It’s How We…Wednesday! Once a month, Erika and I host a link up where we talk about how we (fill in the blank). We’ll share and then we’re hoping you’ll link up and share too…because I LOVE learning new things from you ladies! So far this year, we’ve discussed…
JANUARY: Our New Year’s Resolutions.
FEBRUARY: How we take care of ourselves
MARCH: How we mom fail and live to talk about it
APRIL: How we spring clean/organize
MAY: How we transition our wardrobe
JUNE: How we plan our summer vacations
JULY: How we motivate our kids
AUGUST: How we pack lunches
SEPTEMBER: How we FALL!
And this month…HOW WE MEAL PLAN & SHARE RECIPES!
As much as I love cooking, sometimes, I think just like this myself.
Okay, clearly, I’m into meal planning…
…I enjoy the whole process of being in the kitchen. I like thinking about what I’m going to make, making my list, heading to the grocery store and then coming home and actually cooking it. That being said, the more kids I have and the busier their little schedules get (on top of the busier I get with my own work), meal planning isn’t always as relaxing as I would like it to be. In a perfect world, I sit down while everyone is at school with my coffee and list and start writing everything down (while listening to great music on the radio!). I realized earlier this school year that it was getting harder and harder to carve out those moments, so instead of writing down weekly lists, I started setting aside about 30 minutes a week to do this…
…meal plan for the entire month. Now, I’m only my second month in, but friends, THIS IS WORKING FOR ME!!!! I snapped this back at the beginning of September and then forgot about it until the other day, but here I am…meal planning! So, I try and cook dinner five nights a week plus I make breakfast for my Bible Fellowship Group (BFG) at church every Sunday morning and then, I bake an extra sweet treat or two a week to feature here. Now, that I have a solid list for the month, it takes me only minutes to make my weekly shopping list (because isn’t figuring out what to make the hardest part?!).
Here are my exact steps (and then, I want to hear yours!!)…
1: I make my monthly meal plan.
2: On Mondays, I build my grocery list for the week and then order my groceries online for free grocery pick up at my store. I love doing this because you can “favorite” things and then quickly add them to your cart. Things like milk, paper towels, bananas, avocados and such are favorited items, so it’s easy to add those things in along with our dinner groceries. I also take a sticky note and write down things that I will need to pick up later in the week that are fresh. I shop on Wednesdays, so if I think that by the following Monday, I’ll need 2 pounds of ground beef or more bananas, then I add that to my list and sometime between Friday and Sunday, I will grab those items from inside the store.
3: On Wednesdays, I go and pick up my groceries from my local supermarket and bring them home.
4: Then sometime later that week, like on Friday, I will go inside the store and grab a handful of “fresh” items that I need or anything else that has come up.
And then…repeat the next week.
So far, this system is working for us. I was afraid that I would write down something and then later, change my mind…but for the most part, that hasn’t happened. That being said, I can always make adjustments on my list every week.
So, that’s what I’m doing these days. What are you guys doing? Going to Costco once a month to load up on lunch items (yogurt, chips, applesauce, etc) has helped make things easier for us this year too.
I’m ready…what are your meal planning tips?
That’s today’s How We…Wednesday. Next month…
…How we talk to kids about adoption!
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Have a great Wednesday, friends!!! xo