Wendy Anderson, one of Making Memories' designers, created this menu planner.
I'm SO excited to put this into use in my house - I hate deciding what to make for dinner every night and my kids are so picky -- this will help all of us. I've been letting each of the kids take a week and decide what they want for dinners, but this will make the process easier for all of us - and so much more organized!
For my meal planner, I used Making Memories' kraft/black 3-ring album (8 1/2 x 11").
The cover is self-explanatory. I used the Vinyl Sticker Black Dot (Slice Cordless Design Cutter Specialty paper), along with the Just Chillin' Slice design card to cut out the word "meal." The other words are Making Memories' black shimmer alpha stickers.
To create the divider pages, I simply cut patterned paper from Making Memories 5th Avenue collection, to 9 1/4" x 11" and punched holes to fit in the binder. Next, I cut tabs out of black cardstock with the Studio Essentials Slice design card. I labeled each tab by placing tiny alpha stickers (white on black) along the edge. I staggered the tabs so they are all readable from the front.
In the MENU section, I created a weekly meal planner on my computer. I printed out several sheets to keep in the binder. At the beginning of each week I'll fill out the meal plan (hopefully with the help of my family). I'll keep "old" meal plans saved in the back of this section for future reference.
In the SHOPPING section, I created a shopping list on my computer. Again, I printed several sheets to keep in the binder. As we're deciding on the meals we'd like to eat, we'll create a shopping list to go along with it. It'll be easy to take this list to the grocery store and buy everything we need for the entire week in one trip - a dream come true! :) If you are interested in seeing my shopping list, visit my blog so you can download my template.
The FAVES section has a page for each family member. I asked each person to create a list of things they like to eat. This will help in the planning process as well. I'll jot down items as we go - new things we try that someone likes, meals that are a hit with ALL of the family members, etc.
The RECIPES section will be a new home to the recipes I use over and over - and also a place to save new recipes I am anxious to try.
The COUPONS section will be a place where I can keep all of those random coupons - hopefully keeping them organized will help me remember to use them before they expire. This can also help with meal planning - matching up items I can buy for less with meals we like.
I'm excited to start a new routine of meal planning with my family, and this binder is the perfect way to stay organized and streamline the entire process!
I hope you like it. Post a comment and let me know if your family has a good system for organizing meal time.