Elmer’s #GlueNGlitter Project: Menu Board
This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Elmer’s #gluenglitter #collectivebias #CBias but I came up with the idea and did all the work, so you can direct all your adoration to me in the comments.
One of my absolute least favorite questions in the entire world is “What’s for dinner?” For the first 5 years of my marriage the answer was almost always “I don’t know, what do you WANT for dinner?” – and then we spent 30 minutes saying “No, YOU pick” and “No it’s YOUR turn”. Honestly, sometimes we still play that game all night. Most of the time we end up having popcorn and throwing Goldfish at the kids.
Since I made providing a homemade, somewhat balanced meal a priority, I’ve found and cooked more than a hundred recipes. Approximately once a week I go through my cookbooks/favorite recipe websites, write down what I plan to make, then list all the ingredients I need to get at the grocery store. But since I keep my list of meals in the notebook with my grocery list, E STILL asks “What’s for dinner?” and I still don’t always know the answer.
I tried this method:
But that didn’t help. I don’t think E even knows that list is there, plus it doesn’t give me any idea of WHEN we’re eating those things. Enter my weekly menu board!
Here are my basic supplies:
- Elmer’s Pink Foam Board (I was planning to use the white side right up until I realized the white pieces of paper wouldn’t show up very well against it)
- Instant Krazy Glue Craft Formula
- CraftBond Gel pens (True fact: I didn’t NEED these but I am a sucker for gel pens. Especially glitter ones!)
- Stick-on letters (from the scrapbooking aisle)
- Patterned paper
- Plain white printer paper
- Craft knife
- Classic Elmer’s glue
And here’s how I put it together during exactly one naptime:
I love using clothespins to hold my menu items, because that means I can add more than one slip – like for side dishes or desserts – to each day, plus they’re really easy to switch around if I decide I don’t FEEL like having chicken again tonight. To get my library of recipes started I went back through all my What’s for Dinner posts and picked my favorites (and the healthiest options). I also made one for “FREE DAY”, which means dinner out, and “LEFTOVERS” which means leftovers. I’m a genius, I know.
Want to know something kind of hilarious? E came home from work tonight, stood RIGHT in front of the giant pink board and said “What’s for dinner?” So maybe it won’t TOTALLY solve my problem – but I really love it anyways.
I linked up with my favorite craft linky – Mique’s Weekly Pity Party on 30 Handmade Days!