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Pondering Dinner

Sandra Tayler's Journal

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A cobble by itself is just a small stone, but when many of them lay together they create a path . My life is made up of many discrete parts. I have to find ways to fit them all into place so that I can continue to journey where I desire to go. This journal records some of the cobbles that create my path.

Pondering Dinner

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It is 4:30 pm and I am once again faced with the challenge of figuring out what to feed the kids for dinner. I don’t like this challenge. I particularly don’t like that it arrives multiple times per day. It is not that making food is difficult. Deciding what to make uses creative sectors of my brain that I don’t want to spend on food. Also I must always balance food choices against the likelihood that the kids will argue about eating the food. Do I fix that thing child #1 loves, but that will require a 20 minute argument with child #4? There are some foods that everyone eats without complaining, but odds are I fixed them yesterday and the day before.

I know I should meal plan in advance. Our diets are better when I do. Not to mention I can skip the step of standing in the kitchen for 30 minutes staring at the stuff in my cupboard and weighing complaint/healthiness ratios. I really should meal plan. It would be nice if I’d done it three days or a week ago. I didn’t. And now it is 4:40 pm. Time to begin the daily staring into the cupboard and pondering. Perhaps later tonight I will give a gift to my tomorrow self and actually plan in advance.

Mirrored from onecobble.com.

  • OH....I can relate!

    Something that has worked for our family in the past (and I really need to pick it back up myself) is having a standard weekly calendar. That way some of the decision-making was eliminated. It was more of a fill-in-the-blank:

    Monday-chicken dish of some kind
    Tuesday-soup night
    Wednesday-crockpot night
    Thursday-pasta night
    Friday-pizza night
    Saturday-leftovers or sandwiches
    Sunday-beef of some kind

    I also posted a list of potential dishes to choose from for each food theme. I let the family help me come up with the list. It can be easily adapted for your own family. It worked even better when I completed a one-month calendar and then just rotated. This helped me plan ahead better, too.

    For some reason I have the most difficult time making decisions!
    • I'd forgotten about using food themes for days of the week. I used to do that. I should probably start up again.
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