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Two Writing Teachers
Our kids definitely have opinions on what makes a great dinner:
- caesar salad
- beef tenderloin
- baked potato with everything
- sweet dessert
I'm lucky to remember to defrost some meat from the freezer and toss it into the crock pot with a can of condensed cream-of-something soup and some spices.
I'm not the person in the family who should be shopping, planning and preparing dinner.
The person who should works out of town 3-4 days per week. When he gets home, cooking is the last thing on his list, even though he's been hanging in a town where the "fine dining" is Olive Garden.
Another force working against me ... the oldest teen has a job at a grocery store. She spends hours checking out her favorite foods and snacks, taking mental notes about what we groceries we should have in the house.
What's a mom to do? I'm capable of cooking with spices, creating rues from soups and sauces. I know how to handle a meat thermometer, my oven and the grill.
I turned to Pinterest this year.
My cooking has not improved. It's become more unexpected and experimental.
Maybe I'll make a list of some go-to dinners that the family likes and enjoys - (hahhahhahah) I wonder how many meals will be on this list. Maybe I'll precook meals and keep them in the freezer. Maybe I'll inspire my girls to take over dinner duty once in a while.
Then again, I may just stick to my favorite meal. Eating out!