- Go to the dollar store and come home with an idea and the supplies for a Menu Planning Board.
- Make it.
- Share the How-to.
If there were mountains where I live I would be singing the joys of Menu Planning from the top of them. (Seriously. Think: twirling Julie Andrews at the start of the Sound of Music. That would be me.) Though I am a Dietitian, I really don't love cooking. There. I said it. I like cooking. But I never have come home from a long day at work and rubbed my hands together with glee at the prospect of chopping and mixing and stirring. Not. Even. Once. But you know what? Menu planning is starting to change that for me. Planning meals in advance has given our lives a simplicity we craved. It all began with our Master List of Meals (you can read about it here).
I have been scribbling our Menu Plan on scraps of paper, which works fine, but it's just blah. I had been searching for printable Menu Planners online. I found lots of great ones (I'll post some links soon). But I had yet to stumble across the perfect one for us. Last weekend, I got up the gumption to get my craft on and make my own. My (self-imposed) constraints were: one trip to the dollar store to get all the supplies. Here's the tutorial:
Step 1 - Gather the supplies.
For this I grabbed:
- 2 frames from the dollar store ($2 each). Each frame holds 4 photos.
- 2 corkboards ($2 for 2)
- package of push pins ($1)
- supplies from home (I estimate the value of what I used $1, it's probably less): photo paper, hot glue, clear tape, Exacto knife
Step 2 - Cut the cork.
Using an Exacto knife, I cut around the glass from the frame to make the size just right.
Step 3: Print the days of the week on photo paper.This step took me awhile. I had to choose the font and colours and make it all fit the frame proper-like. I chose a font that made me think "Diner from the 50's" and colours that made me think "Happy Days". If you like this one, it won't take you long, because you can print my pages from here. (I made a full week of 6" wide and a full week of 4", so no matter how the photos in your frame are arranged, they will fit.)
Step 4: Tape the papers into the frame.
Step 5: Hot glue the cut cork into the back of the frame.
Step 6: Hang 'er up.It will depend on your frame what will work best.
Step 7: Plan Your Meals.I made 2X2 squares and wrote our Master List meals on them. Now we pin them up on the day that works for us. It's working great so far, and makes me smile when I see it.