This month is sort of exciting for me because I'm taking two online courses I'm really TINGLY about. The first is the Celebrate the Rhythm of Life course for February, focusing on...you guessed it..rhythm! The second is the Whole Food kitchen workshop and it's going to be awesome. I'm hoping these courses can sort of guide me into the mother I really strive to be...this mother is a hell of a lot more organized. If you saw my house right know you'd be rolling your eyes and laughing. Unpacked boxes in the garage? Check (500 of them..) books and bits of paper and dog hair and misplaced socks and crumbs and half finished art projects everywhere? Check. Check annnnnd check!
This first week is mealtime, which is a joke at the moment.
The first problem I'm having is keeping my dining room table cleared of stuff. Art projects, books, random mason jars with orange juice left in them, pip cleaners, bits of glitter...I really need to establish a table where the kids sit to do their little projects but for now the dining room table is it, and it's a mess. I want a pretty table with fresh flowers, candles and a little basket filled with "blessings" for mealtimes. That is my goal for this month, to have that (or some twisted Tracy version of that) With the CSA we joined as well as having raw milk delivered Paige is learning more about where our food comes from. She loves raw milk, asks about the cows we use for "meat" and is really sort of excited for our garden this summer because I've promised her a small area of her own to watch things croak bloom.
The second is the general attitude of dinner. I'm torn, I have questions for YOU guys (if anyone reads this)
Do you enforce a "sit down" dinner for those under age 3?
The next struggle is meal planning. I'm a big planner, but it ends there -- I food shop, make lists, plan lunches and breakfasts and they just don't happen. We grab soup at the bakery on the way home for lunch, we have plans I forgot about in the evening, I don't feel like it, we are all cranky etc. But the thing is, I want so badly to execute a meal plan that it hurts. Being a big planner but a realist I've come to realize my goal is this: to make a list of meals I'd like to make at some point during the week. If we decide to have grilled cheeses on Tuesday instead of Thursday that's perfectly fine, as long as the food is enjoyed and used in it's prime and we follow a nice little blessing at my *fingers crossed* pretty table.
This week has started but here are some ideas for meals:
Today I have evening plans (sans kids! go wild woman) so the children & husband are on their own. I do have these yummy macaroni's from Whole Foods the kids can have that are easy to heat up, and there's applesauce and baby carrots and a slew of other things that are easy as pie to prepare. And hell if all else fails, there's chocolates. For a snack though, the kids will be having baked beans (already made) and cornbread sliced up.
Wednesday is a school day, so the morning is a rush most of the time..a rush in which Paige wants cold cereal and cold orange juice in a mason jar thank you very much, so that's that. She has lunch at school and Wyatt and I have plans with my Dad so we will be taking him out on the town (probably a diner) and for dinner we will be having twice baked potatoes with cheeses and veggies and herbs all mixed in.
My goal tomorrow: to make kale chips in my dehydrator. Side note: if you have one of these very fun machines what do you enjoy making?
Thursday we are going to be having cinnamon scrolls for breakfast (homemade) and for lunch I am thinking avocado grilled cheeses with fresh fruit. Something. We will be having a roast chicken for dinner with probably asparagus which surprisingly we all really, really enjoy.
...I have no idea what I'm going to make Friday. I had an idea once, but it got swept away.
So you see, I need help.
I am going to be working on next weeks meal plan and will share asap. As well as my progress. I'll be truthful! Ha!