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Meal Planning for Kids

Cookbook
Homeschooling has a way of tripling the amount of meals needed to prepare in a home. Having 3 growing boys and 1 princess also increases the amount of food! Meal planning becomes a necessity to surviving the homeschool day.

This is how I solved the meal planning problems in my home.

Meal Planning Format:

  • Each child is assigned either breakfast, lunch or dinner.
  • They are then responsible to plan, cook and clean that mealtime.
  • About every year, I rotate the kids around to a new meal slot.
  • Yes, it does help that I have a house full of teens to actually cook.

Now meal planning has been my nemesis, the kids really struggle with coming up with ideas.

Meal Planning Cookbook:

  • 3-ring binder
  • stickers
  • Google images
  • recipes

After gathering my supplies, I first decided on a theme for each day of the week. For example: Monday breakfast would be something with syrup, and lunch would be something with hamburger. Once I had the themes I gathered about 4 or 5 recipes that would match each theme.

On the first page of the cookbook I typed up the scheduled lunch theme.

  • Monday is something with hamburger
  • Tuesday is salad something
  • Wednesday is cold sandwiches
  • Thursday is hot sandwiches
  • Friday is fun meals

On the first page of the cookbook I typed up the scheduled breakfast theme.

  • Monday is something with syrup
  • Tuesday is something with oatmeal
  • Wednesday is something with eggs
  • Thursday is something with cereal
  • Friday is something with bagels

Then using card stock as dividers; I labeled the dividers with each theme and decorated with stickers. The recipes were placed in page protectors and little notes were added on how to make things either dairy free or gluten free to handle the food allergies in our family. Using Google for some chef images, I decorated the front cover of the cookbooks.

Now when it is time to plan meals, my kids look at the theme for that day and pick one of the recipes. Then they write a shopping list for ingredients that are needed for their meal plan.

I have another post on how this meal plan for kids works.

 

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My Project Life

Project life

Have you every completed a project life scrapbook? I have never completed the paper one but I do have plans on doing the digital one provided through shutter fly.

My project life scrapbook will focus on the daily like Derek enjoying school and the memorable like Kyle’s first time behind the wheel of my car.

I am so excited to have “Take a Photo a Day” on my calendar! I am trying to pace my self, cause really I could take 365 photos in one day!

The best part about this project is not just to focus on photographing those memorable moments, but also to document the daily moments. The bonus, I am doing this online and I just have to upload and drop my photos into a pre-made album. On Sundays this year I plan to note the scripture verse from my church service and add a great photo of God’s creation to it.

So when you see me next and I say “Cheese” you will know what I am up to!!

Sky
Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.  Psalms 37:1

Update: Project Life

I did complete the whole year. About 2 months into the project I ended up going to a two page spread for each week. That way if I was not able to take a photo each day I was able to have 7 photos that represented the week’s activities. I did wait for shutter fly to offer a coupon on their digital scrapbooks to help with the cost of printing the digital book. Yes, next year I do think I am taking a break from the completing another project life scrapbook.

Instead I am going to complete smaller 8 X 8 books of special occasions. I like the variety of choices and I hope the 8 X 8 will cost less in the long run.