Create a weekly schedule for meals, e.g. Monday might be pasta night, Tuesday – chicken, Wednesday – fish, etc. Look up some menu ideas to get you started.
Lettuce in a bag: Wash a colorful lettuce like Boston lettuce that has red tips and tear into bite size pieces and store in Tupperware container. This base for salad can come in handy when all you have to do is add some meat and pre-shredded veggies. Warning: lettuce stored like this only lasts for about three days at a time, so don’t plan on storing it a week!
Put a sign Up Sheet In The Lobby of your Church – Put out a nice, attractive, sign-up sheet in a well-known spot and encourage people to sign up if they’re interested in going. Your first step is to throw wide the net and gather all who have any interest.
If you’ll be having 8 or fewer guests that aren’t partial to dark meat, cooking a turkey breast in a slow cooker is a great option. It’s delicious when seasoned with dry soup mix, there’s almost no tending involved, it makes its own gravy, it’s a snap to carve, and there’s very little clean up. A slow cooker is also great for pork loin (seasoned with cranberry sauce) and pot roast. If you’re not convinced test one on your family a couple weeks ahead of time-you’ll see.
The kids love trying new meals and now they will say, “Mom, this is a keeper” or “you can write family favorite next to this one.” Now, years later, my husband would tell you that I am a good cook.
One of the most important things you can do to help you accomplish all that is on your list is to create a timetable. This is your time management plan. You may want to work in hour increments, half hour increments or even 15 minute increments. Using your datebook, or a plain piece of paper, write out your start and ending time for your day. Begin with what time you are going to get up, and end with what time your head is going to hit your pillow. Write in everything you are going to do that day, from showering, to family time, meal prep recipes, house cleaning, and the items on your work to do list for your business.
At around six years old, another thing had begun to happen. Though my mother was not physically abusive with me outside of the occasional swat on the ass, in second grade I started getting beatings in school by a twisted nun, who, as it turned out, was only the first of many twisted nuns to follow.
Artwork. Kitchens should be as beautifully decorated as any room in the house or apartment. I count 7paintings and 16 mounted plates on our kitchen walls. Layers of accessories and art on the walls make the room more pleasant to work and eat in. Strong decor also links the kitchen to the rest of our apartment.
So, is the living easy? I know that for many working parents it has been a scramble to find the coverage they need for the summer. They are planning their time off around the times that they do not have child care or a camp for their children to go to.
It’s super easy to clean, and it’s adjustable, so it can either pull out or compact to fit whatever size stove you have. Some reviewers on the one Step Ahead website said they had problems with it melting from the heat of the stove. I never had that problem, and I wonder if maybe they put it on so it angled toward the stove instead of away from the stove (see picture). So yeah, I guess plastic directly over a burner would start to melt, but like I said, I never had a problem with that.
Take an inventory. Look at the items you’ve got in your kitchen. Are there items you don’t use? Non-functioning items or things you simply Do not want? You can divide these things into three categories: trash, sell or donate. The things that you use the most should be set aside as well. When you have divided what you choose to keep from the things you want to get rid of, keep in mind each item’s function. The things you use daily should be put in a handy place where you can get to them with ease. Items like baking gear can be stored near the oven or stove in a holder on the counter as opposed to taking up beneficial room in drawers or cupboards. The key here is convenience and accessibility.
You can learn a lot about another person when you cook together. Crack open a cookbook, choose a couple of recipes and get cooking! If your biggest accomplishment in the kitchen is boiling water, perhaps your date will teach you a few meal prep recipes skills. At the very least, offer to chop veggies or clean the dishes.
Buy up cold cuts, sliced cheese, your favorite sandwich vegetables and submarine rolls. Put out the ingredients along with condiments and let your family make their own subs.
Ouch. Reality set in. Now we go out to eat only on special occasions, and cook in our kitchen most nights. That’s a reversal that’s making me feel sorry for restaurants in our neighborhood, those we used to keep quite busy. But the kitchen really is the heart of any home, and our apartment’s heart was just not beating very strongly for years. It’s making up for lost time.