Keeping a home clean, food on the table, activities coordinated and life somewhat structured is a bigger task than first meets the eye!
Today I want to talk through a few things I do to keep our home running (somewhat) smoothly!
Every day I use these three things:
1. Calendar planner
2. Simple lined notebook
3. 3-ring binder
How I use my planner
I highly recommend the planners that Hobby Lobby sells. They have the month-at-a-glance as well as each week laid out in a much bigger space for organizing all the nitty-gritty of your day.
The monthly page I use for keeping track of bigger events; church activities, company coming, meeting, etc. So when we need to schedule one of those kind of events I can glance at that page and know what days are already booked.
The weekly page I use to help me know where I am going each day and how to get there.
I write everything on these pages–from my husband’s meetings to when I need to take meat out of the freezer.
How I use my notebook
A huge part of keeping a home revolves around food. We need to eat 3 times a day, at least, and with kids that means several snacks thrown in there too.
Just a cheap lined notebook helps keep all things food planned and organized. On one page is our weekly menu. I always know that I have enough food and what meal it is going towards for a whole week.
On the other page is a constant, on-going shopping list. Whenever I see something almost gone I jot it down on the list. This eliminates so many “opps I forgot” trips to the store and ultimately saves money.
How I use my binder
The third thing I use is a 3-ring binder. Here I keep recipes and also a master list of meals our family enjoys. This list is all divided out by meat types and what cookbook it is found in. This system makes meal planning and grocery list writing so much easier!
These three books work hand in hand to help me stay organized and our home running sufficiently. Meals our family likes are organized in the 3-ring binder which I refer to as I make our weekly menu and shopping list in my lined notebook. I then make notes into my daily planner: what day I will make that shopping trip, when I need to start prep for certain meals, events and details of our week.
I hope these ideas will help you as you seek to serve your family well! Caring for our families is a gift!
Looking for ways to save a little extra money? Running out of time to thaw and cook meat before dinner time? Today, Rachel shares a compilation of favorite meatless meal ideas. Meat can be one of the most expensive parts to a grocery bill, so why not try and cut down costs a bit? If you challenge yourself to cooking one or two meals a week without using meat, you might just be surprised at how delicious and easy your menu planning can still be.
Black bean tacos
Cheese or bean quesadillas
Potato bar with any left over veggies in your fridge or a can of beans
Today we’re continuing with “Ways to use the meat you have on hand, part 2.” If you’ve scrounged in your fridge recently only to realize you’re going to be eating the same leftover meat for the next four days, check out our ideas below. You just might find yourself inspired to whip those leftovers up into a completely new dish!
PORK (roast, loin, chops, etc)
Pork, potatoes, and onions skillet (think “Steak and potatoes”)
As women, we are constantly thinking about what to make for the next meal. Sometimes my husband asks me how I just “whip up” something for a meal, with seemingly very little effort put into it. I usually respond that I have only been agonizing for several hours about what to make! Ahh, sometimes the coming up with an idea is the hardest part! (And yes, this happens even when I meal plan, because some days I just don’t feel like making the particular meal that is scheduled for that day!)
Another challenge that we often face is how to be frugal and use up what we already have on hand, say a whole bunch of taco meat or that ham that was leftover from Easter. Or what about the eight-pound pork butt that we cooked up? How can we change how serve it so that it doesn’t feel like we’re eating the same thing over and over again?
I’m sure many of you can identify with these struggles. For this reason, we have put together a list of some of our favorite ways to use up specific meats that we already have on hand.
This post will cover chicken and beef. Our next post will cover pork and other meats such as ham and sausage.
Chicken Salad Sandwiches Pizza (BBQ Chicken, Chicken Alfredo, Fajita) Chicken Alfredo Salad Topping Chicken Pot Pie Broccoli Chicken Casserole Quiche Fajitas Enchiladas Chicken and rice soup White Chicken Chili
Shepherd’s Pie Spaghetti/Baked Spaghetti Traditional Sloppy Joes/Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes Goulash Frittata Quiche Stroganoff Korean Beef Bibimbap Spanish Rice Tator Tot casserole Taco Casserole Taco Pizza Mexican Loaded Potatoes Taco Dip Beef and Bean Burritos/Smothered Burritos Tacos/Taco Salad Quesadillas Vegetable Beef Soup Cheeseburger Soup Chili (Leftover chili can also be used for loaded potatoes, quick taco salad, chili dogs)
What are some of your favorite ways to use leftover meat? We would love to hear about them!
Sometimes life consists of the mundane. Dishes, bills, laundry, grocery shopping, etc. Our children learn from us just by participating in our everyday tasks. Sometimes, however, we need some fresh ideas for how we can interact more closely with our children in order to make memories they won’t forget…or we may just need some new ideas for how to keep them busy while we get a few extra chores done! Either way, today we’re providing a list of our favorite activities. If it helps you to structure your day, think in blocks of time, having specific activities assigned to each segment. For example: 9:00-9:30–Chores/clean up, 9:30-10:00 -Crafts/Projects,10:00-10:30 – Independent play and so on. The following activities are simple and don’t require a ton of random supplies so we hope that you find these helpful as you continue to love on your kids!
– When reading picture books, talk about what’s going on in the picture: count items, identify characters (mom, dad, baby, etc), identify attitudes.
-Turn on some music and sing together
– Build a fort out of couch cushions and pillows
– Bake something yummy together
– Assemble a puzzle
– If you have a little girl, paint your nails together
– Have a tea party
– Play musical chairs
– Facetime a friend
– Have your child pretend you’re a mummy. Tell him he needs to build you a great pyramid by covering you with toys/blankets, etc. Remember, mummies can’t move. You get a nap and your child learns some history. Win!
– Make crafts out of toilet paper rolls (a simple google search will give you hundreds of ideas!)
– Make paper airplanes
– Draw simple designs such as a flower, tree, house, etc., and then “color” them with rice (mix food coloring into the rice and let dry, then use glue)
– Make a mosaic using cut up pieces of construction paper.
– Make simple designs from construction paper and then have your child put together the picture. For example: cut out the trunk of a tree, the leaves, and fruit and then glue them together onto the tree you drew.
– For young children learning their alphabet, write out names of family members or friends for them to trace. As they trace the names, point out the different letters.