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GIVE THEM FOOD...and other ways to cope with life

Feeding Everyone Always 
Aug. 11, 2009 6:55 pm 
Updated: Aug. 29, 2009 4:31 am
The joy of those of us who love to cook is sometimes also our curse.  Aren't there just some days when all you do is feed everyone?  Husbands now working at home...need food more, children home from college constantly surrounding you in the kitchen like little newborn birds with their mouths wide open looking for food....friends of children home from college playing poker all night in your dining room,  dogs begging, cats meowing...on and on and on.

Mostly I love having them all here to cook for, but after church on Sunday I visited a wonderful market filled with colorful produce, cheeses from all over the world, bread that looked and smelled wonderful......I had a brilliant idea......why not bring home a gourmet lunch for everyone from the fabulous looking ,fresh ready made entrees....$38 dollars later I had lunch in the bag!  I chose BBQ for the main dish knowing that my kids loved BBQ.  For just over a pound of this stuff  I'm embarrassed to say I spent $17.

One by one I heard...yuck, what is this stuff?   I don't like this, it doesn't taste like yours...sorry Mom, I just can't eat this, it tastes weird.........I guess I should be flattered...but $17!!!!!!!     You would think one of them would like it.  My husband ate a little for a couple of days....he'll eat anything....and then my dog Fred has had absolutely no complaints finishing off the rest.

So, it comes with the territory of being a cook.....you spoil your family.....99.9% of the time this is just fine.
Aug. 11, 2009 7:23 pm
I hate wasting $$ like that! You think you have them all figures out and what do they do? Rain on your Brilliance!! Well, that's $17.00 you'll never have to spend again! That doesn't ease the hurt in the pocket book but try to save that much at the market next time, then it will all come out in the wash. Sorry! You could also make a dinner that will knock their socks off and then you'll get all the praise and feel better!
Aug. 11, 2009 10:37 pm
oooohhhh dang, just when you think you can relax, WHAM...right in the kisser. $17 is a lot for just over a pound of BBQ. You said how everyone else liked it or....didn't. How about you? Did you like it?
Aug. 11, 2009 10:53 pm
Ha! She was probably to busy putting everything out and then doing dishes to have time to try it, Avon! LOL! Despite the $17 and the disappointment of an easy meal, I think you must feel truly, deeply flattered. All your efforts in the past have not gone unapreciated. That is precisely the reason I get such a kick from cooking -- feeding people!
Aug. 12, 2009 4:35 pm
good compromise on the return grocery trip!
Aug. 12, 2009 4:38 pm
You're right I never ate it..not much of a meat lover and definitely not BBQ! I do feel flattered goodeatnz! My fam does give me lots of praise!
Aug. 12, 2009 4:41 pm
Hey Question to all you seasoned bloggers....when several people comment on your blog ...do you just "add a comment" once for all to see or do you need to send individual comments? If you just post one does everyone who made a comment see that?? Thanks
Aug. 14, 2009 11:34 pm
I like that you care for your family by cooking up a storm for them. Its crazy that sometimes the less expensive food (normal food) is what the family likes best. Thanks for blogging.
Aug. 15, 2009 6:58 am
"The joy of those of us who love to cook is sometimes also our curse. Aren't there just some days when all you do is feed everyone? Husbands now working at home..." ...Cooking all of your meals at home is wonderful, I too cook everyday but I'm feeling a bit burned out. I'm constantly coming up with creative ways (thank you allrecipes.com) to entertain ME while cooking but you and I still have a problem..."the curse" of catering to their daily dietary needs with no rest in sight. I would love for someone to just make me dinner (and clean up the mess) as well as I can do it.
Aug. 15, 2009 11:28 am
When you make the best I guess your family says...why buy other peoples cookin. I say, too bad, when you just wanted to treat them and yourself to something different. It sounded good to me.
Aug. 15, 2009 11:57 am
Some years ago, after my 2nd back surgery and a BAD`infection, we decided to take the family ( about 12) out to a nice restaurant for Thanksgiving. I thought it was excellant food, but coming out of the restaurant, all I heard was "it wasn't the same-" "I'd rather eat at home-" No rest for Mother, no matter what !
Aug. 15, 2009 6:23 pm
Dawn V...sounds like you're getting bu rned out on making meals....2 years ago I sat my dear ol' husband down and we made an agreement that I would cook and he would clean up. The kids use to do this but with school and work, they aren't around alot. Don't be afraid to ask for help!
Aug. 15, 2009 7:31 pm
Unless I feel a strong craving for a Big M. at McD's. or other fast food eatery I'm in total agreement with your family. What once was super enjoyable at a restaurant, is now a waste of money. Of course a special dinner at an upscale establishment is a treat but for the most part I would rather eat at home. You are right - we have spoiled ourselves. Hooray!
Aug. 17, 2009 4:46 am
I had to smile reading your blog. My daughter moved back home to finish college locally and I am expecting a flock of her friends to descend next Sunday. I also shall be feeding everyone always!
Aug. 17, 2009 10:19 am
I love to cook when it isn't always a chore. Next time, just say it's a new recipe - don't tell them it's a short cut. The best part of home cooking is the good smell in the kitchen. If you bring home takeout, at least make brownies to appease their noses.
Aug. 19, 2009 4:34 pm
Thanks for all your wonderful comments! Happy Cooking!
Aug. 29, 2009 4:31 am
Hi cocojo remember that there will come a time when you'll miss cooking. The kids grow up, go wherever, start living their own lives. You'll maybe get them all back for Christmas (great time) with the grandkids and their pups or dogs. You will probably only have managed to come to terms with just cooking for two instead of 5, 6 or 7, and it all starts over again - trying to cook for two again. Then things will start to change when you and DH get older, food requirements change when you retire and are just pottering around the garden etc. In your words - Happy Cooking.
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