Monday, June 28, 2010

Calling all busy moms with hungry kids!!!

Updates and Apologies
So, sorry for the delay, but need to push my little contest back a week ... last week we were crazy busy with VBS at our church, then friends here from out of town, and 4th of July preparations then celebrations and just for fun, mid week my 11 year old needed a quick trip to the ER for stitches ... life is never boring here. But with all that going on I did not get much of a chance to blog, so I will try to do better this week and will pick a winner on Sunday July 11th.

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Do you know what you are making for dinner tonight? Do you know if you have the right ingredients on hand? I have more often than not found myself at 6pm looking in our pantry, in our fridge and in our freezer trying to figure out what I can quickly make. Poor planning, I know. We are a busy family ... meal planning (along with laundry folding) has long been a short coming of mine. But the kids do get hungry ... every night ... and I find my self wishing I had planned better, so instead of a last minute meal scramble we could sit down and enjoy an evening meal together.

But the good news???
I think I have found a solution to my meal planning problems:

Dine Without Whine

Are You Ready To Make Family Meal Time A Priority?

The best way to make family meals a reality is to begin menu planning. You can look through recipes, decide what to make, and create a grocery shopping list with the ingredients you need. An average home manager spends about 1 1/2 hours a week on this task.

Don't Panic! I know what you're probably thinking. "Menu planning sounds awfully important, but I don't have an extra hour and a half each week to devote to this!" That is okay... I have found the menu planning experts! Let them plan your menu for you each week. Their weekly menus feature:

Main Dish Recipes For Dinner Every Night Of The Week

Suggestions & Recipes For Side Dishes

Brunch Ideas For Saturday & Sunday

Two Dessert Recipes To Be Used Anytime During the Week

Access to the Members Only Bonus Area - featuring e-books & tools you are going to LOVE


Each menu will include a grocery list (categorized by aisle) that includes all the necessary ingredients to prepare the recipes in the weekly menu plan. All you have to do is cross off any items you may already have on hand - add breakfast, snack or lunch items you may need and you're ready to shop.

What a blessing to know that a fellow blogging mama has decided to use her talent for organization and nutritious foods to help those of us who struggle with meal planning. Christine aka The Menu Mom has created fantastic menues and corresponding shopping lists!!! I printed my very first menu and shopping list this weekend! And am hoping to share over this week with all of you how much I am enjoying using Dine Without Whine. Maybe even share some pictures of the yummy meals we make and I'm hoping a picture of my family sitting down to dinner together!!!

Christine has several membership options listed on her site, something to fit everyone's needs. But for one of my lucky bloggy friends Christine has a free membership waiting. If you would like a chance to win a Dine Without Whine membership please visit her sample menu and then leave a comment here to let me know which one of her recipies you are most excited to try. If you have any menu planning tips you would like to share with me, please feel free to leave those too. On Saturday evening I'll use to draw a winner from all those who leave comments on this post.

Happy Monday Everyone!


Challenge:1yearnorestaurants said...

What a great idea! So what I need to successfully manage my life in this one year challenge of not eating out. I would love to try the BBQ Chicken Pizza.

As of now, I plan foods that are quick and easy to cook depending on the night we have scheduled. For example, Thursday my husband has to work late and I will be responsible for getting Blake {3 year old son} home, fed, and off to swimming lessons. I will make spaghetti it is easy and quick.

Nicole said...

I'd love to try the Buttery Garlic Chicken recipe. That sounds really yummy. I try to menu plan each week but I feel like I'm totally in a recipe rut. We pretty much have the same things over and over. And I so often I find that I've forgotten to get a key ingredient and have to come up with a back up plan spur of the moment. Very frustrating.

Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom said...

How fabulous! I love that all these recipes have NORMAL ingredients, all things I can find at Aldi, which means they'll be cheap, too. I always get into kind of a rut with meal planning, and love when I can find new ideas. How great is this??? I especially want to try the stir fry, yum. :-) Thanks for the comment, glad to take part in this contest!

Anna said...

I would like to try the Buttery Garlic Chicken. The meal planning membership sounds like something I could use around here.