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If you know me at all, you know I love seventies music.  But, more relevantly, you know I hate grocery shopping and dinner time stress.  Or, at least I did, until I came up with this system that works for me.

First let me describe what not to do.  Squeeze in a last minute run to grocery store with the kids (force them to listen to 70's music), grab some chicken, broccoli and A TON of snack foods (at their insistance for making them listen to horrible music) rush home, get someone to set the table, cook above items. Eat.  Sounds blah, and probably tasted blah too.

As they got older, and were playing sports, they needed a healthy & filling snack when they came home from school.   Apparently, gold fish and yogurt drinks don't count. 

OOH! A problem that needs a creative solution.  It took me years of trial and error, but I think I finally figured out a system that works.  After winging it for years, I tried planning out a month at a time.  I think I've finally found a happy's called.....  

w e e k l y  m e a l   p l a n n i n g.  

Duh?! But if you have a child you will know carving out space in your brain to think clearly is well, hard.  And every week?   fuhgedaboudit.  BUT, if you can find the time.....I promise it's life changing.  Ok, here we go....

(things are already looking up!)


(I like to do this by the fire on Sunday mornings.  Very important to be cozy when doing research work.)


 4.  Do you ever forget to write down the page number and from which cookbook it came from?  Just asking for a friend.....

Voila! Most of the hard work is done.  Now, you still have to cook it, entertain a toddler or two while you do it; and more than likely somehow drive another kid to some sort of practice, remember it's book club night and you have to bring cupcakes tomorrow.  Oh gosh.  Hang in there, and like my dad used to say, this too shall pass.

There's so much going on that hour of the day that it's hard to make a healthy, delicous meal, so it often became the LAST thing I thought about all day.  But someone, who I think was very hungry at the time, once said to me ..."it's not like dinnertime isn't going to happen"...  Oh, well, when you put it like that.... Why not tackle it head on.  Happy planning!



Reader Comments (2)

Haha! This is great, I have 2 little ones and am always going last minute. I will try this. Thanks!

February 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKim Eudell

Hi so cute! Thanks!!

February 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAvery

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