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Menu Plan Monday ~ April 14/14 Easter Edition

Menu Plan Monday for April 14/14
Hi friends, how did last week go for you?  Did you stick to your plan or deviate at all?  We had to switch things around a bit but that happens some weeks, I don’t sweat it.  I love how flexible having a menu plan is.  So my daughter’s 17th birthday last week went really great.  I shared some pictures on Instagram but for those that don’t follow me there here is a peak at a few of them.

I sent with her to school a wrapped present to open every hour.  She thought this was so fun.  Free printables are from Thirty Handmade Days blog.

birthday presents
Dinner was so much work but absolutely delicious :)  Recipe links were posted on last week’s Menu Plan Monday post.

birthday supper
birthday fun
I love celebrating birthdays, even my own! :)

What was your favorite recipe that you made last week?  Feel free to share the link with us in the comments.

My Menu Plan for this Week:

Monday:  Baked Tacos (family favorite!)

Tuesday:  Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic served with red potatoes and corn

Wednesday:  Buffalo Style Mozzarella Pork Chops served with rice and broccoli

Thursday:  Leftover buffet

Friday:  Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup

Saturday:  The Ultimate BLT Grilled Cheese

Sunday:  Easter Dinner ~  Slow Cooker Honey-Glazed Ham, Cheesy Potato Casserole, Spinach Strawberry Salad and Gluten-Free Blueberry Crisp for dessert

Have a great week and a Happy Easter everyone!


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Freezer Friendly Labels

The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home.

Today completes my mini-series on freezer organization. I want to show you three options for labeling the containers inside your freezer. I’ll be the first to admit that not everyone needs or wants to label their frozen foods. However, for those of you who invested your time organizing this area and want to put your system to good use, a label never hurts.

Freezer Friendly Labels
When it comes to creating freezer friendly labels, they must be able to withstand the low temperatures and hold up to the inevitable wear and tear of daily use. I also find it helpful if the label is easy to spot in a typically crowded freezer. In other words, something larger than what a standard label maker can produce.

1. Print & laminate your own:

This is a tried and true labeling system I use on a regular basis. I love a cute label or a fancy font printed from a home computer and laminated for durability sake. I’ve done this many times and the freezer is another place to incorporate the same method. After the laminating is finished, I attach my homemade labels with velcro sticky dots (as seen HERE).

Printing cute labels for the freezer
This method is relatively inexpensive and once laminated it’s very durable, even in the cold temps of a kitchen freezer.

If you want to make printed labels reusable; print them blank (like you see above), laminate them, and then use a wet-erase marker to write the category. This allows you to change your mind as often as you want. No need to re-print labels when you can just wipe clean and re-write. Be sure to use a wet-erase marker (not permanent Sharpie) on the laminated surface.

2. Containers designed with their own label:

Next up is a rare kind of label. I’m talking about the kind of container labels that come pre-existing. I touched briefly on it last time when I organized my friend’s top-freezer (HERE). We utilized a simple system on the bottom shelf of her freezer which included bins that already contained labels on the front (see picture below).

Labels and containers for organizing the freezer
For this container, you remove the plastic label shield and write in your category.

A great container for organizing the freezer and comes with a label too!
Between the price point and the pre-existing labels, these bins captured my organizing heart at first sight.

use pre-existing labels on containers in the freezer
If they catch your eye too, they’re found HERE.

3. Peel and stick reusable labels:

Finally, purchasing self-adhesive labels are perfect for almost any freezer container. I grabbed a package of these (see below) the last time I visited The Container Store and am highly impressed!

Check out this awesome label system, it can be used almost anywhere and is reusable!
They come in two different sizes, both showing your hand-written or computer designed label through a clear plastic pocket. Furthermore, they can be removed & reused elsewhere. That alone makes them stand apart from the average sticker label. White sticker labels can only be used once and leave a tacky mess behind if you choose to remove it. This Storage Identification System is highly versatile with it’s reusable capability and convenient pocket for easy-to-change labels!

Wanting things more organized, try out these amazing labels that are reusable!
In addition to being sold at The Container Store, they’re also found HERE and are quite handy for a large variety of labeling needs. I was leery at first to use them in a freezer situation, but the package claims they’re recommended for both temperature extremes. From the attic to the freezer, these may be my new labeling loves.

Awesome labels and very versatile
So far, they’re working great attached to my freezer bins. I haven’t noticed any curling at the edges or loss of adhesiveness.

Yet another way to label your freezer containers.
All in all, it doesn’t matter what you use. Although not the best long-term solution, even a simple sticky note can do the trick in a pinch. The point is, if you want to maximize your freezer organizing efforts with labels, then by all means find a system that works for your needs and your budget.

However, if labeling your freezer containers adds more stress to your life, then flexibility is the key to keeping your freezer organized. Use general bins, containers, or baskets to get the job done in a less structured manner. We all have uniquely individual organizing goals. Keep your situational needs in mind and if it includes a good label, then find what works best for you. Hopefully the three I’ve outlined here will get you off to a good start!

You can catch up on past freezer posts HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

In the professional world, I’m a nurse by trade. But, around our house, I’m known as Mommy to our young daughter. My two worlds collided and began shaping into a blog. Useful Beautiful Home represents the hours I’ve dedicated to managing my household as efficiently as possible. I offer you motivation to keep your home healthy, organized, and welcoming. My goal is to share what I’ve implemented in my home to inspire you with fresh ideas and to encourage you to keep up the good work in yours! Learn more about me HERE or visit me at UsefulBeautifulHome.com.


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