Over the weekend Jim and I did another round of “Once-a-Month Cooking” from the book I discovered last year. We always do the 2-week cycle and make 14 meals which, (for our family size) lasts a good 3 weeks.
We haven’t done the meals since before Christmas, and I was definitely missing the ease and convenience of having dinners planned and pre-made. The other perk we discovered is our grocery bill is so much lower during those 3 weeks. The bill to gather the items in preparation is super-sized (so you have to plan for that) but it definitely makes it worth it in the interim! Tonight on the menu is the “meatball sub casserole”. Yum!
The other thing we’ve implemented lately that has been helpful, is a set routine that we started in early January. I decided to try and stick to a more structured schedule and break down our day by priorities and plan the rest around that. I can’t believe it’s been a full month and it’s still working. Wohoo! We have managed to squeeze it all in, from homework time and daily piano practice, to our prayer and Bible study time. We have even thrown in a “Saint of the Day” story thanks to a great book recommended by my friend Jen.
This is by far the best Saint book for kids that I have come across. Very well-written and easy for the boys to follow.
Speaking of reading, today I received the book “The Gift of an Ordinary Day” from Katrina Kenison. Wow, that is just asking for punishment. Ha ha. I mean that in a good way but I was barely two pages in when the tears started. It is brutal on the emotions!! Not surprisingly, it is pretty amazing, she is a beautiful writer. She’ll be joining us on the morning show Wednesday, I need to ask if she’s aware how many women she has made cry and hold our kids a little tighter?! Lol.
Okay, one more quickie before I wrap up. I ran across a great reminder service that is super easy and free. I like it because you can get a direct text msg sent to your phone, or e-mail, etc. to give you a reminder. I love my daily planner but I realized it only works when I actually LOOK at it. Ha ha. Some days I forget and miss something. This way, the text comes right to me at the time I
need it. Click here for the website.