go. Check it out HERE for yourself.

We have several people who pop over during the day and evening who typically bring goodies and/or a meal as well. There is always so much extra food.

Do you see a pattern here, though? It really boils down to plan ahead, make some meals ahead and enjoy the day! As the children get older and busier, our family time is so limited. I want to savor every moment, especially over the holidays.

I hope you enjoy some of our family recipes and you have a wonderful Merry Christmas!


Kim Bergeron and family

I’m a wife, mommy and a lover of life enjoying everything from playing board games to cooking to traveling. Finding deals for our family has allowed us to do the fun things in life with enjoyment and less stress. When I find a deal I’ll always share it on my blog, Extreme Coupon Professors. Hop on over to see all the ways to save! 


  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    I don’t plan meals, but it sounds like you have some great nom nom’s lined up! I want that fudge!

  2. I have been so out of it lately the last thing I have thought about is menu planning.
    Yesterday I did a really bad no no and I went shopping hungry and ended up with nothing useful. UGH!
    Time to get back to it! Deserts count right? lol

  3. Tamara says:

    I feel like we have a lot of foods in common! The fudge? Amazing. The cookies too. And I’m a big fan of new meatball recipes. I’ve never tried that one!

  4. Ok that Reeses dessert is no joke! Those are some of my favorite ingredients!

  5. My husband makes a mean batch of peanut butter fudge, but I’m definitely going to show him this version with Peanut Butter Cups! Your recipe is pretty similar and I know he’d LOVE the pb cups added to it!

  6. Liz Mays says:

    I’d love to try out some of these recipes. The meatball recipe does sound really good!

  7. Censie says:

    We are having lasagna too! Great meal for the winter.

  8. Tonya C says:

    This fudge looks so delicious! I will be making these some time soon, oh my.. I can’t wait to eat some fudge with a nice glass of milk and a christmas movie by the fireplace :)

  9. Carol Bryant says:

    I am being naughty with desserts of late but the meal planning helps our family big time. Happy Holidays to you!

  10. Rosey says:

    Eggnog Trifle you say? Oh yes I could get into taste testing the desserts at your place. :)

  11. You got me at fudge and I’m sure that my kids would just love this. Sounds and looks so delish!

  12. Cher says:

    Those meatball sound interesting! We have a big Easter and Thanksgiving so we just do a potluck style meal for Christmas Day – so much easier!

  13. Becca Wilson says:

    That fudge looks amazing. I have never thought of all the possibilities with fudge and will have to give these a try!

  14. Meal planning is important. I like that you started with dessert! My children always complain that I plan for meals and not for desserts.