My girls were on spring break from college this week. Their plans interfered with family plans because I really had no clue of the plan till the day of. We had food waste this week. I simply had no energy and failed to really look in the fridge. I had my paper plans for food this week but some days we did not cook, they had sandwiches and I had beans from a can. I love to cook and love to plan meals. I am in the last two months of the last trimester of this pregnancy and I am feeling so uninspired. I do not have enough physical help, even though I have enough people.
This past week my husband was hired as a full-time employee for the company he has been on temporary assignment for for the past 6 months. He has been working first shift 6am to 230pm. He now works 4pm till 230am four days a week with Fridays supposedly off. We do know there is a big assignment or project and they will be working most Fridays this month. Thankfully not a 10 hour day!
We have had to change our entire schedule and life. We now have “dinner” our big meal at lunch so we can eat with my husband. We eat lunch now at dinner time.
I wasted leftover green beans, white Basmati rice and broccoli. They were in the back of the refrigerator,where I could have easily found it if I was on my A game. I feel bad about the food waste. I hope to have some energy soon. I decided this week to buy Paper plates yesterday at Aldi to use temporarily. Also this week I planned meals that require little prep time or are “easy” to cook. I hope to have another week of no food waste since this week broke my streak.
No Food Waste to report this week. I knew we had a hectic week. So I planned easy to cook meals. My son Daniel helped with some of the prep and clean up. Leftovers were eaten for lunch and dinner. Some grapes I thought would go bad, we froze and ate for a snack.
No food waste to report this Friday. I believe I cheated again.
Barely cooking, barely shopping. Some days I cooks to late.
Breakfasts are mostly cold. Lunch is cold sandwiches and dinner I cook late.
I have majored in napology this week. I seem to either be overwhelmingly tired or overwhelming hungry. Maybe it has something to do with being seven months pregnant and feeling slow and huge?
I have too many plans for dinner but I really want someone to bring us dinner already cooked and paper plates so I don’t have any dishes to wash and can sleep more. Most days by the end of the day I am quite deliriously exhausted. I haven’t been enforcing undone chores. I have been too tired to parent, I have been asleep. When I notice undone things, my people are away at their activities: Community College,Part time job or basketball practice or some other important cause. Maybe if I insisted on everyone doing their share, I will be less tired and have more time to be Mom.
I am thrilled to report NO food waste this week. I feel as if it was a cheat week. I cooked way less lunch and breakfast meals. We had the basket ball tournament this week,two day of two hour physical therapy sessions and a couple of days of running various errands. I did NOT feel like a stay at home mom this week. I did not make either our batch of yogurt or pumpkin muffins.
This week I have a few items to share that I have wasted.
A tiny Pyrex with leftover green beans in them. I meant to eat those for lunch but they were hidden from view.
There is about 1/2 cup of black beans. I also meant to have those leftovers from lunch but the black hole in the back of the refrigerator sucked them in, hiding them from plain view of the big bellied preggo.
Last, but certainly NOT least was some homemade yogurt that would have been lovely, had I not tried the agave sweetener in it. No ONE liked the agave in the yogurt. They prefer honey or table sugar or even plain but they thought the agave was gross.
No food waste to report this week. I did not purchase “real” groceries. They had pizza, baked chicken,rice, and green beans, boxed mac n cheese and Aldi battered fish patties, leftovers pizza and breakfast for dinner this week. I was a happy camper this week. I did not totally break the budget either.
I decided to have some grace for myself. I realized at this season of my life I need to do easier. I can not handle the crockpot cooking at this season. The smell of food cooking is NOT going to work right now, and that is okay. My family can survive on whatever I am able to feed them. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Balanced would be lovely. Short and sweet is better and the less I handle it is better also.