Ever stress out over what to cook for dinner? Tired of making the same thing all the time? Here is a fun and easy way to take the stress out of meal planning...and make it fun for the whole family!
Buy a blank wipe off calendar (where you can change the days each month), like the one pictured. If there is a note section to the left, you may even put some "Favorites" there to choose from. Let each family member plan a meal for one night during the week (M-F). Leave weekends open for going out, ordering in and grocery shopping!
Knowing what you are having in advance allows you to avoid the last minute grocery stops or fast food grabs. Plus if you have some extra time on the weekends, you can even prepare some crockpot meals ahead that you can simply empty in the crockpot in the morning. Search the web for quick and easy crockpot or slow cooker meals. There are some super yummy ones out there!!
The kids love the calendar method too because it allows them to be involved and they look forward to "their" night.
I drew much insight from this Upper Room Daily Devotion so I wanted to share….
(Compliments of Frieda Yang, 1/30/17, Upper Room) “When I clean out the clutter I make room for the Holy Spirit”
My daughter wanted to redecorate her room, which was cluttered with souvenirs and childhood toys. As I helped her get rid of the stuff and decorate with color-coordinated curtains and bedding, my spirit was lifted by such as clean and orderly room! Her desk now had room for flowers and a Bible, and I hoped that her eyes would be drawn to beauty and her heart drawn to God. A sense of well-being came over me.
Inspired, I tried to clean the rest of our home myself. I discovered that while it was easy for me to get rid of my daughter’s clutter, it was much harder for me to get rid of mine! But my collection of what I thought were keepsakes not only occupied physical space but burdened my mind and weighed on my spirit. Similarly, social media and other activities can occupy my mind, leaving little room for me to store up spiritual things.
When we make room in our days for scripture reading and prayer, then our spirits can be strengthened with treasure from the Bible. God’s wisdom and guidance will help us in our relationships and in our service to God and God’s people.