Dinner Tip 4

I used to be really creative about making dinner. That was before The Great Birthing of Baby #4 and The Time of Two Boys Taking (Separate) Martial Arts Classes and That Decade I Was (Am) Depressed.

Even still, I have yet to resort to cold cereal for dinner. Why?

  1. Cold cereal is not very filling.
  2. It’s, like, 80% sugar.
  3. The kids are probably getting hyped up on MSG and preservatives alongside the sugar.
  4. We’re often out of milk, too.

And so, this Super Mom has adopted a time-saving and money-saving and stress-saving technique: buying ahead.

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If you buy the super-huge bottle, you’ll never run out of salsa.

In short, I keep a lot of ingredients handy that can be used to make my simple meals. A few of the items I keep on hand are: shredded cheese (extras in freezer), frozen chopped onion, frozen sliced bell pepper, flour tortillas (extras in freezer), refried beans, minced garlic, spices, tortilla chips, olives, lettuce, various meats (freezer), sandwich bread, chili, canned tuna, potatoes, rice, milk, butter, salsa, ham slices, frozen vegetables, and most dry ingredients.

I’ve recommended having a go-to list of meals before. Well -what good is that list if you haven’t the ingredients to make anything from it?

So; after you list the cheap and easy dinners you can make, make a habit of keeping what you need for them around. You and your grumbling tummies will be happy you did.

Five More Minutes

Five more minutes to sleep alone,
To dress in peace,
To check a phone.

Five more minutes to eat my food,
To eat it warm,
To eat it chewed.

Five more minutes to sit right here,
To read a book,
To disappear.

Five more minutes is not that long,
To feel the guilt,
To feel the wrong;

When

Five more minutes is what I seek

Five more minutes is all I need

Five more minutes, or maybe three,

Is all I long for, to just be me.

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Found time to write this for The 2019 Bloggers Bash Competition.

 

Photo Credit:
Jordan Whitt

Dinner Tip 2

Cooking does not have to be that complicated, especially with the prevalence of so many frozen and pre-made options.

My tip today, however, is to not be afraid of making basic meals.

Don’t fear cooking!

There are a ton of easy meals that don’t take a lot of time, ingredients, or money to make. From the Poor Man’s Grilled Cheese Sandwich to French Bread Pizza to all the quick meals I listed on this very site, you have more than the drive thru to choose from come dinnertime.

You can do it. I promise.

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Photo Credit:
Pixzolo Photography

Seriously, I Need Some Organization

I am a mother. As such, I do not have a lot of time to write. I have a lot of time to think, but I have yet to invest in some sort of thoughts-to-text translator because my hands are always busy with something.

Come to think of it, the thoughts-to-text thing would be a bad idea. My posts would look exactly like my scenario at the end of “Distracted Momming,” but without formatting. If you are the sort who has conniptions about run-on sentences and such, you would be gone. Heck, would be gone because I’m a perfectionist.

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Since I do want to write a mothering blog and do want to be fairly consistent doing so, my initial goal was to write three posts a week. Monday or Tuesday were a longish post, Thursday or so was a quick thought, and Saturdayish I shared my top secret recipes.

I believe things fell apart when Christmas Break hit. Frankly, The Story of my Life is that everything falls apart when the kids are not in free babysitting (aka public education).

My new resolution, therefore, is to follow a new posting schedule. This is what I have so far:

Sunday

Observations, thoughts, and experiences in motherhood, with my weekly review.

Monday

A poem about motherhood; quality not guaranteed.

Tuesday

An inspirational quote involving purpose and/or parenting.

Wednesday

A recipe, cooking tip, or cool food idea I find online. We’ll call it Foodnesday or something really clever like that.

Thursday

A snippet about the joys of parenting.

Friday

Parenting advice, based on my years of practical experience.

Saturday

My favorite Twitter post of the day.

This is a good point to ask you faithful fans if there is anything you would like to read about. It may fall under one of the proposed categories, or be an idea instead of what’s listed.

Go ahead: you have my full, divided attention.