People are forever asking how I manage everything with such a busy schedule. I love to cook, but I don’t always have time to do so in the manner I would like. This weekly journal is a way to keep it real and show that while my intentions are good, sometimes life and all of its activities get in the way of serving a delicious, home-cooked meal and that it is perfectly okay.
- Saturday: Some late afternoon shopping with the whole family had us eating at our second-favorite Mexican restaurant in town for dinner. That and a thoroughly empty refrigerator.
- Sunday: Our first Sunday family dinner with Connor required a special meal. I made Million Dollar Spaghetti for the boys, while Holly had with pasta and meatless pasta sauce. We followed it up with a round of Scrabble, which is weird because we are not a board game family. Still, it was a wonderful evening.
- Monday: Knowing that we are going to be eating heavier meals this week, I wanted something light tonight. Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Soup was the perfect answer. Lighter but full of flavor, it met all of my requirements. It will be the last time we eat healthy for the week, but at least I made one healthy meal!
- Tuesday: The one meal Connor wanted me to make this week was my macaroni and cheese. He didn’t have to tell me twice!
- Wednesday: The night before a big holiday requires an easy meal. I discovered we can now buy cans of Skyline Chili here is Wisconsin, a Cincinnati staple that my kids desperately miss five years later, so tonight was three-ways to everyone’s rejoicing.
- Thursday: Thanksgiving! We kept it traditional today with a huge turkey, 10 pounds of mashed potatoes, and stuffing. Holly made a cheddar green bean casserole for herself, and we rounded out the meal with an apple blue cheese salad, and homemade bread. Later, we had pecan, apple, and pumpkin pie with ice cream and whipped cream. I may have gone a bit overboard considering it was only the four of us for dinner, but it was all delicious.
- Friday: What else but leftovers? I fear we will be eating leftovers for the next week and will still have to throw out some of them.
What was for dinner at your house this week?
I cut all of my Thanksgiving meal down to half of what we normally make and it was perfect. All the sides were gone but we had some turkey leftover. My dog has been having some digestive issues and I think it’s been her treats. We give her organic treats and they are made in the USA and all but she’s had a queasy stomach off and on for months. We’ve been giving her tiny bits of plain turkey and her coat improved and her stomach improved too so now I am making her poached chicken and pumpkin and offering that as treats instead.
Jim wanted a big turkey for leftovers, so that’s why we went big there. Normally, I can’t keep mashed potatoes in the house, which is why I went big there. I think my problem was no one ate. My son didn’t have seconds or thirds and took small portions of everything. Jim did the same. Holly was always limited in what she could eat, and even she didn’t go back for more. I would have been fine if everyone had come to the table eating like they normally do.
Lots of great meals this week!! Your Thanksgiving meal sounds amazing. There are no better leftovers than Thanksgiving leftovers!
Thanksgiving leftovers are wonderful, but after four days I’m okay with not having turkey again for a while. 😉