SYL12 and Meal Planning
I am participating in the Home Life Simplified
Challenge to Simplify my Life. You can also participate by clicking on the link. It’s never too late to start!
I’ve fallen a little behind with being away for Easter and then some good old fashioned procrastination!
Week 14 in the Home Life Simplified Challenge is all about planning. I already use my diary to keep track of everything we are doing, appointments, sporting activities, playdates and social outings! I refer to it a lot. I do have to say that I have a gorgeous diary. It’s just a week to a double page but it has a handmade cover. I have this on my microwave on a recipe book stand open to where we are at.
They are special as they are only sold now and again.
I also have a notebook on the bench where I write down things I want to achieve that day – I don’t use this everyday- just mainly on busy days where I really want to complete certain tasks or have emails or phone calls to make. Makes me a little more accountable!
What I have decided to try again is meal planning. Over the last few months I have been reading more and more on other blogs about it. I tried a couple of times but it really needs to be something I am making a commitment to. Last year I downloaded a simple template which I am going to use to start with. I’m not completely happy with it but will find or create my own which fits better. I only want to concentrate on Dinner and include somewhere to write groceries needed (maybe) and any activities which will affect when we cook dinner. I’ve put a hook in my pantry cupboard and have planned to the end of this week.
I plan next week to try and “shop” from my freezer and pantry as we have lots of stuff in the pantry and some of it really needs to be used. I generally make simple meals that we can all eat. I eat with my children. Not ideal but if I eat with Hayden it keeps him at the table longer and means he sees that I like what I am feeding him. Sometimes he does look at me with that, “What the hell are you feeding me Mum!” look! My husband is most often eating at work or when he gets home – which is late.
So I hope to check back my the end of week 20 and let you all know if I have maintained it, if it made dinner easier, do I think I have a lower shopping bill (which I would love) and if I will continue with it.
I did refer to a few blogs when I was thinking about meal planning. The Organised Housewife
has a great meal plan each week with some great recipes to go with it. Deb at Home Life Simplified has a great post
about it with links to some great printables.
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