Now let's put your menu board together! First, as a family, or on your own, (I had my husband do this part) choose the 28-31 dinners you want for that month. (Please see the bottom of this post to find out where you can get everything to print out.)
Here is my finished menu board. As you can see I hung mine using decorative ribbon that I hot glued to the back of the board, and then used a nail and several push pins to hold it up. I must admit I didn't totally think it through when I did the ribbon. As you can tell my ribbon is lopsided, and the board is so heavy that the nail alone would hold it up. So please use caution when using ribbon to hang your board.
Here is where the recipes will hang. I would recommend hanging your board high, especially if you have little children who might be able to reach these recipes and rip them off or tear the whole board down on top of them. As you can see there are 11 set of recipes: Asian, Breakfast (our family LOVES brinner), Chicken, Dessert, Mexican, Misc. Recipes (this is a section for sandwiches and such), Pasta, Pork, Seafood, Side Dishes, and Steak recipes.
Now you will have recipe title cards for the side dish recipes, obviously you won't be having a side dish for a meal, I would suggest putting that side dish recipe title card behind the main dish recipe title card on your board. Make sure enough of the side dish card is showing to remind you that that is the side dish you planned on.
Here is where the category cards go. As you can see there are TWELVE category cards, not ELEVEN like the recipes that you have hanging off the bottom. Can any of you spot the extra category? That's right, it's the "Scrounge Night" category. I included this category, along with some title cards for it to place on your menu, so that you can have a night about every week or so where you use up all your leftovers, or everyone "fends for themselves" so that the cook in the house can have a break. :)
My husband and I decided that at the beginning of each month we would choose out 2 dessert recipes. Up in the top right hand corner is where I place those 2 cards. Both as a reminder for the desserts we chose, and also to remind me to get the ingredients needed when I go to the store for the rest of the menu.
Finally, I created some "month" title strips. I will provide these for you if you would like, otherwise, the menu board comes with 12 numbered boxes so you can just mark the number that represents the month.
I'm sure you are wondering where to get all these templates huh? LOL, sorry, go on to "Robin's Menu Board Part IV" for further instructions, or you can simply click on the "Menu Board Tutorial Part 4" in the right hand column of my blog under the heading "Menu Board Quick Links." This is where you will get the Recipe Title Cards, the Category Cards, the Calendar Month Strips, and the Date Numbers for the month. If you do not want to copy and paste everything, I have provided Microsoft Word versions of the above listed and the recipes that you can purchase. Just look for them in the top right hand column of my blog.