Hi friends, can you believe it’s December 31st? Tomorrow starts a brand new year and people will be setting goals galore. How many of my readers would like to make menu planning a priority in 2013? It’s totally possible. How do I know? Because I’m living proof! Seven years ago I couldn’t cook at all. Most of my meals consisted of ones that came straight from the freezer and into the oven or microwave. We also ate out a lot which certainly didn’t help the bank account. I would literally stand at the freezer or fridge every day after work tired and hungry, with kids melting down around me, staring and hoping something would magically jump out and prepare itself. Of course it didn’t happen but I can tell you that having a menu plan in place is the next best thing. No longer do I feel frazzled or panicked when it comes to dinner time. I still don’t enjoy being in the kitchen but with a menu plan I can get in and get out and nobody gets hurt :) You have heard me say it before but I’ll say it again. Menu planning changed my life…for the better. I would be LOST without it today. It keeps me sane and my family fed. I want everyone to experience this and that’s why I’m so passionate about getting the word out.
If you are thinking about giving it a try, may I recommend starting small. Maybe start with three days a week and move up from there. Goals that start off too big tend to overwhelm and go unaccomplished. Take it small and experience the difference having a menu plan prepared in advance can make in your life. I’m here to help. Got menu planning questions, drop me a line in the comments. You can do this!!
Menu Planning Helpers:
Find many helpful menu planning resources including many printables on my Menu Planning Pinterest Board.
Check out this Countdown to 2013 by clicking on the button below:
Recipe Indexes (I need your help!):
Back in 2011 I pulled together an AMAZING collection of recipe indexes from around the internet. However because I used a different linky that is now no longer around, my entire list is gone, vanished. It makes me sad because it was such an excellent resource. BUT with your help we can recreate it to be bigger and better than ever. If you have a recipe index on your blog will you please go to this Recipe Index Round-Up post and add it to the list. It’s going to be awesome and I will be heavily promoting it so don’t miss out on getting yours included in the collection. Thanks everyone!
Last week’s winner of the four soft-cover Taste of Home cookbooks was Charla at Healthy Home blog. I sent you an email Charla and am just waiting to hear back from you :)
Fun New Year’s Printables:
We’ve got a terrific night planned with out kids and here are a couple of free printables that we’ll be using to make it even more fun and special. I thought you might like them as well.
Free New Years Chalkboard Printables ~ The 36th Avenue
Free New Years Party Printables ~ Tatertots & Jello
New Years Resolution Printables ~ One Charming Party
Happy New Year everyone!!
My Weekly Menu:
My kids are off school for another week so it’s going to be a week of easy family favorites!!
Monday: Dinner out :)
Tuesday: Happy New Year! Quick Homemade Pizza
Wednesday: Grilled Cheeseburger Wraps
Thursday: Leftover buffet
Friday: Creamy Caesar Chicken Pasta Bake
Saturday: Bacon Tomato Bagel Melts served with spinach salad
Sunday: YOYO (you’re on your own!)
WHAT’S ON YOUR MENU THIS WEEK? JOIN US!
Menu Plan Guidelines, banner selections and recipe helpers are here.
More family favorite recipes here.
Don’t forget to join the growing Menu Plan Monday Facebook Page!!
One of my favorite menu planning resources:
Sorry I guess there is a glitch with the new WP and scheduling inlinkz in advance.