This week the 4 Moms are blogging about menu planning. Be sure to see what each mom has to say on the topic.
As for me, here is the part where I admit to you that the last time I planned a weekly menu was 2 kids ago. I used to print out a neat little sheet that had a grocery list on one side and a place for daily meal plans on the other side, so the shopping and planning could be coordinated. I kept that sheet on the fridge so I could consult it regularly and plan accordingly.
It really did work well for a while, and I can't remember the precise reason I got away from that, but I suspect it had to do with diapers, LOTS of diapers, and spit up in my hair , and coping with missed nap times, and the chaos that comes with life in a large family.
My menu planning these days goes something like this:
- Open fridge
- See if anything is about to spoil.
- If the answer to #2 is yes, PLAN on using that in the MENU.
- If the answer to #2 is no, open freezer.
- Stare inside until something looks good.
- PLAN MENU accordingly.
Really, the way we do our shopping, by loading up on excellent bargains  whenever they are available, doesn't allow for as much flexibilty in menu planning as just making a plan, then listing the ingredients needed and setting out to the store.
For instance, if we happen to find strawberries on sale, like I did this week, I like to stock up on those and use them in various ways before they spoil. Same thing with any produce and meats. If we find a fantastic bargain on chicken thighs and fresh broccoli, we buy as much as we can and our menu plan will be including chicken and broccoli for a while.
Of course, many of the meals can be made ahead and frozen, but I like to keep my menu planning flexible and open to what is available in the bargain bins and what is needing to be used up in my refrigerator and pantry.
So, now that you've seen what The Slacker Mom does for "menu planning", be sure and check out what the other moms do.
Would you like to see the everything The 4 Moms have discussed so far? Click here: 4 Moms, 35 Kids - How Moms of Many Manage 
Next week, The 4 Moms will be sharing about cooking from scratch and how we get it all done.
And do be sure to come the following week, on Thursday, April 22nd. You will NOT want to miss what the 4 Moms have up our collective sleeves! A RECIPE SWAP! You will have the opportunity to share your best recipes for large crowds, and when you enter your link on one of our blogs, it will show up on all FOUR! Why, you'll practically be famous!
So, get those recipes ready that will feed a big bunch and meet me back here next week!