Menu Plan Monday ~ Oct 20/14

Menu Plan Monday for the week of Oct 20/14

Hey friends, happy Menu Plan Monday day!!!  Welcome to a brand new week where we plan our menus to help our week be a lot less stressed!  Think of it as simply selecting 5 recipes to cook sometime throughout the week, you don’t even have to assign them to specific days if you don’t want to.  But if you have the (quick and easy) recipes picked out and the groceries to go with them then you are going to rock your week.  You will feel like doing some kind of dance-a-thon for sure whoot, whoot!!  Well at least a little twirl around your kitchen :)

Recipe Highlight:

So this week my daughter (17) whipped up the One Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta recipe for us and it was delicious!  She said she would definitely make it again.  So if you are looking for a quick and easy dinner here you go.  She added some crumbled cooked sausage to it as well just to round it out for my meat loving husband :)

Menu Planning Resource:

My friend Leanne over at Organize and Decorate shared a FREE menu planning printable this past week on her blog.  Print it out, stick it on your fridge or in a pretty frame and make menu planning fun.  Look at you go!!


Have an organized week y’all!

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday:  Taco Stacks

Tuesday:  Crustless Quiche

Wednesday:  Parmesan Pesto Tuna Melts

Thursday:  Leftover buffet

Friday:  BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Chili

Saturday:  Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Sunday:  YOYO (you’re on your own)


Menu Plan Guidelines, banner selections and recipe helpers are here.

More family favorite recipes here.

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One of my favorite menu planning resources:

  Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

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Quick Organizing Tasks: Spice Cabinet Makeover

The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Sharon at Mom of 6.

When an area of your home starts to really annoy you, then you know it is time for a makeover! And this week, my spice cabinet which also houses my tea and coffee supplies was driving me batty! So one morning, in the 30 minutes of “free time” that I have between putting my older three kids on their bus and waking up my younger three kids for elementary school- I decided to tackle the spice cabinet.

Quick Organizing Tasks:  Spice Cabinet Makoever

All of the spices were no longer organized by any method- alphabetical or otherwise, so I couldn’t find what I needed without pulling dozens of little jars out of the cabinet each time I was looking for something. Baking supplies were located on multiple shelves. Tea boxes were literally falling out when I opened the doors, and the top shelf was under-utilized.

So how did I tackle this spice cabinet makeover in just 30 minutes?

Remove, Sort, and Assess

The first thing I did was to remove everything from each shelf and then sorted items into groups based on similar categories: Spices for Cooking, Spices for Baking. Spices Rarely Used, and Beverage Items. When I came across duplicates (I had 2 bottles of dried parsley for example)- I combined them into one container. If a spice was super old or I couldn’t remember the last time I actually used it- into the trash it went. Once I grouped items into categories, I was surprised that most of what I owned were cooking spices, and most of the rarely used spices I wanted to keep around were mostly cooking spices (not baking) as well.

Once I could see what I truly owned by own category, it became easy to assess what I needed to store and figure out what a better layout for the cabinet would be…..

Clean, Consider, and Containerize

Before I returned anything to the shelves, I thoroughly cleaned each shelf as well as the stacking units that fit inside of the cabinet that make the spices easier to see. Then I spent a few minutes considering whether or not I would be better off relocating the beverage supplies to another area….

Spice Cabinet consider

….such as on this little shelf right above my stove. Think of how convenient it would be to have my tea supplies right there on my stovetop! Except that there would be a great deal of heat up there, which means it is probably not the best place to store paper-based items. Hmmm….. on second thought- I better just find a way to house them in the spice cabinet.

Next I considered whether or not I needed to buy anything to make this space more functional. I have seen so many lovely photos on Pinterest of beautifully organized spice cabinets where all of the containers are identical. And labeled beautifully. But then I thought about of all of the time I would need to spend shifting contents from the store-bought containers to pretty match-matchy ones…. and I decided to stick with what I had.

Spice Cabinet After

Return Items in An Organized Manner

Now there are lots of ways to organize your spices- alphabetically, by frequency of use, by category. I actually chose a hybrid of these methods- I am using the bottom shelf to hold cooking spices and I placed my rarely used spices in the back of this shelf, the more frequently used ones in the front, and they are alphabetized within those two groupings. And right in the front row are the items I use the most often- onion, garlic, and seasoning salt.

On the second shelf I have all of my baking spices, on the third shelf I have baking supplies and beverage items. And waayyy up there on the top shelf (which I can only reach while standing on a chair) are the items that I rarely use.

And I accomplished all of this in just 30 minutes! (Which begs the question- why did I wait so long to do it?!!)

Aahhh… it feels SO much better to have a spice cabinet that looks visually appealing when I open the doors and where I can find exactly what I am looking for without any effort!

Sharon Rowley Head Shot 150 x 150 Thumbnail If you get a chance, I hope you’ll stop by to see me at Momof6 – a place where I write about organizing your home, using a family calendar, creating household routines, hosting at-home birthday parties, and holding a DIY summer camp! You can also find me over on GreatFamilyRoadTrips- where I share ideas and itineraries to inspire you to hit the road!


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Getting Organized Magazine Discount Code!

Getting Organized Magazine Fall Cover

Hey there!  I’ve gotten a number of emails in the past month or so asking me if there is an organizing magazine out there that I would recommend.  I’ve had a subscription to Getting Organized Magazine since they first published nearly 3 years ago and absolutely love it.  When I went back through my blog […]

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Menu Plan Monday ~ Oct 13/14


Hello and a Happy Thanksgiving day today to my Canadian friends.  We celebrated yesterday and today we have the day off to relax and just enjoy the day.  And if I have my way we will NOT be playing another 4 hour game of Monopoly like we did yesterday.  Brutal!  My attention span is short […]

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Homeschool Organization at the Kitchen Table

Homeschooling at the kitchen table can be organized

The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. It’s about time for another edition of homeschool organization. Laura and I decided to add this topic about once a month based on the feedback received last time but also taking into consideration those who don’t need this type of information. […]

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Menu Plan Monday ~ Oct 6/14

Candy Corn Cream Cups

Hey menu planners!  How are you today?  I’m so excited because we have a four day weekend coming up, whoot, whoot!!  This weekend us folks here in Canada celebrate our Thanksgiving.  Technically next Monday is Thanksgiving but we always have our big dinner on Sunday so Monday we can just relax, relax, relax! Recipe Highlights: […]

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Organizing an Inexpensive Anniversary Party

50th Anniversary Pics- Ideas Badge

The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Sharon at Mom of 6. A few weekends ago I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and I happened to catch a “Congratulations and Happy 50th Anniversary” post from a friend of our family….directed to my in-laws! Umm….. YIKES! I knew that their anniversary had been […]

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Top Organizing Bloggers Kitchen Tour: Organizing Lazy Susans

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So today I’m going to talk about Lazy Susans or “Working Mikes” as my middle son likes to call them…ha!  My corner cabinets are definitely working overtime for me that is for sure.  I spent a couple of hours yesterday giving them each a complete overhaul.  It was long overdue especially since I recently realized […]

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