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It’s Monday again! What’s on your menu for the week? And here is a tip from mom . . .

menu plan monSet aside a day to bake handmade foods for your family. Designating a specific day makes planning easier and gives everyone something to look forward to.

The first thing I do is to make my weekly menu plan—deciding what I will cook and bake for the next 7 days. That way, I know which meals require breads or baked desserts.

While menu planning, I refer to my master baking list as needed. The master baking list is where I’ve written down the breads and desserts that I am competent in making. This list can be written down (if it’s a long one), or recalled from memory (if short).

After completing the main menu plan, I make out a baking plan based on the menu plan. Here is when I go over recipes so that I can add any baking supply needs to the shopping list. I also think about and mentally plan out the baking day(s).

Choosing a baking day is not really all that difficult. Make it a day when you know you will have a large block of uninterrupted time for kitchen work. In other words, no zoo trips or dental appointments on this day.

Depending on your situation, you may need a couple of baking days per week. Also, you may find it easier to schedule several short sessions in the kitchen, and to schedule multiple sessions to obtain fresher baked goods.

As you gain more experience with baking, you will be able to figure out how to configure your baking day(s). And, I hope you find that having certain days for baking worthwhile.

`♥´Mom `♥´