My family was stuck in a rut of hamburgers, hot dogs, spaghetti and frozen food when I decided enough was enough. I started playing a game to create a different dish every night for a year. Well, almost 4 years later here we are and I am still committed to making different meal every week day for my family. We changed the game from every day earlier this year as my family really wanted to repeat some of their favorite recipes so I decided we would use the weekends to repeat some of our favorite dishes.
I am a real mom with a real family and a busy life. My daughter dances 2-3 days a week and her studio is an hour away. We take dinner on the road with us those nights in divided dishes. Also, known in our house as “Dinners To-Go.” We do eat out but usually only about 1-2 times a month but we try to avoid drive thru and big chain fast food for local joints when we can. Many of my meals are slow cooker, one skillet or on the table from start to finish within an hour casseroles. I don’t like to fuss over everything and just want to make good tasting food that is from ingredients I know and my family will eat.
For the most part our recipes do not contain cream of “anything” soups, prepackaged mixes or cans of pre-made chili, sauces, etc…. I find it is usually just as easy to make my own with the things I have on hand. I will admit though there are times I reach for the can or jar with the long laundry list of ingredients and things I cannot pronounce but that gets less and less the more I cook and know what I will need to have on hand to make substitutions.
As we start our fourth year we are still going strong. We eat out far less than ever and still trying to get dinner on the table as inexpensively, quickly, and creatively as I can. My children have become fearless tasters and though they still have their likes and dislikes they are eating far more “exotic” foods than most children.
My blog has also become more about our life, travels, and just being a normal busy family. My food pictures are all taken as the food is served at the table, usually my plate. No special lighting, food moved with tweezers, or special coloring. I even use paper plates some nights! Gasp.
We love our life and try to live it as best as we can. These are our adventures…. In real life.