To help manage household tasks, I started two new things this school year — menu planning and a monthly chore chart. I plan out all three meals for the five weekdays, and Mark takes care of weekend food. Mondays are kitchen days — baking bread, making tortillas, other prep work, or, like today, making pasta. Fridays are for laundry, cleaning one of the bathrooms, and taking care of the cat litter. Saturdays are for dusting and vacuuming one of the rooms / areas of the house. No chores on preschool days. I like it so far.
To make pasta night almost as convenient as using a box and a jar, I decided to try to make fresh pasta ahead and freeze it. (I’ve already done this with tortillas and love the results.) (Most of the year I already make stock pots of pasta sauce to freeze; in summer we usually make it fresh from the garden.) I don’t have a long narrow container to store spaghetti or fettucini in, so I decided to try drying it in nests instead. I’m supposed to let it dry 24 hours, and then I’ll put it in containers and freeze it. We’ll see how it goes.