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. :)