I am currently in the process of redesigning our menu planning system. But… it’s taking me a little while to get it done. Between sick kids, Monkey’s insistence that he doesn’t need to nap and being sick myself, my free time (not to mention my ambition) is a little harder to find than usual.
I will let you in on all that goodness when I get it finished. In the meantime, this is how I plan our menus now.
I like to plan our menu two weeks at a time. It’s manageable, flexible and the fresh produce doesn’t go bad before I can use it. Even if I have to do some menu rearranging later. And I’m not at the grocery store for hours and hours. I struggle with planning more than just a main dish… and I struggle even more with making more than that. So, I write down the main dish in one color (purple this week) and the side dish/dessert in another color (orange). This has worked really well for us since about July.
– Large Magnet. I used an old car magnet my husband got a bunch of back when he was in the military. You could use smaller bar magnets or those magnets you get with ads on them if you don’t have a large magnet at your disposal.
– Permanent marker.
– Dry Erase Vinyl. I actually just used some basic glossy white vinyl I had on hand, but the markers tend to stain it a little. Not bad, but there’s a slight tint to the magnet now.
– Cut your vinyl to your desired size. I made mine 4.25″ (inches) tall and 15.75″ long. Each square is 2.25″ wide and 1.875″ tall. The days of the week blocks are 2.25″ wide and 0.5″ tall.
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