Weekly Menu and an Orchard’s Finest Holiday Giveaway

We try to plan a meal plan that gives us options to swap and switch throughout the week. The menu usually has similar ingredients so we reduce waste, and we benefit from a well-stocked pantry at home.

We’re getting ready for the holidays around these parts, believe it or not. Slowly but surely, things are starting to feel a bit more festive. I’m starting to think about dishes to prepare and serve (yeah, Im’ slow this year), and I maybe even started thinking about Christmas presents. Shhhhhhhhh….

First, I get to work with Pepperidge Farm looking at how to customize their stuffing to something that’s unique and originally you. Watch for a recipe next week! I am so excited to show you what I’m thinking of. Truly a Minnesota girl at heart.

Then there are the cookies. Loads and loads of Christmas cookies baked off and sent to friends, carted to Christmas gatherings and gifted to neighbors. I so enjoy the baking and gifting, but sometimes the volume can be a bit overwhelming. I need to plan ahead, and just in time, Smucker’s sent me a crate full of their Orchard’s Finest preserves and marmalades.

These are the perfect preserves to use in my cookies. With no HFCS and plenty of fruit pieces, they’re packed full of flavor. I started out by adding them to jam bars, but now I’m saving several for the holiday season. Plus, I get to share them with you!

Monday – Brick Grilled Chicken

Tuesday – Chicken Fried Rice

Wednesday – Sweet Potato Biscuits with Fried Eggs and Chorizo

Thursday – Red Lentil Soup with Lemon

Friday – Lentil and Root Vegetable Soup

The Preparation Shortcuts:

1. After dinner on Monday, roast and toss your chicken bones in a pot and make stock for your soups.
2. Leftover chicken goes into the fried rice.
3. Make extra rice on Tuesday to use for Wednesday’s soup.
4. Dice extra sweet potatoes on Wednesday and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will reduce prep time for Friday.


THREE readers will each win a Smucker’s Orchard’s Finest basket that includes:


1. Leave a comment. What is one thing you’re making for the holiday season?

2. Follow @FoodforMyFamily on Twitter and tweet the following, and come back and let me know you did:

Enter to win a Smucker’s holiday basket including a $100 @CookingCom gift card from @FoodforMyFamily http://su.pr/32NySk #giveaway

3. Join the Food for My Family community on Facebook. Come back and leave a comment letting me know you did so. If you already do, THANK YOU. Just let me know.

4. Join the Smucker’s community on Facebook. Come back and leave a comment letting me know you did so.


This giveaway will run until Monday, November 21st at 11:59 p.m. ET and is open to all U.S. residents. Three winners will be chosen at random using Random.org from all eligible entries. Each reader has 4 chances to win by completing the above tasks and leaving a separate comment for each entry method completed. Chosen winner must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize. Good luck!

This giveaway is sponsored by Smucker’s. Pepperidge Farm is hiring me for their post that I mentioned above. Tips, opinions and random thoughts are 100% mine. You’re welcome, and thank you for reading and supporting me.

Last week from Food for My Family:

Sweet and Sticky Barbecue Wings
Last Chance to enter the Bush’s Beans Tailgate Giveaway!
Bon Appétit Daily looks at whether from-scratch green bean casserole is worth it.
You can get my recipe for the traditional Thanksgiving side dish pictured above on Family Kitchen.
The Detox Diet: Foods to Help you Detox Naturally
The Perfect Pumpkin Pie
More menu plans on OrgJunkie.com!


  1. Christopher Sorel says:

    I take Pepperidge Farm stuffing corn bread and add my own touch. I add some Portabella Mushrooms and soap concentrate along with saute onions and garlic. I sometimes add smoked bacon or sausage to it.

  2. Christopher Sorel says:
  3. Christopher Sorel says:

    already follow Food for My Family on facebook

  4. We’re heading to my in-laws this year. I’ll be bringing dessert…perhaps a cake or cheesecake. Not 100% sure yet!

  5. Christopher Sorel says:

    follow smuckers on facebook and their seedless raspberry jam rock in thumbprints

  6. I’m cooking Thanksgiving dinner for my family this year. Turkey, stuffing, potatoes, veggies, and pumpkin pie!

  7. I will be making the green bean casserole for sure. I would also love to make real homemade cranberries for the turkey and leftover sandwiches. Yum!

  8. I am a loyal follower already of your wonderful facebook page!

  9. I will be making Sweet Potato Casserole!

  10. I always make green bean casserole and sweet potato casserole! yum!

  11. Going to ze fam’s!

    Those beans have me almost fainting.

  12. Cranberry stuffed acorn squash!

  13. like Food For My Family!

  14. liked smucker’s!

  15. We’re making homemade pies (even the crust) – pumpkin, dutch apple and maybe pecan

  16. I’ll be making cranberry relish – whole cramberry sauce, mandarin oranges, chopped pecans, sprinkle of cinnamon. Tastes great on sandwiches the next day!

  17. Already a follower of Food for My Family on FB

  18. Joined Smuckers on FB

  19. I’m planning on making something with persimmons…not sure what yet.

  20. Pies…..Pies….Pies
    I am the queen of pies! 🙂

  21. already follow you on twitter and i tweeted your message about the give away.

  22. I will be trying a new recipe – Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta. Yum!

  23. I now follow you on Facebook! thanks for the give-away!

  24. Laura Frisch says:

    One of the things that I make is corn spoon casserole. But I make the meal, so that is just one of many.

  25. Laura Frisch says:

    I added a tweet on my twitter page as well.

  26. Laura Frisch says:

    I am already a fan of your facebook page.

  27. Laura Frisch says:

    I liked the SMuckers page on facebook as well.

  28. I am making my raw cranberry relish to take as hostess gifts to the homes we visit on Thanksgiving. One of the Family Dinners also asked me to bring homemade mashed potatoes. Thanks for the chance to win

  29. I follow you on twitter and retweeted the giveaway! Thanks again for the chance to win!

  30. We’ll be making pumpkin pudding and pies

  31. Join the Food for My Family community on Facebook.
    jessie c.

  32. Join the Smucker’s community on Facebook.
    jessie c.

  33. amy marantino says:

    i will make Honey Balls

  34. I will make triple chocolate cookies to give as gifts. My children always ask to give them to their teachers. They are decadent.

  35. I’m going to try the red lobster garlic cheese biscuits this year, my sister told me they are to die for!

  36. I always make the Jello Salad.

  37. I like Food For My Family on FAcebook.

  38. I like Smucker’s on Facebook.

  39. I follow you on twitter and tweeted as eyreka1

  40. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I am baking sugar and peanut butter cookies for the holidays!

  41. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    follow you on twitter and tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/aes529/status/136206573948256256

  42. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    i joined your community on fb as amanda sakovitz

  43. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    i follow smuckers on fb amanda sakovitz

  44. domestic diva says:

    I’m making pumpkin custard. Yum!

  45. Amy Martin says:

    Yummy Brocolli Cheese Casserole

  46. My mom always makes ham biscuits with pepperidge farms rolls for the holidays. I am looking forward to making them this year in her honor.

  47. I am a part of the food for my family community on FB

  48. Pumpkin pie

  49. i’m making lots of desserts

  50. Green bean casserole and cranberry salad are top two on the list! Thanks for the opportunity!

  51. I’m making honeybaked ham (not buying it–making it!).

  52. Turkey and all the trimmings! I joined on FB. Thanks for the chance!

  53. I am making Dutch Spice cookies and something yet to be determined w/ almond paste.

  54. I like FFMF on FB

  55. I tweeted @bsteen77

  56. I am making buttermilk and buttery biscuits for certain.

  57. I’m making Bourbon-Glazed Sweet Potatoes.

  58. I follow @FoodforMyFamily on Twitter and tweeted.

  59. I already like Food for My Family community on Facebook.

  60. I like Smucker’s community on Facebook.

  61. royalegacy says:

    We will be making pumpkin pie for both Thanksgiving and Christmas
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  62. royalegacy says:

    I follow @FoodforMyFamily on Twitter

  63. royalegacy says:

    I joined the Food for My Family community on FB
    Danielle SG

  64. royalegacy says:

    I joined the Smucker’s Community on FB
    Danielle Sg

  65. great looking recipe and giveaway!

  66. pumpin pie

  67. I will be making Sausage Stuffing.

  68. I joined the Smucker’s community on FB!

  69. I am always in charge of bread. 🙂 So, I’m making a braided loaf this year, sprinkled with poppy seeds.

  70. I follow you on Facebook.

  71. I’m making desserts!

  72. I will be making desserts. My family will be coming by for a dessert party.

  73. aubreylaine says:

    pumpkin pie & pecan pie!
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  74. aubreylaine says:

    I like you on fb
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

  75. I’m making cookies! I’m thinking about doing a foodie type gift…not sure what yet though.

  76. I like you on facebook!

  77. At Christmas, I love to make the easy fudge recipe that’s on the back of the marshmallow creme jar. I’m also looking forward to making roasted root vegetables.

  78. Stuffing for the turkey made with homemade herb bread!

  79. I have been making candy for the holidays for the past few years so I’m looking forward to continuing that tradition.

  80. I’m a fan on facebook!

  81. honey baked ham
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  82. like on fb (michelle barret)
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  83. like smuckers on facebook (michelle b)
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  84. Rebecca Shockley says:


  85. Rebecca Shockley says:

    I follow you on twitter as @mngirlinssp

  86. Rebecca Shockley says:

    I joined you on FB as rebecca shockley

  87. Rebecca Shockley says:

    I like Smuckers on FB

  88. My sister and I are going to have a candy making day–English toffee, peppermint bark, fudge, etc. So yummy!

  89. I make chocolate chip pumpkin muffins. It isn’t Thanksgiving without them!

  90. I am making bread and cake. 🙂 Thanks for the great giveaway!

  91. I tweeted! 🙂

  92. I like ya on Facebook!

  93. What a wonderful giveaway! I am already in cookie-baking mode so I think that will definitely be a trend throughout the holidays!

  94. I follow you on twitter, and tweeted about the giveaway.

  95. I like you on facebook.

  96. And finally, I like Smuckers on facebook as well!

  97. The usual Turkey/stuffing/potatoes/gravy/cranberry relish/etc. We’ll be making my husband’s special stuffing recipe. It’s delicious and everybody’s favorite.

  98. I already follow you on Twitter. (@razzmatazlady)

  99. I’ve joined the Food for my Family on Facebook. And I’ve just joined the Smuckers community.

  100. Love the menu you came up with. This time of year, we make lots of apple crisp – the kids love it!

  101. Greenbean casserole…. Yum!

  102. I am definitely going to be making my sweet potato casserole!

  103. I “like”d you on FB.

  104. I liked Smucker’s on FB!

  105. The one thing I am definitely making for Christmas is crab dip. My late MIL made it every holiday using (gag) Miracle Whip and canned crab. I use real mayo and fresh local crab. Even my six year old loves it!

  106. I’m making lots and lots of macarons for my family 🙂

  107. I’m making sweet potato casserole. It is my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner. This year I’m trying it with marshmallows on top to try to entice my kids to try it.

  108. I follow you on Facebook.

  109. I also liked Smucker’s on FB.

  110. Everything sounds delicious! Love the giveaway ;D

  111. sweet potato casserole!

  112. follow Smucker’s on facebook

  113. follow you on facebook

  114. I’m making creamy parmesan vegetables.

  115. We just moved 800 miles away, and our stuff hasn’t arrived yet, so I am not sure what I am going to make this season! I do know that Pumpkin Pie will be a must though!

  116. I follow you on facebook

  117. I am making a turkey for the first time in a while. I was a vegetarian for many years, but recently decided to go back to meat eating!

  118. I am following you on Twitter now, and I tweeted about the giveaway….

  119. Joined the facebook community.

  120. I am making cornish hens, mashed potatoes, green beans, and lots of pies!

  121. I Follow @FoodforMyFamily on Twitter and tweeted


  122. I already like the Food for My Family community on Facebook

  123. I like the Smucker’s community on Facebook

  124. Ooh, I love Orchard’s Finest.

    I’m thinking about doing a baked ziti and a fruit crisp for Thanksgiving. Still time to change my mind, though.

  125. I don’t make Thanksgiving dinner as we go to a family member’s home, but I’m making fresh bread and herbed butter to bring for everyone!

  126. Chocolate bark, I always make that during the holidays.

  127. Tweeted it.

  128. Already following on Facebook.

  129. I am making the turkey’s(in the smoker) and pies!

  130. I already follow you on twitter 🙂

  131. I tweeted it and followed you!

  132. Ooh, what a great giveaway. I’m making homemade toffee and caramel. I do it every year, and only at the holidays (otherwise I could totally over eat the stuff)!

  133. I follow you on twitter…and tweeted!

  134. I am making tons of potaotes. With 3 teenage boys we need tons of potatoes. I can never get my extended family to understand how many they eat. So now I just volunteer to bring and keep my boys happy and full!

  135. Debbie Welchert says:

    I’m making Candied Sweet Potatoes.

  136. Debbie Welchert says:

    I follow you on Twitter and tweeted giveaway. https://twitter.com/#!/flipper211/status/136825959297982464

  137. Debbie Welchert says:

    I already follow you on facebook/Debbie Welchert

  138. Debbie Welchert says:

    I joined Smuckers on Facebook/Debbie Welchert

  139. I will be making sweet potatoes. Yum!

  140. Fudge is always a holiday season must.

  141. I already follow you on facebook.

  142. I liked Smuckers on facebook.

  143. I’ll be making sweet pumpkin empanadas!

  144. my potato salad and lentil loaf-yummy

  145. homemade pumpkin pies are our family favorites!

  146. I will be making pumpkin cheesecake and roasted root vegetables for Thanksgiving dinner….along with all the other traditional items. Can’t wait!


  147. I follow on Twitter and tweeted!


  148. I follow you on FB.


  149. I follow Smuckers on FB.


  150. I will be making pumpkin pies.

  151. Sherry Lykins says:

    I will be making my corn casserole for all my get together’s, everyone loves it!

  152. Sherry Lykins says:

    I like smucker’s on facebook

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