Saturday, March 24, 2012

big mouth

I'm pretty sure I'm the reason this term was invented. I'm always throwing my two cents in, whether I was asked to or not. And speaking up all the time means that a lot of the time my foot is in my mouth. (I think I'm the reason for that phrase, too.)

In case you haven't guessed, my "month of meals" was a total bust. *Sigh* Now, I'm sure you saw it coming from a mile away. You may have even chuckled under your breath, tickled to watch me self-destruct in the kitchen. Well, I'd like to think you were rooting for me. I was rooting for me. But alas, cooking every night wasn't meant to be. When my husband (yes, I'll blame him) told me "babes, I'll know you really wanted to cook every night even if you don't" that was just an easy out for a tired mama.

I don't know what other people do, but I just cannot keep up the standard! I definitely feel like I should be able to cook for one month and I can't! I'm not trying to (or at least didn't think I was) live up to an unrealistic expectation. I really didn't realize just how much I rely on the convenience of eating out. Call it spoiled, call it lazy, or just plain snobby that we'd rather buy food from a restaurant that will taste good rather than cracking open a can or frozen box of processed crap because we're too tired to cook a proper meal.

Someone does not like baby tomatoes.

"All done. That please!"

So maybe I learned something from my failed experiment: it's far more fun to cook when you don't have to; AND be grateful to feed your family healthy food no matter how the food comes about.


  1. Totally understand! I am having the same problems. In effort to eat healthy and environmentally friendly, I keep trying to cook more at home.... Then school, family time, and/or events get in the way. What I know has helped me is freezing my own foods. Last semester I spent a couple days freezing things. Big hit homemade meatless meals: butternut squash soup, spaghetti with noodles, mushrooms & spinach manicotti, pasta with peas in a cream sauce, and potato soup. I just pop them in for nights I really don't want to cook. Then I freeze sides to help make quick meals: mashed cauliflower/red potatoes, just spaghetti sauce, and mac & cheese. This semester, however, was rough. We've eaten out too much! And where we are in TX, there isn't the option for healthy, "happy" meat choices. Maybe I can get it together this summer?

    1. Thanks for not making me feel totally lame! Your meal ideas are great and a few we already love. That spinach manicotti sounds like something I've gotta try! TX sounds like a foody paradise...


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