Ladies…Ladies…You guys! Whoever is reading this right now — Have you ever heard a mama complain or cry about getting meals out fresh and ready for her family to eat? It’s something that I’ve “struggled” with from time to time since my first born (currently 8 months pregnant with my second).
I typically “struggle” with being creative with trying new recipes with different ingredients etc. And then, I’m not that great at the whole timing thing of when and how to prep for meals. I’ll KNOW what I WANT to cook, but not prepping properly by…Oh, I dunno marinating meat at least a day in advance or chopping up vegetables and setting up shop earlier in the day so dinner CAN be ready on time! Especially when you have a toddler you’re with all day, you get kind of caught up in play-time, park-time, nap-time, coloring-time…and so on. Being a stay-at-home parent is definitely a challenge when it comes to scheduling your days for maximum efficiency for goal setting. And ya know what they say about how if you keep pushing something off for “just a lil bit later” you will end up just not doing it at all…*points at myself* That’s me a lot of the time, but especially with cooking!
I have not given up on trying! I have had some very successful cooking adventures and satisfied, full bellies as a result!
Do you know what I did today? Well, as far as what happened in the kitchen and a bit of cleaning goes…
- Made oatmeal with fresh fruit and seeds for us (mom and dad) and cheese “breakfast tacos” for my little man. Made hot tea for dad also.
- Juiced a fresh green juice for us 3 AND cleaned that dang juicer (everyone of you who have one, know how many layers of a juicer you must clean every single use)
- I was craving a green smoothie so I made one for baby and one for myself with our Nutribullet.
- Changed 3 poopie diapers in between park-time, nap-time, potty training-time and laundry-time
- Made a simple veggie wrap (beans, rice, cheese, bell pepper, mushroom, onion, fresh lettuce + tomato + avocado + Alfalfa sprouts, and veggie nuggets)
And then…Dinner ideas completely LEFT me. I was actually pooped by then and didn’t feel inspired to think of WHAT to cook and then do the actual cooking. Seriously, how do you working parents do it? On a consistent basis too? I am ALL ears.
So you know what I did? ORDERED PAPA JOHN’S [DELIVERY] PIZZAAAAA! With the suggestion of dad of course. I secretly (in my imaginary world) got down on my knees and prayed to the good Lord and Jesus Christ with freakin’ tears in my eyes when he mentioned delivery pizza so non-chalantly, not judging me for yet again ordering take-out for the third day in a row.
Usually when ordering Papa John’s at 4pm, the wait time is almost an hour or more but guess what else happened…The wait from time ordering to the knock on our door was literally under 40 minutes! And this time…The pizza LOOKED perfectly baked and put together, it was piping hot and it was just…magnifico! And the best part of all…It actually did taste quite amazing. The only things I was left with cleaning were the juicer parts, few pans, and plates. All done before bath time and bed time!
Here’s a good question for you all…HOW IN THE HELL AM I GOING TO TOP HOT, FRESH, & DELIVERED PIZZA FOR TOMORROW’S DINNER?!