Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Menu frame/menu planning

I had a great menu planning teacher growing up:  my awesome mom!  A farmer's wife, who still grows an amazing garden, who knew how to feed a family healthy and delicious food on a budget

I made this beautiful Menu frame at my local MOPS club.  I'm not sure where they got the idea, but I've seen several variations of this frame, including one using scrapbook paper.  As easy as it looks:  just frame burlap (or decorative paper), cut out the word Menu, and adhere to the cardboard backing of the frame.  After it dries, place it in the frame, and use a dry erase marker to write your weekly menu on top.  Love it, and love that my older boys don't ask what's for dinner ? - they just look at this Menu hanging by the table.

I started monthly menu planning 14 years ago when my husband and I got married.  We were able to stretch our teacher salaries, eat well, and have some travel money left for our summers.  Whoo hoo! 

I bought this dry erase calendar at Walmart a month after we got married.  I used this calendar as a meal planner for 14 years, and just recently decided to start typing up the plan on the computer so I'd have room for other meals/snacks.  My muscle man and I cook and freeze meals together, then I write our meal options on the calendar.  I can just erase and move meals around, depending on what we are in the mood to eat.

I'm working on a new system now that will let me list all our meals and snacks.  I want to enjoy that late afternoon time with my kids, and not feel that dinner prep stress.  A sneak peak...

"He who fails to plan is planning to fail."
(Winston Churchill)



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