Monday, January 14, 2013

Dinner Decision Maker

I admit I am not a great cook and I am even worse at deciding what to have for dinner.  I have been inspired by a few different blog posts of a dinner calendar. Honestly that is to big of a commitment for me. After much contemplation on how I can become a better dinner maker I have decided all I needed help with is ideas of what to make for dinner.  I have plenty of cookbooks and recipes but I needed ones my family would eat.  So I went through the cookbooks and recipes I used the most. I used regular cardstock and cut them into strips all the same color.  I then wrote all main dishes I knew I would have stuff for on a regular basis, fairly simple dishes and ones we would eat, (at least my husband and I). I also wrote out names of green salads and jello salads for those Sunday dishes I could share with our extended family when needed. 

 I then put together this cute little box made out of three pieces of 4x6 cardstock paper so I could divide up my meals and salads and also a place where I could put "have made" dishes so I wouldn't be doing the same dishes over and over again. 
 This way I can pull out my main dish cards, hang them on my refrigerator and choose however many I want for the week and if needed buy ingredients for those meals and I can decide what to do when I want to.
  I know I will have the things I need to make what I have on my cards.  Because these are things I like to eat and make it will be easier to have all these ideas in one place, I hope this will make the idea process a little easier, now all I will have to do is to decide which meal I will choose, but the main thing is I have all my ideas that I know we will eat in one place.
Here is my little idea box nesting in the corner of my kitchen window.  I am really excited to try this out and see how long it lasts, I hope this is a keeper. :)


  1. Hi Mikaila, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (, and I’m visiting from Super Sunday Sync.

    This is a great idea! I have the same problem: deciding what to make seems like more of a chore than actually making it! I might have to try this in my family.

    Anyway, thanks for posting this. If you’ve never visited yet, I hope you can pop by my blog sometime to say hi…

  2. This is a great idea! Im going to have to try this. =)
    following you from Harvest of Friends weekend blog hop.


  3. Great idea! I despise making dinner decisions with a passion. Ugh. I can't decide if I hate cooking or planning to cook worse! This is really clever :) I found you on Sew Can Do. I'd love for you to stop by One Tough Mother and say hello! Happy Monday!

  4. I'm so glad that I happened on this tutorial, I've been so looking for something like this! And that view you get to look at out your kitchen window! OMG!

    Hello from your newest follower, over from the blog hop Creative Mondays

    Hope you can stop by sometime :-)

    Have a great week!

    cobalt moon jewelry

  5. What a great idea! Hope it works for you and makes those dinners easier! :)

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  6. Cute idea. I hope it works out as planned.

    I'm having a STRUT YOUR STUFF Social hop. I'd love for you to hop on over, grab a button and come show off your best projects. Or, just come link up your blog!!

    I'm also looking for Pinterest Pinners to feature every week. If you are on Pinterest and are interested in being featured come link up! Who knows you might meet some other great pinners and gain a few great ideas.

  7. Wonderful! I'd love to have you come share some of your projects at my link party that just went live!
    I'm your newest follower!

  8. Wonderful idea! Dinner is so difficult sometimes, isn't it! I love how you put it all together and found a solution that works for your family!

  9. This is a great idea - I sometimes pick only a main dish and it's not until we sit down for dinner when I realize I really wish I would have picked a side dish too. This would definitely help me plan better. Thanks!

  10. Love organizing things and this idea is awesome. So glad you shared it at my party. Hope you have a great day.
    Marcie @ I Gotta Try That

  11. I'm always looking for dinner inspiration. Thanks for sharing at The Weekly Creative link party!

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

  12. this is a really good idea. I’m your newest follower. I would love for you to share this at my Fluster’s Creative Muster Party @

    Hugs and Smiles,
    Robin @ Fluster Buster

  13. I can't tell you how much I need one of these! The husband and I have had arguments over what's for dinner on SO many occasions it's ridiculous! haha Must make of these!!

    Also, I'm a new follower from the Mingle With Us Blog Hop! Glad to be here! Amy @ Clippie Dips

  14. Fingers crossed, it looks like it will be fun and inspiring to use!

  15. I am always wondering what to make for dinner. I have tried so many times to get stuff together and meal planning and I never stick to it and I forget about it or something else. I bet this would be much simpler. I would love to have you over at my new blog hop "Inspiration in Progress" if you would like to come over and link up. Following you now. : )

  16. This is such a great idea! I need to do something like this. Thanks for linking up to the Craft Yourself Crazy link party!


  17. Great idea and very cute box!!

  18. This is a great idea! I do meal plan, but i find myself spending hours trying to figure out new things to eat each week. I'm going to try this and see how it works!

    New follower from Huckleberry love


  19. What a smart idea! I find myself running out of dinner ideas as well...