Some of you probably read on my Facebook page that our ward is putting together a cookbook (actually a Tri-Ward cookbook).
To kick things off we decided to have a Meal Planning/Cookbook activity.
We invited everyone to come and bring a yummy dessert or appetizer and lots of recipes to be included in the cookbook.
We began the night with enjoying everyone’s delicious food. After we ate and mingled for a bit I told everyone about a fun giveaway for the night.
I bought a roll of tickets from Wal-Mart for about $3. I had everyone count their recipes and for every recipe they brought they got a ticket.
I had them write their name on the back of the tickets and place them in a bucket. Throughout the night we had 3 drawings for prizes.
Our Prizes included:
A cute platter
(Thank you dollar rack at Target)
A spoon rest
And some dish rags
For the meal planning portion of the night I began with ‘5 reasons why NOT to meal plan.’ Which were really funny. Then I shared some reasons why we should meal plan. I have been meal planning for quite some time, but it wasn’t always efficient. I used to look through cookbooks and blogs for a long time looking for meals that sounded/looked good to me. I decided that that needed to change.
Here’s a bad picture of my menu board. 🙂
First, I showed the women my Menu board (that I made one night, very quickly), and explained that I have chosen 20-30 of our favorite meals and just rotate through those.  I have a clip for each day of the week. And in the 2 little pockets are all of our favorite meals.
Every now & then I will try new recipes, but I’m trying to stick more to our favorites because I really want to build up our food storage, and I know we like them. 🙂
 I then had another sister in our ward share how her family meal plans.
It was great, and we had other sisters share what they do or used to do. There are so many different ways to meal plan. There is no right or wrong way to meal plan, it’s just what fits for your family.
Next we discussed the cookbook!
A few years ago my sister gave me a cookbook that her ward made. I LOVED it! 
Here’s the cookbook from my Sister.
It isn’t your typical ward cookbook. You know the paperback book with the plastic spiral binding that eventually breaks and causes you to lose very important pages of your cookbook.
The cookbook that my sister gave me was a hardback, 3 ring cookbook and only cost around $5.00! 
Here’s the inside of the cookbook.
So, when one of my committee members said we needed to do a ward cookbook I knew I wanted to use the same company as my sister.
The company we are using, and the one that my sister used, is MorrisCookbooks
I am so excited for our cookbook. We are working on gathering and typing up all the recipes, so that we can have it done in time to get our cookbooks before Christmas.
Morris Cookbooks sent me a ‘starter kit’ with some ‘sample’ cookbooks. Here is one with the cover that we chose for our cookbook. 
We’re still deciding on a name for our cookbook. I do like Karen Abreu’s idea of “Lovin’ From the Oven”. So Cute!
And the category dividers match the cover. I really love the cover and dividers! We decided to pay a little extra and have tabbed dividers.
Overall the price of our cookbook (depending on how many recipes and how many books we order) is going to be somewhere between $5-10.00. Not bad, especially for a cookbook I know I’ll love.
Are you interested in your own Meal Planning/Cookbook activity? Right now is a great time to do it, since Christmas is coming up. 
I decided to share my outline of our Activity. It’s nothing special, just my notes/outline for our activity, so I didn’t get up there and go blank (which I usually do). So I had everything all typed up. 🙂
If you want to take a look at it, please do! Use it as inspiration for your own RS activity or use it to help you meal plan.
I also made these invitations for our activity. And I decided to share it with all of you. Sometimes when I plan an activity I wish someone could just make a cute handout for me, so here’s mine.
Of course it can’t be a printable because you will obviously want your activity on a different date and not at my house. 🙂

If you are interested in my invitation just click the link below to purchase it in my Etsy Shop. 

The cute Clipart came from Petittatti & the paper from Prettiful Designs.

When we finally get our cookbooks I’ll be sure to share a picture. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!



8 thoughts on “Relief Society Meal Planning & Cookbook Activity

  1. Sheena

    Hi Susie,
    Are you needing 7 cookbooks? I can definitely add you to our list. All I ask is that you pay for the cookbook and shipping (if applies). I won’t know the exact amount of the cookbook until we are finished typing in our recipes and editing. But you are more than welcome to order some.
    I am located in Hailey, ID. If you live in Idaho or Utah I’m sure we could work something out instead of shipping the cookbooks. Please email me with any questions at:


  2. Katie

    I would love one of these invites! This is almost exactly what our activity in August is on. I didn’t see a “Buy Now” option. Will you email me as soon as you can and let me know if you can make me one? I am also wondering if you have different color and size options.


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