Saturday, January 6, 2018

Menu Planner

I am excited to let you know that I am back on the Cutting Cafe design team! My life took a different direction last year that allowed me to be able to come back on the team.

For our first post of 2018 the design team was challenged to create a project using any file from the Planner section. I am just this year trying out a planner and decided to go with the Weekly Menu Planner that you can find here.

I already plan my menus by the month. Around the end of each month, I create a menu plan for the following month and then watch for sales for ingredients for the meals I have planned. I used to do weekly menus according to the weekly grocery sale ads, but the past year or so, have gone to monthly's just easier for me and since we live so far from town, I can do a larger grocery haul and then just pick up milk, eggs, etc once a week as needed.

I had a $25 gift certificate to Target and while in the city this week, stopped in and they had all kinds of fun planner accessories in the Dollar Spot. I happened to go to the back where the Christmas items were marked down 90% and they had planner albums there! So I picked up an album for 50¢! I bought some fun stickers, pens, etc to decorate my planner. 

So now with Regina's files, I can print the ones I want to put in my binder and use throughout the year. 

So here is the first week of my menu planner. I don't make breakfast, lunch, dinner, so I deleted those from the file and added some fun washi tape across the top. We eat a lot of leftovers, cereal (DH not me), etc. So I usually have one main meal and then muffins, breads, snacky stuff, etc. I divided the sections into more main dish, sides/veggies, and dessert type.

Be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog on the 7th and 21st of every month to see the design team's projects in which you can leave a comment to be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE sets of your choice from the online store.


  1. Fab job Debbie - welcome back to the Team - I am a newbie as well and love, love it here and hope to be here for a very long time! hehe - blessings, Gail CC Design Team - sent you a message on FB that I can give you directions on how to put your projects in ALBUMS - that is where Regina will retrieve them for posting on the blog [I had to learn and it is not difficult] send me an email if you want directions - blessings, Gail

  2. Debbie I sent you an Email with steps - If you need more help - keep in contact - I will check email for your response - blessings, Gail

  3. first off welcome back girl....i missed ya...this is the perfect planner....i love how your so on point with your cooking meals and be that organized with cooking...i think i am just burnt out from cooking for 6 for so long...although i love to

  4. congrats on the DT spot. what a great way to stay organized and take advantage of your stores sales. P.S. hop on over to my were just announced as a winner of my Seasons Givings Blog Hop. email me at lik@cinci dot rr cot com