Thursday, October 27, 2011

Dinner Menu Board

I finally finished my dinner menu board!  I made it with some of the scrap wood from the garage and the wonderful Dry Erase Vinyl I got from Pick Your Plum.

We never plan our meals out in advance.  When we go grocery shopping, I make a list, but usually just grab the same things every time and end up eating the same thing for dinner each week.  We just switch up the days.

The last couple of weeks, I made a list of our dinners and then made my grocery list from that, and it worked out wonderfully.  Except that when I got home in the evening, DH would say "I could have started dinner, but I didn't know what you were going to make".  My favorite was "Can you pick up Ethan and I will make dinner?" And when I got home, "What did you want to make for dinner?"  Hmm.

Hopefully this menu board will alleviate some of those questions.

I've also gotten some wonderful ideas from Pinterest (where else?!) that I would like to try also.  This is just the start of my new organized life!. Ha!

Cabinet Doors for Menu Board with Grocery List

Weekly menu on the left and running grocery list on the right.  Simple and useful!
 This is an entire meal planning system!

I can only hope to be 1/3 as organized as this one day.
Dry erase door panels, a recipe book, a list of Mommy recipes and Daddy recipes (I made special note of that!) and a separate list of just the ingredients for each recipe for easy grocery list making.  Holy cow!
Menu Board and Shopping List

This one has all of the menu items listed on cards so you can just sort through them.  I like that!  I always forget about good recipes.

Full Meal Dinner Menu

This one leaves nothing to question.  Perfect for DH.

I've got a lot of work to do with all of these wonderful ideas.  I want to incorporate a little of each.  I just have to find space in my kitchen to put them!

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

On the menu: Cheddar Beer Chicken, French Bread Pizza and a Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit!

I have been away for a while!  I've been busy, busy, but don't ask on what because I don't even have anything to show.  I just haven't been able to find the time to do anything lately.

I did, however, finally hit Michael's for more vinyl transfer tape so I can work on my dinner menu board I have been in desperate need of.  It should be done tonight, but for now, I thought I would share some dinner (and breakfast) ideas.

I've been trying different recipes lately and the family is LOVING it.  These are a couple that I have made recently.  (Pardon the pictures.  They were all taken on my phone, as there wasn't enough time to get the real camera out before the feasting began.)

Cheddar Beer Chicken
I found this on Pinterest and tweaked the recipe a little.  Instead of cooking it entirely in the crock pot, I put it in for about an hour while we went to do the Book Fair at school.  Then I put it in the oven on 350 degrees for about 30 more minutes.  Also I didn't use Bass Ale, I used Fat Tire because it was already in the fridge.  I bought a baguette because I figured, if I'm going to have a cheddar beer sauce, I might as well have a good dipping bread.  I mostly filled up on bread and cheese sauce, but the chicken was great, too!

Just give me some bread and a cheese dip and I will be good!

French Bread Pizza
The pizza I also found on Pinterest, but only used the picture as my recipe.  There is a link to the actual recipe below.
I love this dinner idea because it's quick and easy, and you can have the kids make their own dinner for a change! (Except for the oven part.  You still have to do that.  Unless your kids are grown, in which case, you should make them cook for you more often anyway!)

Whoops! I was so hungry I forgot to take a pic before I started eating, my bad.
 Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit
Last weekend my son was trying to describe this breakfast sandwich that he thinks they have at Whataburger.  Turns out it was a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich.  I said, I can TOTALLY make that!  And I did.  And I didn't even look up ways to do this one, I just used my fluffy biscuit recipe that I had found on All Recipes a while back.  It's great, I even use it for chicken and dumplings.

Who needs McDonald's??
 We've had so many great new meals lately, I feel the pressure is on to keep the momentum going!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Halloween Soap and Sanitizer Dispenser

I have been away for a little while, but I haven't been idle.  My best friend in the world that I've known since kindergarten is getting married next March and we've been doing some wedding planning.  The weekend before last, I made a trip to Tulsa (from Houston) where she lives to attend a bridal show, that turned out to be a waste of time (the show, not the trip).  Since it's not likely that I will be able to make it up there again before the wedding, we had to cram all of the wedding planning into 3 days, yay.  Thank goodness for digital cameras and Pintrest!

Anyway, this past weekend, I decided to make some of my glitter pumpkins for my Etsy shop since they seem to be so popular in the blog world. I'm still working on them (so check back soon if you are interested), but I did find time to decorate my soap and sanitizer bottles for Halloween whilst glittering the pumpkins.  They are just bottles of Purell and Bath and Body Works that I already had at my sink.  I just removed the existing label and added my own Sillouette cut vinyl.  The best thing about this, I can remove the vinyl and replace it with Christmas designs in December!

Tip for those without Goo Gone (myself):  fingernail polish remover!

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