Audra Krell

On Purpose

Menu Planning Monday

Menu_plan_monday_2 In an effort to stay organized I have found a great site with all kinds of helpful tips at Every Monday over two hundred women participate by adding great recipes and organizational plans.

This week one contributor suggested keeping a best priced foods book.  All of her entries are done in pencil so she can erase when she finds a better price on the item. This would work for me, because as a writer I already have a notebook, pens and pencils in my purse. 

Keeping a foods book reminds me of something that happened while we were at the beach.  On July 1, I had an assignment due for my Christian Writer’s Guild class.  It was the toughest, longest one yet and I kept putting it off, hoping it would shrivel up and die. Instead it grew into a terrible monster that seemed to have a life of it’s own.  I couldn’t face our trip with the assignment looming over me.  I stayed up late the night before, agonizing and analyzing prose from over 100 years ago. 

My mentor returned my assignment while we were at the beach. Before opening it, I told my husband that my mentor might tell me to never write again, not even a grocery list. (He is an incredible man and has been nothing but encouraging to me.)  I opened the assignment and fought back tears at the comments which included "well done."  To experience that much joy from an earthly mentor made me realize how much more I long to hear the words "Well done, good and faithful servant," from our Father in Heaven.  The assignment inspired me beyond writing, straight into living well.

Back to menu planning, this is my first week attempting to plan meals ahead.  So, in an effort to not set myself up for failure, I can only plan tonight’s menu as a good start.

We will have:Sloppy Joes on toasted multi-grain buns, a green salad and corn.

I am off to write my grocery list and then to start my next assignment…..I can’t wait to see what God’s got for me this time!


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10 thoughts on “Menu Planning Monday

  1. Hi Audra (love your name!),
    Thanks for stopping by. Here’s how to make Italian burgers: Make regular burgers and cook according to preference (grilled, skillet, etc); toast english muffins (one muffin per burger); warm your favorite red pasta sauce (you’ll need approx. 1 – 2 serving spoons saucer per burger). When burgers are cooked, place one burger per each bottom of English muffins, top with/ warmed sauce and a slice of mozzarella cheese. Finish off with the top of the muffin. Voila’ easy Italian burgers 🙂
    Best wishes on your further writings!

  2. K-fish, you really get around the blogosphere – thanks for the link to MPM. I’ve already looked at tons of the submissions…found some great suggestions and some more great blogs!

  3. Wow – I can feel the emotion in that post… how awesome to see (and one day to hear!) those words.
    So enjoy your sloppy joes… look forward to reading more from you!

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting 🙂
    The cola chicken is so simple to make and my kidlets LOVE it!
    Have a great week 🙂

  5. Audra!
    Thanks for welcoming this “other” newbie to MPM. LOL!
    We had sloppy joes a few weeks ago, and I am sure they will be added to the menu again soon.
    I must say, that it is so nice to already know what dinner will be for the rest of the week. I’m ready to start planning next weeks! LOL!

  6. Hey, thanks for stopping by!
    Starting one day at a time is a great first step. I’m a little bit of an anal freak and I do 2 weeks at a time. It’s easier for me to do that since it coincides with paydays. 🙂
    Borrow any meal you’d like, and if you want a recipe just holler!
    Visit my real homepage (linked on my name above) anytime!

  7. I love sloppy joes!
    MPM has really helped me this past year, we don’t eat fast food very often anymore.

  8. Planning meals ahead is defintely tricky! But in the end it is a great way for saving time and money. It is the recipes that get ya! Work with what you have and keep it simple! Good luck!

  9. Best wishes on meal planning! Have a great week!

  10. Thanks for the comment on my blog. I really enjoy reading your blog. My daughter found the recipe on the internet for Baja sauce. You can find it at
    Happy Menu Monday.

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