Let’s face it, Pinterest can be an endless rabbit hole of clothing, crafts and cookery. I currently have over 2,000 pins. They’re a mix of decorating ideas, recipes, inspirational quotes, crafts and a ton of other things I just plain like. I’ll be honest: I’ve probably tried about 1.79% of them. I made a wreath once. And I hung our kayaks on the garage wall. More than anything, I’ve tried some recipes because I’m always looking for easy dinners to make. Some were terrible, but some were delicious! Maybe you have a Pinterest board full of promising dinner ideas, too. Let me share my absolute favorites out of that 1.79% that met the “realist mom” standard: quick, easy and not super processed.
You know those people who stroll down the aisles of the grocery store with no plan? They just leisurely gather whatever looks fresh, utterly confident that in a mere 30 minutes, they’ll be able to transform humble ingredients into something nutritious and delicious that their families will love.
I am not one of those people. I can probably only cook about 5 things without a recipe – and one of those is grilled cheese. Dinnertime was a source of a lot of stress for me and in all honestly, it led to more than one argument with my hubby. (Whatever – who doesn’t consider grilled cheese dinner?) As always, my road to hell is paved with good intentions. I would try to set out a menu plan for the week, all full of optimism and dreams of fabulous, fresh yummy meals – but then soccer or hockey or PTA or baseball or some life something would foil my plan – and there I’d be – in the grocery store with 20 minutes before meal time, wondering how I could pass Cheerios off for dinner.
Yesterday was one of those crazy days where everything takes longer than you were planning. I went for a run – that took longer than I expected, got some unexpected phone calls, and then had a lunch meeting which also ran long. And you know, the puppy, and all the time sucking that comes along with him. It was all good, but it just throws my day off – and I’m not that great a planner to begin with.
I had planned to make sauce this Sunday, like I try to do every week, but I got kind of crazy with all the yard work and the kids and the rain…