Where we are now:
I grew up eating home-cooked meals but never got into the joy of cooking. Only now am I truly starting to become interested in it. Meals at our house frequently begin with a sigh and Jordan and I asking one another "so... what are we going to eat?" I will bust my butt cleaning and be so pleased with what I've accomplished at the end of the day, but totally forget about dinner! Not good!
This week's goals:
1) Plan. I think my biggest problem is the lack of a plan. I am usually busy with other things and don't make it a priority. I'd like to think two or three days in advance, go through my kitchen to see what we need to use, and plan what to cook around that. We are also doing the Waldorf grain of the day when it's convenient, and I love it. I'm discovering some of these grains for the first time. It's so nice to have them to inspire me and give me a little direction! I want to post more on the grains later, but for now here is a wonderful post on them which helped me get started.
2) Shop. I am pretty scared of going to the store alone with all three kids. It's hard with two, and could definitely go horribly awry with three. But Jordan gets home at 5:00 and that's a terrible time to take the kids shopping. They are ready to spend time with Daddy, eat and wind down for bed at that time, not shop and then wait around for dinner to be prepared after we get home. So I'm going to try to take them all shopping. Pray for me. No, seriously.
3) Cook dinner as a family. I'd like to make dinner preparation a happy, fun family time and instill a love of cooking in my children at a young age. Most meals can wait until Jordan gets home for preparation to begin. Sometimes I'll let the girls help me before he gets home, but other times it would be better to wait than to start something that would end up stressing us all out.
Jordan's parents just brought us a bunch of vegetables from their farm, and it couldn't have come at a better time! I'm going to look up recipes online and see what I can make with squash, corn, potatoes, peaches, etc. My first shopping trip alone with the three kids will be today or tomorrow.
Update coming Friday!