Monday, January 6, 2014

menu planner ~ 2014

I'm so excited to show you what I made this weekend!  My sweet cousin has a fun blog (you should check it out!) and I was so inspired by a recent post she wrote about how she meal plans.  Between working part time, multiple therapy visits a week, caring for Grandma, plus my role as wife, mom, and homemaker, I desperately have to plan our meals ahead of time.  If I don't it's 5:30 before I know it, nothing is made, and I'm ordering pizza. Yuck.  I've tried so many systems, pinned numerous recipes on Pinterest, organized again and again, but nothing really works.  Until now.  As fun as it is to find new recipes on Pinterest, I don't have time to sift through the hundreds of amazing looking recipes filed on my pinterest boards.  I need easily accessible and practical recipes for my family in this season of life. Enter my cousin's method.  I took her advice, picked 35 meals, and assembled my meal planning binder complete with printed recipes. I love it!

You can read about what's involved and how I learned how to do it here. I ordered my 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. binder, page divider tabs, and notebook paper that size all from Amazon.  I love the smaller size.  It's easy to fit in my purse and take with me to the grocery store.  I'm already thinking I want to print and assemble a prayer binder this size as well for my quiet times.

(I'm also super excited that I get to see my cousin - in person - this week!  It's been so long, 8 years or more, since I've seen her!)

What's on your menu for tonight?


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