Sunday, May 1, 2011

Menu Monday

I don't know about you, but on Mothers Day I except to be worshiped for all the sacrifices I make to raise these kids. I mean, it's just one day. How hard can that be? But alas, it never quite works that way... even though I still secretly hope for it. Parenting is tough. It's like running a marathon that lasts MORE than 18 years. I can't even run a mile without wheezing. It seems that the older they get the harder it is. Not that my kids aren't amazing (they are) and it's not like we have drug issues or huge rebellions or any major stuff. But it's emotionally exhausting (think lot's of medicinal chocolate) to teach character and kindness and love and selflessness to these people that I'm responsible for. Especially when it goes against everything in their (and sometimes my) nature. There is no instant reward or enlightenment on their faces. That's saved for the sit-com's on TV. Usually the rewards are spread pretty darn far apart. They are worth it, for sure, but I expect Mother's Day to fill in the gaps until the next rewarding moment arrives. It's like a little life preserver thrown my way in the middle of the parenting process to keep me afloat till next year. Now what the heck does this have to do with Menu Planning you ask? Not much other than the fact that I refuse to cook on Mothers Day.

So there. (this is me sticking me tongue out)


A fresh batch of muffins to stuff the freezer: Berry Smash Muffins
OR: oatmeal, farina, PB toast and Fruit.


Homemade Mac and Cheese
with some sort of veggie
Crockpot Falafel
Egg Salad Sandwiches with fresh veggies and dip
Crockpot Ginger Chicken over brown rice with steamed veggies
Baked Potato Bar with chili, cheese or steamed broccoli
Leftover Buffet
Mother's Day (You can't MAKE me cook)


Kim said...

Good for you! And thanks for reminding me~I'm not cooking either! :)

Annie said...

Here, here! This mama doesn't cook on Mother's Day either!

I was so excited to see Crockpot Falafel on your menu for this week. I still have a non-meat meal to fill, and love that recipe. (found it right here!) Given that it's still crazy-cold for *May* and we're now entering our 3rd week of near-constant rain, warm foods sound so good.

Enjoy your week and your day off!

Halfmoon Girl said...

Love the picture! Enjoy your cooking free Mother's Day!

Anonymous said...

I don't know if I missed where you explained this, but what do you do for lunches, snacks,etc? It seems like that's what really busts my budget! I usually cook dinner with the plan to serve leftovers for lunch, but sometimes it all gets eaten. Or like last night my son showed up with 3 extra friends and my brother in law showed up, too. What do you keep on hand for the unexpected?

Marishannon said...

Enjoy your cooking free day on Sunday! I have no idea whether I will be cooking that day or not. I am leaning towards not :)

momma-lana said...

Not cooking either! Hubby goes for KFC every year! It is a tradition!