Menus with Meredith, Fall/Winter Menu, week 1

Fall/Winter 2018 Menu
Week 1

Chicken Corn Chowder, bread and salad


BBQ chicken sandwiches and Coleslaw

Pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes and Brussel sprouts

Nachos for Family Movie Night

Go Out or Take Out

Cheese and veggie plate- cheese and crackers, raw veggies and hummus, apples, grapes, olives, etc..., or fondue with veggies, apples and bread. Burgers on the grill or a big pot of chili would be perfect for a Sunday night too.

I try not to spend too much time in the kitchen on Sundays.

Fried egg on english muffin and apple; oatmeal with blueberries; eggs, bacon and grits; muffins (homemade or from a mix) and a boiled egg

  • Salad (Chicken corn chowder night, either ingredients to make your own or bagged salad)
  • yellow onion (chicken corn chowder)
  • Iceberg lettuce (Taco night, I buy a bag of pre-shredded)
  • Cabbage (BBQ chicken night, I buy a bag of pre-shredded cabbage)
  • Brussel sprouts (2 bags for my family, pork tenderloin night)
  • 1 bag of baby red potatoes
  • 4 Tomatoes (tacos and nachos)
  • Salsa (tacos and nachos)
  • Cilantro (nachos)
  • Avocado (nachos)
  • Carrots (Sunday night)
  • Apples (breakfasts and Sunday night)
  • Broccoli (Sunday night)
  • Blueberries (breakfasts)

  • 2 loaves of french or Italian bread (Chicken chowder and cheese plate night)
  • Hamburger buns (BBQ chicken)
  • English muffins (breakfast)

  • 1 package chicken breasts (chicken corn chowder)
  • 1 package chicken thighs (BBQ chicken)
  • 1 pre-seasoned pork tenderloin (my family eats 2)
  • 1 package organic, grass fed ground beef (tacos) 
  • bacon (breakfast)

  • 1 box chicken broth (chicken corn chowder)
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup (chicken corn chowder)
  • 2 cans of corn (or frozen) (chicken corn chowder and nachos)
  • Orzo pasta (chowder)
  • Dried basil (chowder)
  • Dried Thyme (chowder)
  • Taco shells
  • Taco seasoning(I buy this in a large container from Costco or you can get the small packets) 
  • 2 cans of sliced black olives (tacos and nachos)
  • 1 jar of favorite BBQ sauce (BBQ chicken)
  • Mayonnaise (cole slaw)
  • Vinegar (cole slaw)
  • Scoops chips (Nachos)
  • Popcorn (family movie night)
  • Oatmeal (breakfasts)
  • Grits (breakfast)

  • Butter (chicken corn chowder and mashed potatoes)
  • Milk (chowder and mashed potatoes)
  • Sour cream (mashed potatoes)
  • 2 bags shredded sharp cheddar cheese (tacos and nachos)
  • Assorted cheeses or fondue cheese for Sunday night
  • 2 dozen eggs (1 dozen to boil and 1 dozen to cook with and for breakfasts)

Chicken Corn Chowder
This is one of my family’s all time favorite dinners! I’ve made it so many times and shared this tried and true recipe with many friends and family! Hope you enjoy it!! (It’s adapted from an old Southern Living recipe)

1 T butter
1 chopped onion
1 can corn
2 c. cooked, chopped chicken
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 box chicken broth
1/2 c. orzo
1/2 t. dried basil
1/2 t. dried thyme
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
1 c. milk
2 T. All-purpose flour

Melt butter in soup pot and sauté onions. Then add all ingredients except last 2, milk and flour. Simmer until orzo is cooked, about 10-12 minutes. In a small bow, mix together milk and flour and then add to chowder. Simmer 5 more minutes. Enjoy!


1 box taco shells
1 lb. browned ground beef
1 packet or 2 T. taco seasoning
chopped tomato
chopped avocado
chopped cilantro
shredded sharp cheddar
1 can sliced olives
1 container sour cream (I buy the squeeze kind just for tacos and nachos. You can also put it in a zip lock bag and snip the corner to make it easier for putting on things.)

I line up everything on the counter and let everyone assemble their own. Who doesn’t love taco night?!

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches and Slaw

When cooking chicken in the crockpot, use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts. It just cooks better. I rinse and put a package (about 2 lbs.) chicken thighs into the crock pot, along with about 1 cup of our favorite BBQ sauce. Cook on low 6-8 hours. Done. It will shred apart when done, I’ll add a little more sauce and then serve on warm hamburger buns. For the Coleslaw, I use pre shredded cabbage or slaw mix from the salad section, add approximately 1/4 cup mayonnaise and 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar and mix together. (I could eat just that for dinner!) This is a perfect dinner for a busy night of sports and school when you just need to walk in the door and have dinner ready!

Pork Tenderloin, Mashed Potatoes and Roasted
Brussel sprouts
2 lbs. pork tenderloin (we like the pre-seasoned teriyaki but you could use your own favorite seasoning)
1 bag (approximately 3 lbs.) small red potatoes
Brussel sprouts

-Cook the pork tenderloin on a foil lined baking sheet at 350 for approximately 1 hour, or until the center is at least 145 degrees.

-While that’s cooking, wash and dice potatoes. I leave the skins on but if you prefer them without skins, you could peel them as well. Boil until tender and drain. In pot, add approximately 1/2 c. milk, 1/2 stick of butter and 1/4 c. sour cream, salt and pepper to taste and mash by hand.

-For the Brussel sprouts, wash, cut off the bottoms and slice in half. Put them in a gallon ziplock and coat with olive oil and garlic salt. Put them on a foil line baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes (until brown and crispy) with the tenderloin. Easy!


Friday night is movie night in our house! We always have nachos for dinner and popcorn with a movie (sometimes with fruit loops mixed in for the children!)

Scoops chips
1 bag shredded sharp cheddar
1 can black beans
1 can of corn
1 large can sliced black olives
chopped cilantro
chopped avocado
chopped tomatoes
fresh salsa

Use 2 baking sheets and spread the Scoops chips right side up and cover with shredded cheese. Bake at 350 for 5 minutes until cheese is melted. While that’s in the oven, put black beans and taco seasoning in one pot and corn in another to warm. I assemble all the nachos at once, using slotted spoons for the beans and corn. (I also leave the cilantro and avocado off a few nachos for one family member who doesn’t like them.)

Sunday Night

Sunday nights are usually very low key as we get ready for the upcoming week, and so we’ll have a fun, easy dinner. Some Sunday dinners that we enjoy are...

-burgers on the grill
-let the family roast their own hot dogs over the grill or an outdoor fire, (S’mores would be a great dessert!)
-Cheese plate with our favorite cheeses (Manchego, Gruyere, Brie), along with crackers and hummus and vegetables.
-Fondue, with bread, broccoli, carrots and apples.
-When the children were young, we sometimes would have “Brinner” on Sunday nights, which is just breakfast for dinner... pancakes and bacon, or eggs and toast.

I try to keep Sundays as relaxed as possible. Hope these recipes help your week to run more smoothly and help you to enjoy more relaxed evenings with your family!

xo, Meredith

Thank you so much, Meredith for sharing your family's recipes with us!  I am headed to the grocery store now!!

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Books on my coffee table: French Country Cottage

One of first blogs I fell hard for was French Country Cottage by Courtney Allison.
Courtney has just released her first book and I got my hands on an early issue.  Friends, this book is delicious. 
French Country Cottage the book by Courtney Allison
 is a must have for your coffee table!

Courtney Allison's style is soft and romantic, a little bit shabby, but mostly chic.  Her photography draws you into the space begging you to sit down and stay awhile... florals are abundant, soft and muted fabrics adorn the furnishings, and a touch of gorgeous gilding is the icing on the 
French Country Cottage Cake.

It all started with a $20 vintage chandelier that first gave Courtney the confidence to transform her cottage into the stunning home that it is today.

Simple, everyday things that might otherwise go unnoticed are what inspires Courtney in her decor.  Faded linens, layers of chipping paint on antique furniture, touches of gilding on the daintiest of pieces, flowers of all shapes and sizes, crystal chandeliers, family, children, nature.... all of these elements lend a hand in shaping what is currently my favorite book on my coffee table.

Can't you just feel the crunch of the gravel as you carry your morning coffee over to that wicker chair near the hearth?  Throw another log on the embers and cozy up to the fire with your book.

Off I go down a rabbit trail scouring craigslist, ebay, and facebook marketplace for like items with every turn of the page.  

I'm going to leave you with these last images and urge you to hop over and purchase your copy HERE.  There are over 200 more pages filled to the brim with delightful inspiration to entice your senses and teach you how to decorate your own home.

Happy Decorating!

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Father's Day Favorites

First things first, Happy Father's Day to this guy!  He loves us well and we are so very thankful to have a wonderful, godly man as the head of our household!!  We love you!! 

Father's Day is just around the corner so I've enlisted my husband to help me choose some of his favorite things.

But first let me show you what I got him.
Our home is 20 years old this year and the sprinkler control panel has been dying a slow death.  Have you seen the appliance commercials where the husband and wife embrace because their cooktop went out?  Well, this was me when I discovered the sprinkler panel was fried.  I did a little dance then purchased 
(on recommendation from our trusted Sprinkler Repair Man) 
and arranged for our sprinkler man to install it.  It took him less than an hour; I probably could have done it myself.  I programmed everything and when my husband and I were in the backyard, I turned on the sprinklers remotely.  He was shocked, amazed, and so surprised.  I've noticed the garden sprinklers come on while he is at work and I am home.  Someone is enjoying watering from his app while at work!  No more calling me to run out and figure out what zone I need to turn on so the hydrangeas don't wither away.

Okay, now for the hubby's picks!

He is an avid runner and admittedly becomes very damp while running.  THESE headphones are his favorite.

Got flies? THIS Fly gun has become the house favorite.  No more squashed fly residue.  I can't believe how much we all enjoy killing flies now.

Aches and Pains? My husband lets the kids operate 
THIS Massager on his back.  

THIS Battery Blower is something we use DAILY!  From a quick patio clean-up, to a full yard clean-up!  It's one of our favorites...even the kids can operate it.

While doing yard work or just hanging on the back porch, you will often see THIS Wireless Speaker nearby.

Another MUST is THESE Garden Shoes!  They stay on the back porch and are quick to put on/take off... much easier than garden boots.

Okay, I think that's all for today, but if he thinks of some more 
must haves, I will update this post!
Thank you, dear husband, for sharing your favorite gift ideas with us!

I hope he has inspired you to find something special for the dad in your life!  

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Summer Strawberry Frosé (Frozen Rosé)

Do you love a slushy, cold drink
 on a hot summer evening as much as I do?  I concocted this delicious beverage and snapped a few photos along the way.  It is so easy.  You need to make this.

Here is what you need:

1 bottle rosé
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
8-10 ounces strawberries, hulled, quartered


Pour Rosé into a 9" x 13" glass dish and put in the freezer

After 2 hours, use a fork and rake it across the top

Freeze another 2 hours

After 4 hours, the rosé should be perfectly frozen to resemble this.

While the rosé is freezing, bring 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan.  Stir constantly until all the sugar dissolves (about 3 minutes).  Add the strawberries, put the lid on the saucepan and let cool.  Strain the sugar water and reserve the strawberries.  Place Strawberries in the freezer while the rosé is freezing.

Now it's time to prepare!

Scrape the frozen rosé into a blender, add the strawberry infused sugar water, and frozen strawberries.  Purée until smooth.  Put entire blender jar into the freezer and keep until guests arrive or you are ready to enjoy.  Place on the blender and blend for a milkshake consistency.  Enjoy!!!

Happy National FROSÉ Day!

Here is another yummy goodie I whipped up for some friends:
(I originally posted this on Instagram!)

xx,  Emily
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Menus with Meredith, week 4

It's the final week for our Spring/Summer Menus!
Now, just print them off and put them on rotation.
A big THANK YOU to Meredith Lewis for contributing her family's tried and true menus  to our Eleven Gables community. 
Make sure you are following Meredith on Instagram HERE.
She is a doll and a dear friend.

Have you enjoyed these menus? Is this something you would like to see again in the fall?  Let us know in the comments!

Spring/Summer 2018 Menu
Week 4

Monday- Fish (or other meat), potatoes, sliced tomatoes and cucumbers, (or any green vegetable…you can mix things up based on what is in season, or use your family’s favorite potato recipe… but the formula is the same.
Tuesday- Swan Salad  
Wednesday- Presto Pasta
Thursday- BBQ Pork tenderloin (in the crock pot), Cole slaw, Corn bread
Friday- Nachos for family movie night
Saturday- Go out or take out
Sunday- Easy dinner- cheese plate, or fondue, or grill out… fun dinner!
Breakfasts- eggs and bacon, fruit/yogurt/granola, cereal, boiled eggs and muffins


2 Large Tomatoes (fish night and nachos)
1 Cucumber (fish)
Baby Potatoes (corn would also be good instead of potatoes)
Bag of chopped Romaine lettuce (salad)
1 bunch Green Onions (salad)
1 Granny Smith Apple (salad)
1 Green, 1 Yellow, 1 Red Bell Pepper (pasta)
1 Bag Shredded Cabbage (cole slaw)
Avocado (nachos)
Cilantro (nachos)
Celery (cheese plate or fondue night)
Carrots (cheese plate or fondue night)
Apples (cheese plate or fondue night)
Sugar peas (cheese plate or fondue night)
Fruit for breakfasts and snacks

French or Italian bread (fish night and salad night)

Fish (we get salmon mostly, but any fish will do, or if you have a baked chicken recipe you love, you could substitute that here)
1 Rotisserie chicken (or chicken breasts that you cook at home)
1 package Chicken and Apple Sausage 
1 Large or 2 Small Pork Tenderloin
Bacon (breakfast)

Olive oil, coconut oil, balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, oregano, garlic salt, garlic, salmon seasoning, taco seasoning 
Dried Cranberries (salad)
Roasted sliced almonds (roasted sunflower seeds would work just as well) (salad)
Penne Pasta (Presto Pasta)
Kalamata Olives (Presto Pasta)
Mayonnaise (BBQ and cole slaw)
Corn Bread Muffin mix or Cornmeal for homemade cornbread (BBQ pork tenderloin)
Muffin mix (or ingredients for homemade muffins)
Scoops Tortilla Chips

1 container Crumbled Blue Cheese (salad)
1 container Crumbled Feta (Pasta)
1 bag Shredded Sharp Cheddar (nachos)
Sour Cream (squeeze container) (nachos)
Assorted Cheeses for cheese board or fondue cheese for Sunday 
Yogurt (breakfast)

Salmon, Roasted Potatoes, and Tomatoes and Cucumbers

Fish- if making salmon, rinse and place on a foil lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and salmon seasoning. Bake with potatoes for 25-30. 

Potatoes- Wash and quarter potatoes. Put in large ziplock with olive oil and garlic salt. Seal and squish until all potatoes are coated. Bake at 400 with fish for 45 minutes.

Tomatoes and Cucumbers- Slice and drizzle with Balsamic vinegar. Serve dinner with french bread.

Swan Salad
(If you have been to our house for a luncheon, I can almost guarantee you have had this salad! It is my absolute favorite and I have been serving it for over 15 years.)

Chop cooked chicken, Granny Smith apple and green onions, (or you could pick a rotisserie chicken.) Put Romaine lettuce in a salad bowl. Layer on the chicken, apple, green onions, package of blue cheese, 1/2 package of dried cranberries and about 1/4 cup of almonds or sunflower seeds. For the vinaigrette, in a small mason jar, mix together 1/2 c. olive oil, 1/4 c. balsamic oil, 1 t. sugar, 1 T. lemon juice, salt and pepper. Shake and pour over the salad when ready to serve. Toss and serve with bread. 

Presto Pasta
1 box penne pasta
2 t. coconut oil
1 green, 1 yellow, and 1 red bell peppers, chopped into medium sized pieces
1 package chicken apple sausage, sliced
2 t. dried oregano
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 small container of crumbled feta
1 jar pitted Kalamata olives
salt and pepper

Cook 1 package of penne pasta. While that’s cooking, slice peppers and sausage. Sauté peppers in the coconut oil for 2 minutes, and then add sausage, oregano, salt and pepper, and garlic. Drain pasta and add peppers and sausage, olives, feta and a little more salt and pepper and mix all together. Enjoy! 

BBQ Pork, Cole Slaw and Cornbread
Put 2 unseasoned pork tenderloins in the crockpot with about 1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on High for 4. It will easily shred once cooked, and mix well with sauce. Mix bag of chopped cabbage (or Cole slaw mix) with about 1/4 cup of mayonnaise and 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar. That’s it. Make cornbread either from scratch or from a box mix. This is a perfect dinner for a busy night! 

Nachos for Family Movie Night

Line 2 cookie sheets with Scoops chips and sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Warm in 350 degree oven for 5 minutes. While they’re warming, cook 2 cans black beans with about 2 T. taco seasoning in a pot. Remove chips from oven, and sprinkle with black beans (use a slotted spoon so they don’t drip too much), chopped tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, black olives and sour cream. Enjoy with a movie and have a great weekend! 
*Sometimes, the chips just have too much salt for me (ie, my rings don’t fit the next day!) so I’ll put these toppings on chopped lettuce for my dinner.

Sunday Night

Sunday nights in the summer are so much more relaxed than during the school year. We’ve usually spent the day outside at the beach or on the boat, so a quick, fun dinner is a great way to end the weekend. We might grill out burgers, let the children roast hotdogs, have cheese and crackers with hummus and veggies or fondue. Sunday nights are fun dinners! 

This is Meredith's gorgeous kitchen where she prepares lovely meals for family and friends.

Thank you, Meredith, for sharing your menus with us!  If you aren't already following along with her on Instagram, click HERE!

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