In my adventure of learning how to get meals on the table on a semi-regular basis I actually find the biggest roadblock to be knowing what to make. There are bzillions of recipes out there, but when I ask “what should I make tonight” very few ideas (if any!) come to mind. So I’ve been working on a meal-planning template that works for me. This is the second incarnation of such a plan:
The original plan had the days of the week on it, but I need some flexibility to say “I don’t want to make that today”, or to switch to something simpler if our evening suddenly becomes busy. So this one just has two-week’s worth of meals, both easy and hard (as colour coded with red [hard], orange [medium], or yellow [easy]) and I can select any one from the plan on any day depending on the mood, schedule, or what’s fresh in the kitchen.
The difficulty ratings I give are based on a few variables. Can I throw it all in the crockpot? (easy!) Is it a brand new recipe (harder), Is it coming out of the freeze? (easy!) Does it take lots of prep work? (harder!) Can Sean and I cook it together? (easy!) Etc…
I also like the running grocery list on the sidebar to make sure I have what I need for the plan. I colour code that too, according to areas of the store:
Green - fresh produce
Blue - dairy
Yellow - bakery
Orange - canned/drygoods
Red - meats
Purple - Other
That way a quick scan of the list will show everything I need to pick up in that part of the store. Also, it gives me an excuse to use pencil crayons. :)
Anyone know how I can post the template so others can have it too?
(It’s a Word document.)
I just got the go-ahead from Sean to buy some art prints. Wahoo!! I’ve been pining over this artwork for, honestly, a couple of years. I love the colour. I love the French vintage feel. I love the minimalist design. (I just can’t do minimalism myself, so I treasure it in the work of others!) I know they’re not for everybody - including my husband. But they make me so darn happy. Do you like it? You can check out more art here.
And I made a decision about a calendar… going for the vintage-y ones:
The size was right for what I wanted, and I like the design, PLUS…
It was only 5 bucks.
And the designer e-mailed me a file to print off my own which saves on shipping costs and is more environmentally friendly.
And I can print as many as I want. How cool is that?
A few calendar options from Etsy that I’m considering for the new office area…
I adore the “vintage-y” look of this one. Would look so sharp hanging from a silver bulldog clip:
I like these little “tags”. Would be super cute hung all in a row (which would be nice to see all the months at once!)
Love this one! And I can brush up on mon francais aussi!
This one has a cute shabby-chic look… but I see it more in a great farmhouse kitchen. Hmmm… keep it in mind for the future!
I like the long and narrow look of this one, and could hang them with a pretty ribbon:
or similarly, this one:
Love this, but I’d prefer it in a big open and airy art studio space:
Another one for an art studio - so fun!
Hmmm… now which one to choose?