Meal Planning with the Perpetual Planner
Notice I didn't call myself a doer. I like to plan. I like to organize. I like to re-plan and re-organize. But I have a problem with actually doing what I've planned and organized. I am the type of person who likes to get all or as much information as I can before I dive into a project or task. Unfortunately, life doesn't work that way.
So my recent task has been to do more meal planning. Dan and I have challenged ourselves to eat at home every night in February. (As we review our budget and spending we notice most of our expendable income goes to eating out - which is probably mostly my fault. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the experience of going out to eat or coffee, finding new places to try and new favorites off the menu. So, I take the blame for this one...)
Being the perpetual planner and information gatherer that I am, I have been keeping an eye out for great meal planning advice, tips, and printables you can find on Pinterest and in the blogosphere. You can check out my finds on Pinterest here: "clean & organize it."
I've tried a few options, including cheapo meal planning notepads in the One Spot at Target (love that place!). My MIL also has a great strategy for meal planning that I have yet to really wrap my head around and thus will have to share at a later date. But so far, my favorite meal plan printable is on Bri Geeski's blog. I love how clean and simple her printable is to use.
Last week we had a lot of social gatherings and friends coming over for meals (to test out the new dining room table - instructions on how to make one yourself can be found here: How to: Make a craftsman-inspired table). Feeling overwhelmed with the planning and cooking, I employed Bri's meal plan:
You will notice the inaugural 90's Appreciation Wine Night I enjoyed with a few girl friends. I'm super pumped about this event, and there will be more to come! Who knows, maybe it will turn into a monthly blog series...
So, those of you who are successfully meal planning, what are some resources you use that have worked well for you? This being our first real attempt, I am open to any and all suggestions!