Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Chatting with Charity ~ 30

 
 
Good Morning!! I hope you have your list of tried and true family recipes and are ready for the next step in menu planning!  Did you find any recipes that you had gotten about?  Any that you have never tried?  How about ones that you know you will never make again?  It is amazing how many recipes I collect that just do not work for our family! 
Okay, are you ready? 
Step 2
-Grab you recipe list and a calendar, you can use the one on your phone or paper.
-Look over your month and mark any days that you know you will be eating out. **feel free to do this for a week if a month is too overwhelming for you.  It will get easier over time.  I promise!**
-Now, find your busiest nights during the month.  Look over your recipe list and find your easiest/fastest meals and write them on those busy days.  Remember, breakfast foods make a fast dinner!
-Next find any special occasions you have for the month and pick out the perfect recipe to celebrate with....unless those are the nights you are eating out󾍇.
-Finally, look over your recipe list and start filling in the rest of the month.  Keep in mind your budget and don't put all your expensive recipes in one week.  Also, spread out types of food.  An example would be don't put two pasta or chicken recipes beside each other.
-If you enjoy cooking and trying new recipes give yourself a day or two during the month to do that!  Make sure it is a day where you will not feel rushed and you can enjoy the art of cooking!
The great news is once you have done a month's worth of planning you can look back to it month after month!!!! This is how I keep us from getting bored with or burned out from eating the same 5 things over and over!  Also, it just makes life easy when I don't want to think about what's for dinner. 
-Now, email yourself a copy of the calendar so you can view it from anywhere!
*I have a summer month plan and a winter month plan.  That way we aren't eating chili and potato soup all summer!
Colossians 3:17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
Have you ever tried to menu plan for a month?

Charity

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