I hope you've had a wonderful weekend and that you're seeing better weather than we are. It's raining here honeys, it's been raining, off and on, for days and it's so depressing. Today is the second of June and I swear it feels more like October. I'm in need of cheering up dear ones, so I've been working on something to hang in our hallway. I like it so much I wanted to share it with you :)
Do you remember a menu printable I made a while ago? I've been using it happily to plan our weekly dinners and I thought it was time for an update :) I like the design of it, I like using it but I wanted a change. Since Summer is definitely not being very summery I decided I'd change the colours of the menu to at least remind me it's supposed to be summer :)
The menu on the left hand side of the image (in red & blue) is the original printable I'd made, and the other menu, in pastel shades on the right hand side of the image is the new one. I've already changed the printable in our frame in the hallway and I'm loving the change, it's quite cheered the hallway :)
If you like either of the printable menus honeys, do feel free to download them. All I ask is that you download them for personal use only, so no Etsy or any other commercial use please?
The original printable, shown above, can be downloaded by clicking here
To print them honeys, go into your printers options and choose to print in portrait and center the image vertically. Some printers you'll be able to "print to fit" the A4 paper, but if you print at 100% of the image size it will look like this:
The darker rectangle shown in the image above is the menu printable as it will print on printer (A4) paper. I should add that I am by no means technically minded, so if I can print them it's obviously very easy to do :)
I adore my menu planner honeys. I can't tell you what a difference it's made to how I thought about dinners for the week ahead. I never used to plan dinner ahead at all really, most days I would just wander into the kitchen mid afternoon and open the fridge or freezer to see what looked interesting :)
When I started using a menu board I immediately noticed that I was wasting less food. I could plan to use any leftovers by using them as a basis for next night's meal, so it's saving money too. I like having a plan for the week, I can plan ahead to make life a little easier on days I work, and make enjoy cooking something a little more time consuming on my days off.
Something else I've noticed is that planning ahead has allowed me to ditch processed foods almost entirely. It's a very, very rare occurrence that a tin is opened around here and if a meal is taken from the freezer it won't be a "ready meal" it'll be one of my "made ahead and frozen for later" dinners :)
Just a tiny amount of organization has completely changed how I cook and how we eat as a family. Do you use a menu planner honeys? Do you just plan dinners as I do or do you plan your other meals too? Well dear ones, I have to go get organized for tomorrow, so till next time, hugs always and keep smiling xx