A Card and a Meal PlanBy
First up today, a card:
Stamps – Winter Memories
Ink & Paper – Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Lucky Limeade, Very Vanilla
Accessories – Big Shot & Woodgrain embossing folder, Delicate Doilies sizzlit, blender pen, antique brad
And now onto our holiday planning…
Page 3 of the Christmas Holiday Planner, is a calendar, seperate from your holiday activities, and just for planning out your meals. Here are the three main steps to meal planning for this December:
1. Decide meal components – write down some family favorites meals that can be prepared quickly during December on page 15 of the Christmas Holiday Planner. Mark down where to quickly find the recipes as well.
2. Schedule meals on calendar – keep in mind any holiday parties or restaurants you are going to in December where no cooking is needed. Scheduling can be done weekly, every 2 weeks or the whole month in advance (like I do). It all depends on how many times you want to go purchase groceries during this month. Write down which meals will be made during which week.
3. Making the grocery list – as you go through each recipe, list the ingredients you will need to purchase for the meals you have planned. Page 16 of the Christmas Holiday Planner is a great tool to do this! Don’t forget to check your pantry and freezer to see if you have some of the ingredients needed – no sense buying what you already have!
That my friends, is a pretty basic overview of meal planning. I am an avid meal planner and it is the only way I get things accomplished!
Now, to get you started and hopefully convince you that meal planning rocks, I am giving you a full week’s worth of planned out meals! By full week, I mean 5 meals as I have found over the years that scheduling 5 meals rather than 7 works best because of leftovers and eating out during the week. Overscheduling is never a good thing either!! 🙂
So here is a PDF document containing the recipes of 5 tried and true, easy meals that never receive complaint from my girls – and they are tough critics!
I hope you find it useful!!