“Mom”, “what’s for dinner? These four words have the ability to strike terror into the hearts of every working woman I know, even those of us self-proclaimed kitchen lovers. Coming up with new ways of inventing chicken, pork, beef, and seafood is a daunting task particularly when coupled with time restraints. It’s especially difficult when you have children with discerning taste.
After a loooooong 8 hour work day, the professional mom must then go home and prepare a meal for her expectant family. This on top of kids’ sports, tutoring, homework, cleaning, and other duties as necessary can make for a tiring evening. How do we combat this issue of the evening meal in a quick and efficient manner?
The Martha Stewarts of the world would have you believe that time management and precise weekly or even monthly meal planning are the way to go. That’s fine and dandy if you are of the Stepford Wife variety. For those of us living off the cuff in this busy, go-go-go, non-stop world of mothering, planning is sometimes more energy than we can muster prior to passing out for the night. To deal with the chaos of this lifestyle, I have learned a few easy to manage steps that have saved many a late dinner night.
1) There is nothing wrong with hot dogs 2 – 3 times a week
2) McDonald’s $1 menu is user friendly
3) Dessert night is popular with the little people
4) Go for what you know = figure it out yourself and don’t bother me
5) Top Ramen – this generation believes it to be a delicacy
6) Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, cereal is a wonderful dinner substitute
7) Stay at home moms make the best neighbors
8) There are a variety of frozen meals goodies that can be purchased ahead of time and stored
9) Eat out every night
10)And my personal favorite, swallow air and chase it with water
Of course I’m joking! If I had a real answer to this age old question; I’d be rich and famous. The key to success is to do what works within the walls of your own home. Don’t let the June Cleaver days of old or the over-achiever moms of current day, rain on your parade. The recipe to great family dinners is a lot of family love; a heap of understanding; a smidgen of cooking ability; tons of patience; and an ounce of time. The kids will enjoy any meal sitting down with parents who take the time to communicate and spend time with them. Enjoy!
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Everyone who knows me understands that I am an addict. I sweat profusely when my addiction comes to mind; my hands begin to itch and my feet get restless. This is a daily occurrence. Try as I might, I am unable to release my demons. My life and bank account are at war with my need to feed my unhealthy desire.
I…………am……………addicted…………..to……………Safeway. Yes, I said it. I have a love / hate relationship with my local grocery store. I am there daily. My day is not complete unless I have stopped by to pick something / anything up from my favorite haunt. Have you been? The lighting, the smells, the perfectly stocked shelves – it is all so inviting and it warms my soul to peruse the aisles looking for food treasures.
It began back when I was a wee child and my mother who passed this addiction to me; would leave my two little sisters and I in the car while she ran in. We would sit in the car and imagine the fun she was having whilst we were wilting away in the miserable, stuffy old car. Occasionally she would allow us the pleasure of walking in and shopping with her. And oh the fun we had! I’d push my sisters around in the cart as my mother expertly picked up items and dropped them into the basket. We would daydream of the meals she would cook using the foods she bought and our mouths would water.
As we walked the aisles, we would taste the grapes, visit the Brach’s section and fill our candy bags full of the variety of sweets. On good days, our mother would allow us to open a canister of chips and munch away as she shopped for what seemed like hours. This was our Disneyland; our wondrous place of enjoyment and quality time with our mother. Who could ask for anything better?
Well, my bank account is demanding better. I am in need of intense therapy and a food shopping addiction group. I cannot afford to continue down this disastrous road of daily grocery store trips. I must also put an end to my addiction before it consumes my children as well. My two youngest boys pine for the trips to Safeway, just as I did at their age. I see their pleading eyes and I’m reminded of my addictions early beginning.
Starting today….well maybe next payday or sometime in the near future, I am going to budget and plan out my shopping trips. I will limit myself to two Safeway visits per month. This is doable and I will succeed! I must succeed! Though the journey may be long and arduous, the promise land is in sight and extra dollars in my bank account will be my reward. I will keep you abreast of my travels down the 10-step road to recovery.