If you know you're not going to have time to cook one evening,
prepare two dinners the night before and just reheat one the
When preparing a meal using grated cheese, chopped onions,
etc., prepare more than the recipe calls for and refrigerate
the rest for another meal.
Clean your kitchen workspace as you go. When you're done there
will be little left to clean.
On grocery shopping day, have your children help individually
wrap their cookies, snacks, etc., for their lunches. Makes
lunch preparation for the rest of the week a breeze and snacks
don't disappear before lunches are made.
Don't hide your cookbooks away. Organize them where you can
get to them easily, and you will use them a lot more.
Keep a notepad on the front of the refrigerator for your shopping
list. When you run out of something write it on the list right
away. Encourage family members to do the same.
Prepare favorite beverages like lemonade, tea, or Kool Aid
in gallon-sized pitchers, and you won't have to make them
Paxton is a freelance writer and mom who is the author
of What's for Dinner?, an e-cookbook containing more than
250 quick easy dinner ideas. For recipes, tips to organize
your home, home decorating, crafts, holiday hints, and more,
visit Creative Homemaking at http://www.creativehomemaking.com.