What's for dinner: a love story.


I am a list maker and proud of it!

This year I’ve been turned on to Apple Notes and I’ve got to say, it’s really changed my life. Prior to Notes, I’ve tried it all… Evernote, paper journals/planners (that I never had with me when I needed it), hundreds of tiny pieces of paper or Post-It-Notes (who would have imagined this wasn’t a good system?), and Word/Pages documents (that were less than organized). I thought I might miss marking things off a paper list but using the Notes checklist and digitally checking off the items is super rewarding.  If you have have Apple products and are interested in learning more, this YouTube video really helped me get started. If you use Microsoft, I’ve heard they have a similar product called OneNote.

Notes makes my Real Estate career more organized and efficient.

I use it for brainstorming marketing ideas, check lists for listing meetings and closings, saving important pdfs, addresses and phone numbers that I frequently share with my clients, etc. 

Lately I’ve been using Notes for my latest hobby, quarantine meal planning. I’m usually a fly by the seat of my pants dinner planner but to make sure we have the food we need for various meals, and to not have a disaster of a dinner with everyone wanting to cry, I’ve turned to Notes to keep me organized. 

In case you are burned out on your regular meals and looking for ideas, here is a glance at my list that is mostly appreciated by our kids too (so it’s not too fancy). I’d love to hear recipes or meals you’ve enjoyed lately. 

Pandemic Meal Plans


  • Chicken/salsa nachos, beans, guacamole and salsa
  • Sausage pizza (we always make Weisenberg Pizza Crust) and cheese bread and sautéed spinach
  • Ham Steak and homemade mac and cheese (our friend Sandy’s recipe and my kids love it) and green beans
  • Baked potato bar with broccoli, bacon, cheese, etc.
  • Porcupines (this isn’t the exact recipe but close enough just add an egg to mix the meatballs), boiled potatoes and veggies
  • Hot Ham or roast beef sandwiches and salad and fresh veggies


  • Turkey sliders with Sister Schubert rolls as buns, home fries, and skillet corn
  • Fried chicken legs and chicken thighs, homemade mac and cheese and baked cauliflower
  • Salmon and frozen veggie and potatoes
  • Veggie Pad Thai- with broccoli and cauliflower
  • Pizza- Pepperoni, cheese, artichoke, spinach, etc salad greens
  • Pork tenderloin, broccoli casserole and hot dog garlic buns
  • Korean beef bowl and edamame


  • Chicken Fajitas
  • Grilled cheese with homemade bread and salad (goat cheese, cherries, etc)
  • Shrimp boil  (with smoked sausage, potatoes)
  • Spaghetti with turkey meat and garlic bread and red velvet cake with cream cheese icing.
  • Cook out with hot dogs and potato chips, asparagus and fruit salad
  • Ribs, potato salad
  • Pizza- thinly sliced potato, onion, bacon, with French onion dip as the sauce and cheddar cheese


  • EASTER- deviled eggs, filet mignon, smashy potatoes, yeast rolls, asparagus
  • Mussels (box from Kroger and they were tasty), Sister Schubert rolls, hash brown casserole, homemade salted chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches (b/c we’re missing Louisville Cream)
  • Chicken tikka masala, tandori chicken, rice, naan (from the store but it was good), spinach
  • Shepherds pie with no peas, mug cake for dessert
  • Pizza- sausage, onion and mushroom
  • Wings (Mamma’s BBQ recipe), celery, corn on the cob
  • Hamburgers with pretzel buns and goat cheese, cherry, candied pecan salad and milkshakes


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About the author: Kristin Lally is a REALTOR and Broker Associate with the Kristin Lally Team and RE/MAX Properties East. In the Happy Homes Business!

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