About a week ago, I sat down and wrote out a two-week menu plan. I used meats I already had in my freezers, mostly recipes I've already made, and most ingredients were already in my pantry. I added the few needed ingredients to my Winco list, and I was ready. It's going really well. I have tried menu planning before, but for some reason, everything really clicked into place this time. Due to various reasons (more leftovers than I thought, a date on Saturday - woohoo!), my two week menu plan will probably last 2 1/2 weeks.
I made sure to include several crock-pot recipes. I got a big crock-pot for Christmas from my bil and his wife (I had a medium size one -- too small for large stews) and I am in loooove with it. Plus, I love being able to spend half an hour in the morning and be done with dinner.
Tonight the menu is Chicken Curry with Cream over brown basmati rice. The first time I made this recipe, Dh announced excitedly, "This is so good! Now we never have to get Indian takeout again!" To which I mentally responded, Yeah that's not going to happen.