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Create Your Own Menu (Part 10): Creating Labels

This step in your menu planning process is actually not necessary but super convenient when it comes time to preparing your meals on the day you will serve them. It is the easiest of all of the steps that we have explored. When I get to this stage I breathe a sigh of relief as it is only a matter of cutting and pasting.

Creating Labels

1. Once A Month Mom Labels Template

Once A Month Mom Labels

Once A Month Mom Labels

I have created an OAMM Labels Template to make this process even easier. You simply need to open this document and proceed with the following steps for creating your own set of labels.

2. Recipe Title

Highlight the “Recipe Title” and begin typing your own recipe title.

3. Instructions

Highlight the word “instructions” and begin typing in the instructions for how to proceed to prepare the dish on the serving day. Make sure to include thawing directions, whether foil needs to be on or off, temperature for baking/slow cooking and duration.

4. Date

If you know your date of cooking you can fill that in at this time as well.

5. Copy & Paste

Once I have completed one label I simply highlight all of the changed fields and paste them into the additional labels that I will need. I make enough labels for the meals I will create plus an extra in case something happens and I need another one or one gets ruined. You can decide what you need.

6. Print Labels

These labels are designed to be printed on Avery 8163 or equivalent. Readers who didn’t have labels available suggested just printing them on paper and taping them onto meals. They do stick even when in the freezer, but ONLY if you stick them on before the containers get cold. I *might* know this from experience.

Congratulations! You are OFFICIALLY complete with creating your menu! Doesn’t it feel good?

Please feel free to direct questions in the comment section below. However, keep in mind that this is a multi-part series. Please review previous posts for answers before submitting questions and review upcoming topics to see if your question will be answered shortly. Thank you.

Previous “Create Your Own Menu” Posts:

Future “Create Your Own Menu” Posts:

  • Part 11 – Bringing It All Together

6 Responses to “Create Your Own Menu (Part 10): Creating Labels”

  1. Not sure if I’m doing something wrong but nothing happens when I try to edit this. Do you know if it’s a problem with the document or is it just me? :)

    • tricia says:

      I was having trouble with Google Docs and the labels last week. I was hoping it was just me. Did you try under “File” choosing “Make a Copy” and then editing it? If that doesn’t work let me know. I will have to come up with a new plan. ;(

  2. Amber says:

    My Grandmother always uses masking tape and a pen, cheaper, and I have that on hand!

    • tricia says:

      Yes, you can do that but writing out the instructions can be VERY time consuming, especially on a big cooking day. That is why I love the labels. But you are right, for an inexpensive option that works.

  3. pat says:

    Just have to laugh!! I am not alone :) . Always teased for lists and week or 2 weeks meals planned/prepped. Have written lists of meals husband & I like and it numbered 40! So with a few seasoning or combo changes…. that’s so easy….and I’m confident we will enjoy & no surprises (ugh).
    I just write on foil & I’m 71 so cooked so long don’t need special recipe instructions. My kids say OCD!! But I tease them back and say its CDO (correct spelling order).

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