Again, my apologies for last week. I thought I had scheduled the post to appear whilst I was away but apparently I had some sort of senior moment.
This week we are focusing on planning menus. This is something that some women do really, really well and others do not at all. I fall in between having times of my life when I am totally on the ball and others (like now) when I am running around at 4:30pm trying to thaw chicken breasts by tucking them in my bra while I drive people to choir practice (not really but it’s not out of the realm of possibility).
Abby gives us fourteen very practical tips to guide us toward menu planning as well as a few prompts that lead readers to thoughtfully consider the style of meal planning that will work for their family. The fact is that menu planning is not a one size fits all proposition. My family’s will look very different than that of a family with less children or younger children or one that participates in sports. Menus need to reflect your state in life right now and they need to be flexible.
Taking a look at the sample menu plans in the book is very helpful and inspiring. If you need further inspiration please check out my series of Menu posts which can be found here or by clicking the link at the top of the page. I am also a fan of the book Saving Dinner by Leann Ely which gives you seasonal menu plans including shopping lists. It is always my goal to know what’s for dinner no later than 10:00 am so that I can prep throughout the day and not be caught by surprise. Abby’s chapter on Menu planning is another weapon in my arsenal to make that happen.
How do you Menu Plan?
Next week, budgeting (cue gloomy music).