jon and i have been trying to be better at making real food for dinner as often as possible. this we've found, works best when there's planning involved. so we generally sit down over the weekend and plot out the week's menu and then go grocery shopping for all of the necessary items. when you have a fridge of ingredients that will go bad if you don't use them, you're much less tempted to take the lazy way out with meals.

in order to make this whole process more awesome, i've made this little sheet. it has a column for each day of the week where you can put what you're planning to have for dinner. below that is a spot with check boxes where you can construct your grocery list. at the bottom there is extra room for those other things you need at the store, unrelated to dinner.

then there's this cute little guy, nomming the top of the page. because he's hungry and those meals listed down there look mighty delicious.

i plan on getting a clipboard and putting magnets across the back to keep this guy on the refrigerator where he belongs.

if you want a pdf of this sheet for your personal use, just leave me a comment! i can email it to you with or without the nomming monster.


  1. That is SOOO cute! I'd love a pdf of that! You could totally sell things like that on etsy. There are a lot of downloadable pdf files for sale on etsy (that actually sell) that are much less adorable and clever than this one. :-)
    Oh, and my email is artohline at the lovely gmail. Thanks!

  2. This is awesome! How'd you get the lil' guy on there?


  3. thanks! the pdf emails are on their way.

    i've been thinking about an etsy. mayhaps when i have more things.

    i used inkscape (the freeware version of adobe illustrator) for the whole thing.

  4. Rach and I looked into making an electronic thing like this- click on a dish you want to make for the week and let the list populate itself. Wasn't this cute though.

  5. please! aethiolas_at_gm@il_dot_com :P

    This is draper btw awesome blog