I am honestly and continually surprised at how much time and energy I spend making sure I have food in my house to feed my family.
Most Sunday mornings find me cutting out coupons and looking at sales. Composing my menu. Making my grocery list. And early Sunday afternoon going to the SuperTarget as well as the local Homeland. And good God almighty I'm tired of trying to come up with good, healthy, stuff for my family to eat. Something everyone will eat. Something that can be made in a reasonable amount of time. And something we haven't eaten once a week for the last eight months.
I go through this EVERY week. And on those weekends when I don't go to the grocery store over the weekend? I can almost guarantee my week will be hellish and we end up eating Taco Bueno three nights in a row.
You'd think, after doing this for nearly 20 years, I would be better at it, able to accomplish it without it taking the whole damned day. But, no, it seems to take most of the whole afternoon and part of the morning.
Throw a high maintenance 4-year-old into the mix, and a hormonal pre-teen, and by the time I make it home I want to bang my head on the kitchen counter.
I tend to get in ruts. We've had roast every week for the last month. I think everyone is getting tired of it. But somehow when it is good, we have it again and again and again until it's not good anymore.
Cheese Dip is my fall back meal and I try to always have the provisions necessary to make it. It's not good for us, but when neither David nor I feel like cooking we can toss Cheese Dip into the microwave and call it done in about 10 minutes.
Several times I've gone to those places where you put the food together from their ingredients using their recipes and season it to your family's liking. I LOVE that! I still had to go to the grocery store or SuperTarget to buy snacks for the kids, juice, milk, sandwich meat and bread, but it was more of a quick trip than a major trek. But NONE of those places are open on Sunday and it is hard for me to get there on Saturday or on a week day evening when they are open. I tried having them make the food for me and picking it up, and that was okay, but there really is an advantage to seasoning the food yourself.
My husband does many things; he cooks, he cleans, he irons, he gets up with the kids in the middle of the night. Now if I could just get him to plan the menus and shop for the food, my life would be complete.
Margaret is a forty-something attorney with two adopted children (ages 4 and 12) that she is raising with her husband, a stay-at-home dad.