Adding Margin to your Days

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What does it mean to add margin to your days? Ah, margin. The two red lines gently guiding you to give more breathing room to your paper. I can see those lines so clearly when it comes to paper and pen- but when it comes to my time, it’s just so easy to fill my page to overflowing. In fact, I rarely consider margin at all when I am planning my week- let alone my meals. Rather, I am usually … Read More

Simplify breakfast & feed the troops without going crazy

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If I am being honest, breakfast is often my hardest meal of the day to cook. Cooking breakfast, at some level, is admitting that the day has actually begun, and I am responsible to be an Adult to participate. I know I need breakfast. I know that my family needs breakfast. My children need a good breakfast to think well during their studies, to nourish them after a long overnight fast. My husband needs food with enough umph to get … Read More

How to Simplify Breakfast on Busy Mornings

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If you are like me, your mornings are rarely peaceful and quiet. Already your mind is racing with the list you have going for today. You are thinking about getting everyone ready for what lies ahead…and oh yeah, everyone needs food. Here’s how we can simplify breakfast Having a few strategies in our back pocket is all we need to stay calm and cut stress. 1. Prepare in advance. Often mornings are not the time where we have abundant time … Read More

Menu Planning on Google Calendar

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Google Calendar is a great online tool. Besides using it to keep track of your busy schedule, you can also set up calendars to use as journals, menu plans, blog planning, birthday reminders, and even school calendars or schedules. I like to set up each of these as separate calendars so that they show up in different colors and they are easy to toggle on and off individually. My “Menu Plan” calendar usually has all three meals planned out, because … Read More

Simplified Menu Planning: Day 15 – Identify Your Food Sources

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31 Easy Steps to Real Foods Planned, Purchased, & Prepared Set up your pantry, grocery list, menu plan, and dinner recipes to simplify and streamline the process. Dinner happens every day. Be prepared. 31 Days to Simplified Menu Planning will show you how to develop a simple, easy, and effective strategy for feeding your family every day: without an avalanche of papers. After sorting through the kitchen and recipes and creating a master grocery list, we are now ready to … Read More

Simplified Menu Planning: Day 14 – Organize Your Remaining Recipes

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How to Have Less Stress in the Kitchen It’s easy to collect excess stuff and food in the kitchen and pantry, and it’s easy to lose focus and forget how to set up an efficient kitchen or a useful, healthy menu plan. So, during 31 Days to Simplified Menu Planning, we’ll take the necessary steps to simplify and streamline our food-related efforts. At this point, our master pantry list is finalized and our recipes are purged, so all we have … Read More

Simplified Menu Planning: Day 9 – Choosing Homemade and Store-Bought Ingredients

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31 Easy Steps to Real Foods Planned, Purchased, & Prepared Reduce the mental effort and time you invest in your pantry, grocery list, menu plan, and dinner recipes process. This 31 Days to Simplified Menu Planning series will break down the simplification into baby steps and show you how to develop a simple, easy, and effective strategy for feeding your family every day: without an overflowing pantry or extra trips to the grocery store. So, now that you have your … Read More

Simplified Menu Planning: Day 8 – List Dinner Ideas with the Master Pantry List

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31 Easy Steps to Real Food Meals Every Day Set up your pantry, grocery list, menu plan, and dinner recipes to simplify and streamline the process. Dinner happens every day. Be prepared. 31 Days to Simplified Menu Planning will show you how to develop a simple, easy, and effective strategy for feeding your family every day: without an arsenal of recipes. Yesterday we talked about setting up a short list of breakfast, lunch, and snack ideas, and today we’ll do … Read More

Simplified Menu Planning: Day 7 – Create a breakfast, lunch, and snack short list

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31 Days to a Real Food Approach This October we are focusing on practical, hands-on, and real-life organization and simplification posts! I’m joining up with The Nester’s “31 Days” meme with “31 Days to Simplified Menu Planning.” This series will outline the process I went through to cut back, simplify, and de-stress the meal preparation process, from pantry to grocery store to dinner-on-the-table, and everything in between. Of course, it took me 3 years, not 31 days, and I wasn’t … Read More

Simplified Menu Planning: Day 6 – The Best Way to Store Potatoes, Garlic, and Onions

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31 Easy Steps to Real Foods Planned, Purchased, & Prepared Set up your pantry, grocery list, menu plan, and dinner recipes to simplify and streamline the process. Dinner happens every day. Be prepared. 31 Days to Simplified Menu Planning will show you how to develop a simple, easy, and effective strategy for feeding your family every day: without an arsenal of recipes. After tackling organizing and inventorying the freezer, we have only one food storage trouble spot left: the root … Read More

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