Simple Meal Planning: Plan to Eat

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat I’ve struggled with meal planning – and I haven’t been afraid to admit that. I’ve always complained that my kitchen is too small and relied on boxed meals and quick dinners (and take-out or ordering in) to keep things easy. I go to bed with dirty dishes in my sink (and on my counter and on my stove – ACK!) because I hate washing dishes. I need help, people!!!

It’s not that I hate to cook. Nope – I LOVE to cook & bake – I love making new things and trying new things for my family.
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Good Sources for Good Nutrition

In our day and age, where foods come from all over the world and the use of pesticides is common, it’s more important than ever to know where your food comes from. It isn’t always easy to know this – but it is always important.

Grocery Stores have noticed this consumer trend and many of them have a section in the produce and meat areas for “organic” food. While the FDA is still defining organic, you should read the labels as many of them indicate why their food is labeled as organic. (This site explains how and why a food is certified and labeled organic.)
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Tuesday Morning Tea

Would you join me for a cup? I’ve got some Tazo Calm (lovely stuff) or my PG Tips, excellent with a little milk and honey for sweetener.

Yesterday, after writing about cleaning my desk, and then reading Nans post at Moms The Word, and knowing about Bliss Challenge Week 1 at Blissfully Domestic, I tackled the project with some trepidation because I had let my desk go for sooooooo long. (How many “encouragers” one needs is in direct proportion to the size of the project! lol)
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Fa-fa-fa-fa-reezin’ Friday


Hey Coffee Girls – grab a cup of Joe and a toasted bagel or cinnamon raisin English muffin with cream cheese and settle in. We’re buried under snow.

Okay – we’re not entirely buried under. Our sidewalk was shoveled last night and driveway was snow-blowed. But still – we’ve got lots of snow. It is a snow day – schools all around us are closed, closing or on delay. We will be playing in the snow later this morning. yay!
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28 Day Challenge: Menu Planning

Tricia Traxler, of Grace Works Planners and Handfuls of Purpose, is beginning a 28 day Challenge for Menu Planning TODAY! It is not too late to join up and walk through methods and means of Menu Planning.

Tricia is a homeschooling mom of 3, and owner of Grace Works Planners. (If you are a planner-aholic like me – you’ve GOT to check out her products!)

Because this is done over a 28 day period, you will find daily TIPS and CHALLENGES to help guide you in finding a purposeful menu planning system that works for you!
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Freezer Cooking – A Mom’s Best Friend

Although I am very new to freezer cooking myself – as in planning, preparing and freezing meals ahead of time – I am very excited about incorporating this process into my family’s mealtimes.

Getting started is half the battle. Changing the way you typically do things can be accomplished with a little practice and by starting off small. Instead of preparing meals for one whole month in one day, start off by preparing 2 or 3 dishes and freezing them. Schedule them into your week’s menu plan and see how it goes.
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Little Tricks to make Meal Planning A Breeze

Do you plan ahead for you week’s menus? Maybe even for a whole month’s worth of menus?

It can be overwhelming and even difficult to plan many meals in advance in the face of busy schedules and changing moods. Here are a couple of tricks I’ve discovered that have proved successful in my own family life:

  • Make a list of family favorites. If your family has a few favorite meals that they love, why not make a list of them – including regular side dishes and desserts – and keep a list of your “Favorite 21” or “Favorite 15” family meals! When you have a whole month to plan for, you can easily rotate these favorites often enough so your family does not get bored with them or tired of them.
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Simple and Easy Freezer Cooking


Product Name: Freezer Cooking Made Simple
Rating: 10
Where to Buy: http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com

Description: This great e-book is filled with all you need to learn how to freeze foods and stretch your budget dollars! With information on how to get started, what items you need, what foods freeze well and foods that don’t measure up when it comes to freezing, this e-book is a handy tool for meal planning – whether you’re a beginner or seasoned professional. Included are worksheets, printable labels and even a few quick and easy recipes to help you get started cooking faster, healthier meals while sticking to a budget.
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Ta-Da Tuesday: Moms Rock!

Curly’s older cousin, Moe, gave her a Tshirt recently that is bright yellow with a hot pink graphic on the front that reads, “My Mom Rocks!” (I’d post a pic, but it’s in the dirty laundry at the moment…) I read it to her the first time she wore it, and now every time she puts it on, she says proudly “My Mom Rocks!” and does a little happy dance. I don’t even pay her to do that – somehow she just knows!
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