Thursday, July 31, 2014

Confession Time

"How are you today?" asked the clerk at Aldi's. Yes, she put the emphasis on "today."


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This was the fourth time last week that I was in the store buying groceries. I often go in twice: once on Tuesday to get any fruit that was on sale till that day and then Wednesday or Thursday to pick up the regular groceries and the new sale fruit.

But four times?

Worst part was, that wasn't the last time I was in the store that week!

You say: Wait, Sharon. Aren't you Miss-plan-the-menu-ahead-and-go-to-the-store-once?

Yes...most of the time...well, some of the time...as a matter of fact...that's the ideal.

I could tell you all my excuses (and there were some), but the point is, it happens to all of us. (Unless you are my mother-in-law, who has never made an emergency trip to the grocery store in her life, but we won't talk about that.)

So I want you to know that if you feel like you couldn't always be as organized as I describe, neither can I!

Just because you didn't manage to get dinner on the table several nights this week is no reason to give up on family meals. 
* Sandwiches eaten together are family meals. 
* So are fast food burgers brought to your back patio.
* Pancakes, and even cereal, are a family meal. 
The important thing is to spend the time together.

With practice, you learn to get it together more and more and putting a meal idea together gets easier. And you can do it!  

(At least most of the time!)


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12 comments:

  1. Great thoughts! I'm in the grocery store more frequently than I would like because our three boys love to eat things I had plans for ;) I could totally do better giving myself some grace when I'm not able to cook because, as you said, we can still have family meals. Thanks for the encouragement!
    -S.L. Payne, uncommongrace.net

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    1. I've put signs on certain foods so they get saved for the meal I'm planning! But better to roll with it than get mad!

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  2. You are my neighbor at Spiritual Sundays, and yes we also try to only shop once a week but then we hit several stores for the best bargains - - and we stock up when we get a good buy. That way if we don't shop we have ample food to make do. Love your honest efforts to plan a good family time when it is time for a meal.

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    1. The plan, the ideal, and the reality are not always the same...at least in my life!

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  3. Hi Sharon, Meal planning isn't always easy. I try to have staples on hand, then get the fresh stuff we need but, do our best to try and only go once or twice a week if possible. I started putting our recipe favorites on the blog and on ziplist. I'm working on a recipe index to save time when hunting for good recipes. Thanks for sharing at the party! Great to have you. Theresa @DearCreatives

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    1. I do like you...most of the time! I keep a lot of favorites on a Pinterest board I call "Recipes: Tried and Liked". I got that idea from my DIL. It helps. I also have a "to try" board, so I try to have one of those each week. If I succeed in writing a menu and full list, we're all good!

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  4. I try and go to the grocery store only a couple times a month! Does it always work out? No...like today I have been out of butter for two days and am not planning to go to the store until Friday. It has become a challenge this week for me to find ways to do without butter until Friday!

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    1. Kudos for only twice a month! I tried that but I have two problems: 1) It's really hard for me to spend that much money so I tend to not buy enough. 2) I just am not able to plan that far ahead for all the changes that come into my life as far as who is eating at my house and what kind of meal we need.

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  5. I appreciate your "confession"! I've definitely had weeks like that. In my family, I work outside the home and he works from home, so he cooks on weeknights--but this week, he's out of town for 3 nights, and it's only my second week back to work after maternity leave...so I appreciate your reminder that the food doesn't have to be elaborate for a "family meal"! We had fish sticks and frozen veggies on Monday, sloppy joes with thawed filling (made in the slow cooker back in January!!) last night, but we enjoyed the time together. Tonight will be easy because there's a church supper and it's not pot luck. :-)

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    1. I'm so glad you had good times with your kids. I'm sure they didn't mind fish sticks and frozen veggies--that was a favorite of mine when I was a kid. I pulled "something" out of the freezer this week from who-knows-when. Turned out to be beef stew!

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  6. You are so right....the point isn't the food. The point is being family and sharing time together. Thanks for sharing this at Thrive at Home.

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  7. Thank you so much for sharing with Adorned From Above's Link Party
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

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