I love picking out schedules, mapping out a plan and putting together all of my to-do lists. I am this way with everything. If I have a schedule and realistic goals, I typically stick to it, as best I can. If I have no schedule, I flounder aimlessly. This goes for pretty much everything in my life. Work, running, normal chores, goals in life. If it's not planned, I revert back to my college days where I am 'so busy' only to discover that in reality, I just got sucked into some 'Real World' marathon (do they still have that show?) or a countdown on VH1. Of course, today, what typically happens is I get sucked into the neverending vortex of the internet and can suddenly realize I just spent 3 hours looking at tax returns for non-profits online (don't ask, I'm weird).
I always make to-do lists for the weekends for all the normal household chores and shit that I need to do. Lately, I've been trying to do more of those chores throughout the week. Seems like if I schedule it out, it's easy to do which just leaves more free time on the weekend. Another thing I do is plan out meals for the week. I have had very little motivation in the kitchen these days. I keep skipping over lots of posts on all the food blogs I follow. I'm the type of person who loves to do a big, huge gigantic meal where I spend 2 full days in the kitchen. Normal stuff for the week? Not so much, at least recently. Lately, it's been a lot of pulling out the container of salad mix and placing it on the counter and then making a PB&J sandwich. Dinner is served.
I need a change and I thought back to earlier this year. When I found out I had to be out of the country for a month, one of the first things my husband questioned was what he was going to eat while I was away. Where was the concern for the fact that I was travelling, completely alone, to a foreign country? How on earth could he feed himself for an entire month! Before I left, I spent one day making tons of food and freezing it. Typical guy friendly stuff - lasagna, chili, meatballs, burritos, cheesy potatoes, pepperoni rolls. I can't even remember what all I made but it was a lot and I planned it all out and efficientally knocked it out in a day. The planner in me totally loved packaging up all the individual portions and labelling them with reheating instructions. As I was in the midst of the cooking storm, I proclaimed we would probably be eating this way more in the future. It was so satisfying to see that freezer packed full of food ready to go. I loved it. Then, I never really did it again.
See where this is going? Yes, once a month cooking. I decided to do a little more research the other day because I was ready to take a day to cook a bunch of food and throw it in the freezer. I happened upon the Once a Month Mom website since it's pretty much the first one that comes up and fell in love. Meal plans (including vegetarian, gluten-free, etc.), grocery lists, labels to print and instructions on how to cook all items for that month in the most efficient way. Be still my heart, I am in love. If all goes well, I should be making the November whole foods menu this weekend. If not this weekend, next (depends on some family and holiday obligations).
Now, if I get all this cooking out of the way, I should have some extra time to waste.