Right before the little man was first born, I created a meal planning system that worked really well for us.  We would plan out the meals on Sunday night, write them down on a calendar I purchased and I would grocery shop while my hubby cooked the meals.  This system was totally doable for us until the little man started to eat real food.  This became a problem as my hubby wouldn’t get home until 6, which just so happened to be the same time that the little man eats dinner.

I am not a cook, or even enjoy cooking so this is a huge struggle for me to keep up with making meals for the family that can be ready by 6 so we can all eat together.  The past month has been the most challenging for generating meals as I have gotten lazy with planning out our weekly meals on Sundays.

My biggest problem was coming up with meal ideas.  I do love looking at cookbook recipes, but I don’t have the time to sit and look at recipes AND then cook the food!  I needed quick, easy meals that I could get done while the little man naps.

After really trying to figure out a way to make this happen, we decided to install a command center in the kitchen.  On this command center would be a calendar with recipes for meals for the week.  This would be a great starting off point to get us back on track with our home-cooked meals.  We bought the Build Your Own Daily System from Pottery Barn.  We bought the chalkboard, whiteboard, letter bin, and office organizer.

We started by finding a space in the kitchen for the command center.  We chose to put it on a small wall we had a picture hanging as this would make a perfect spot for all of our cooking needs.

A Much Needed Command Center
A Much Needed Command Center

Then we measured how far away the edge of the light switch was to the wall and taped off the opposite side with the equal distance so it would be easy to center the pieces that we purchased.

A Much Needed Command Center

Next, we measured and marked where each of the pieces would go.  My husband drilled the hooks into the wall and patched the hole where the old phone line was.

Finally, I got to put up the command center.  I used Washi tape to make a weekly calendar as I couldn’t find one exactly like I wanted.

A Much Needed Command Center

Now that the command center is up, I am working hard trying to start my easy recipe hunt.  My goal is to get 20 different recipes to start with.  Let’s see what I end up with!

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