The cards hanging on the bottom are the recipes for the week. (My husband screwed in some little hook thingies in the bottom of the frame to hold the recipe cards.) I do my weekly grocery shopping on Monday and do try to get as much as I can up here instead of the capital. So, on Saturday or Sunday, I will pull out my recipe cards for the next week. (I’m still working on getting them all printed out… haven’t gotten there yet!) The first group is breakfast recipes, the second is lunch, and the third has my dinner list and also all the things I want to make that week. I make my own bread, buns, and granola; so those stay there every week. (Making those every week you would think I would have the recipes memorized by now, but I don’t! Maybe it will stick one of these days!) I make my grocery list from those recipe cards.
Doing the calendar has helped me so much with getting things together the night before that need to be prepped, like getting meat out of the freezer or putting everything in the crock pot to be put on first thing in the morning. It also helps with planning my day the night before with knowing right away in the morning what I’m making for breakfast and what time I need to start preparing lunch. And yes, there are times where I just don’t have the time to make what was on the calendar or it really doesn't sound good; so I do a bit of switching. I allow it to be flexible, but I really enjoy having the structure.
So, there you have the overview!! Next week I will get more into detail about how to go about planning out a month’s worth of meals and not be overwhelmed by the idea!