It’s ten after three in the afternoon, the oldest O kid isn’t even out of school yet, and I’ve got dinner in the oven.

This is largely because the beef bourguignon needs to cook for a good three and a half hours, and we need to eat around 6:30.

It’s also because I meal planned this week.

Yes, I know what you’re saying. “Shaaaaaaaa…… you tried this already and not a single one of us were the least bit interested in your meal planning angst. Are you really going to talk about it again?”

I am. If you don’t like it… well, come back tomorrow and I’ll write about something else.

So here’s what I did. I went to and found a bunch of great recipes. I looked at my calendar and figured out what I could handle where (For example, the four hour extravaganza we’ll be experiencing tonight wasn’t feasible on Monday when we were going out right after school.)

And then I used’s new Menu Planning feature to drag and drop my meals to the days of the week. No, for real. I don’t need to leave ever.

I’ve added some of our family favorites that I can’t find on to my own online cookbook there, and now I can drag and drop them, as well.

Then, I can add all the ingredients to an editable shopping list, and send it to my phone. Or my husband’s phone, which is much more likely, honestly.

Genius. And FREE.

And that’s all I’ll say about meal planning. At least for now.


*I am in no way affiliated with, I just think it’s an awesome site. I’ve received no compensation for this post. Except, of course, the peace of mind that comes from having a plan set up for the week.