I have a confession.
I fell off the menu wagon.
I can’t remember exactly when this cycle started, but I think it was just before we left for our trip to Minnesota. Some of you have noticed that the recipes slowed down, others were happy about that. –I can’t please everyone, which drives my approval junkie side crazy.- Our grocery bill has been creeping up, right along with my stress level.
There have been casualties, too.
Black beans for burritos, a bag of green beans, a head of lettuce, all died sad, neglected deaths in my refrigerator. Each day I’d promise, as I threw together some sandwiches, I’ll use you tomorrow. Yesterday evening I hummed Taps as I tossed them into my compost pile. –My neighbors already think I’m weird, why not be entertaining, as well?-
I hate wasting food. It’s a big, messy pile of guilt for me.
The kids? Oh, they’ve been thrilled. There’s nothing in this world they love more than sandwiches or breakfast for dinner. The problem is those things became the norm rather than the treat.
There’s a reason I host the Sunday Confessional. I try to demonstrate a good example in some areas, but that human condition always bites me in the butt. I screw up; I’m fallible. If I let myself get hung up on the idea that I always had to live a perfect example. I’d drive myself and everyone else crazy. I’m annoying enough without being a complete control freak. There is no perfect; it only exists in magazines, romance novels, and TV.
Just like a diet, exercise, or weekly chore schedule, menu planning only works if you follow through with the plan.
Today I’ll be inventorying my refrigerator, freezer, and pantry and creating a new menu. If I have to squeeze in a trip to the grocery store, it will only be for produce, but I’m going to try to hang on until the Farmer’s Market on Saturday.
I’ll be switching the personal weekly menu plans to my personal site, I know some of you enjoy them, but it feels more appropriate to host them over there. In the future (January is my plan) I will be publishing weekly menus with a full shopping list on this site.
What about you?
Are you a menu planner?
Do you want to be?
I have written a series I refer to as the menu planning primer. If you have never tried menu planning, it’s worth a read. Would anyone like this in another format? Trimmed down, prettied up, and placed into a pdf for easy referral, perhaps? Just let me know and I’ll do my best.
Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.