Sunday night I sat down with my new cookbook (not that I didn't have enough already... sometimes you need something new to encourage new habits, right?) and made my very first menu plan and grocery list. Since I don't live in our home yet, I had to buy pretty much everything because JH could live off of popcorn and boxed gumbo! It's okay, I love him anyway.
I made my first trip to the grocery store and purchased almost everything on my list. There were a few really great suggestions/tips to speed up the preparation process in the back of the Cooking Light cookbook: jar of peeled garlic (my grocer was out of it, maybe everyone bought the Cooking Light magazine over the weekend), pre-chopped veggies and pre-cut fruit.
Fruit smoothie drinks, pre-cut fruit, low fat cookies are all quick healthy items that can take the edge off when craving desserts.
I have zero explanation for the caramel vanilla coffee creamer, other than the fact that it's yummmmy!
Items that I could not find:
- Basil Aïoli
- Fresh Basil
- Adobe Sauce
I made it through Day 1 with the help of page 242. I substituted the ground beef with ground turkey and it was sooooo good. I had the leftovers for lunch yesterday and for anyone that knows me knows that is a HUGE deal! I don't like left overs.
Day 2 didn't go over so well because last night I was working like a mad woman on getting the first stage of the wedding invitations (see below) ready to go in the mail so we ordered Mexican take-out! I only planned for 4 meals so I didn't feel too bad.
Tonight, I'm making Panko chicken breasts with rice and vegetables.
The menu planning and shopping was not torture. I actually thought it was quite fun! I love to write stuff down and mark things out so this is right up my alley!
Here's a sneak peek of the beautiful work by Kelly Ashworth Design on the first piece of our wedding invitation suite. They are magnificent in person. Kelly, you are my paper hero!
Southern Weddings tweeted this picture a week or so ago. Wouldn't you flip a lid if you walked into your hotel room and this bag was waiting for you!? I would!
Did you have welcome bags for your out of town guests? Did you have custom bags? What did you include IN the bag?
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