I’m a domestically challenged stay-at-home mom with two handsome boys. I have spent most of my life not liking food. Therefore, while most girls were in the kitchen with Mom, I was on the ball field. I now have a family of my own, and
kitchen common sense still eludes me.
My husband does most of the cooking, which often includes going out to eat. With two kids, the budget is being stretched ever tighter. So, I have two choices. I can continue to allow my family to eat fast food on a regular basis, or
I can start cooking.
This will be a difficult road. I will have to learn to make a menu that makes sense and shop at the grocery store for everything I need without all the things I don’t.
The process will surely entail many things ruined and hopefully a few successes. But ultimately, my family will have something homemade at least four days a week and increased quality time. It might even prove to be a good stress reliever.
My first attempt at creating a menu included hours of searching through AllRecipes.com to find recipes that I thought that even my picky eaters (this includes me) would like to try. I attempted to find recipes that used some of the
same ingredients that would leave leftovers for lunch the next day.
After choosing six new recipes, I attempted to organize my shopping list. I’m sure that this sounds simple to most, but it was more complicated than I had originally thought.
The store was also foreign territory. I bypassed the pre-made, processed foods and made my way to the produce section. The bill wasn’t as bad as I had expected. There were quite a few staples that were missing from my soon to be used
kitchen. So, future trips might be even better.
My fridge and pantry are now stocked, and I’m ready for my first attempt at real cooking.