Cooking and Eating
Every week I sit down and plan out what we're going to eat. I should mention, this is coming from someone who has owned several unused day planners. It takes about 20 minutes. I focus on meals Monday-Friday and leave the weekend open for eating out or getting fancy steaks. I use those 1950's style shopping lists and menu planners you find at stores like Paper Source; Target also has a line from Real Simple. I like them because they have categories for shopping that makes remembering peanut butter a whole lot easier, plus they have magnet backs and come in a variety of colors. The iphone has shopping apps, but I'm a pen and paper sentimentalist. We've been doing this for a few years and as a result we have very little waste, we rarely eat take out, our grocery bill is pretty consistent and we keep to a healthy plan. It could help someone who has a lot of late nights at work or kids practice schedules to juggle keep to the concept of eating a home cooked meal, maybe even at a table, maybe even together. It certainly saved us when I was working a lot and helped me lose weight after I had a baby. Anyway, I thought it might be a fun experiment to share my week's plan as a sort of "make" and "do" combo. In future posts I will include recipes, shopping lists and cooking tips.
*Make Do became Poppy Haus in January 2012