Thursday, June 21, 2012

What's For Dinner, Mom?

Those are the words that strike fear into this mother's heart.  They really do.  Especially if they are asked anytime after 3 p.m. and I don't have an answer. 

We aren't wealthy...we aren't even close.  So we can't just go to Hardees (3 doors down) or call for pizza.  And 9 times out of 10, all the supper options are in the freezer.  The worst place in the world for the supper options to be at 3 p.m. (for the record, we eat supper early, usually in between 4 and 5). 

I've done menu plans.  They work.  If you remember to make a plan, shop for the plan.  They work if your wonderful husband doesn't get into the food and make something else while you are at work.  They work if you remember to look at the plan in the morning and get things out to thaw.  I can't remember anything so meals can be a big problem here.

Once-a-month cooking intimidates me.  I figure if it takes me most of the afternoon to deal with one meal, then I don't have a hope to get more than 1 done in a day. 

This month's review item for Gabby Moms is What's For Dinner, Mom? by Lorrie Flem. 

Lorrie takes the first few chapters of this book (available for $12.97 from Eternal Encouragement) and explains the various methods of bulk cooking.  She gives you a little background on her family and that of her friend Karen.  (They are normal, busy people.  They are not Wonder Woman - I don't think anyway) 

Then Lorrie explains how SHE does bulk cooking.  She shares some of her favorite recipes and gives tips so you can modify your family's favorites to this method.  She makes bulk cooking do-able.  Now, I think I can do it.  And boy do I need to do it.  What a blessing I could be to my family! 

So, thank you to Lorrie!  You have taken the dread out of supper preparation.  I don't have to be home in order for our family to have a decent meal.  My family thanks you!


****I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review as part of the Gabby Moms review program.****

Friday, June 08, 2012

What's New with Us

Welcome Summer! 
I think it is finally here and I am glad to see it.  Although the winter was very mild here, I am thankful for sunshine, warm breezes and a few trees to sit under in our yard.  We are outside all the time.  Our garden is growing well and we are enjoying green onions, salad greens, spinach and even picked our first zucchini!  WooHoo! 

Finally school got out.  Greg tested into the 7th grade for the fall, so come August I will have a 10th grader and a 7th grader.  Not real sure how I feel about I'm not going to think about it.  LOL

Bear and Abby are great.  They are enjoying the swimming pool.  You have to practically drag Abby home from the pool.  She loves it!  So glad that they are able to enjoy it and have fun on the hot days.  Although I prefer not to be there, it could definately be worse. 

Camp season is upon us.  Greg is going to Bike Camp next week.  They will ride 20 miles a day at the Land Between the Lakes area in KY/TN.  It will be his first year but he is going with a lot of friends so should have a blast!  Lee is faculty at 1 camp in July and attending as a camper another week in July, then Greg will go another week in August.  So busy!!!!  Then school will start, but we aren't talking about that.

The stomach flu has hit here.  Lee was "sick" last Saturday.  Abby was sick on Sunday (she threw up for 12 hours).  Bear was sick on Thursday (another 12 hours) and Greg has been sick today (Friday - and another 12 hours).  Assuming that Lee actually had it (although a mild case by far) on Saturday that means that all the kids have passed it around.  It is possible that Norman also had a very mild case on the weekend but he has stomach issues sometimes so it is hard to tell.  So that leaves me.  Its like waiting in line for the know its coming and you wait with dread.  I don't see how it could miss me, but if you can OD on lysol and hand sanitizer, I am your girl.  Praying for a miracle.

I'm working outside the home 2 days a week now.  I average about 20 hrs a week.  I get to do some reading/sewing while there so it isn't like it is hard labor.  LOL  But I really have to play catch-up the rest of the days here at home.  Norman is home on the days I work so he cares for the kids, but not so much the house.  Also, I restarted my AVON business.  I gave it up when I got pregnant with Bear.  I missed it.  Really working hard to build  my customer base and make Unit Leader.  I've got a great team of 8 business partners so I am hoping next week will be my week :)  It is wonderful to meet new people and help them reach their dreams.  If you would like to be my customer you can go HERE.  Just make sure to choose direct delivery if you aren't local :)

I'm super tired so going to go lay down for a bit.  Hope that all are good and I will post again soon!