Ok, will try this again. I started my Health and Menus post earlier then lost it. NOT a good thing since there isn't unlimited time to post these days. I am dividing it into two posts since I need to get dinner going ironically ; )
This section of my binder has what I consider a basic assortment of resources - information regarding each child's health history, dietary guidelines, pregnancy related info, home remedies that work for us, basic menus and recipes. I don't have a cookbook in here but rather the standby's that are used weekly or daily that we need ready access to like bread, rice, yogurt, etc.
My Grandmother told me years ago about how Rose Kennedy kept an index card box that detailed each child's health info - their shot records, allergies, history of childhood illnesses etc. I was intrigued but the whole idea remained just an anecdotal story to be filed away until recently. Part of the problem is that the military does not release medical records these days so I have had to guess at recalling the dates of some illnesses etc. I devised this list to keep pertinent info for each child:
Next I have my reference charts for pregnancy. It's hard to imagine that there will come a day when these are no longer needed at my fingertips. Sigh! It did cross my mind when filing them though. Brings back to mind what a treasure each pregnancy is!
Next come the weekly menus. I am still formatting these since I added breakfast and lunches to them. I have long kept a dinner menu to shop by but the other meals were catch as you can. I think I mentioned we are now on a new 5am/5pm barn chore schedule which my husband took over. It has been such a blessing. For years I have heard women raising large families go on and on about getting up early. I always figured we weren't morning people, couldn't focus well early, yada yada. This past couple weeks proved that false. We are all doing amazingly well.
These breakfast articles motivated me to carry on in this department. Dh never complained about going it alone in the early mornings but once I really stopped to think about the ramifications of this routine it stopped me in my tracks. Most men fly out the door alone in the mornings, maybe with a handful of something edible, maybe not, and usually barely awake. They face the day empty - physically and spiritually. The family trickles out and starts their routine without a lot more thought or preparation often. The world hits those men with all the crud it has to offer. They come home hungry and tired only to be expected to jump into fixing whatever problems have been encountered at home. Nighttimes often find everyone taxed and running late. Not to say men shouldn't be shouldering responsibility for the family's day but it sure makes sense to front end the day to make that most successful. With a bit of a head start we can all eat and pray together and Dad leaves feeling well, with his family the last thing he sees. I like this much better! Hence the breakfast menus lol <g>
Download menu4.doc (will upload more of these as they are tweaked)
Download meal_options.doc general main courses to make in bulk
more to follow....