I picked it up because of the cover first.
It had a really cool old fashioned fabric on the spine.
Then I read the title.
Dinner...a Love Story...really.
So, I brought it home with me. Turns out, I didn't like any of the recipes inside, but I stumbled across something the author had done for years, that I recently started, without really knowing what I was doing.
She kept a "menu" diary.
Each week, she would write down what she was going to make for the week, and notes about it. Sometimes she would include recipes. Sometimes, she would make notes, if it were a party, of what was left over, and what was eaten well.
Back in January, I started the same thing...but mine evolved, just because I had gotten a new really cute notebook, and because it's part of my process for planning my meals every week.
Then, I write down the days of the week that I'm planning menus for, and what activities we have going on that week.
It's always easier to plan a meal on a night we have NOTHING going on, because then I have more time, so those night's meals are always a little more involved.
Compiled, it looks a little like this.
Like I said, I didn't start this on purpose, but out of a need to just have it all together to plan my meals. Based on the week's grocery ad, and what is on sale, and IF I have coupons, that's how I come up with my menu. It also depends on what kind of time I have that week as well.
It has been kind of interesting to look back at what we've actually eaten over a month. We have repeats, for sure, but sometimes my kids surprise me with what they'll eat and what they won't.
So, now it's time to go over the computer ad for my grocery store and get ready for the week.