Tuesday, September 03, 2013
I haven't planned meals in months, but with the start of school and a routine, I knew I needed to get back into it to help calm the chaos. It's been so easy and fun! An unanticipated benefit has been how excited the kids are. They were asking everyday, "What's for dinner?" so I finally started writing it down and posting it on the fridge. They talk about it a lot during the week; when their favorite meal is happening, meals they want to help me cook, ideas for dishes, etc . . . Dinner has once again become an event to look forward to. It's hard to sit down with lots of kids at dinner; it's noisy, it's chaotic, there are often tears and spills and fights. But as the kids are getting older and can carry on intelligent conversations, it's becoming so fun! We still have the occasional spills and fights, but we also share news about our day, what we are learning, something interesting we saw, family memories. In full disclosure, we don't sit down together every night. One night each week we have lessons and scouts and church activities, so I set up dinner buffet style and people eat as they come and go. Another night, Josh and I go out, so the kids are on their own.
Here's what we've been eating:
Chicken Katsu with Bulldog sauce
Spaghetti with Tomato Basil Sauce
Chicken Salad and Croissants
Mac n' Cheese
Hot Dogs on the grill