After preparing breakfast followed a few hours later by a snack then lunch and another after school snack and all the other STAH mom things in between (that I love but keep me incredibly busy) I dream one day that my husband and kids will answer my question “nahh, we talked about it and we just don’t need dinner. Ever again.”
I don’t enjoy cooking. I’m not one who can ad lib in the kitchen (a little of this and maybe some of that). I need a recipe-and i stick to it like my life depends on it! I think that may take the fun out of it? So when mid afternoon rolls around and I’m still full from lunch but I have to start thinking about what to make for dinner I kind of want to sulk on the couch and always ask myself, “do they really NEED dinner?” Well, of course they do. And although I don’t enjoy the making of it, I thoroughly enjoy being a mom and wife, confident in my roll as homemaker, being able to help the kids learn to set the table and to lay a meal out before my family at the end of a long day, difficult day, happy day, what ever kind of day…you get the picture.
Quick story. When this school year started I promised myself we would eat mon-fri at the table, together at the same time. My children are learning to serve them self and pass the food around the table. We even go around one by one saying minimum two good things about our day (my kids LOVE this). So dinner time has been “our time” to gather as a family, check in with each other, laugh with each other, talk to one another about important or silly things. It’s our, undistracted, time.
Since dinner time has become more sacred I take more interest and pride in what I serve. I want my husband and kids to enjoy being there and also to look forward to it.
Enter stage left: Pinterest…(sigh) How I love thee.
I came across an amazing recipe last week. The picture looked good, so I read the recipe. It sounded delicious and it didn’t require me to drag 4 kids to 5 different grocery stores! Score.
Chicken Cordon Bleu
(And yes make the optional cheese sauce!) *We served on top of rice with a side of cauliflower.
It was INCREDIBLY easy, even fun dare I say?! And I felt so fancy-schmancy making this for my family. It is meals like this that make me want to get back in the kitchen night after night.