"This is so good," raved my 12 year old.
"I want to eat this every day," gushed my 10 year old.
"You're a good cooker Mommy!" sang my 5 year old.
And as I was washing the layer of bacon grease from the electric frying pan long after they'd gone to bed, I felt . . . well, kinda happy.
Sure my house smelled like an IHOP, requiring me to leave the fan on and the kitchen window open during our March snowstorm, but I didn't care. Sure there was syrup spilled on the table. But, my kids liked their dinner. I sat down with them at the dining room table, instead of me standing at the kitchen counter and having them eat at the kitchen table (which only seats 3). I didn't run to Subway or order pizza because I "just didn't feel like cooking," which almost always happens when Daddy is at the firestation lately.
(No offense Subway, I worship the ground you sandwich on.)
You see I've been in a funk.
It's been hard to be inspired in the kitchen for, oh, let's just say the last 6 months to be safe. I used to be really good at sticking to a meal plan, writing out a weeks worth of meals, and only grocery shopping once a week for the ingredients needed to prepare those meals...
I used to be more organized.
I don't know what happened.
I think I lost my mealtime mojo.
However, the times, they are a changin'. The side of my refrigerator is covered in Post It notes with the weeks meals listed accordingly. I have everything I need to prepare these meals and anything I am lacking in, I can drop by the grocery store after I drop Katie off at preschool and pick up. Therefore, eliminating a random, spontaneous, I-feel-like-buying-every-flavor-of-Girl-Scout-cookie-ice-cream-you-have kind of trip, which does nobody any good, especially my backside, and my frontside, and my sideside...heck - let's just say all of me!
And I'm going to do it.
I not only want to stick to a budget, but I want to get that feeling back that I had while watching my kids stuff bacon into their mouths, and chase sausage links around in a pool of syrup on their plates, giggling the entire time.
I want to feel that way. Like I am in control, instead of the kind of mom that waits until the last minute for everything...which is what I've been doing.
And guess what? There is a blog out there that can help. A magic fairy godmother of a blog with just the tools to get those silly Post It notes off my fridge and replace them with something a little more pleasing to the eye and a little less wasteful - we need those Post It notes for more important things you know (like delegating whose turn it is to pick up the . . . take out the trash)!
Check out Amy's free downloadable meal planning sheets here (and no, nobody asked me to do this, I just happen to be her friend on Facebook, saw her link and just about screeched out loud when I saw how cute and practical her - not to mention FREE - downloads are):
Print out that meal planning tool and join me on my quest for more quality time in the kitchen and at meals with my family. Maybe it'll help you get your mealtime mojo back too!
Oh, and could you leave your menu ideas in the comments? I need some new ideas, that meatloaf recipe is getting kind of old.