Friday, August 28, 2009

Getting Dinner Organized

I don't know about you, but the thought of dinner time can often be a source of stress for me throughout the day--I hate trying to think of 'what to make' for dinner. It will stress me out all day long until I finally come up with something that sounds good, only to realize I don't have the ingredients I need for it and have to start all over again at picking a new meal. Ugh. So anyway, I came across this idea on my cousins blog of having a month long menu planned out. I loved it. Loved it. You just take some time on one day, plan the whole month (or at least a week or two), and then each day, you don't have to worry about what you're going to make... you already know! And once you've got the menus planned, you just write down a list of all the ingredients needed for each meal and take that with you to the grocery store. So nice. So easy.
And since I love to make things all pretty and flourishy (I know... not a word), I came up with some cute shopping lists to make the list writing more fun, along with some nice calendars to make the menu planning more pleasant as well. :) (You would think I have too much time on my hands, but oddly enough I don't. I just spend my time on randomly strange projects). :)
Anyway, I figured since I had these calendars and shopping lists done, I would share them with anyone who chances to come across this blog. :) They're nothing fancy, but I've got a calendar for each month up to February 2010 (and they have little pictures to remind you of any major holidays as well). The "M" is for Main Dish, and then there's a spot for Side Dish 1 and Side Dish 2. I usually only have one side dish, but there's room for a second on the rare occasion.
Well, that's it for me. Enjoy and Happy Eating to you all. :)