Well hello there! It seems I took a bit of an unplanned hiatus from the blog. While I haven’t been up to anything too interesting, here’s a quick overview of what’s been going on since Wednesday…
Thursday was a typical weekday… nothing out of the ordinary! I usually don’t get around to posting on Thursday evenings because I attend a later BodyPump class (6:30PM-7:30PM) & don’t feel like doing much (read: blog) when I get home.
Friday after work, I went up to my parents’ house for dinner. Since Chris works second shift & I didn’t have much motivation to cook dinner (what with it being Friday & all) I decided to head on over for some free grub & a visit with my parents.
Saturday started out at spin class. I was looking forward to the class since I haven’t been going to spin as much, but much to my disappointment, the instructor played mostly oldies music. Only one song she played was from the last 10 years!
Saturday evening I went to church, then something exciting happened… I was finally able to upgrade my Droid to an iPhone! Woohoo! For some reason the salesman at Verizon tried to talk me into sticking with a Droid, but I was a woman on a mission & had him wrap up my shiny white iPhone ASAP.
That brings us to today… For some reason I was up pretty early, but laid in bed until around 7:00AM. I woke up, ate breakfast, clipped coupons, & completed my usual Sunday chores of grocery shopping & laundry.
Speaking of grocery shopping…
I’ve been meaning to share my process of meal planning for some time now. I always like to see how others approach meal planning, so I thought I would explain what I do.
The very first step in my meal planning process is to evaluate what groceries weren’t used the previous week. I oftentimes buy the ingredients for a certain meal, but then never get around to making them. In most cases, these meals will “carry over” to the next week.
Second, I flip through the “recipes” folder in my e-mail.
As I’m writing down recipes for our weekly menu, I simultaneously create a list of what ingredients will be needed.
I’m always sure to note where a recipe was found. I’ve had it happen too many times where I write down a recipe, & have trouble locating the source when it comes time to get cookin’.
Once I have 4-5 meals decided on for the week, my third step is to finalize my grocery list. At this point, I check to see if I have any necessary ingredients on-hand already, & make a list of what exactly I need to buy. (I split my list between Target & my local grocery store.)
Then, all that’s left to do is to get shopping! (Not before checking out my coupons, though!)
And there you have it!
If you’re interested, here are a few more meal planning resources:
- Grocery Shopping 101 from Carrots ‘N’ Cake
- Meal Planning Help from Crystal & Co.
- Project Organize your Entire Life (Meal Planning) from Modern Parents Messy Kids
Do you meal plan? If so, what’s your “strategy”? If you don’t meal plan, how do you know exactly what to shop for, or how do you avoid over-shopping?