Kinder Advent calendar & this week’s meal plan

Do you do a chocolate Advent calendar? In our house, we usually get one but since the kiddo is so little, he has to share the chocolates with mom or dad (one of my better ideas, I must say). And because the chocolate is a treat for the adults too, we try to get a good quality set that everyone can look forward to after dinner. In the past we’ve picked up something nice at Costco or the Lindt shop at our train station, but this year one of mochi’s sisters beat us to it and definitely scored major “cool aunt” points by arriving from Germany with a giant one filled with Kinder surprise eggs. I think building the little toys is at least as exciting for the kiddo as eating chocolate, so he’s loving it!

We’re trying out a few more Advent calendar ideas this year, which I’ll share in another post, but I feel like it’s too soon to consider any of them a family tradition. If you love your own Advent calendar, please share! It’s such a fun way to count down to Christmas and stretch the holiday excitement throughout December.

this week’s meal plan

As much as I love when mochi makes curry, it’s time to shake things up a bit, so here’s what we’re aiming for this week:

– Monday – pasta bake with chicken
– Tuesday – pork tenderloin with mashed potatoes and asparagus
– Wednesday – chicken tortilla soup (I made a big pot on Sunday night!)
– Thursday – fried rice with lots of veggies and leftover pork
– Friday – mabo dofu over brown rice

This weekend I’ll be making a cake for the baby’s 1st birthday party, but I haven’t decided what flavor I’m going to make yet. I’ll share pictures and updates from that little celebration with next week’s meal plan.

Have a great week!
kuri xx

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