3 Rules Every Home Cook Should Follow + Free Weekly Dinner Menu

I love cooking, but I realize that’s not the case for everyone. Some people struggle with the meal planning and prep, others hate grocery shopping, and most people hate the clean up. I totally get it, so I’m here to help where I can.

At a minimum I cook dinner 5 days a week, but most weeks I cook everyday. I wanted to share a few tips with you to help make weekday meal prep and cooking a little easier.

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DIY Mini Wood Charcuterie Board

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So many times I see photos of gorgeous oversized charcuterie boards overflowing with cheese, grapes, jams, nuts, and meats. But I always wonder if all of that beautiful food gets eaten — I doubt it. Sometimes you just want to sit down alone or with a friend (or in my case, a toddler) and share a small charcuterie style snack.

Today I’m showing you how to make a mini wood charcuterie board that’s perfect for midnight snacks, pretend play with kids, or a date night.

The great thing about this simple DIY is that it only requires 2 tools, a jigsaw and a Dremel rotary tool. I’m using the Dremel 4300 with a few of the accessories that are included in the kit.

The reason I like using the Dremel 4300 is because of its size, power, and ease of use. The attachments are easy to switch out and the sanding bands and discs are easy to manage on small projects like this one. The sanding band can reach into nooks and crannies that would be more difficult to do with another tool. The sanding discs provide for more precise sanding than a larger scale electric sander. The Dremel 4300 aslo comes with a keyless chuck which eliminates the need to change the collet based on the attachment you’re using. The Dremel 4300 kit comes with a host of attachments and includes all of the attachments and accessories I’m using for this DIY project.

If you do not have a Dremel you can substitute it with an electric sander (just make sure you protect your hands because this is a small scale project).

TOOLS, ACCESSORIES, AND SUPPLIES

If you don’t have a Dremel you will need the following tools and accessories in addition to those listed above.

  • Power Sander
  • 60 grit power sander sheets
  • 240 grit power sander sheets

Step 1

Trace your desired shape onto your lumber. I’ve provided two printable PDF templates below.

Step 2

Clamp your wood board to your work station for a secure hold. Using a jigsaw, cut out your desired shape from your lumber.

Step 3

Attach the drum sander and sander band to the Dremel 4300. Using the appropriate speed, run the sander band along all the edges of your board until they’re smooth and rounded.

If you’re using an electric sander for this step you can replicate this by using 60 grit sandpaper.

Step 4

Attach the 120 grit sanding disk to the Dremel 4300 and give a sanding to the entire board until smooth. Repeat this step with the 260 grit sanding disc to finish.

Step 5

Wipe any additional dust from the board, using a vacuum if necessary. Apply the butcher block oil with a soft, clean cloth according to the package directions. If you desire an additional coat, Allow at least 6 hours dry time before recoating. The board must cure for 72 hours before use. Wash the board thoroughly before first use.

Weeknight Naan Pizza

These naan pizzas are a weeknight shortcut in our home. The elevated flavor of the naan mimics a gourmet pizza crust. These pizza are ready in less than 15 minutes. The best thing about them is that they are individual so they can be customized to any flavor profile!

Easy Naan Pizza

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

1 naan (Approximately 6 oz)
1/2 tsp olive oil
1 tablespoon pesto (green or red)
1/3 cup grated mozzarella cheese
additional toppings of your choice

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place your naan on an ungreased cookie sheet. Brush the olive oil on the top of the naan, making sure you reach the ends. Add the pesto to the top of the naan leaving about 1/2 inch of “crust” Add additional toppings of your choice. Top with cheese. Bake for 8 minutes.

Serve warm.