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To Cook Or Not To Cook


Sitting Down on the Job

Sitting Down on the Job

This is an older post, but I was thinking about it the other day when I let my children have cake for breakfast. I was tired, the baby was fussy, and it smelled so good just sitting there. Don’t judge me!!! lol For more shameful confessions, keep reading…

Anyone who knows me well (or reads my blog 🙂 ) also knows that I genuinely enjoy cooking. I love baking goodies to share, decorating cupcakes with my daughter, whipping up delectable meals for my family to gobble up, and just all around fixing scrumptious vittles. What many of you don’t know is that there are times I just plain absolutely fall down on the job. I mean, I really go outside the realm of ordinary feeding of family and children. To call what I do during those times cooking would be…well….a disgrace to cooks everywhere.

Take tonight, for instance. The hubby is on duty at the fire station, and I was gone most of the day with the munchkins. To say that I didn’t want to be bothered with cooking tonight is an understatement. I could not, would not, did not even want to think about bothering with it. I wanted to exercise for a few minutes while noone big enough to know how goofy I look bouncing around like a loon was here to watch. (I’m very much sick of the extra pudge in the tummy and thighs that’s still lingering from having my little Pumpkin, after years of being on the active side of life.) Guess what we had? Microwave maruchen noodles with a handful each of shredded baby spinach and pre-julienned carrots thrown in to make me feel like it was still a healthy dinner. While it microwaved and cooled, I did some of my old exercises & stretches with Princess Peach for the 15 minutes I would’ve probably spent throwing a simple dinner together. Winner, winner, what a dinner! 😉

To delve even deeper into the dark secret slip-ups of a mommy who usually loves cooking and feeding her family heartily…brace yourself, people, ’cause this one is an even bigger doozie!

Sometimes- like, say, yesterday- when my daughter asks for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for breakfast… *whispering guiltily* I let her. I know! Mom of the year here! Don’t give me that look! I was in a hurry, okay??

As if I haven’t already revealed enough of my lovely days of throwing in the towel of attempting to be something resembling Mrs. Handy Homemaker, there are also times when I throw together a bunch of chopped fruit and yogurt, then act really excited about it, and the kids & I have a fruit salad lunch that my sweet daughter thinks is a fruit party for princesses. Hey, at least this one is a healthy cheat! You’ve gotta give a girl credit for that!

So, now that you know some of my less-than-stellar moments of cookery, what are some of the things you do (or don’t do) on those days you are just too busy, too lazy or just not in the mood to have to fix something for your family? Don’t leave me hanging here! I ‘fessed up. Now it’s your turn! 😉 Oh, and if you want to try the cake I fed my kids for breakfast the other day, here you go… Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Glaze Cake


13 thoughts on “To Cook Or Not To Cook

  1. I think these sound like reasonable meals! I think my “lazy” dinners would include pancakes and soup/sandwich nights.


  2. I think those sound like good meals too. I am big on soup and salad when I am in a hurry. I’m also not above sandwiches. 🙂


  3. I think those sound like reasonable meals to me. I am certainly not above sandwiches and fruit and yogurt. I like soup and salads too.


  4. Hey, at least I’m not alone on this! My husband would think i’d lost my marbles if i tried feeding him fruit and yogurt for lunch, honestly! I should try it sometime…hmmm… 😉


  5. I feel your pain! Last night I definitely wasn’t in the “cooking” mood so… Sonic it was. And I felt sick afterwards. LOL. Going from eating at home then splurging on fast food- yuck! I should have took your advice and had a fruit party! 🙂


  6. We do the fast food splurges at times ourselves, especially if we are on the go and not coming home anywhere near time to eat. Fruit parties are generally much healthier, though! 🙂


  7. I like frozen pizza. Or eggs and toast.


  8. PB&J for supper. Or cereal for supper. I would never do this on my own – I never considered PB&J a meal, but my husband chooses these things of his own free will sometimes.

    When it’s just me and the kids, sometimes I pop open a can of spaghetti-o’s, open a sleeve of crackers and call it good.

    When I was single, I made many a meal out of tuna mixed with avocado. And ramen noodles. I have sworn off the ramen, though.


    • Oh, I used to eat cereal as a night time snack instead of for breakfast. Men have very different ideas of what is good to eat whem especially when they are cooking. Our diets were different when I was on bed rest! 🙂

      When I was single, I ate alot of Ramen noodles with sauted veggies thrown in and only half of the seasoning pack. Also, eggs with the veggies and cheese. It was quick and semi-nutritious. 🙂


  9. Oh, I can definitely relate! My favorite now that my kids are bigger and can get there own food is to declare it a YOYO night (You’re On Your Own). I pull out leftovers or sandwich stuff or fruit. Sometimes they just eat cereal. 🙂

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