This Is Where The Menu Planning Happens

I’ve planned my menus in all sorts of locations – waiting at a doctor’s office, while sipping coffee at Starbuck’s, at the library, or even while sitting in my recliner. My favorite spot for menu planning, or writing in general, is at the table in my parlor. While the kitchen remodel was happening, the parlor was not available. The parlor was filled with stacks and stacks of boxes containing all the contents of my kitchen cabinets. The biggest impediment, though, was the fact that one of the parlor walls, this red one, was extended a few feet on the left side of the doorway, and shortened several inches on the right side, as part of the new kitchen. I am overjoyed to have my favorite spot to work back again!

my favorite menu planning location


This room is still not put together quite the way I want it, but it’s neat and tidy and functional! This is the table where I love to read my Bible in the morning, with something hot and caffeinated close at hand.

menu planning at the parlor table

When I use the table for menu planning, or other writing projects, I fold up the pretty, embroidered cloth, put the candle holder aside, and spread out. The table has leaves I can pull out when I need even more room. The windows of this room face west, so it’s filled with wonderful light in the afternoon. The trees just outside provide filtered light during the summer months. The leaves are falling now, providing a bit more Autumn light, and soon they’ll be bare, allowing plenty of afternoon sunlight in. It’s a wonderful place to work.

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The virus that hit my home ten days ago has stuck around. Poor Will is still pretty sick. With all of that going on, we haven’t stuck to our menu plan completely, so a couple of things are showing up this week from the menu plan I posted two weeks ago. Remember, it’s really important to remain flexible with your menu plan. The menu plan is a tool to help you. Don’t allow it to be a wicked taskmaster.

Here’s what’s on the menu in my home this week.

Monday: Roasted Chicken Breasts, Golden Mashed Potatoes, Green Salad


Wednesday: Hearty Beef Stew, Just Like Portuguese Sweet Bread From The Bread Machine (I’ll post the recipe later this week)

Thursday:  Burritos, Green Salad

Friday: Friday Morning Bible Study Potluck – I’m taking Teriyaki Wings, Simply Sinful Cinnamon Muffins

                   Dinner  – Skillet Penne and Sausage Supper, Easy French Bread with Garlic – Herb Butter

Saturday:Cheesy Nachos with Spicy Beef

Sunday:  Breakfast: Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake

                     Dinner: Potato Skins with Cheddar and Bacon


I’m joining Laura for this week’s Menu Plan Monday.

Not sure where to start with menu planning? Looking for some new ideas? I’ve a whole series that will help!


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5 comments to This Is Where The Menu Planning Happens

  • tammy

    Your table is so beautiful!! I love the size w/o the leaves extended and I love that you have the option to make it bigger. Was it passed down? Did you buy it at an antique store? I love it!! What a beautiful spot to work!!!

  • I hope everyone gets well soon. It’s a bummer being sick during the holidays.
    It’s going to be wicked cold in Vegas. low 40s during the day…low 30s at night That always puts me in the mood for comfort foods.
    Have a wonderful week.

  • tammy

    A wonderful buy!!! Do you know the maker?? I would like to be on the lookout for somethin like this. Like i need another anything!!!!! Lord bless you and yours to excellent health soon!! 🙂

  • What a charming spot, I would love hanging out here too. I am so weird, I spend more money when I plan meals. I do better w/ just keeping ingredients on-hand. But like I said I am weird and think meal planing is a great idea. Clarice