It's not something that I have ever done. Not that I didn't want to, but more because it seemed too big, too foreign, too... well, planned.
I love to cook. However, I cook when I "feel" like it or when I
Well, last week I was determined to make a plan. I grabbed a sheet of paper and into the kitchen I went. I sat down at the counter and my mind went blank (no comments dear family of mine). Where to start, what to make, when to make it... ugh!! So I phoned a friend, actually I emailed her and
We met this weekend and she shared what works for her and suddenly it started making sense. She looks at her schedule FIRST and determines what nights the family is home, what days are better for a more involved meal or when is time short and a crock-pot meal is order. "Eureka!" I think I started to get it!
This morning I again, sat at my kitchen counter with a sheet of paper and first wrote what this week's schedule looks like. For me that's some days with piano students all afternoon, right up until supper time. Hubby is working some nights this week, so on those nights, supper needs to be ready before he leaves. One night we have a Bible study group that meets in our home and the boy leaves early for Youth Group. Then other nights, I have more time to prepare a meal. Suddenly, it was easy to plug in a couple of crock-pot meals, a casserole night, a pizza night (homemade of course) and a leftover night! Done!
I cannot believe how that one task has changed my outlook just today! The boy is excited because he can see what we'll be having to eat this week (food is VERY important to him right now... lots and LOTS of food). I'm excited because I feel like it's another way that I'm running my household instead of it running me!!
So I'm curious... do YOU have a meal plan? How do you develop your plan? Do you keep a circulating list of recipes or do you switch up your menu? Do you cook ahead and freeze? What works for you? This Maine Farm Girl wants hear your feed back, so please leave any and all comments below.