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Simple Meal Planning Solution (that Works)!

For the first seven years of our marriage, I cooked through cookbooks. I rarely ever cooked the same thing twice. If it was a big hit meal, I might have made it 3 times. I simply loved trying something new every time I cooked.

It can be tempting to look back on those early years of marriage and cooking and think I really set myself up for failure. The standard I set for myself in the kitchen was onerous. But I like to think of it as a season that was special. The season may have changed, but the things I learned in that process made me the cook and homemaker I am today.

A friend of mine came up to me at church last week and asked, “I was wondering – now that you have four kids, do you still cook something new each time you cook?” I kind of laughed and said, “Those days are long gone.”

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Simple Snack Planning on a Budget


As we get closer to the time to have our next baby, I have been in nesting mode to the MAX.  I have tried to create systems that are easy to understand and follow for when we (inevitably) have help in the home after baby arrives and I recover from the (likely) c-section.   And I know having these systems in place will help our girls to be able to direct whoever is helping with the procedures of our home.  One of the most pressing needs in our home is food.  The girls are ALWAYS hungry – always!   So, I thought it would be wise to create a snack station that is easy to reach for our girls and contains LOTS of options for each week, depending on what they want for snack times.

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Back to School Menu Planning

We don’t have kids that are school age, but we kind of get into a summertime groove around here like we do.  You know, the groove where dinner is a fast and loose proposition.  A barely planned, if planned at all, throw it on the table and hope that it has some nutritional value kind of event.  So, we kind of feel the need for structure and normal that back to school season provides.  But, I need a little help along the way.

I used to be an expert menu planner and meal maker.  I could seriously turn it out.  But, having kids has just rocked my world in menu planning.  But I recently shared that I am getting things back on track and I shared with you the resources that are making it easier for me to menu plan for the weekContinue Reading

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Menu Planning Resources for Busy Moms

I am really a good cook….really I am!  But I have lost my mojo since having kids.  I just don’t have the energy to be creative in the kitchen every day.  And I also have trouble finding the time to meal plan (or go to the grocery store).  But I have been working on my meal-planning, meal-making mojo and I am slowly getting it back.  And I thought I would give you a list of resources that are my go-to meal planning helpers.  These are really the basics (some are actual cookbooks!) ideas that have kickstarted my menu planning. Continue Reading

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Task #4: One Hour Freezer Cooking

This entry is part 5 of 22 in the series Tackling Tasks

Since I am getting real this month about things that need to be finished around here that aren’t (due to my lack), let’s talk food.  I have been a true, and I mean true, failure in menu planning lately!  I used to LOVE menu planning.  I would do it by the month.  I rarely cooked the same meal twice.  I had it together.

And now…

I am doing good to have a menu plan at the beginning of the week, but following it is another thing.  I rarely make it to the grocery store in a timely manner (a key of menu following).  I often find myself at the end of the day struggling to figure out what we are going to eat.  AHH!

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A Simple Plan: Week of September 2nd – 8th

Wasn’t it nice to have the day off yesterday?  My husband and I got an impromptu lunch date in!  But we are starting out the week today and have lots to get done!  Here’s what’s going on this week.

On the menu this week, I am returning to an old favorite cookbook from Pampered Chef to try some new recipes.  I love that they are supposed to only take 30 minutes to prepare. Continue Reading

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