I’ve never been at a place where I’ve found it so difficult to keep up the blog. We are working with a few real estate clients now that are purchasing or selling their first home. On top of that this fall I have started watching one of Drew’s friends three afternoons a week which means six hours a week I don’t have nap times to work on projects anymore. That being said, I don’t have a lot to share but you know what? This is real life and what a lot of you are dealing with too… young kids and needing to chose between the necessary and the fun stuff. I said I’d be posting Tuesdays and Thursday by 10am but you’ve seen that isn’t happening exactly how I envisioned. 🙂
Today’s post is domestic and organizing centric. Meal planning for a month. Don’t stop reading here. I promise it isn’t as intimidating as it sounds. I started this concept last month after a recommendation from my friend Kelly (found HERE).
The first time I did it I sat down with a few cookbooks on the back deck and my planner. Drew was playing Legos, Elle was lining up Drew’s cars and AJ was sitting with us attempting to keep the peace. 🙂 Kelly had made the suggestion to give a catagory to each day of the week to make the meal planning easier. We always have leftovers so I start each Sunday with a true day of rest… we just have leftovers and clean out the fridge. Don’t feel bad about picking a day to not cook, you need a break too! I’ve found a good option is generally make soups on Saturdays because I always have loads leftover for the next day. This can also be your day to go out to eat if you like to do that once a week!
Keeping in line with the categories is key for making the meal planning efficient. For example, open up to your cookbook’s soup section and pick four out that sound good to you and pop them in every Saturday throughout the month. Then turn the chicken / poultry section of your cookbook or recipe box and pull out your favorite chicken recipes and plug them in for every Wednesday like I did.
It took me about 30 minutes to plan the entire month. I loved doing it this way because we never had the exact same thing planned twice and it felt like we had great variety throughout the month. I generally grocery shop two to three times per week so we can always have fresh fruits and veggies on hand so I make the list on my grocery shopping sheet and meal list (HERE FOR FREE) but only with purchase half the meal supplies I need for the week at a time.
Planning for the month saved so many days of wondering what in the world I was going to make and then thinking “gosh… I just made that last week and the week before”. I stuck primarily with meals that could be made in 30 minutes or under and absolutely loved the sanity it brought me to know that I didn’t have to brainstorm a meal again for the rest of the month. I just had to turn to my cookbook page (that I noted on the big calendar above) and jot down everything on this list.
Try it. I bet you’ll be glad you did! 🙂
On Thursday I’ll be officially sharing the kids’ rooms for the first time since we’ve moved in. They certainly aren’t done but we’ve made some great progress!
Here are some other posts that I think you’ll like:
I introduce ONE OF MY FAVORITE SITES EVER where I’ve found tons of good free stuff for our home.
The post where I talk about another one of my favorite sites that sounds like some too good to be true scam of getting paid to shop but it’s totally not. Click HERE to learn about it.
Our FALL EXTERIOR HOME TOUR (those big mums have already passed. 🙁 )
The best homemade brownie recipe I’ve found yet. They aren’t healthy but they don’t have any added preservatives so if you are looking for a better option than a boxed mix, that is still super easy, CLICK HERE for your best bet: