I got some great responses to my plea for help in the kitchen a couple of weeks ago. Lots of emails, comments and suggestions. While I by no means could be counted as someone who knew what she was doing in the kitchen, I am trying!
Here are the three main things I gleaned from the advice I was given:
- The crockpot is your friend. Use it often. This is my new favorite activity...I run home at lunch, throw a bunch of stuff in the crockpot and by the time I get home the house smells great. This time of year especially I love that homey feeling I get when I walk in and smell something cooking.
- Wine is an even better friend. And if you don't (or can't) drink, find some other way to treat yourself while you are in the kitchen. For me personally, a nice glass of red wine or a pumpkin-something beer makes this whole cooking thing fairly tolerable. I've also been saving some of my favorite shows on the DVR that Parke won't watch with me (Hello, Nashville and Greys Anatomy, I've talking to you!) and saving it for the "me" time in the kitchen. This scatters unwanted visitors fairly quickly. Also, I still love McDreamy and don't care who knows it. Did you know Christina is leaving the show? Devastation. This is another blog post in and of itself.
- Pinterest!! If you don't have a Pinterest account get one immediately. This week we have had two Pinterest meals loved by both husband and baby. A miracle on 1322 Fairmont Street.
I've also really become a label reader when it comes to what I am feeding my family. Which, to be honest, kind of ticks me off. I mean, here we are working, mom-ing, wife-ing etc. etc....is it really too much to ask just to be able to walk into the grocery store and pick up food without worrying about what is in it that might kill us all? Like seriously, apparently that really is too much to ask?!
Hopping off my soapbox, I do want to say thank you for all of your help...the Harris food revolution has begun and I could not have done it without you!!