Quick Menu Planning Tips

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 
 

Dear Friends,
We are wrapping up our week of Zone Missions in the Living Room. Each daily mission helps you in developing small steps to decluttering.
Today’s zone mission is a quick mission to have a Hot Spot Fire Drill in the Living Room. The first thing I recommend is that you walk into the living room and take a picture with your phone. Now, look at it. Do you see any clutter? Set the timer for 15 minutes and take care of it. You can do one of three things with it. Throw it away, put it away, or give it away.
On Friday, I typically do my menu planning. This week, I decided to do it on Thursday, so I could share a picture with you and the steps I use to plan each week.
When I start my menu planning, I look at my calendar for the next week and note any days that we have obligations. I know that afternoon appointments make it difficult to prepare a complicated meal. If we have evening commitments, I keep the menu plan simple for those days. Sometimes, I cook a large amount of our protein item and use it in more than one mail meal.
My goal is to serve healthy meals and introduce the boys to different types of foods. Next week, I want to focus on proteins and vegetables and less carbs. I used my Menu Planning pages from my Homeschool Planner, and I wrote down my menu plans in pencil. That way I can make changes to it later, if needed.
After I write down my menu ideas, I check the freezer and pantry for ingredients. If I am out of something, I add it to my shopping list. My shopping list is divided up by store, and I add items under the name of the store. Throughout the week, we will put things on a list on the fridge for items that we run out of in between shopping trips.
One thing I have not implemented regularly in my grocery shopping is utilizing the online ordering and pickup. I enjoy grocery shopping and choosing my items. There have been times in the past when I have used these store services, and it is a time saver. It is also a money saver since it cuts down impulse buying.
How is your menu planning?
Send me pictures of your progress this week!
Today’s Zone Mission is to have a Hot Spot Fire Drill in the Living Room.
Your Home Blessing for today is to empty the trash, sweep, and mop.
My menu plan for Friday is take out.
Have a wonderful weekend!

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About Tami

Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 11. She and her husband have homeschooled for 17 years and have graduated three of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 3 boys who are in grades 11, 9, and 6. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Tami@TamiFox.com. Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at http://www.tamifox.net/giving-your-children-wings/.

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