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December OAMM Menu, Podcast, Grocery List, Instructions and Labels


Thanks for joining us again or welcome first time visitors! We are glad you have joined us. This months menu is an ALL STAR menu from the year. After cooking and eating monthly meals I have been asking readers to rate their favorites. This menu is built on a selection of those favorites from throughout the year.

I kept in mind sale items, of course. I hope you enjoy these meals as much as our early readers/cooks have. If you are new and not sure how to get started, read here. For frequently asked questions visit here.


  • Due to the birth of my second child, there is no audio podcast to this month’s menu. Sorry for the inconvenience.


**Indicates meals that require NO COOKING on your OAMC BIG DAY!

Grocery List

  • Included in this spreadsheet you will find a listing of all the items you will need to complete your December OAMC BIG DAY. For more instructions on how to use this, go here.
  • Grocery List


  • These are the step-by-step instructions you will need to quickly and efficiently approach your OAMC BIG DAY!
  • Instructions


These customized labels are designed specifically for the December Once A Month Mom Menu. They contain not only the name fo the dish but also the serving instructions for preparing the dish on your serving day. They make preparation of the dishes hassle free.

These labels are designed to be printed on Avery 8163 or equivalent! Readers who didn’t have labels available suggested just printing them on paper and taping them.

Helpful Hints/Resources

What do you think of December’s menu?

And don’t forget to check out the right sidebar weekly to vote on past month’s menus!

35 Responses to “December OAMM Menu, Podcast, Grocery List, Instructions and Labels”

  1. Angela says:

    So glad to see you’re doing a “best of” month. The regular months don’t usually work for us, so we modify every month as a best of! It’s easier the second time you make a dish on one of the menus anyway. Hope you get some rest!

  2. Amanda says:

    Alright, this is the first month that I’ll be attempting this and I’m afraid and excited all at the same time :o) Thanks for all you do in preparing these lists and meals for your readers! I can’t wait to see how this turns out for me. Also, I got the slow cooker cookbook and I am in love with it! The very first thing that I made was crock pot dressing (i think it’s called stuffing in the book) and I doubled the recipe in order to freeze some…First of all, this was my first time making dressing, so I was nervous. It was awesome! My husband loved it and I was able to freeze half of it. Yum!!

  3. JESSI says:

    Question: the grocery list calls for only 16 oz tomato sauce but the recipe for Chicken Parm calls for 64 oz tomato sauce?????? Confused here…

    • tricia says:

      As you should be since it is suppose to be 80 oz NOT 16 oz. Not sure how that happened. But there are usually a few mistakes on each menu. I like to keep it “human” :). At any rate, thanks for pointing it out and I have that fixed now.

  4. Katherine says:

    Just want to say I came across this site chatting with other moms at BabyCenter.com and I haven’t even tried it but I already love you for doing this! I love how you make the grocery list, everything! I will send my boyfriends thanks in advance – because I know he will want to later once he actually gets home cooked meals!

  5. Rebecca says:

    I have been reading your site and menus for several months now. I plan on doing this next weekend with my sister. (As long as the baby doesn’t come early.) Any guesstimate how long it will take to assemble everything? I work best in 1 hour shifts, but I can go 2 hours if I get a longer break.

    • tricia says:

      It usually takes 8-12 hours not pregnant. You will definitely want to take it in stages if you are really pregnant. Maybe plan it over several days or not the whole menu. It is definitely a lot longer and harder to do when you are that pregnant. It is worth it though.

      • Tamen says:

        Definitely a long day (not pregnant), but well worth it! My sister-in-law and I took 12+ hours to complete a whole menu (and we had done quite a bit of the prep work the night before.

        Next time, I’m going to recruit my mom to come at least for a few hours to help with washing dishes as we use them, and then we’ll send some of the meals with her, too!

  6. Jessica says:

    I just found your site a few months ago and have read through most of it! I am going to be attempting the December menu this coming Friday…I am going to do it by myself so I am scared but really excited!! Just wantd to say thanks for all the work you put into it and everything!!

  7. Stephanie says:

    Hi there. I am working my way through the chicken as I am doing this to feed all the family at Christmas. My question is on the No Fuss Chicken Cordon Bleu. The recipe says that it is doubled and to use 4 8×8 pans. Is that correct? It looks like the original recipe called for 1 9x 13 pan. So if I am reading correctly there is enough here to make 4 9X13 of this recipe?? I looked at your April Menu where this was last used and it looked like people were having a problem fitting this in an 8 x 8 pan. Thanks for the help and again you are awesome!!

  8. Cindy Nagel says:

    Is there a way to see what readers rated their favorite meals? I’d love to read some of their comments!

    • tricia says:

      Yep! Posts coming on this very soon! Stay tuned. . .You can also go back to each given month to see comments made under that menu or about the poll. Just type the name of the month the meal appeared in the search box and search the site.

  9. Cindy Nagel says:

    Another ?. On the chickin parm big day recipe, it says to cover dish with mozzerella cheese and then cover with foil. The recipe continues on to say when you are cooking it, put mozzerella cheese on the last 10 min ofcooking. Which is correct? I put my cheese on already. I hope that will be OK. BTW, I am loving your site!! My mom is undergoing chemo/radiation for lung cancer and has really enjoyed having her freezer stocked with food made by your recipes and I have enjoyed cooking them for her! Thanks!!!

    • tricia says:

      Either one works but I put it on the dish and freeze so I don’t have an extra step later. I just noticed that on the labels the other day. I will have to update soon.

  10. Jessica says:

    Okay I have a question I did my big shopping day yesterday to get everything needed for my big cooking day. I couldn’t find square 8×8 pans at my dollar store and if I need 26 of them I only want to buy them there…is ROUND 8×8 pans okay??

  11. Letty says:


    I have to thank you for coming to my rescue. My son announced that although school lunch was gross, it was so much better than the same things everyday… So, I tried the “ham and potato pockets” today. They turned out fabulously. The kids loved them and they are sure to be a regular in the lunch boxes from now on. Thanks again!!

  12. Jennifer says:

    Hey Tricia,
    I was reading through the individual recipes tonight since my mom and I are doing our very first Baking Day tomorrow, and I noticed that the 48oz of Bottled Barbeque sauce needed for the Zesty Slow Cooker Chicken was not included on the printable grocery menu. Just thought I’d let you know! (Thankfully my mom is making one last grocery store run in the morning. I’ll just have her pick it up then!)
    So excited to do this!! :-)

  13. Rebecca says:

    I have done half the recipes with my sister over the weekend (we are doing the rest this week) and we made one big Oops. We didn’t label the cheeses after we shredded them. We tried the burrito mix that ended up with grated swiss and it wasn’t especially noticeable (unless you knew it was there). So note to self: either buy already shredded cheese so the bags are labeled, or label the bowls after shredding.

    • tricia says:

      LOL! Too funny. I would have maybe suggested you tasted them first. :) Good advice though! And kudos to you for saving money by shredding your own cheese!

    • Rebecca says:

      When we were cooking the chicken cordon bleu casserole made a lot more of the saucy stuff than we had pans for. I just looked at the original recipe and I think its because we used twice as many carrots as the recipe called for (9×13 pan called for 2 cups sliced carrots). We ended up using some frozen green beans we had and actually liked the ones with green beans better. Its not a loss that we had extra, just a note that it ended up using more. We had extra chicken breasts so we just made a few extra casseroles.

  14. Belinda says:

    I just did my shopping trip and plan to cook tomorrow. I’m excited. What are ranch style beans?

  15. Patty D. says:

    I noticed that the Zesty Slow Cooker Chicken BBQ lists it as 24 servings, but only lists 16 buns in the ingredients list. I was just curious how many servings it actually makes. Thanks so much for doing this; I got a freezer, food processor, and stand mixer for Christmas, so I’m super excited to try this out :)

    • tricia says:

      Hmm, I have posted this on the menu several times now and no one else has caught that. It should be 24 buns. I made the changes on the menu and on the grocery list. Thanks.

  16. Juli D says:

    Just finished today with the menu. Fabulous! And I did it so much better than last time I attempted it, instead of shopping, prepping, and cooking all in one day, I did it the way you suggested and it went much smoother. Great menu selection as well, my kids will adore this month.

  17. Gwen says:

    We just had our cooking day yesterday! We’re so excited to eat these meals! After eliminating what my family wouldn’t eat, we only made 9 meals. We don’t double the recipes, but it only took us about 3.5 hours. That’s a good swap for the time saved on weeknights!
    And the Rigatoni was perfect to take to a friend who’s father has just passed away.

  18. Linda says:

    I just finished my first once a month cookathon! My husband usually does all the cooking, but occasionally needs a break from his own cooking. I was a little apprehensive b/c I do NOT cook well and he can be very picky about what he eats. An hour into cooking, my husband was begging to taste the coffee cake and the Zesty Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken! He was my official taster since I seem to lose my sense of taste while I am cooking. We had the Spicy Honey Chicken on the grill last night -Yum! We also have eaten half of the coffee cakes I made. I love your blog. I have been couponing for almost two years and wanted to use more of my stockpile for our meals. I spent less than $25 on ingredients for almost a month of meals (I didn’t make all of the meals and adjusted them for two people) and was able to use so much from my stockpile. I am looking forward to cooking the January menu! I have selected my recipes and am shopping for the few ingredients we don’t already have. Thanks and big hugs to you!!!!

    • tricia says:

      Congratulations and that is some great savings! I never grow tired of hearing of these experiences. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I’m glad to have you on board!

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