So, an amazing homemaker I am not.
What I am, is an excited-at-times-frustrated-homemaker-training.
One thing that has been super exciting to lately is cooking!
I really genuinely love it.
Planning it, buying the groceries, organizing my pantry and fridge (only to be unorganized in a mad dash for the kids milk in the morning), and getting in there and doing it.
Even when it's stressful, I like the puzzling puzzle of figuring when to put it in the crockpot if I won't have TIME set aside to cook and if my wonderful husband does give me time (aka - play "I get you" with the babes before dinner), I'm even more thrilled.
So in having this conversation with friends, the consensus was - more blogs should be written like this. Will you write one? Say what you're making this week and what ingredients you normally buy and we'll all glean inspiration from one another!
So here's whats on the menu this week:
the sweet potatoes in this recipe have Nick eager with anticipation!
(tues) Cranberry Pork in the crock pot & sweet potatoes
(also, we don't always eat this fancy - that is a special at home christmas date night!)
(wed) Pad Thai in the crockpot
(noticing a trend?)
(thurs) Sandwhiches. Sorry, we have a fun family event planned:)
(fri) Duggars Three Bean Chili
(saturday & sunday) Leftovers and Frozen Soup!
So, a note on these recipes.
I don't buy silly ingredients (or ingredients that seem silly to me).
So, if you can't buy it at Trader Joe's - I usually don't use it.
Also, once I use a recipe once I almost never look at it again. Not because I'm some sort of memory genius, but because my husband has a super helpful palette and if I make a recipe from online - I'll ask him how he thinks it could be better, make the changes and write down our new recipe.
So, here is also my grocery list.
Things for recipes:
small serving of pork
red, orange, & yellow peppers
1 can tomatoes
frozen chicken breasts
things I almost always buy:
"just chicken" from TJ
israeli couscous (I put it in everything, sorry Nick)
2 bunches bananas
shredded light mozzarella
2 loaves bread
2 nonfat plain yogurts
frozen soy corn dogs for kids
frozen mini pizzas for kids
2 bags veggie chips
2 bags of frozen berries
And that is like PERFECT for 8 days or so. I go shopping every Sunday so we start to build up a little reserve and then after about three weeks, I know I won't need to go grocery shopping for a whole week - we can just eat through everything and eat whatever I've frozen.
One more thing.
I'm trying to get us closer and closer to a mostly all natural, whole foods only, diet so if you have good old recipes like that - send them my way, please.
Happy Monday Everyone!