Saving Time and Loving to Cook

How To Fall In Love With Cooking

I love to cook!  I love to plan my meals each week! Now, the shopping for the food – I could take or leave, but we need the food to cook so…I remember when I was a little girl, my mother bought me a cookbook for kids (I still have it…yeah).  I remember cooking with my mother and it was a lot of fun and I have wonderful memories of this.

I remember when I was a little girl, my mother bought me a cookbook for kids (I still have it…no kidding).  I remember cooking with my mother and it was a lot of fun and I have wonderful memories of this time with her.

Now with all of this said, I don’t want any of you thinking that I have everything together and there is never a time that I am scrambling to get a good meal on the table.  Please – that is so far from the truth, but when this happens, it’s because I didn’t plan.  Also, I don’t cook gourmet meals, I cook easy, good tasting, southern dishes that I know my family will eat.   Did I mention they were easy?

What I really love is when I take the time to plan my meals for a week and I have everything I need to pull off a quick, easy and tasteful meal for my family.  For this to occur, there are a few things that I do to ensure that when I start cooking, I have everything I need.  Here are my suggestions to bring joy back to the kitchen and things easy on you.  After all, isn’t that the name of the game?

Planning meals for the week

This really is the most time consuming, for me.  When you plan the meals, you need to make sure that you are planning all meals and snacks for the week.  I know that it seems like a lot of work, but think about it, when you do this part you will not only make your list of things you need at the grocery store – you will only have to go to the store once, which will save you time.

So, I make my menu on this cute DIY menu board that I made from a picture frame (from the dollar store) and a colorful piece of paper inserted into the frame.  Use a white board marker and you are all set.

Weekly Menu
Making List and Shopping

After I decide on what to make, I then make my list of groceries. When I decide on what to have for the week, I try and think about dishes where I can cook up the meat on the weekend and either freeze it or have it in the frig so all I have to do is put things together.  Cooking god healthy meals, doesn’t have to cost an arm or a leg.

So, back to my list.  I organize things on my list so that they will be easy to get at the grocery store.  This keeps me from running around the store getting things (although it seems to never fail that I am at the front of the store and remember that I need something in the diary department in the back of the store).

After I buy everything I need and I am back home, I go ahead and chop anything that I will need for the week and cook any meat that I will use for the week.  I know that this seems, as is, a little time consuming, but remember you have more time on the weekend than the week – so this will pay off during the week.

Prepping and Cooking

So, when I get ready to cook I first gathering everything that I will need and place it on the counter.  I use these awesome prep bowls from Pioneer Woman’s Collection

Love Cooking

to measure everything out and place in these bowls.  That way all I have to do when I am putting everything together is empty the contents of the bowl in the pan.  Easy enough.

This is where the chopping the needed food, after you brought it home, comes in handy.  If you need onions, and you chopped them up when you come home, all you have to do now is measure out the amount you need and wham…you are that much closer to a great meal – with time to spare.


I would like to take a moment and share with you some great cookbooks that my husband and daughter bought for me this past Christmas.

Easy and Quick Meals
Food From My Frontier

I just love Ree’s cookbooks because they are simple and she has awesome pictures that show you exactly the way things should look.You will also find variations in her cookbook, so if your family doesn’t like something, she shows you how to change it up.

Cooking is something that you can do as a family.  My daughter and I have great talks, even now that she is an adult, over cooking.  It was the way that I taught her fractions when she was younger and it was a time that we could experiment with things that we thought might taste good together (sometimes it did and sometimes it didn’t…)  It didn’t matter because I wanted to pass on the love of cooking and food like it was passed down to me.

I hope that you all enjoyed this information that I shared with you.

Take care friends.



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