Monday, September 8, 2014
So What's The Plan?
With summer over and school and sports back in full swing, many of us are finding ourselves running around like chickens! It's a big difference in our house because we are no longer operating on "summer hours". During the summer we have no problem eating dinner at 8:00-8:30 at night. It's still light out, the kids are out playing, everyone goes to bed later and so on. It's way more relaxed and Nelsy and I cook together more often. Now that the switch has flipped, the first full week of school has us running one or more kid somewhere 3 nights this week for sports. We have Open House at one of their schools one night, even a school dance. On top of all that the kids are getting used to early mornings again....Really early for my middle schooler. With all that going on in the evenings, a dinner plan is more important than ever. I go nuts when I fail to make a plan for the week. I understand why people hate to cook because most of the battle is figuring out what to cook. That can be so annoying at 6:00 pm on a week night and you have no ideas, your meat is frozen, and for everything you come up with, you're missing one or more critical ingredient. We've all been there. We order pizza. I've made it part of my weekend ritual to either Saturday or Sunday morning sit down with my coffee and a pen and paper and a cookbook or a few magazines and come up with a minimum of 4 but preferably 5 dinners for the week. During these busy times I take into account the week's schedule and plan accordingly. If you have an interest in eating real food most days, a plan is a must.