Ok, I have always considered myself a fairly good cook (at least, since I became a mom). Decent, at least, although my dh is MUCH better at the "a little of this, a little of that" type of cooking.
Anyways, recently we have been eating out quite a bit. I didn't really *see* that it was a lot, but it was. Honestly, a few dinners a week, a few breakfasts, a few lunches......all spread out, it just didn't seem like that much.
But it was. And it was expensive!
I thought I somehow "deserved" to eat out. I mean, here I am, momma to many small children. People tell me day in and day out how hard my days must be, how tired I must be. I think I started to believe them.
Oh, not that my days aren't long or hard - they can be - but I was starting to drop into the self-pity mode. Having many children, all so young, *can* be difficult, *can* lead to tiring days. Yet it can also bring amazing joy!
ANYWAY, the deal is, we are buying a home. This requires things like earnest money, inspection fees, closing costs, moving truck, yada, yada, yada..... So while we're prepared for the cost of daily and monthly living, all this "extra" stuff has us stretched a bit thin. Thin enough to squeeze out all that "eating out".
I thought it was going to be really difficult, adding even *more* to my days. Yet it didn't turn out that way. What happened is this:
I HAVE to plan my days. I HAVE to figure out what we're eating and when. What frozen foods do I need to thaw? What baked goods to have to get baked? If the kids need a snack after evening church, what do I have to prepare ahead of time? Running out to the local McD's isn't an option, so what is my plan??
Yes, this keeps me in the kitchen a bit more, it keeps me HOME a bit more - which is a *great* thing! It has lead to more time with my kiddos, more time as a family - even a family walk the other night. And my confidence as a cook, a homemaker, has also increased. I feel such accomplishment in taking good care of my family in this way.
Anyway, just wanted to share ~ it's been an interesting few weeks recently. Our home is in complete chaos (at least it feels that way), as we slowly go through the house, finding and pricing items for our moving sale. We've even begun packing a few boxes for the big move! I keep thinking of all these things to blog about, especially many of the recipes I've been using lately.......someday I'll get back into the regular blogging mode.....someday.....;)