Welcome to a day in my life. I can't guarantee that this will be an exciting read for anyone. My life is filled with all the mundane activities of a stay-at-home-mom just trying to raise her three sons to be the best men they can be.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

My rotating menu.

15 years ago I learned out of neccessity that I needed to come up with a weekly menu for dinnertimes. The boys were small at the time and we were living in Barbados. Grocery shopping was very challenging as access to food products was very limited. Coming up with a menu with recipes that called for common ingredients was how I survived. By the time we moved back to Canada, I had a 6-week rotating menu with recipes that the boys would eat.

After moving back I didn't want to fall back into old habbits of processed foods, pre-made cook-from-fozen kind of meals, so I continued on with the menu idea. It worked - for the most part ... but I was starting to find it a chore to dig out the recipes (yes, I still cook from the recipies) everytime I needed to go grocery shopping or cook.

Then, one day, two years ago, I came across this idea on the internet ... and I tweaked it a little to fit my purposes.

It's a photo box that contains little mini photo albums inside. Instead of photos in the slots, I stamped words on 4x6 cards and inserted them.

Inside I have labelled the spines of the four mini albums. Week 1,2,and 3; Week 4, 5, and 6; Side dishes and desserts; and Holidays and company.
Then I labelled each page in the mini albums with the days of the week with a label maker. I printed off all the recipies and inserted them in the albums.

The advantage to this system is that I no longer need to pull out my recipe books on a daily basis and I can move the recipies around if they aren't working where they are in the rotation. It also allows me to swap in new recipies and take out old ones when we get bored of them. Making up my grocery list became a lot faster.

I can just leave the box sitting on my kitchen counter. It's convenient, and it looks great.

If you're wondering where I got the idea from CHECK HERE. She created a recipe box. I took the idea a little farther to work for me and made it a menu box.

Now I'm hungry!


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  2. I LOVE this idea! Where on earth did you find a photo box like this? I really NEED one for my kitchen.

  3. Great timing on this one.I've been thinking a lot about you and your rotating 6 week menu and thinking I need to do the same thing. Right now, I'm having trouble coming up with 6 weeks of food everyone likes!! I had forgotten about your lovely recipe box. I may have to make one for myself in the not too distant future! Thanks, yet again, for a great idea.

  4. Totally great idea. Thanks for posting this missy. I will have to try to find a photo box and give this a try.
    Anything to help answer the question "what's for dinner tonight".

  5. Heather9:13 AM

    Great idea!! I am the electronic sort, so would like to implement this on my BlackBerry. I have all of my receipes (favs anyhow) on my BlackBerry. But the visual box looks great - a great gift to send grown children off on the own with! Now to come up with 6 weeks worth of home cooked dinner menus!


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