Okay, so you guys know that I’ve done freezer meal exchanges. And I’ve also mentioned doing once-a-month cooking. But I don’t think I had ever actually prepped all of the meals for one week on the first day of that week like I did last week (week…I was using the same stinking word so many times, I figured one more wouldn’t hurt).
Sure, I’ve cooked meat or marinated veggies with an idea of what I’ll use them for throughout the week (gah!). But never anything as official as last
And you know what?
I like it! A lot.
We ate each meal on its designated day and even for lunches sometimes. Fridays are my day off from cooking (my boys sleep over at my mom’s, and Shaun and I always order in). And Saturday, we had a smorgasbord, choose-your-own dinner type of thing with all the leftovers from the week. Sunday night was breakfast for dinner (I have a killer waffle recipe, in case you’re interested), and—voila!—here we are at Monday again. And the best part of all is that I was in such a major cooking mode last Monday that I made huge batches and even had enough to freeze some for later! Woot!
And I do believe I’m going to wash, rinse, and repeat because it worked so well!
On the menu this week:
Spaghetti (Yes, I know last week was lasagna, but my husband very specifically requested this…same homemade sauce…different noodles. Apparently he likes it).
The best Chicken Enchiladas in the whole-wide-world (not my recipe, so I can say that without being a braggart).
Okay, so I realize that was pretty much a blog post all in itself, but I really wanted to talk to you about something else entirely today. I just couldn’t resist sharing something that had worked really well for me in case you want to give it a try.
So, y’all already know, if you’ve been reading for any period of time at all, how much I love blue-green. It’s practically my 6th kid. (Didn’t some celebrity name her kid “blue?” I guess I could pull it off).
And, true to form, my entryway was painted a shade of my favorite color. It looked something like this:
It’s very me, and I like it a lot.
It was kind of dark. The color (SH’s Quietude) is gorgeous, but it was just a bit moody for the first thing you see upon stepping through our front door.
So, in a fit of must-change-this-now while Shaun was on a work trip a few week’s back, I repainted the entryway Dover White.
And then I found a fabulous subway art sign at Ross for $20.
And a gorgeous teal Chinese garden stool at Kirkland’s for $38 (originally $120).
And I ended up with this:
A lighter, brighter, more modern entryway, for less than $60 (not including the paint).
And if this is all you could see, I’d be plenty happy. But this is the cropped version. and there’s a whole lot more white wall to do something with in the non-cropped version.
Which is why I need your help!
I’m going to show you three different versions of the entryway makeover-in-progress, and then I’d love it if you’d leave a comment with your favorite plus any further suggestions you have for finishing off the space.
This is just a panned out version of the above pic.
And then we have:
2nd verse, almost same as the 1st, except with the flowers added back in.
And last we have:
Flowers, subway art, stool…but no basket.
So, what do you think?
I know that the differences aren’t exactly earth-shattering. But I’d still love to hear your thoughts.
Also, what else does the space need, if anything?
I have one little project in mind for it that I will (hopefully) show you tomorrow for Try-it Tuesday, but I’m wondering whether I should add back in the decorative tin accents over the hall-tree since it’s a rather large expanse of white above it (and I didn’t take the hanging nails out yet, just painted over them).
What, if anything, should I add to the space?
And what about meal-planning? What’s your favorite method (or is it more of a “let’s see what’s in the cupboard today!” type of deal)?