Just Call Me Paula Deen

Friday, May 14, 2010

Friday’s Confession …

I cooked dinner tonight for the first time in … um, a long time.

So, Paula Deen might be a bit of a stretch since I just made some spaghetti – but I did add ground turkey meat to the sauce that I doctored up after I poured it out of the jar – ahem. Look, it’s more than what’s been happening at Wifey’s House, but trust me everyone is being fed. Thank God for pre-cooked rotisserie chicken.

Between traveling, writing, event planning, the kids, the house, the dog, tennis, marathon training, did I mention Husband in there? Who am I kidding, you all know better than anyone else how life can have you spinning in circles. By the end of the day all I want to do is this:

Yup, husband caught me knocked out the night I got back from running Disney’s Princess Half Marathon, and quite honestly I’ve wanted to do a lot of that lately – sleep that is.

Am I by myself? Surely I can’t be the only sleep-deprived mama who hasn’t seen her kitchen in awhile. How do you make everything happen in your house and still get food on the table? Hungry wives want to know …

Winks & Smiles,
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Alicia May 14, 2010 at 7:33 PM  

I can't help you much. As a working mom with two under two and my blog and volunteering and everything else I rarely find time to cook. Let me know if you find a solution :)

Krystal Grant May 14, 2010 at 8:33 PM  

I'm the wrong person to ask being that I just ordered pizza from Papa Johns. I am so sick of eating out. But I HATE having to come home after working all day to cook. I really like cooking, and I LOVE to eat. I just wish I had more time to do it. But being that I'll be at home for the next two months, I'll be cooking lots more.

Anonymous,  May 14, 2010 at 8:41 PM  

I'm a single mom of two big ones. We all hate left overs. Between work, school, church and all of their activities, we usually get home at or after dinner time. Publix has free recipies for 15min meal ideas. My publix has a cook that prepares them on Sunday afternoons. I even used the Lime Butter Fish with easy Herb Pasta for a date. Never new lime zest could make tilapia taste so good. A salad, fresh loaf of bread from the bakery. Wash it down with a glass of wine. (Grape juice for the kids). Ummh umh good. My date was impressed. Essie Mae

Kate May 14, 2010 at 8:44 PM  

My SIL avoids this problem by doing meal planning each week and spending all day either Sat or Sun making freezer meals. She's got it down to a science so apparently it's easy for whoever's home first to check the list and pull out whatever from the freezer.

Of course, she also likes to cook but it's worked for her.

Anne May 14, 2010 at 9:26 PM  

I wish I was one of those people who can cook all day Saturday and be all prepped for the week...not happening. I have to much to do on the weekends. I'm just lucky enought to have a husband who doesn't mind making dinner when I don't have time (which is often).

ScrappinMichele May 15, 2010 at 12:29 AM  

I am so glad you wrote this because now I don't feel alone. I did manage to cook
3 days this week, but that was because I was feeling so guilty. We eat a lot
Of prepared stuff that I know we shouldn't eat, but I'm so dang tired.

So, yes. You are definitely not alone. And right now it is 12:28 am and I should be sleeping, but instead I am reading blogs because I am behind in that too.

Banteringblonde May 15, 2010 at 10:45 AM  

You are not alone ... I have major dinner guilt and as much as I joke about it I honestly feel awful because I'm the one on MomActive touting the value of a good nutritious family dinner - I solve the problem now that it is warm out, by grilling out almost every night. We eat a lot of chicken and fish and I head out to costco to buy tons of veggies - drizzle a little olive oil and herbs waaala DINNER! ;)

Anonymous,  May 15, 2010 at 12:16 PM  

Honestly girl the only way I can answer is that is to tell you that there have been times that I've cooked dinner first thing in the morning if I know I'm going to be out all day. I don't feel like doing it at the end of the day. Stouffers family size lasagna and garlic bread is a winner in this house. It all goes in the oven. I'm not a sit down and prepare your weekly meal type of gal. I remember on Sundays my Grandmother would cook two differents meats like chicken parts and a beef roast. That way when you came in from work all you had to do was the starch and veggies. Hope this helps you out a bit.

MOMSWEB May 16, 2010 at 11:32 AM  

Wifey, I HATE to cook, however, I do make it a priority Monday through Thursday to have a hot meal prepared. I have to cook it VERY early in the day or it won't get done. Planning is my savior because if I wait until dinner time to decide what to cook, I'm in the middle of the kitchen scratching my head and complaining because I don't want to cook.

Yes, I'm at home during the day, so time is on my side. When I worked outside the home, coming home to cook was a nightmare that still haunts me!

You're doing a WONDERFUL job taking care of your temple through running and tennis, so throw some green beans or a salad with the
pre-cooked rotisserie chicken and you're doing just fine in the nutrition area for the family! Not a thing wrong with the spaghetti either!

Glad I dropped by Wifey's House!

Stesha May 16, 2010 at 1:37 PM  

I'm no help. Pre-cooked rotisserie chicken is my friend, too. But I'm not one of those moms who likes to cook. I like the idea of cooking, but not the actual cooking process. Thank goodness for a husband who can cook.

Hugs and Mocha,

Ms. Lisa May 17, 2010 at 3:22 PM  

A crock pot can be a life saver. You can cook just about anything in one. *wish I'd learn to take my own advice*

Funkidivagirl May 26, 2010 at 8:36 PM  

I cook about 3-4 times a week and mostly I don't enjoy it, but I do it because it is the healthiest option for me and my family. IF (big if) I am on the ball then I plan out my meals on Sunday evenings because I go grocery shopping every Monday. It's really not that hard because I made a chart with all the dishes we like and I just have to pick one. I just have to sit down to do it. I also don't cook anything that takes more than 30 or 40 minutes to prepare.

On my "if I won the lottery" list is a personal chef.

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