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I’m Spending Less Time in the Kitchen

But first, an apology

I must issue an apology for my blog.  The comments came to my e-mail for about 3 hours, then stopped.  And now I’ve discovered that my contact page doesn’t work.  At all.  For who knows how long.  I know it’s been accessed, but nothing is coming through.  If you’ve tried to contact me, I’m not avoiding you.  I promise.  We’re working on the problem.  And by “we” I mean Fiddledaddy.  While I stand helplessly by gnawing on my cuticles.

And btw, Fiddledaddy has been muttered threats related to moving my blog away from WordPress.  Which would cause me to cry uncontrollably.  Change?  I am not a fan.

So get your act together WordPress.  Crying + me = Not attractive.

Moving on

I’ve discovered a way to spend less time in the kitchen.  No.  I haven’t gotten rid of my family.  Nor do I spend more time in the microwavable dinners aisle.

I found a site called e-mealz that will put together a weeks worth of recipes for me, along with a shopping list to accessorize.

I’ve tried quite a few of these sites in the last few years, but this one is by far my favorite.  You’ll notice them listed as an affiliate in my sidebar, that’s how much I love them.

(Just so you know, the affiliates and sponsors in my sidebar are only companies that I really use their products and love what they offer.)

The cost is $5 a month, with a 3 month commitment.  (But I discovered that if you use the coupon code DAVE, you will get a 3 month subscription for only $12.50.)  And in the interest of full disclosure, if you click on the link in my sidebar and sign up, I do get a small commission.


Incidentally, I originally found this site while I was perusing Dave Ramsey’s website.  (Dave Ramsey is my financial go-to guy.)  Lately I’m reading everything of his that I can get my hands on.

You can choose your own meal plan and select the store that you shop at most frequently.  For example, I’m on the “Wal Mart Family Meal Plan.”  But you can also choose from other grocery chains such as Kroger, Ralphs, Aldi, and Publix.  And you can select different meal plans like “low carb” or one that uses the Points System.

Once weekly, I’m given a 7 day meal plan to download.  Then I flip the page over and print the grocery shopping list on the back.  The recipes are quick and easy and my kids LOVE the meals and the variety.  I usually only use 6 meals a week, and Sunday is deemed “eat what you can find” so that I’m generally not cooking on Sunday.

It is a day of rest, you know.  Although there is little rest for the weary.

I use to put in at least an hour or two each week planning meals and putting together my shopping list.  This new plan has freed me up considerably.  And the grocery list that e-mealz gives me has cost listed, and they make it easy to mark off any items for meals that are not needed.

Love love love this site.  And I’m all for spending less time in the kitchen.

Maybe now I’ll have time to get on my hands and knees and make that cheap linoleum shine!

When pigs fly.

Have a great Wednesnday everyone!


11 Responses to I’m Spending Less Time in the Kitchen

  • I love “eat what you can find” night. Except I call it “fend for yourself” night. And I really don’t know where I was going with this. Anyway, don’t cry, it streaks the linoleum.

  • is it possible the site was hacked. I know a few word press people saying they have been hacked recently. I don’t know what problems that caused but it might be worth looking into.

  • When pigs fly? Swine flu. It’s already happened! 🙂

    • Diana!
      Pigs fly. Swine flew. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! It took me 2 cups of coffee to get it, but I finally did.

      You crack me up.

  • I emailed you about getting the lovely charm bracelet from your giveaway (about three weeks ago)! Just in case you didn’t get it, THANKS SO MUCH!! IT IS SO LOVELY!!!)

    As for e-mealz, it made me laugh that you talked about it. I have a printed menu from sitting right on my desk!! A friend sent it to me and I am thinking about subscribing.

  • Holy Cow, I’m in. You just became my hero. I stand in awe. It’s the best $12.50 I’ve spent.

    I formally apologize for everything amphibian related ….

  • We have several places similar to this where I live but the price is crazy! I mean like 250.00 bucks high! I think I might have to try this out.

  • If you like e-mealz, I would like to recommend Saving Dinner (savingdinner.com). It’s cheaper and you get way more menus (with shopping lists) too! And healthier! The menus aren’t coordinated with grocery sales, but those are regional anyway. We enjoyed both but preferred Saving Dinner, so I just wanted to pass that along.

    • Suzanne,
      I checked out the site, and found it far more confusing. The shopping lists at e-mealz are not just regional, but with nation wide chains. But thanks for your input! 🙂

  • Sorry…I meant the store sales are regional – even though the chains are national – so the prices listed on E-Mealz aren’t always quite right, depending on where you live.

  • Thanks for this “heads up”–I signed up for the service, crossing my fingers that it will work out well for our family. Do you have any feedback so far about how you are liking it? Are you saving money by using it? I am just so–out of ideas–for fixing dinner on the fly that this sounds like it will help me out!