The solution, of course, is a menu chalkboard! (In addition, to my throw pillow obsession, I have a chalkboard obsession as well. See here and here and here for other chalkboards in our house.)
So, about a month or two ago, we popped the mirror out of this frame:
This mirror was in the master bedroom at our old house, but didn't have a home in our new place.
Bill primed and painted the frame use Glidden's Truly Olive (free sample courtesy of Glidden):
And then we used chalkboard paint on a piece of chipboard cut to size at Home Depot (It was about $12 for a huge piece of it...lots of leftovers.).
Bill rolled on 3 thin coats of Rustoleum's chalkboard paint for a nice, smooth finish.
We put it all together and now it looks like this in our dining room:
I am loving it! And now, when Lucky makes her daily request for tortellini's (which went on sale $2.50/bag last week, down from $3.79!), I can show her which day of the week we have tortellini's scheduled using our new chalkboard.
Our total cost for the project was about $12 for the chipboard since we already owned the frame, used a free sample quart of green paint and we already owned the chalkboard paint from a project at our old house. Yeah for cheap, fun and practical updates!