Meals for the month… or maybe year?

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. With the holidays, then school starting up again things have been busy around here. I am proud to say that we took our tree down on January 1st though. I love our Christmas tree, but our living room is not that big and I was longing for more space!

You know, ever since I became a Mom I have struggled with dinner time. I never have energy to make something at 4 or 5 o’clock in the evening. And that is still the case today, even though the baby of the family is 4 years old. My friend, Kristen, takes one Saturday every 3 months and make 36 meals. Wow! She has a menu of 12 meals that her family likes, and she makes 3 of each meal. Then she’s set for 3 whole months! That sounds like a dream to me.

But I started to wonder if that would work for our family… or maybe I should say for me. Then I started thinking about what kinds of meals I could incorporate into our menu.
Well, Monday is always roast chicken or roast beef, so I didn’t have to think about that. Tuesday is always soup I make with the leftovers from Monday (again no thinking required). Wednesday is usually a freezer meal from Meal Makin’ Mamas (see previous post for a description).
Thursday is take out (if we have it in the budget).
That leaves… Friday & Sunday.

Seriously? I was shocked when I actually wrote it all down. I only have to make meals for Friday & Sunday. Well, every other Sunday that is. We have a small group that meets together every other Sunday and we have dinner together, so I need to make a meal every other Sunday night. And since I usually make spaghetti sauce and meatballs on Saturday, I could just make lasagna twice a month. So that leaves Friday!

That was a lot less painful then I thought it might be. Then I asked my hubby what he would like to throw into the menu for Fridays. He said, “I know it’s not grilling season, but I’ve been wanting hamburgers.” Hamburgers can be broiled or pan fried. Easy… I like it! But the kids also like tacos, so we’re going to rotate between the two. And just like that I have meals for the month! *deep breath* *big sigh*

So to review…
Monday: Roast (chicken or beef)
Tuesday: Soup (ckn veggie, white chicken chili, beef barley) & once a month Shepherd’s pie for my daughter. She loves it!
Wednesday: Freezer meal
Thursday: Take out
Friday: Hamburgers or Tacos
Saturday: Spaghetti and Meatballs
Sunday: Lasagna every other week.

Of course, our small group doesn’t meet over the summer, so I’ll have to come up with more meals then. Oh wait… it’ll be grilling season! *another big sigh* On the Saturdays that I make spaghetti sauce I will make meatballs either for 2 weeks or for the month. I haven’t decided yet. On the opposite Saturdays I will make taco meat and hamburger patties. And my hubby suggested that I make mixes and spice packets. So I’ll make waffle mixes, cornbread mixes, and spice packets for my roasts. That’s the plan for now any ways… we’ll see how it goes.

I am reminded of a sermon I heard once about us having too many choices these days. So many that we can be paralyzed trying to make a decision. Sometimes it is best to keep things simple. I hope that you can find one thing in your life right now to make more simple. 🙂

Until next time,
(My goodness this was a long post! I hope you didn’t nod off half way through it.) :-O


One thought on “Meals for the month… or maybe year?

  1. sara

    Antoinette I love your comment about keeping things simple. I have this thought that I need to be efficient in everything I do but I feel like I’m really not. A lot of pressure and I still live pretty randomly I think. Weight Watchers has helped with my meal planning. I’m wondering if people (i.e. moms) have a cleaning or errand running schedule too. If so, please share. I tend to get stuff done only when it’s reached a breaking point. Like no clean clothes or disgusting hair/lint/dust on the bathroom floor. I think that if and when I saw the “problem” I could say to myself “that will get done on whatever-day so don’t worry about it now.” I might be able to relax more.

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