Focusing on What Matters

Sometimes I am guilty of getting completely bogged down with things that Do Not Matter!  It’s very frustrating, but luckily I have a wonderful and sweet husband that helps me with this. If I was not married to him I would just get stuck in those “little things” that I should NOT be focusing on.  He gently reminds me that what I’m worried about sometimes is really nothing to worry about at all.  He helps me to see what’s important.

For instance I may miss out on some really important opportunities if I’m focused on how clean my house is and how many of my to-do’s I got done today.   I may miss the chance to let my husband know how much I love him and how special he is to me.  I may miss the opportunity to talk to my kids about God, or spend some quality time with them.  I may miss the opportunity to make someone feel special or to serve someone.  I may miss something God is trying to tell me or show me.

I don’t think when my life is over I’ll ever look back and regret that I did not keep my house cleaner or that I didn’t get some things done on time.  I think I’ll look back and wish I spent more time talking with God, more time with my family and more time serving others.

I’m going to work really hard to make those things my primary focus daily and then fit the other stuff in, not the other way around!

Meal Planning

I am always looking for ways to improve my meal planning.  Meal planning seems to be some sort of science.  The best meal planning utilizes one item for multiple dishes, includes items that are on sale or that you have a coupon for, and keeps everyone in your family happy, satisfied and healthy.  That’s a tall order.

My husband and I were married almost 2 years ago,  and ever since then my goal has been to come up with a “Favorite’s List” of dishes that we all enjoy, that are fairly easy to make, that do not use expensive ingredients, and that are pretty healthy.  We finally put together that list the other day.  I’ve tried all kinds of different dishes, a lot  that worked, and some that well….didn’t. 

We came up with a list of 31 dishes for our “Favorite’s List”.  I will use this list every month and rotate these dishes throughout the month.  I plan to make copies of the list and then cross off what I have made for the month and continue down the list.  It takes a lot of pressure off of me to try and come up with our weekly meals.  Now I can look at the grocery store flyer and at the coupons I have, and pick the dishes that best use those items.  I also do not have to think whether everyone will like the dishes or not because these are tried and true recipes that I have already cooked and they have already enjoyed!  Bonus.

I will of course throw one or two new dishes in there each month depending on ingredients and coupons.   I love this idea.  I will keep you updated on how well it is working, but so far so good!

I love making my life simpler ANY way I can!   In what ways do you make meal planning and grocery shopping simpler?