Another life saver that I swear by is a plan called Make 5 Dinners in ONE Hour. This has completely transformed not only the way I cook, but the way I think and feel about dinner time. She gives you 5 recipes and all of the ingredients to make those recipes. She then walks you through preparing each of the 5 recipes and storing them away in the fridge or freezer. This way, each night (or morning if you're doing crock pot), you have a meal already prepared and ready to be cooked. No chopping, no prep work, nothing beyond the one hour you spend initially putting it all together. I LOVE IT. In fact, the past several weeks I have gotten away from doing it and dinner has been so hard. We've ended up eating out a lot more or eating junky food. I did the week's meals earlier this afternoon and wondered why I ever stopped following this plan!!
Anyhoo - today's main chore has been to make a family binder combinging all of the paperwork that goes into following these plans. I will have a section for my weekly Motivated Mom's papers. I laminated my recipe and ingredient lists so that I can use a dry erase marker to mark off ingredients I have and to help make my grocery list.
Side Note - I LOVE MY LAMINATOR - here's what I use Scotch Thermal Laminator 15.5 Inches x 6.75 Inches x 3.75 Inches, 2 Roller System (TL901)These will go in the binder too. I'll put a section for calendars, kids important papers, invitations, etc. I was really on a roll making my binder until...I realized I loaned my 3 hole punch to someone and am not sure who it was or where it is. FRUSTRATION!!!
So, I took a picture of my organizing as my picture submission for today since that is the main thing that I have been up to!!