Oh, it is just SUCH a busy time of year for everyone. This much I know to be true. Whether you work in the home, outside the home, or some combination thereof, you’re all super busy and the schedules are packed. I know this is the case because it’s that way for every single person I know! I am no exception and, as I juggle mothering, housekeeping, cooking, writing, prepping for Christmas (and a Christmas Eve birthday), and substitute teaching, I know that the key to not going nuts is to be brutally organized. Lists, calendars, plans, pre-cooked ingredients, lunch items packed and at the ready– these are all what keeps me sane.
The menu plan is no exception– with a firm plan in place, I can be sure to have all the necessary ingredients on-hand and to do as much prep as possible ahead of time. Doing some extra work early in the week pays off big-time down the road.
B–Cereal, Apples, Milk ( before 7:30AM Mass)
Brunch– Bacon, Egg, & Fried Potato Skillets, Juice
D–Sunday Supper at Bama & Papa’s (Crescent Roll Lasagna, Salad, Fruit, Peas)
B–Egg Wraps, Bananas, Vanilla Yogurt
D–Christmas-Shaped Pasta Marinara, Broccoli, Salad
B–Cereal, Apples, Milk
D–Chicken & Mixed Veggies over Rice
B–Bagels w/ Almond Butter, Clementines
B–Jelly Toast, Apples, Milk
D–Grilled Cheese, Tomato Veggie Soup
B–Cereal, Bananas, Milk
B–Pancakes, Sausage Links, Fruit Salad
D–Beef & Yellow Rice Burritos
And that should do it!
What’s your favorite prep to get done ahead of time to make the week easier?