Peaches by stacykaren, on Pix-O-Sphere

Written by Sherrie Cook, Contributing Writer

I was recently looking at the Vision Forum for books and noticed their tag line. It reads, “Where there is no vision the people perish”. What a powerful statement. When I applied that to my family it had deep meaning as well.

What things does my family need in order not to perish? Food, shelter, love…and apparently a vision. Whose vision? God’s, of course, but also mine as their mother. Do I have a vision for my family or are we floating perilously headed straight for destruction? I seek God’s face to lead me in my work, but what things can I actively do to create vision for my family?

I decided to start my vision in combination with one of the other needs – food. I need not only a daily vision, but a weekly mission. I love the idea of cooking all in one day to last for the entire month, but the reality (for me) is that I get exhausted doing it all in that one day. So what if I broke it down into a weekly shopping/chopping and then one cooking day? (I decided to shop one day and do the night prep and then start the cooking day with a clean kitchen.) That’s much more doable. AND, I chose mostly recipes that could easily be doubled and frozen for later.

First Step: Verbalize My Vision

“To bless my family and help them to thrive by providing them with healthy meals through planning and organization.”
tb1 by melindatodd, on Pix-O-Sphere

Second Step: Make My Menu


beef enchiladas

spring/summer soup

bacon, egg & avocado salad

chicken pepper poppers

Third Step: Make My Shopping List

  • freezer storage options (i.e. bags, freezer paper, containers, etc.)
  • wooden skewers
  • 6 oz. buttermilk
  • 2 C whole milk
  • butter
  • cheddar cheese
  • 10 eggs
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 lb. bacon
  • 2 lb. frozen boneless chicken (thighs)
  • 1 med onion
  • 1 vidalia onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • mix of salad greens
  • 2 avocados
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 celery ribs
  • 1 med. zucchini
  • 2 C chopped new potatoes
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 8 cloves of garlic
  • 1 leek
  • 2 C chopped fresh basil
  • 1 C chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 TBSP fresh thyme
  • 2 apples
  • 2 lemons
  • raw pecans
  • raisins
  • 15 oz. black beans
  • 28 oz. tomato sauce
  • 4 to 6 C chicken broth
  • 2 C soft wheat berries
  • vanilla
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • chili pepper
  • cumin
  • cayenne pepper
  • olive oil

Banana Muffins by lady_jess, on Pix-O-Sphere

Fourth Step: Prep & Cooking


1. Soak black beans

2. Soak ingredients for waffles/pancakes.

3. Hard boil 6 eggs for salad. (May wish to chill and peel immediately) Refrigerate overnight.

4. Put together marinade for chicken to rest in as it thaws.


1. Chop veggies for soup, salad, chicken pepper poppers.

2. Drain black beans and rinse.

3. Fry 1 lb. bacon. Save some grease.

4. Peel eggs if not done yesterday & mix egg salad dressing.

5. Package salad ingredients in individual containers and place in fridge for tonight’s dinner.

6. Freeze chicken for 20 min. Meanwhile, fry beef and onion and garlic together for enchiladas.

7. Slice and skewer chicken, yellow bell pepper and raw bacon. Place a freezer bags with freezer paper if desired and gently put in freezer without puncturing bags. Tomorrow night’s dinner.

8. Put enchiladas together. Cover and place in the 9×13 pan in the freezer. Third night’s dinner.

9. Saute, simmer, then blend to finish the spring/summer soup. Place in freezer safe containers and freeze. Fourth night’s dinner.

10. Finally, add remaining ingredients to waffles/pancakes and fry. These can be frozen and stored with freezer paper between to keep them from sticking. Fifth night’s dinner.

How do you bless your family through planning?