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1 – Prepare the main dish for Sunday lunch. This has been one of the BEST things I have started doing! When I plan my menus, I choose a meal for Sunday noon that I can make ahead of time and put in the refrigerator. We have a time-bake oven, so I can just get my dish out of the refrigerator, put it in the oven, and set the time-bake feature to turn the oven on and turn it off while we are gone to church. When we get home, our main dish is cooked and all I have to do is steam some vegetables or get a salad out and we are ready to eat. I also use the crockpot for meals when I can. Why not give it a try? Make a list of some meals you can make ahead of time. Some that you can either make ahead in a dish or prepare for the crockpot. Some meals that we enjoy for Sunday noon are: beef enchiladas, southwestern roll-ups, chili, layered taco casserole, taco soup, sloppy joes, taco salad, chicken & rice, chicken & rice soup, and beef stroganoff. Once you have your list, then be sure to include one of these meals for Sunday noon when you plan your weekly menus. Then be sure to add this to your “to do” list for Saturday! Note: If you need some help with menu planning, my Menu Planning ebook will take you by the hand and help you create your own set of weekly menus!
2 – Brown any meats for the week. One of the biggest timesavers for me is having my meats already cooked and in the freezer. I brown 5 lbs. of hamburger at a time and freeze 2 cups each in quart freezer bags. 2 cups browned meat equals a pound of raw hamburger called for in recipes. I also like to BBQ a bunch of chicken breasts and freeze them. These are great to pull out and thaw as you need for meals.
3 – Make sure my Intentional Planner is updated with the next week’s pages. I try to do this on Fridays, but I don’t always get it done. On Saturdays I make sure I have printed out the Daily Planning pages for the next week and make sure all the activities for the week are carried over from my monthly calendar. This helps me, ahead of time, to be prepared for the coming week and make sure all my bases are covered.
4 – Make sure I have homeschool planned out for the next week. I try to take time each Friday or Saturday (except during summer break) to plan out the next homeschool week. This coming year is going to be a bit more work for me as I am adding some of my little ones into the mix! But…planning ahead of time will allow me to get everything done that we need to get done.
These are the main things I try to accomplish on Saturdays. I sometimes try to work on these on Fridays if I have time…especially if I know we will be gone for part of Saturday and I won’t be home to get these things done. I can then head into Sunday knowing that I have my home in order, Sunday lunch made, and the next week planned out. Sundays are so much more restful…why not give it a try?