I've been inspired. By a few different ladies. Menu planning.
I've actually been menu planning (half way) for over a year. I was planning our dinners but that was it. I've been encouraged though to plan all meals now. I'm not sure why I didn't do it before? Menu planning has always been helpful for me at dinner so why not at breakfast and lunch too? I was so organized in the afternoons preparing for dinner but at breakfast and lunch I was always scurrying around wondering, "What can I make? What do I have?"
Menu planning not only helps me to be more organized at home (which is something I can seriously lack once in a while) but it helps me grocery shop so that I'm making less trips to town. Less trips=saved money. Less time, less gas.
This sweet lady gave me the idea to plan my kids lunches. I have the week planned out and we eat the same thing every week. Easy for me, easy for the kids. She also inspired me with these.
Here's my meal plan for this week:
Tomato soup and grilled cheese
Hash, buttermilk biscuits, home canned green beans, sauteed mushrooms
Rice cakes with peanut butter and raw honey, sliced bananas
Chicken and Dumpling Soup
Chicken and brown rice soup with carrots
Pork Chops, spinach raviolis, homemade applesauce
Mini pizzas with homemade buns, sliced apples
Spaghetti, peasant bread, green salad
Peanut butter and jam sandwiches, sliced apples, whole milk yogurt
BBQ chicken, baked potatoes, home canned corn
Tuna sandwiches with apples
Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, canned corn, cornbread
Soaked Pancakes, uncured bacon, maple syrup
Venison roast with potatoes and carrots, peasant bread
As you can see, we eat a lot of oatmeal for breakfast. We like it and it's easy. I'm thankful that I don't have a picky family to feed. Over the next few months I'll try to get up as many recipes as I can so that you can link to them if you'd like to try them out. I always love trying someone's tried and true recipe. It rules out the question, "Will this even be good??!"