gallamore west: Picture frame turned Dinner Menu!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Picture frame turned Dinner Menu!

Do you plan your dinners ahead of time?
I have forever been horrible at meal planning.  I could handle lunches and I love to make breakfast, but for some reason I just couldn't get into the groove of planning dinners ahead.  I mean I was really, really horrible at cooking dinners... 5 PM would roll around and I'd be stuck scrambling to throw together a decent meal for my family.  I had tried and failed a few times at meal planning.  But about a month ago, I decided to plan out our dinners for the week the weekend before and do my shopping for the week's dinners on the weekend too.  Honestly I think the reason I've stuck with it this time is because I do almost all of my grocery shopping at Target these days.  And because I do my grocery shopping on the weekend, Daddy is home to watch the boys.  Hello... that's KID-FREE Target shopping!!! :)  

Also, I decided that instead of just writing our meals on a little piece of paper, I'd be inspired to keep up with meal planning if I made a cute Menu Board for our kitchen.  

I used this black picture frame and painted it my favorite color, Jamaican Sea by Folk Art.  

Then I shabbied up the edges of the frame with Martha Stewart ink. 

I also added a little pennant banner, printed up a cute little paper for the inside, and added Velcro on the bottom to attach my Dry-Erase marker so I don't misplace it.  It sits next to the stove in the kitchen and my boys {Daddy included} love it because they just look at it and know what delicious meal is headed their way that evening!

It's been a month of meal planning now {and week 2 of having the Menu Board completed and in use} and I LOVE it...  I can't imagine ever going back to the 5 PM Dinner Scramble!  If I can do it, anyone can...

Want to start meal planning, 
but need dinner ideas?  

 Check out my Crock Pot Cooking and What's for Dinner boards on Pinterest!  There are so many talented people out there serving up delicious dinners for their families.  I'm grateful for their recipes, and glad to finally be one of those people making good dinners for my sweet family!

 Thanks for visiting Gallamore West!  Hope you stay and look around awhile.  If you like what you see, I'd love to have you follow along via GFC, Facebook, Twitter {I'm new and clueless there}, Instagram, or Pinterest! xoxo


Bonnie @ Simply this and that said...

So cute! I love this idea! Thanks for sharing.

Four Marrs and One Venus said...

Loving this idea- and the color of course is kiiler cute! Looks like your having some great you want me to come on over say around 5?!

Reannah @ {Shaped by Grace} said...

Cute idea!!! I love how you distressed the frame with the ink! I'll be there Friday for your crock pot cafe rio chicken soft tacos! ;-)

Carla at Preschool Powol Packets said...

I love this! And I'm following your pinterest boards too--they look too yummy! ;)

Kylie Kreikemeier said...


stopping by from the blog hop :) your newest follower!! hope to hear from you soon!

xoxo - kylie

beatnikki said...

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Have a great day!


Laura Keller said...

Just found you from Here Comes The Sun ... love your school memories box!

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