Now, all I had to do was find all of the selected foods on the cards I made last spring - but there have been some new additions to our menu since then, so I used some blank ones, and some backs of other cards. I got all 30 main dishes set out and set to laying them out on the calendar.
Now....I can plan my grocery list out and always have what I have on hand. I NEVER have to say, what do you want to eat?! I know we usually end up moving a few things around and there might be some food that gets bumped to next month due to a large amount of something in the reclaimed produce boxes, something coming up, or just a massive craving, but it feels so liberating!!! :)
Do you plan your meals in advance? What system do you use?
*Here's how I made mine:
How to Make Your Own Menu Board
Step 1: I took a piece of plywood we had laying around the house, covered it with quilt batting and stapled around the edges.
Step 2: I then covered the batting with a fabric scrap and stapled that on as well.
Step 3: Using ribbon, I divided the board into a "calendar".
Step 4: I then also used ribbon to make a loop for hanging it and three loops for hanging the food cards.
Step 5: I used scrapbook paper cut into squares for the cards and I just punched a hole in the corner to then thread them onto a binder ring.
Step 6: I used mini clothes pins from Hobby Lobby to make sure the cards don't slip from behind the ribbon.
I thought I'd include a picture of the back so you could see what it looked like in case you were curious.