Thursday, March 17

Perfection in Homemaking: Meals with Less Stress...


7 comments:

DJL said...

Dear Emily,
This was really good. I rely so much on meal planning. I do it every week before grocery shopping and it really helps me avoid impulse buying as well as use up what's already in the house. If I left the "what's for dinner" question to when we get home from work/school, my stress level would be terrible. I've found that the small effort meal planning requires saves me from feeling overwhelmed which is worth its weight in gold!

One thing I add to my meal planning is a "Remember" section for each day which tells me to "thaw spinach for tomorrow" or "cook off lentils for tomorrow". This helps me manage the cooking tasks for dinner over several days and keeps me organized.

Thanks for continuing this video series. I'm also enjoying your Gret Lent cleaning challenge. It's inspiring me to tackle smaller jobs each day.
Sincerely,
Dana
(@nieveandestrellas)

Christine said...

This is a great tool (video) for homemakers. Simple yet complete.
By the way, you have a sweet smile.

Kathryn McGarry said...

I love watching your videos. Thank you so much for making them. My son was listening and was really interested when you mentioned tacos and Dunkin Donuts. :) I try to do a similar meal plan but I have yet to stay with it I have a two week plan that I follow and I have every ingredient listed as well. I go through my ingredient list to make out my shopping list. Once we get tired of a meal, or we don't like one, I'll switch it out for something else and update my ingredient list. A lot of work initially but saves me time in the end.

Jamie Carin and Claudio Romano said...

Can you just make a menu plan for me each week?? Please?! I have never ever ever done this for any meaningful length of time even though 1. I totally see how beneficial it is 2. I often find at meal time I have no idea what to serve 3. My loving husband is so sweet and wouldn't care of every single thing in my house was a disasterous mess, but the one thing he does care about is that dinner is made. It is the ONE thing he requests of me...*sigh* I would love meal planning follow ups.

Jen said...

I am loving these videos, thank you! I do much of what you mention. Planning gives me a chance to use things up too, especially when we've got a lot of something (we go in on a cow with friends twice a year for instance). I could do a little better with the planning ahead sometimes, thawing, etc. I find I just have to keep making it simpler as life gets busier, but somehow we are not enjoying our food any less. I also try to clean out the fridge before making my meal plan so we use stuff up. Often we end up with a leftover dinner meal during the week as well. After a lot of frustration I have taken to making busy night meals absolutely simple - like cheese and crackers with fruit and raw vegetables simple. I play in an orchestra once a week, and if I hadn't made this switch I'm not sure my husband could take it any more. It turned out that my husband was thrilled with this change, even though he's a big fan of more involved meals other times too. Occasional paper plate use helps too! Some meals are to make extra lovely with candles etc. Some are to make extra easy. :)

Kathryn McGarry said...

Jamie, here is a link for a menu for every day of lent. It has the recipes as well. I know how hard it is to get started but once you get the hang of it, and figure out what kinds of meals your family likes, you'll be able to make out your own weekly menu plans. Good luck with the fast and happy cooking.

Kathryn McGarry said...

It would help if I included the link... I really am having a day. http://stuffedveggies.blogspot.ca/2014/02/menu-for-every-day-of-great-lent.html

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