Tidbit Tuesday 12.03.13

Today’s Tidbit Tuesday is one of my favorites. So simple…yet so helpful!
(Sign of a good tidbit.)

This little helper eliminates the dreaded, “oh shoot!  It’s 4pm.  What are we having for dinner tonight?!”  And, if your house is like mine, 4pm is NO time for clear inspiration.  The homework, the chaos, the mess, the low patience, the countdown for dad to get home…

This little helper makes life planned.  Which in my book = easy, doable, happy.

menuLike I said, so simple…yet so helpful.  In fact, so simple, you just might doubt how great it is.  Work with me here.
So this is how it works.  I pull this little guy over to the table on Saturday morning.  I have out my cookbooks, ipad, pinterest ideas for recipes, etc.  I also have my calendar. This step is important because I need to know which nights we have sports or scouts and need a quick dinner, or which nights we have time to try a new recipe.  Then I clean off the glass and whip up a menu!  Right then and there I look at each recipe, determine what I still need to buy, make a grocery list.  This is how each date night ends on Saturday…at the grocery store.  I am sure my babysitter things we are soooo boring when we come home lugging in groceries every Saturday night.  🙂
So now…not only do I have all the ideas, I have all the ingredients too!

Let me tell you…4pm has never been the same.

If I have convinced you- here’s how to make it.

You need
~a 12 x 12 frame
~a black piece of chalkboard or heavy cardstock (I have seen some that have scrapbook paper in the back, but then with the patterns you can’t use all your fun colors of chalkboard markers.)
~a vinyl menu (you can find these on etsy or pinterest I am sure.  I got mine at Hobby Lobby)
~some fancy schmancy chalkboard markers

The tip here is to make sure you put the vinyl on the black board UNDER the glass, or you will get your vinyl all dirty the first time you clean it!
Here’s to loving 4 pm again.

Happy Cooking!

(And a p.s.)
i declare! is on the road again!  We are off to Austin for The Running Event.  A tradeshow for running store owners to come find new stuff for their stores.  We are so excited, but so nervous!  Hope they like us! What a perfect Christmas gift for the runner in your life right?  How about this “Go The Distance Necklace”?  I love this one!

And we are also going to California this week for the Diva 1/2 marathon expo.  As luck would have it, I drew the Austin straw, and it’s going to be 39 degrees.  Brrrrr.

 

One thought on “Tidbit Tuesday 12.03.13

  1. Great idea! I know how horrible those “4:30 panics” can be!
    Interestingly, one of my long time family favorites is a child of just such a day.
    “Chicken Basgetti” was born into our family!

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