Simple Weekly Meal Plans and Real Life – January 6

A few months ago, I was trying to organize the pantry and I was frustrated with it.  The wire shelves drive me a bit nuts, even though I have a simple solution for them.  And there are only 4 shelves in the whole thing, even though it’s very tall and could handle more.  Things tend to get lost at the back of the shelves, just because it’s hard to see back in there.

So I called my dad, who is a genius.  He’s also a contractor and has designed and built many, many kitchens (and other rooms) over the years.  He immediately had an idea for making our pantry better.  And what started as a good idea has turned into a great idea.

Behold the first draft of the design:



Dad is going to open up the front of the current pantry, because the inside is wider than the current opening.  Then he’s building pull out shelves with drawer fronts.  The top will be cabinet doors that open.  And on the right hand side of the moulding, there will be a pull out for spice storage.

We’ve already tweaked this drawing a bit to add another set of drawers and to resize a few of them too.  I can’t wait until it’s installed.  That will probably happen in January, if all goes as planned.  I’ll take lots of photos to share with you.

In other news, we’ve been eating pretty well so far on the Whole 30 plan.  Today, we had the Beef Stew I made for the Slow Cooker Freezer Meals week of the Weekly Meal Plans.  It was so good!  You can get that plan as part of the Weekly Meal Plans.  Keep reading for more info and a sneak peek at this week’s menu.

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included. Members have access to the whole month at one time, so it’s easy to plan whether you grocery shop once a month or every week. You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

Slow Cooker Plan

1. Slow Cooker King Ranch Chicken

2. Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup

3. Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce with Two Cheeses

4. Sloppy Slow Cooked Chicken Tacos

5. Italian Seasoned Salt Chicken in the Slow Cooker (as pork roast)

6. Mel’s Diner Chili

7. Nutella Muffins

Traditional Plan

1. Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup

2. Copycat Chick-fil-a Chicken Strips

3.Wimpy’s aka Sloppy Joe’s

4.Pineapple Chicken

5. Beef and Bean Topped Potatoes

6. Pork and Gravy Sandwiches

7. Old Fashioned Spice Cake with Caramel Glaze

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  1. Tiffany, I’m reading “It Starts with Food” and am really interested to hear how you’re feeling as you do the Whole30. Please consider posting info on that, if you feel it appropriate. 🙂

    Love your meals, and the look into how another busy mom’s life is going! And I adore your pantry storage plan – it’s such a great idea, to have shelves with drawer fronts: why didn’t I think of that ever?!? 🙂 I’ll be looking forward to your photos as the project is taken on!

    Thanks for a great blog, I love to follow it via emails. 🙂 All the best to you this wintery, cold day!
    Emily in west Michigan, currently under a LOT of snow

    • Emily, I’ll try to add more of how I’m feeling on the Whole 30 in Saturday’s post. For the last couple days, I’ve struggled with headaches, but today I don’t have one. And last night, my son made chocolate chip cookies and I managed to not eat any of them. I was feeling kind of proud of myself for that one! Stay warm! We don’t have much snow here, but it sure is cold! 55 degrees yesterday and 0 degrees today. Crazy!

  2. I am having a hard time getting the weekly grocery list and recipes. The only reason I joined this site was the recipes and grocery list.

    I try to find them and all I get is advertisements. I joined your site hoping to find an easy way out as I work full time.

    Other sites do not advertise like you do. exhausted by not being able to receive what I thought I had signed up for.

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