I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving last week. I sure was jealous of all the delicious food you all were having while I ate my leftovers :)
A couple of weeks ago when I was reading one of the PR emails that I get, I laughed out loud at one in particular. I can’t even remember what it was for but I do know it included a recipe. A recipe that had no less than 25 ingredients! Are you kidding me? Boy did they target the wrong person! I take one look at a recipe like that and go running for the hills. Seriously that is not for me. I’m so thankful for my recipe criteria checklist that helps me narrow down in a matter of seconds whether or not a recipe is going to work for my family. This is what has made all the difference in whether or not I stick to my planned menu for the week. If I pretend I’m going to have a lot of energy on any particular day and plan something elaborate, I now know from experience that any kind of spurt of energy is just not going to magically appear (for me) at that time of the day.
It’s about being honest with yourself and planning according to you and your family’s needs. This will look differently for everyone. For instance, I don’t enjoy cooking so for me I want to get in and get out of the kitchen lickety split while still feeding my family delicious and healthy recipes. Others find cooking a stress reliever and don’t mind spending a little more time preparing a meal.
Do you have a list of your recipe/menu planning criteria? If not, try putting one together of what’s important and practical for your household. Nevermind what Sally Jo is doing down the street. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the outcome.
On my blog crawl the other day I found another super cute menu board that looks so easy to make using a cookie sheet of all things. So creative! Check it out over at While He Was Napping.
Oh and before I forget I got an email from a reader asking if I wouldn’t mind reminding you all to include your menu plan category after your name in the linky list if applicable (for instance, gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, healthy, frugal, allergy friendly, etc.). It will help with the traffic coming to your site as many readers are looking for particular menu plans. If it doesn’t apply to you then no worries. Thanks so much!
So this week we’ll be eating:
Monday: Dinner out!
Thursday: Leftover buffet
Friday: Pizza Quesadillas
Saturday: Skillet Pasta and Beef Dinner
Simple Supper Sunday
Have a great week everyone!
WHAT’S ON YOUR MENU PLAN THIS WEEK?
Menu Plan Monday guidelines and banner selections are here.