{Repost from Everything Beautiful}

One year later and I am not any better at this task. Honestly Scott does MOST of our shopping and I plan meals on a daily basis because LIFE and school just take precedence. SO the system I descirbe below really does work when I apply it BUT…

I’ve learned I can’t do everything well and we will eat whether I plan ahead or daily. 

Menu planning and grocery shopping has never been my strong point SO the fact that I am even talking about this is major… kind of makes helps me stay on track. Savannah has certainly help motivate me to plan and shop accordingly! Each weekend I sit down with two pieces of paper to make a menu and grocery list~
{Scott shops at Cosco about twice a month for things we use in bulk}

Tips for Simplifying the Planning

Make your grocery list in the order of the store where you shop
As I plan my menu, I pretty much make the exact same things each week for breakfast and lunch… only having to figure out my dinner menus. I also cross through the meal once it is done circling ones we didn’t eat and saved for next week!!!
Keep your fruit basket full for lunches and snacks
Keep kitchen organized and tidy~
One of the biggest things while prepping/cooking is to put ingredients away as you finish with them and WASH the dishes!
{Sure makes for a faster clean up when the meal is finished}
I am taking the slack way to share just a few of my favorite recipes. Basically just snapped  photos from my recipe book~
{This Cranapple Casserole is the FAV thing made on holidays at our house!!!}
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Spicy Tomato Soup~
1 maranara sauce
1 carton chicken broth
1 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
~Bring to a boil
* Serve with bread or make a pot of pasta and add some to soup.
Perfect and easy for a cold winter evening.
Cobbler~
1 c milk
3/4 c SR flour
1/2 c sugar
1 stick of butter
~Mix well and sit to side
~Pour can of fresh fruit or can of fruit pie filling to baking dish
~Add crust mixture pouring over fruit
~Bake @375 for 45 min.
*Cool and serve with ice cream!
My family does NOT like crockpot food all that much and I only use it for making soups, sauces, and occasionally a roast.
The only other thing I love to make it is~
Salsa Chicken~
6-8 chicken breasts (we buy frozen ones in bulk at Cosco)
1 jar of med salsa
1 taco packet
*Serve as chicken fajitas and NEXT day…
Tortilla Soup!
We sit down as a family for dinner every night and I generally cook from scratch. I do have at least one picky child and if the menu doesn’t work for her, there is cereal or mac and cheese cup. Our kitchen is pretty much the heart of our home and many hours are spent here nurturing, bonding, and filling our bellies. So even though meals are not my strongest task, I do realize how important it is for family to gather and what better place than around the table!
“Laughter is brightest in the place where the food is.”
– Irish proverb
Please share favorite ideas about your planning, shopping, meals, and recipes.
We would LOVE to hear what Works for You!!!