Growing up I didn’t really cook. Well, I helped my mom in the kitchen but I was grossed out by meat and didn’t enjoy making dinner. After getting married I realized that we needed to eat and that meant cooking, so I made the meals that I knew. Ingredients and recipes I was familiar with. Casseroles, tater tots (oh how I love tater tots!), chicken, turkey, pasta.
Then, I found cookbooks. Wonderful new foods to try, foods that were different, foods I had never heard of. And I started to love cooking. We never had a list of weekly dinners posted on the refrigerator. Dinner would be a surprise when Brian would come home from work.
After almost 15 years of marriage, I’m now doing meal planning. I was resistant. It felt too…stay-at-home-mom, boring, predictable. But I’ve found out that it’s helpful. It’s more cost effective and it makes me more organized and with a toddler that is important! Each week the menu is different. I guess in my mind that’s one way I can keep it from becoming too boring. Plus, I love experimenting with new recipes! So far, it's working out well. I don't have something planned for each day of the week because some days are for leftovers or for my lazy, comfort food cooking (grilled cheese, pasta, risotto).
Miette is now old enough to know that we pray before eating our meals. And she makes sure to remind me if I forget! It’s so cute watching her fold her little hands and then enthusiastically say “Amen!” when the prayer is done. I love sharing meals with my family (and with friends) and I look forward to sharing many more with the ones I love.