Getting Organized Once Again
For me, summer is a time to let go, relax, let the house get messy, and have tons of fun with the family. That's a very easy routine to slide into once school's over.
The hard part, for me anyway, is adding structure back into my life when school starts up again. One thing I struggle with is meal planning and making meals.
I have found that by spending a few hours on the weekend making a menu, shopping, and prepping meals - the week's meals seem to be a bit easier to manage. I'm not saying I always stay on track and follow my plan. Sometimes I just say screw it and we head off to Subway or A-1 Diner or we eat cereal.
I found this dry erase sticker at Staples a few week back - it's fabulous! It's really helping me to stay on track for the week.
Sometimes I write "future" menu ideas in the corner - so I can remember them for the next week. If I don't write it down, I am sure to forget!
Another thing I like to do is to thaw out one of my meat birds (remember we raised 25 this summer!) - and then put it in the crock pot for a few hours. This opens up the dinner possibilities for the week - chicken and rice, chicken sandwiches, bbq chicken, tacos, chili........ I could go on and on. And I know that my family is eating something healthy.
I also really enjoy putting together my lunches for the week on Sunday - that way all I have to do is grab and go in the morning. Thankfully Tucker likes to eat school lunches (which really are pretty good at his school) - so I don't have that prep to do!
Actually, I've started doing that with my breakfasts too!
It's so easy, good for me, and delicious. Who can argue with that? Not me!
What helpful hints do you have to get you through the week with meals?