What’s for Dinner?

Emilie's dinner menu

For the last several years, perhaps even the last decade – I have planned my dinner meals either one or two weeks in advance. This was borne out of a lack of funds and needing to ensure that I had adequate food to feed my family until the next grocery shopping day. Sometimes this meant that I even added up exactly how many pieces of fruit I would need for the week so my kids always had 2 pieces in their lunch.

Well – I’ve been experiencing the joys of a blended family for the last three years, and that equals one confusing dinner menu each week. See – on week one we (usually) have this many people for dinner in this order: 5, 7, 4, 4, 6, 6, 6. This doesn’t include the various arrangements the kids make on the weekend which always tends to make the numbers change. Week two is in this order: 6, 7, 4, 3, 3, 3, 5. (This again, doesn’t include arrangements with the one kid we have on this weekend.)Emilie's dinner idea sample

I spend Monday evening whingeing about the ‘dinners list’ – if I’m really stuck I’ll get out my dinner ideas pages – see sample page to the left. I think about how many people we have when, who likes what, and how poor we are this week. Tuesday is shopping day see, so Monday night I write the list. Starting with the dinner menu, I then fill in what we need on the other side of the page to take shopping.

Once shopping is done, I pin up the ‘dinners list’ on the note-board. No matter how many years I’ve been doing this, the kids always seem interested in what is on it. They always complain – either because they won’t be here on a night they like the sound of dinner, or it’s something they think is god awful like casserole. I love casserole, as does my partner. The kids almost always whine and complain. I reckon they’re mighty lucky they have a Mum/StepMum who loves to cook.

Maybe I should make a collage of some of my dinners lists. I could include it in my C.V. – proof of my organisational skills :)

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One Response to “What’s for Dinner?”
  1. Carstenwm says:

    Good idea – I’m about to learn the same (making dinners lists) from my job as socialworker. About cv’s: remember to make screenpics of you’r webpages. I’ve made small (A6 I think it is) colour-prints (laminated) of most of the pages I’ve made during the years

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