Organizing Our Dinners
In a few weeks I will be heading back to work part time. A big change. It's been a full year since I have held a "real" job, OK, well I have had a real job this past year, and it's been harder than any job I have held in the past, but when you are living a passion it just doesn't always seem like work. I will continue to make art andsell it in my Etsy shop (no worries. In case, you know, you were worried or something). But I digress.
This post is supposed to be about meal planning, and it will be. But first you must know the anxiety I am experiencing having a little less time to do all those household and family needs like planning and making meals. So I am going to start planning meals...um...again.
You see, the last few years I have been planning, buying, prepping, and doing everything I could to organize all those wholesome meals. I have used so many meal planning techniques I could probably write at least one chapter on each to complete an entire book! Plus antidotes on which technique WOULD work best for a certain type of person and family, because you know I tried it and discovered that all of them just didn't jive with my groove.
Here's the plan, thanks to Simple Mom blog, I am going to try and plan all of my meals using Google Calendar. Put them on a two week rotation because let's face it every week I have something easy like a variation on "taco night" that can repeat at least once a week. I will then generate am ingredient list for each meal, which will in turn generate a shopping list. Whew! I will be reporting how all of this goes here for your, uh, pleasure I guess.
First step is to create an additional calendar in the calendar section from gmail. This will be my meal calendar. I will share the calendar with my husband so he too can make decisions and corrections to the plan. I will still write out what meals are happening during the week on my menu board that way the rest of the household is in the know. Fingers crossed this technique will all work out!