How do you make delicious meals every day without them seeming repetitive, or without having to cook something brand new every night? You create a meal category plan!
Here’s how to do it:
Step 1. Decide how many nights a week you want to plan. Do you go out to eat once a week? Do you have a regular get-together? Our Small Group used to share dinner every Sunday. Once every six weeks or so we would host, but the rest of the weeks we just showed up and ate! I generally plan Monday – Friday, and have more flexibility on the weekends.
Step 2. Brainstorm meals you and your family likes. Alan likes fish. I like chicken and roasts. We both like ethnic food, especially if it’s spicy.
On Wednesday Alan and I went to our friend Kate’s (same Kate who hosted my birthday party) for an early Thanksgiving. It was lots of fun. We finished the pie, and finally looked at the clock, shocked that four hours had passed. I figure that’s a sign of a good party.
Thursday we went to my Aunt Debbie’s for Thanksgiving proper.
I linked to this last year, but I wanted to highlight it again.
Every time I watch this it brings tears to my eyes. It’s a relatively small sacrifice–foregoing a just few gifts, not all of them–and it can literally be life changing for a village without water or a victim of human rights violation.
Here are some organizations that will take your small donation and do real good:
Agricultural Development and Support
*Indicates faith-based organization
Do you include charity in your gift giving traditions? Do you go through other organizations? Share them in the comments–I’m always looking for good charity organizations!
When Alan and I married, we set up a charity registry, as we both had plenty of dishes. We tell our friends and family that we prefer charity gifts for Christmas and birthdays–last year our favorite Christmas gift was two chickens!
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Happy Thanksgiving weekend! I hope you at lots of turkey yesterday (and maybe some pumpkin pie), and are still a little sleepy from it. I am skipping out on Black Friday–it’s just not my thing.
My sister is in town from Boston, and tomorrow we’re going to get pedicures. It’s crunch time at school, and I’m looking forward to a little rest and relaxation.
links and such after the jump