So, after almost two full weeks to work, I have not completed any of my goals! I have been able to work on each of them a bit though ;) Given that we had company for 2 1/2 days, we were travelling for 2 1/2 days, and we celebrated Christmas, I think I have been able to do a lot in the time that I had.
Here's one example; as you can see, I tried to add a lot of variety!
Sunday -- Pork
Monday -- Beef
Tuesday -- Slow Cooker/One Pot
Wednesday -- New Recipes
Thursday -- Vegetarian
Friday -- Fish/Seafood
Saturday -- Chicken
Then, I made a basic Grocery List. I go shopping every two weeks; one big trip and a "clean-up" trip for staples. I made this "clean up" list first (lunch meat, cheese, milk, bread) and then made a large grocery list. to make it easier, I broke it down into sections (produce, meat/poultry/seafood, boxed and canned goods, dairy, and frozen foods). This list includes almost everything needed to make meals for the month.
Before I started filling out the calendar, I put in days for Doug to cook (every 3-4 weeks), a time each month to eat out, and placed special meals for holidays and birthdays. Then I filled in each column as I went! Obviously Wednesdays (new recipe day) was more difficult to fill out; I ended up leaving them blank and then picked out recipes along the way!
Then, the grocery lists through May were super easy to make! I already had a basic list to go from, so I only needed to update it for each month. Example: The basic list tells me I need frozen fish and seafood, but February's list says Shrimp and Calamari (the clams and tuna are canned). Or instead of "Pasta Sauce," February says "Alfredo Sauce Mix."
I haven't put them in a binder yet, but that is the next step. I also pulled a lot of recipes from cookbooks or online, so I am going to type those up to print out and place in the binder for easy referencing.
As far as my other goals, I have organized my mail/paperwork a bit more than before. Yea me! I am planning on doing some laundry and sorting out clothes this weekend. I am considering setting a few T-shirts aside in order to make a T-shirt quilt or rag rug, but by this time next week, my closet should be majorly overhauled!