This is my first attempt at doing a Works for Me Wednesday! As much as I love that series, I had a sneaking suspicion that slobs like me shouldn’t participate. I imagined posting tips like “WFMW: Try feeding your kids — they love it!” or “WFMW: When you need to remember something really important, write it on your hand in permanent marker!”, putting Shannon in the awkward position of trying to find a nice way to ask me to please never share anything that works for me again.
But I think I have something that’s actually helpful this time!
Like a lot of moms of chaotic households, I plan out our dinners for each week so that I can stay on top of shopping and cooking. Back in 2005, I created a simple, clean little template menu in a Word document, and each Sunday I type in the week’s meals, print it out, and slip the paper into an acrylic display holder on our fridge (the holders are available cheap at any office supply store). My family loves to be able to anticipate what we’re having each night, it makes a good conversation piece when friends are over, and it’s handy for me to have the menu in a place where I can see it easily. Most importantly, it only adds about two minutes of work to type the meals into the template and print it — a big value add for such a little expenditure of time.
If anyone else would like to have my template to use for displaying your weekly menus, you can download it here. You’ll also get to see what we had for dinner last week — I left in our plan so you can see how we use it. (The truth comes out: I am not, in fact, a gourmet chef.)
NERDY TECH NOTES: To save the doc onto your computer, either click through the link and then hit the Save button, or right-click on the link and choose “Save Link As”. If the template looks weird on your computer it might be because you don’t have the same fonts I used, so you may need to tweak some of the formatting to get it to look right for you. You can see what it should look like in the picture. Also, I don’t list Saturday since that’s usually a leftovers/date night/pantry clean-out night for us. If you would like a template with all seven days, you can download that one here.
I’ve been doing this every single week for more than three years, and it’s been surprising how much our little menu display has blessed our family.
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