What’s for Supper, Mom?

How many times in a Mom’s lifetime does she hear THAT question?  Lots!  I used to be a “fly into the store and grab whatever looks good at the moment” grocery shopper and it got to the point where I was going way over budget and something had to be done.

At first, I took a calendar and one week at a time, would write the supper menu in for each day of the week, such as:  SUNDAY, roast beef, smashed potatoes, veggie, biscuits.

Obviously, there wasn’t enough room in the calendar square for all of that, so that didn’t last long.  Thank goodness for Pinterest!  What did we ever do before Pinterest?  I found the best menu and shopping guide in the world there and have been using it ever since:

The website that I found it on, it’s on the bottom of the menu, so if you can’t get there by the link I will give you, just type in the URL and it will take you there.

Here’s the link to the reprintable menu on my Pinterest page.  There are some more on my page, and I’ve tried a few of them, but keep coming back to this one.  I date the menu, grab a cookbook and mark the menu with the cookbook title, then daily with the page that my recipe is on.  After we eat supper, I give the meal stars (kind of like school).  Some meals get five stars – that means “Make it again, soon!” and some get one.  Hmm, that means “Don’t bother us with that, ok?”

I have a really cool notebook that I use:

Well, it’s just a notebook but it’s what I do that’s cool…it’s got a plastic pocket on the front and back.  I’ve tucked in my very colorful pen into the front pocket.

There are dividers in my notebook:  the first section is blank menus.  The second is completed menus.  That way, I can look back and see what we’ve had and when.  Food shouldn’t be boring; it should be fun and different.  Who wants pork chops every week, fixed the same way?  Not me.  Not my two guys, either.  Thankfully I have over 100 cookbooks to choose from.

On my fridge, I keep the menu of the week.  That way I’m reminded what to get out of the freezer to thaw and the guys can see what we’re having for supper.  My 13 year old still asks.  Oh, well.  Below is the menu for the week of October 1, 2012.  See how I marked what I needed on the right side? My blue notebook comes to the store with me and I mark off what I purchased.  Easy-peasy!

If you look hard enough, you’ll see that Monday, October 1 says “OUT” and so does Saturday, October 6.  That happens around here.  I love to cook and I also love to go out to eat.  Hubby says that anyone with 100+ cookbooks should want to cook seven days a week but that’s just him.  Sometimes I tell him that he has to take me out to eat, so that I can come up with new ideas for meals.  Ha!  Do you think he believes me?

Speaking of those cookbooks, I’m trying to get them all added to my Shelfari.  I’ve only got a few as of today (October 2, 2012) and just need to find a day when there’s absolutely nothing going on, when I feel like just sitting and writing down ISBN Numbers.  And getting a cramp in my hand LOL

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