Fresh Meal Planning (04/23-04/29)

4/23/17 Coborn's Meal Plan -

We have another great week filled a wonderful and tasty variety of meals for you. Weather you make them on the grill, stove or a slow cooker, these meals are sure to win over the whole family!

How it works:

While following along with this week’s meal planning blog, please keep in mind that your grocery list may vary slightly from ours depending on what you need for this week’s meals or what you do not already have on hand that we do from previously meal planning creations, as well as diet restrictions or alterations to our recipes. Reminder that we also calculate the average prices for items based on the weekly ad for all locations or with prices averaged out from However, this week of meal planning is sure to give you 7 meals for a family of 4 all for under $75! That’s an awesome amount of savings! Read on to see what we have prepared for you this week!

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DIY Menu Boards

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Let’s face it, life is busy. By the time you get yourself and everyone out the door, spend 8 hours at work, pick up the kids from daycare or activities, and arrive home to find no groceries and no idea what to make for dinner, you might feel a little burned out. With just a little bit of planning, you can better be prepared for the 5:30, “What’s for dinner” question.

In comes the Menu Board. Here is the best way it works for my family and myself. I go through the Coborn’s flyer on Sunday – the first day of the sale for those of us in Minnesota – find the sale items that would work for dinners that month, plan my list so that I have everything that I need for meals for the entire week, and off to the store I go.

For example, if spaghetti sauce, ground beef and pasta are on sale, guess what Monday dinner is going to be? Find a good price on a chuck roast? Simply pick up some carrots and potatoes and get ready for a slow cooker Tuesday. Finish out your week and it’s as easy as that. Then you can simply write your meals on your board and you have a plan. When Monday morning comes, all you have to do is check your board and see that you are making spaghetti for dinner that night and grab the ground beef out of the freezer so it can thaw out by the time you get home. Even though this adds a little extra time on Sunday and some planning on my part, oh, how happy I am the rest of the week that I took that time to plan my meals!

Now on to the fun part! Making the Menu Board. You know I love my crafting and I couldn’t make just one menu board for this blog; I had to make two. So here are the photos of the boards I made along with instructions and some free printables to help you along the way. Don’t you love the colors I chose? Don’t worry, you can simply use the same design and use colors that will fit better in your kitchen. I would love to see the boards you make, so please be sure to comment with photos below! Have fun!

DIY Chalk Menu Board

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DIY Chalk Menu Board
  • 17” x 23” Chalk Board
  • Chalk
  • 1- 8½” x 11” Thick Tan Card Stock
  • 1- 8½” x 11” Thick Off White Card Stock
  • 1- 3½” x 8” Note Pad
  • 12”x12” Thick Patterned Card Stock (Click Here for printable box diagram)
  • 3 Shades Burlap Material (Small pieces for flowers)
  • Jewels (To decorate flowers)
  • Hot Glue gun & glue sticks
  1. Click Here and print this printable on tan card stock.
  2. Cut out the days of the week.
  3. Arrange evenly on board.
  4. Glue days of the week onto board as shown.
  5. I cut out the word MENU (two-inch letters) with my Cricuit® (You can hand cut or buy sticker letters if you do not have a Cricuit®)
  6. Glue 'Menu' letters onto your board as shown.
  7. Glue Note Pad onto board as shown.
  8. Use chalk to write the menu items for that week.
  9. Create box out of the patterned paper to hold my recipe cards for the week. (Click Here for the box diagram printable)
  10. Draw around the diagram onto patterned paper.
  11. Cut out and fold it to make the box.
  12. Glue the backside of the box to the board as shown.
After you have followed all of the instructions you can add your burlap flowers and jewels. Here are a couple of videos that make it easy. Looped Burlap Flowers and Burlap Rose


Here is another fun DIY Menu Board that you can make. Remember, the colors I used on this one are kind of funky, so just use the colors what will work best for your kitchen and home decor!

DIY Magnet Menu Board

DIY Magnet Menu Board -

DIY Magnet Menu Board
  • 12”x12” Frame
  • 12”x12” Metal Sheet
  • 2 - 8½” x 11” Thick White Card Stock
  • 7 Small Clothes Pins
  • Teal, Lavender & Yellow Paint (Or colors of your choice)
  • Lavender/Purple Ribbon
  • 1 Wooden Spoon
  • 12”x12” Thick patterned Card Stock (Box pattern attached)
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  1. Paint wooden 12"x12" frame teal.
  2. Glue metal sheet into frame. (I had bought that at the craft store, too).
  3. Using white paper, I cut out the letters S, M, T, W, T, F, S (For the first letter of the days of the week)
  4. Glue letters on to sheet of metal as shown.
  5. Type or write your meals on white paper and cut out.
  6. Cut out "What’s For Dinner," (I used my Cricuit®, but you can hand cut)
  7. Glue words on to sheet of metal as shown.
  8. Click Here and print box diagrams on patterned paper. (Two boxes will need to be made. One for recipes that need to be used and one for recipes that you have used. This makes it easy to cycle through.)
  9. Cut the box pattern out, then lay it out on the backside of the paper, drawing around it.
  10. Cut out and fold to make boxes.
  11. Glue the backside to the sheet of metal as shown or add a strip of magnet to the bag so you can remove the boxes and move around at any time.
  12. Paint the wooden spoon yellow and allow to dry.
  13. Add ribbon bow around spoon.
  14. Glue spoon to frame edge as shown.
  15. Paint 7 small clothes pins.
  16. Glue on to metal sheet as shown or add magnet strip to the back of each clothes pin so that you can remove pins at any time.

There you have it. Two menu boards that serve double duty, adding some character to your kitchen and helping simplify your busy life.

Coborn’s, Inc. Graphic Designer

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