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Friday, September 17, 2010

Fanciful Friday: Menu Board

When I first got married I was appalled at how much time went into cooking dinner every day!  I never really appreciated it when I lived with my parents.  And I even cooked a couple times a week when I was single, but I didn't have to do it everyday!  It can be exhausting.

Then, My Mr. Right and I started making out menus for a couple weeks at a time.  It made dinner soo much easier!  I didn't look at the clock at 4:30pm and think 'ugh, what are we gonna have for dinner?'.  I just looked at our menu and figured out when I needed to start things to have them ready at a decent time.  And we saved money because we could do our grocery shopping all at one time and we knew exactly what we needed.  No more last minute trips that end with a dozen other things too.  It was fantastic.

Then our lives got all tipsy turvy when My Mr. Right abruptly became unemployed... again.  We used our savings to pay off baby bills and were anything but prepared to have no income.  We ended up moving in with my parents when we moved for hubby's new job because housing is ridiculously expensive here...

And so is my mother's meal planning.  It was, by no means, uncommon for her to come home from work at 4pm and ask "What should we have for dinner?"  I hated cooking!  Everything was such a mess... and since I didn't do all the grocery shopping anymore I didn't know what we even had in the cupboards.  Enter sanity.  At least where dinner is concerned.  My hero: the menu board.  First saw this idea on A Girl and a Glue Gun... HERE... But I've since seen many a menu board floating around blogland.  Here's how I did it:


I bought some super cheap cookie sheets from Wal-Mart.  They came in a pack of three for $4.  Mainstays brand.  In case you wanna go cookie sheet hunting.  I'd never cook on these... They were all scratched up by the time I got them home.  Asking for a rust problem...?  I think yes.  Anyway, spray paint the pan.  I did a matte black.  It's what I had on hand.  Cover the black with clear paint to protect from scratches.  Then, I hot glued on some cute digi scrapbook elements I had printed out.  (Embellishments from Dinner Party Kit by Sara Carling @ www.shabbyshoppe.com).


Then I collected any and all dinner ideas and recipes my family and I could think of.  I typed them all up.  Laminated them.  Actually, it was contact paper, but it worked.  Cut them apart.  And them stored them in a plastic baggie for about 2 weeks... This step is totally optional and in no way effects the outcome of your menu board.


I put magnets on the back of each paper.  It was a lot of papers!  I found a pack of magnet strips also at Wal-Mart for $.97 and you can't beat that.  It had about 15 strips and I used about 5.


Add some more cutesies at the top of the board.  Then I glued some ribbon across the pan and put my magnetic days of the week papers across that.  I put magnets on the back in case we wanted to go M-Sun instead of Sun-Sat.  Then I took some other ribbon and created a grid pattern out of it.


Made up my menu plans and sat back to bask in the world of sanity I just created.  Ahh!  Feels good.


57 comments :

  1. This is so cute! I love how inexpensive it is too! found you @ Tidy mom. I am going to have to try it out...Christmas gifts... I was thinking of sticking some chalkboard wallies so you could also write on it! Love it! I'm following!

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  2. Very cute idea, I like how they sat in the baggy for two weeks, I do think this effected the outcome, lol. Turned out great, and I would love if you linked this up to my new party. Hope to see you, thanks Bella:)

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  3. Very cute! Love your idea! It rocks!

    I'm your newest follower from the Crafty Follow Friday! Stop on in!

    Susieqtpies
    http://cafescrapper-scrapsoflife.blogspot.com/2010/09/follow-friday-blog-hops.html

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  4. That is a very fun idea. I am a menu person. I cannot quite decide on days, but I like having a list every week. Love this. Thank you, thank you for coming and linking it up!!

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  5. Thanks for being a part of our Sassy Sites blog party! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

    Marni @ Sassy Sites!
    http://sassysites.blogspot.com/

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  6. Just found your blog through links. Love it! If you ever need new recipes or want to be featured come check out our site and send us a email!

    what a great and cute idea

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  7. Thanks for linking up with Make It Fantabulous!!! I love that you added 'get your own' and 'Go out'

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  8. This is such a great project. I may have to steal it!! I'm visiting from It's So Very Cheri and will definitely be back! Take care, Becca

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  9. Ugh, I so need organization and this is wonderful. And no more answering the dreaded question, "Moooooooom, what's for dinner?"

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  10. I have been wanting to make a Menu board for so long--yours is one of my favorites out there--totally bookmarking this! Visiting from so very Cheri!

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  11. Hey!! Visiting from So Very Cheri! I need to make this for our house...I hardly cook because I never have a plan but never really have gotten excited about a menu until now! Oh and maybe I'm the only one who's clueless about this but what are idaho tacos? :-)

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  12. Cute!!! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

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  13. This is one of the cutest ideas I've ever seen!
    Love it!
    Stopping by from cottage instincts..

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  14. That is a very cute idea. Makes my little checklist seem oh so drab.

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  15. I love this! I've (unsuccessfully) made menu board's in the past and have been meaning to make one with a (rusted) cookie sheet I have on hand for awhile now.
    You made this seem so do-able, I made just have to start this today - thanks for the great tutorial!

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  16. Such a great idea! This is going on my to do list :)

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  17. super cute cute cute....I just spray painted a cookie sheet for a project I finished up this last week (will add to blog someday!) So glad I found your blog!

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  18. Hi-- LOVE this. Hope you link it up tomorrow to "A Crafty Soiree" every Thursday at Yesterday on Tuesday... and I'm your newest follower too!
    malia
    www.yesterdayontuesday.com

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  19. I love this! It's an awesome solution to a frequent problem of mine as well! I can't wait to try this one.

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  20. Wow that's such a clever idea! I love it!

    Please come join my linky party to show off all your cool ideas :)

    http://shabbychicvilla.blogspot.com/2010/09/my-first-linky-party.html

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  21. What a wonderful idea!!! Thanks for sharing your “creative mojo” with me on Thrilling Thursday. I hope you will be back again soon :)
    ~Lori S.
    Thrilling Thursdays @Paisley Passions

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  22. Love this idea! I already make menus but make paper lists and am constantly revamping it during the week due to mood/unexpected changes - this would make that way easier to rework! Thanks.

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  23. I have been pondering the "munu" board thing. I love your take on it:unique, inexpensive, and uber cute :)

    Right now I am thinking about adapting it to make chore charts for my fam... you've got the wheels turning- thanks for the inspiration and the great explanation.

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  24. wonderful Idea!!! Following from HaddyGrace designs.. Come check us out!!

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  25. I love it!! Thanks so much for stopping by and joining us at Anything Related!
    {Rebekah}

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  26. How cute and functional! You are so right meal planning is a chore, nice that you've figured out a system that works for you. Thanks for sharing at A Crafty Soiree! I hope you'll come back next week and link up again!

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  27. How wonderful. This will work perfectly for my family, since I do the shopping and my husband has to do all the cooking. Now we can easily be on the same page. Thanks!!

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  28. This is such a great idea. This would make meal planning so much easier.

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  29. What a great idea..coming to you from Kara's and love your blog!

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  30. That is so cute! I wish I were as dedicated as you -- I never have the patients to write out a weekly menu.

    Found your post at Thrilling Thursdays @ Paisley Passions. Just a little FYI. :)

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  31. Desperately Seeking Sanity here. We have 3 families under one roof and it is getting stoopid, kids wandering around hungry, adults hiding in the mom cave 'cause nobody wants to try to figure out what to make, we don't know what's in the fridge, who bought what or why.

    I love, love the magnet idea and I actually have a plan to make it work! Thanks, you are a genius! Oh and it is cute too.

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  32. This is such a good idea! I love it! I would love for you to link this up for a chance to win my Get Organized Giveaway!

    http://wildflowersandwhimsy.blogspot.com/2010/11/get-organized-giveaway.html

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  33. This is so great!! I'm super organized (some may say OCD) and this is a wonderful way to have everything planned out! and so cute too (:

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  34. I love it! So cute and versitile! Thanks for sharing!

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  35. another great idea! I need something like this as a visual reminder and to keep me on track for making dinners!

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  36. I love this! Nothing beats how good cute, crafty and organized feels. Oh and for a bargin. Love, love the bargin feeling, too!

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  37. This is adorable! I am totally making one of these menus :)

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  38. I love that you used a household item to create this! And the pre-made dinner magnets! Looks great!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  39. You were nominated for a Best in Show award this week! Be sure to stop by and vote for yourself :)

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  40. This is a great idea! I've done meal planning like this, but yours is much cuter.

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  41. This is such a great idea. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  42. Love this board and so thrifty. I'm hosting We're Organized Wednesday until Saturday and would love for you to join the party. There's a giveaway too.

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  43. Love this idea! How cute and makes dinner planning so much easier! Thanks for linking this up along with your adorable hair clips (love the pink flowers) and your tumblers. I did glass etching a while back but it kept messing up because my etching cream was chunky.

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  44. Oh How Fabulous!!!!..
    Thankyou for sharing at the PA Blog
    Terrie
    http://www.passionatelyartistic.com/

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  45. I love this and it looks great too. Thanks for linking to We're Orgainzed Wednesday.

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  46. great idea! I've been meaning to make a menu for myself! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

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  48. I love your menu board, but my question has little to do with it. I'm curious what Idaho tacos are. Is it a recipe you have posted here? Or could you describe it? Thank you.

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  49. Thanks - this looks like a GREAT homeschool schedule organizer, too!

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  50. Soooo cute! I am totally going to make one of these since I just started meal planning. Thanks for sharing!

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  51. What a neat idea!!! I have lots of baking sheets and I'm sure using one for this would not be a problem! Thanks for the tutorial

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