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Sunday, August 22, 2010

What's for dinner?

That question drives me crazy… but only when I don’t know what we’re going to have for dinner!

Growing up, my mother always had a meal plan.  Her weekly menu was on the back of her shopping list and it was always posted on the fridge.  I can probably count on one hand the number of times she deviated from it… whatever was listed was what we were having for dinner.  Sometimes you’d be excited about it, and sometimes at least one of us would be whining about it.  But, it was always there, no surprises.  I can see now why meal planning was so important for our family growing up – I wouldn’t want to be a short order cook for a family of 6.

I’ll be honest…  I don’t cook as much for my family as I should unless I come up with a weekly menu.  If I don’t plan things out in advance, I never have anything thawed and/or I’m missing key ingredients.  In my defense, my husband travels a lot.  When it’s just me and Connor, a bowl of cereal or a sandwich will do (Connor still consumes mostly Chef Gerber).  So, I try to plan my meal-making around the nights I know I have someone else to cook for.

Dry Erase Board Dry Erase Board Detail This spring, my mom and I made a dry erase board for my kitchen.  I purchased a large frame at Michael’s (the largest that would fit on my wall) and framed a cut of fabric under the glass.  Then I just use dry erase markers and an eraser to help me keep track of household things.  I LOVE IT!  I’d say I probably write something on it every day.  The board helps me keep track of my to-do’s, things to remember, and ongoing shopping lists.  It’s also where I “attempt” to have a meal plan posted for the week!

In June, Alma of Ollibird posted the cutest FREE tiles for Twitter and blog backgrounds.  When I saw the pots & pans graphic, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it (besides update the family recipe blog).

Just for fun, I’ve created another free printable…  a Weekly Menu, inspired by and using Alma’s cute graphic.

These menu images are sized at 8”x10”, perfect for framing in your kitchen.  Once behind glass, it becomes a dry-erase menu board.  You could place this on your countertop, hang it on the wall, or put it in a lightweight frame and attach heavy-duty magnets or Command Picture Hanging Strips to hang it on your fridge.  You could even make one up for an inexpensive wedding/birthday/Christmas gift. 

Weekly Menu - BLUE - Sprik Space
Weekly Menu - PINK - Sprik Space Weekly Menu - GREEN - Sprik Space Weekly Menu - ORANGE - Sprik Space Weekly Menu - PURPLE - Sprik Space

To download, just click on the images above and you’ll be directed to their 4shared locations.  Then, just print on your own color printer and trim to size, or upload it to your favorite online photo printer (an 8”x10” print at Costco is only $1.49).
Weekly Menu (Binder Edition) - BLUE - Sprik Space Go here to download a version of this weekly menu for a binder!

*** UPDATED 06/26/12 ***
New download location for these images is here  

Hope this keeps the dreaded “What’s for dinner?” question from being asked too many times in your house!
I’ll be posting this project to the link-up parties listed here.
I'm incredibly honored to have had this project featured on these sites. Thanks so much!!



Me? A Mom? said...

I have the SAME problem. If I don't meal plan then I'm always looking at the clock at 4 p.m. and thinking, "Uh oh. Crap."

annies home said...

love your meal plan chart. i have had several over the years. I love the designs on yours. My favorite is my old childhood classroom size chalkboard i hang in the kitchen

Ruth said...

Annie's Home recommended you because of these meal plan charts--which are so cute! I am now your newest follower. Check out my blog if you would like to.


Mark and Ashlie said...

Love this idea and thanks for including the downloads! I am so glad you shared this with Sister Sister Sunday! See you next Sunday!

Jessica @ Decor Adventures said...

Such a useful project, I love it!

Diane said...

Great idea and thanks for the freebies.

Anonymous said...

When my kids were small and bugged me with questions about what's for dinner, I would answer, "Doof!" (Food spelled backward.) Somedays I'd say, "Lef tov ers!" instead of leftovers. Many years later both terms are still part of the family vocabulary!

Jennifer Juniper said...

Ugh! I need to get back on schedule with this now that school begins again - having a plan helps tremendously!

Leslie said...

Yeah I need this desperately! I am horrible at meal planning! I love the background too! Thanks for linking up to Hoo's got talent!

Unknown said...

Awesome idea! I never thought about writing on the glass... very clever. And I hear you on the menu planning... it's a great thing and doesn't take a whole lot of time. =) I'm visiting from Trendy Treehouse Creative Share!

jaquelyn {mama thoughts} said...

My mom never planned meals in advance. Something I can't stand, so I'll definitely be using this adorable sheet to plan! Thanks. :)

Karie said...

Love your idea. . and thanks for the free download.

Allison Shops said...

New to your blog - that's a great idea! Too bad my three are all grown. lol

I wanted to let you know about Atticmag's new linky party - Giveaway Friday! It's a convenient place for bloggers to link their giveaways each week. We've kicked it off with a fantastic giveaway of our own. Five lucky winners will win material to do a backsplash in their homes. Hope to see you there!


Unknown said...

We are so glad you shared your great printable with us at Anything Related!

Ashlee Marie said...

Cute! Another great printable! I LOVE Alma, she's the BEST! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

Katie said...

Oh I like this one even better than the last because all I really need is a planner for dinner! Thanks so much for all your links on our first Crafty Soiree!

Sarah said...

Thank you for the printable! I linked you up at my blog! See how I used your printable!

Amanda said...

I've put together a round up of kitchen crafts on Craft Gossip today and included your project. :) You can see it here

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