Sunday, April 10, 2011

Home-Ec 101 Book Review





I am a book junky! It comes without saying if it looks even remotely interesting then I want to have it. Smile Which in some cases, has made for a lot of books to then find a home for when I purge them out. LOL…

I was recently able to view Chapter 20 from the new book Home-Ec 101 by Heather Solos from One2One Network.

Chapter 20 was about the Meal Planning: Not Just for the Control Freaks. I must say… I was a bit nervous this was going to be a flop. However, as a mom, wife, and organizational freak myself; I’m always looking for ways to make meal time easier. Never fails that I’m on the go, and when dinner time comes around we are just getting home from Scouts, baseball practices, or just from visiting friends. Who wants to stop and think about what is for dinner? I know, I don’t!

However, with the economy the way it is, less of us are able to just throw in the towel and call for pizza, Chinese, or whatever you might be craving. So if you are one of those people, I would recommend this book for the ease into Menu Planning.

I’ve looked at several books, and websites. This one is similar, but she also shares her flops, and mess ups. I like that personal touch. I like to know that my new recipe isn’t the only one that got messed up and the family hated it!

She has many good suggestions, like no one can just jump into this… You can’t just become great at Menu Planning overnight. Give it a few weeks to get used to, or find what works best for you. Also don’t forget to use tools to help you plan your menu. Such as; Grocery Store Circulars, Be open to Suggestions, Use different Marinades to make the same old thing different, and vary your sides.

Another one of my favorite things she talks about is like themed days. For example, Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday’s, Pizza Friday, Soup & Sandwich Saturday. We use some of these in our home, and it makes it easier. You can come up with so many different variations to each one. Make your Taco’s on one week fish, the next chicken. They don’t always have to be the same. Another great tip, is getting your family involved. You can usually find something that any age of the family can help with.

If you would like more info on this book, check out her website. You can find her on Facebook, and Twitter as well.

You can find this book, on Amazon or Barnes & Nobles.

*I received this chapter complimentary in exchange for my review from Heather Solos and One2One Network. All opinions are mine or my monkey’s.

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