Our Fall 2016 Schedule and Monthly Menu Plan

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This is our schedule for Fall, 2016. I offer it as an example, to assist those who want to create a schedule of their own. This is a simple Excel spreadsheet.

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Our Weekly Schedule Fall 2016 – View PDF

You may notice one major difference in our schedule this fall – we are no longer attending church. We left our church in March, and have no intention of finding a new one. We’re done – fed up – with institutional churches. Instead, we teach our children at home, and worship together as a family. When people ask where we go to church now, I tell them that we worship at the “Church of the Kitchen Table,” for where two or more are gathered in His name, God is there (Matthew 18:20). This family worship has prompted an amazing transformation in our lives, and we’re not looking back.

As part of my scheduling process this year, I also simplified menu planning. I now do one big grocery shopping trip at the beginning of each month, to restock my pantry and freezer. I supplement here and there with necessary perishables as the month goes on. It saves so much time. To make the dinner decision easier, I put all the meals I ever make into an MS Word table, complete with my low carb alternatives and adaptations. Each morning I pick a square based on what I need to use up, and cross it off after I make it. There is plenty of variety, and no repeats for a month. Easy!

Menus by the Month

Monthly Menu Plan – View PDF

You may view and download both documents as PDF files, and use them as a jumping-off point for creating your own.


  7 Responses to “Our Fall 2016 Schedule and Monthly Menu Plan”

  1. I love this! I’m so adopting the monthly meal plan!

  2. Thank you for sharing Heather! I struggle with organization & find your monthly meal plan & daily schedule really helpful.

  3. Heather! Thank you so much for this post. It is so helpful to me. I struggle all the time with trying to manage everyone’s schedules, and still get all of my “work” done, and never even thought to schedule down/rest time for me. Seeing how someone else does it, gives me ideas for my life. Thank you! I hope it is a successful (and drama-less) school year for you and your family!

  4. Umm I think I am going to print IT out,
    Thanks this will give me a better idea when trying to figure out what to cook for my family.

  5. Love this take on meal planning! Will be creating one for myself for sure! Thanks Heather!

  6. When my daughter and grandkids lived with us, we adopted a monthly meal plan for all 6 of us and it worked great. It made grocery planning and shopping easier and all was good. When they moved out and 1/2 of my grocery income from her was gone, we (meaning “me”) went to weekly menus and it’s worked just as well for the 3 of us. I usually sit down ever Saturday morning before cooking breakfast and plan my meals for the week. I found 30 recipes that we all love and rotate them out for dinners throughout the month so we don’t have the same thing twice.

  7. Yay! This and the typical day posts are my fave! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

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