Thursday, March 11, 2010

Family Meal Planner

When I'm getting ready to go grocery shopping, I always sit down, make a menu, look at the ads, and then make my list from that information.

Well, I don't know about you, but I have more than one cookbook I use on a regular basis...a favorite recipes binder, a church cookbook, and couple others that I love. This means that when I sit down to make my list, I'm pulling out a stack of cookbooks to go through to find a specific recipe and the ingredients required.

So, I decided to do something about that. I came up with "The Family Meal Planner", and I love it! I got that stack of cookbooks out, found all of the favorite, tried & true recipes our family eats the most, and got to work. Now I can just pull out my meal planner, decide what our menu will be, and have a ready list of ingredients all in one place.

Initially, I was going to use 3x5 cards, which I still think would work well. However, my lovely printer wouldn't accept that size of paper, and although I could have made it work with a lot of effort, I decided to opt for 4x4 pieces of cardstock. I love anything square though, so I'm glad it ended up that way. I also designed it so I can add a new recipe on at any time.


• cardstock
• scrapbook paper, and coordinating papers
• cookbooks, favorite recipes
• silver clasp ring
• distress ink
• ribbon


• Open a blank Word Document. I formatted it into 2 columns, and fit 4 recipes per page.
• Print onto cardstock.
• Cut into 4x4 squares, with one recipe per square.
• Cut your scrapbook paper into a 4x4 square, and embellish as desired. Distress edges.
• Using a hole punch, punch a hole into the left corner of each square. To make sure all the holes are in the same place, try this: punch a hole in the first square, then place each additional square one at a time underneath that first square. You will be able to then punch a hole directly over the top of the original hole.
• Stack all your squares together, and place on silver ring.
• Tie ribbon on ring.

1 comment:

  1. Most of us don’t afford to eat more the way we wanted because obviously we are in a tight budget. Mostly, students and people that belong to the lower- class family are in this kind of circumstances. To help them save from starving and cravings because can't afford to eat more, helps us to understand the importance of meal planning without sacrificing vitamins and nutrients we need daily. Same with others, I also apply meal planning to myself to save more money.