I am going to post about the snow, but I must say. I love my new menu.
No more dreaded "What's for dinner". No questions about what to put on the grocery list. It is so nice. The one thing I find is I keep remembering more dinners I forgot to put on the menus so we have even more exciting stuff to eat - also, I have found a lot of good ideas and recipes while reading blogs.
Another huge bonus is there is absolutely no desire to skip the whole dinner process and order out, which is something we had a high tendency to do. Yum Yucky wrote about something we did all the time - you have a bunch of groceries in the house, but you still order out! Yep, that was us.
I know it sounds completely anal retentive to have a whole year's worth of menus, but honestly? It seems to be working for us. I did have to tweak it a bit because somethings made awesome leftovers [um, beans? pork bbq? yeah, those!] and I know that we now have a trip out of town in March - things like that - but all the menus are in PDF form and I can change with a click.
It has only been a week - but my pantry is getting stocked by sales for future meals and I see the one trip a week for fresh vegs and fruits to supplement.
The past 9 days have looked like this:
Fri: Crockpot pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw and corn on the cob
Sun: Tuna Casserole
Mon: Crockpot Beans and cornbread
Tue: Leftovers with rice and cornbread
Wed: Spaghetti, garlic bread and cucumber salad
Thu: Baked chicken, brown rice and green beans
Fri: Salmon Cakes, mac & cheese and peas
Sat: Homemade, individual pizzas [make your own] Movie night
I tried to make Friday or Saturday nights something similar to what we would otherwise order out. I have the homemade pizzas, deli subs [think Subway], Chinese, Big Macs etc.
Our menus/dinners may not be for everyone but they sure do work for us. Besides I had a fun time doing this.