No Time to Menu Plan But You Still Have to Buy Food?

Place Setting August

Have you ever had one of those weeks where no matter how hard you tried, you just couldn’t find the time to make a grocery list and menu but you still had to go to the grocery store?  I have those weeks occasionally.  In fact, I had one of those weeks this week.  When it happens, I go to the store anyway and do the best I can.  I have three different approaches I choose from: 1.       Partial … [Read more...]

Why My Menu Plan Doesn’t Include Breakfast & Lunch

Menu Planner

I’ve been making weekly menu plans for the last 29 years (I didn’t bother until we had kids and I started staying home full-time – you know, actually cooking instead of eating out all the time).  In all those years, I never planned for anything except dinner and dessert. Does that mean we didn’t eat breakfast and lunch?  Nope.  We ate them.  But instead of planning exactly what we were going to … [Read more...]

When Life Goes Crazy & You Need to Salvage Dinner!

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Have you ever had a plan for dinner but then things went crazy and you didn’t know what the heck to do???  I’ve had lots of days like that.  And no matter how hard you plan, life tends to get in the way and messes it up sometimes. But a hi-jacked schedule resulting in a blown menu plan isn’t the end of the world – especially if you have a back-up plan.  Here’s what I’m talking about: 1.      … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner? (No 102)

Place Setting

For some reason, I didn’t do much cooking last week.  Oh, yeah, I remember – we were sick.  Instead of the meals I had planned, we ended up eating Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup, eggs and other odds and ends.  I did cook a couple of meals but mostly we just fended for ourselves based on how we felt and what sounded good in our various stages of illness. But this week will hopefully be a … [Read more...]

Need Menu Ideas? 8 Places You Might Not Be Looking

Cooking Magazines & Place Setting

Have you ever wondered where people who regularly plan menus get their ideas?  Of course, there are the obvious places: Cookbooks Cooking magazines Pinterest Those are great options but sometimes there's no time (or desire) to look through another cookbook or cooking magazine and Pinterest can be overwhelming. In that case, there are some other options you might not have thought … [Read more...]

Menu Planning & Cooking in Less Than Ideal Situations

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If you’ve been reading the blog recently, then you know we moved into a fixer upper about 3 weeks ago and it has no kitchen.  Obviously, not having a kitchen makes menu planning and cooking complicated.  But despite my complicated circumstances, I’m continuing to menu plan and cook meals. “Why?” you might ask.  “Why wouldn’t you just eat out?”  Well, there are several reasons: 1.       My … [Read more...]

How Often Should You Grocery Shop?

grocery shopping

Obviously the answer is as often as you need to or want to.  It’s an individual decision based on your preferences and needs and there’s no right or wrong answer.  However, there are a few advantages and disadvantages to the different options. Daily Pros: You won’t waste as much food because you’ll only be buying what you need. You can buy what you’re craving. You’ll have fewer bags to … [Read more...]