The left side opens to a weekly meal plan and at-a-glance view of activities. It now also contains other errands or stores I want to shop.
I keep a dry-erase board on the fridge for my family to write down things they think of so I'm not getting random, frequent updates all week. I don't have the memory for all that. It's worked out well, and I can add in items they need/want just before I head out to shop.
Because we hit such a food rut, I started going through my Pinterest boards, and now I work backwards in the spiral notebook, writing in recipes I want to try from websites. (This has been really good, because I can get very disorganized with recipes and I don't keep a computer in the kitchen. Once I'm done with a Pinterest recipe, I make a notation in description and resave it to my did it board.) Or I will reference the meal with the page number of a cookbook I'm using that week.
I've built in nights for leftovers and pizza.
What's nice about this is that I can flip through the notebook for ideas and favorite recipes, like sour cream pancakes or Linda's recipe for mac and cheese (we just use gluten free pastas in place of regular pastas and gluten free flour blends where regular flour is called).
|trying to help Erin branch out; boxes at the top are bento lunch box configurations|
|quick glance for extras to pick up if it's a light week|