Sometimes I get going on a project and I can’t leave it alone until it’s done. That can be good AND bad, because it also means that not much else DOES get done! I’m pretty proud of this project that I did a couple of years ago. I took all of our recipes that we actually like and use, and I put them on my computer. They are organized in a “Menu Planning” file in alphabetic order so that I can print or share any one of them at any time. They are organized in my recipe binder according to category. The mini version is for my daughter, now a Sophomore in high school. She can take this with her when she moves out in a couple of years. I included only the recipes that she will actually use because I don’t want her to get overwhelmed as she’s getting the hang of being her own cook. She picked them out herself. My 9 year old informed me yesterday that he wants a recipe book too! Who knew!
I shrunk the recipes that she wanted in her binder to fit the mini sheet protectors. I then divided the recipes by category, and I put some extra sheep protectors in the back so that she can add to her collection.
I have, hanging next to our weekly menu planner (which I am really bad at utilizing), a shopping list that DOES get used. This particular shopping list follows the basic layout of Walmart, where I do the majority of my grocery shopping. I did have to take the time to walk down the isles and create a list of all the shopping categories in order. I tweaked this shopping list many, many times before I settled on one that worked well for me.
Then, I made a simple version of the weekly menu and shopping list for my daughter. She won’t need much more than this for quite some time. I stocked her binder with a handful of lists, as well as some cooking advice and tips from me.
I know…. she probably won’t use any of it! Haha. I didn’t really pay attention to menu planning until life started getting super busy with little kids and schedules!
But now, as long as I keep a shopping list out in the open so that anyone can add to it at any time, I can totally keep up with the grocery shopping and meal preparation. It’s a rare thing that we completely run out of something. I’ve trained myself to add it to the list when I see that we are running low. And grocery shopping is so much more time efficient! I can seriously FLY through the isles now because I know exactly what I need and where I need to get it. I’ve already done all of the hard work!