I’m not cooking regularly anymore. I don’t even feel like cooking. I don’t even feel like thinking about cooking. I don’t even feel like considering the thought of thinking about cooking. I don’t even feel like…well, you see where I’m going with this right? I’m in school part-time, working full-time, mothering full-time, “wifing” full-time, incubating a growing fetus full-time, eating sometime and sleeping no-time! I’m just too doggone tired to cook ANY-time!
So what does a mother of soon-to-be 6 do to feed the household? While I’d love to have some well laid out 5-step plan to convey, the truth is – it’s every man for himself most days. My older kids (11 and 10) have learned to make a mean pot of Ramen noodles, a well-toasted grilled cheese & turkey sandwich and/or a salad with all their favorite fixings. And they’ve learned to make enough of it to feed their younger siblings, daddy and sometimes mommy too.
One thing this pregnancy has taught me is I just can’t do it all…and more importantly, I don’t want too! I’m starting to realize all of that “homemade this or that” every time we ate may have been overkill. While the family thoroughly enjoyed every morsel, it was tiring. Now that we’ll have a newborn in the house, I’m planning a serious redo of my kitchen staples and homemade meals. After all, there’s nothing wrong with canned chicken, frozen fish sticks or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. There’s something to be said for pantry items that are ready-to-eat, easy to cook and still palatable.
When my energy returns (post-baby), I plan to start a new series on freezer cooking for the busy moms like you and me. I have done freezer cooking for a while, but with so many mouths to feed if I don’t stock both freezers with adequate freezer meals, all will be eaten in a few short days. And that’s exactly what happened when I stopped cooking as a result of first, second and third trimester exhaustion. There will be more to come on freezer cooking in the upcoming months so stay tuned.
For the past month or so, I’ve only cooked Sunday meals – all thanks to my slow cooker! I have 3 slow cookers in my home but hadn’t put them to use on a regular basis in forever. I LOVE this thing! It’s like returning to your first love. Sunday mornings, I throw everything in the pot and Sunday evenings, I take it out and serve it. A tired mom and a slow cooker are a match made in heaven, I tell ya! So, in the coming weeks I’ll only be sharing the winning slow cooker meals I’ve indulged as of late. I hope you enjoy them as much as my family has. But, then again, these days my family takes pleasure at the mere sight of me in the kitchen. I could be peeling a banana for all they care!
For delicious recipes I’ve posted in the past (when I felt like cooking), visit my blog at http://frugalfoodandfare.blogspot.com/. In the meantime, dust off that slow cooker and stay tuned.