Tuesday, May 01, 2007

I guess whatever falls out of the freezer when you reach in for frozen microwave lunch is what you're serving for dinner.

Ever feel like that? No other inspiration for menu creation. When I was single I often forgot to eat. It just didn't enter my mind. I never learned to create a menu, it just didn't matter. Now I've been married for almost 17 years, and I'm still lousy at menu planning. I sincerely apologize to my husband for this void in my skill set. Come to think about it, my skill set is very much like Swiss cheese, more holes than substance. My better skills are with drills and hammers and putting tangible things together. Not abstract things, like menus. Or being a good parent when it comes to dealing with my pre-teen daughter and getting her to do things the first, or even second time I ask. She either irritates me or she's an angel, there is no middle ground in how I handle it.

But I digress. My original point. Meal planning and how I suck at it. I'm toying with the idea of subscribing to a meal planning service, where for $10 you get three months of seasonal menus, five per week along with recipes and shopping lists.

I've been considering subscribing for almost a year, but have been afraid to sign up. Why? I don't know, I'm still working on that. The autistic part of me has a hard time identifying feelings and reasons, but I'll try. Maybe I'll fail, or the recipes will be horrible. Maybe my family won't buy in to the idea. Maybe they won't help. Maybe they will help. Maybe they will help if they have everything available and ready. Maybe they will be thrilled and the service will be a success. Maybe harmony will flow, and world peace will ensue. Maybe I'm asking too much for $10.

8 comments:

AM Kingsfield said...

I worked with a man who described how happy he was that his wife joined one of those services. He thought it was $10 well spent, even if they didn't have a schedule that accomdated as many meals as the service sent. Once or twice a week was nice.

Don't feel like you have to be Julia Childs every night.

just me said...

or you could try the "my girlfriend's kitchen" place nearby. you know, pre-cut meat, veggies, etc, and you take home however many meals you want or can afford. if you take your daughter you might even have a bonding experience :) I hear it's fun!

Anne said...

Thought of that, but I don't have the freezer space for the meals.

greeny said...

eliz107@hotmail.comI'm with AM. Don't sweat it every night.
I have found that a grilled cheese and tomato soup is still close enough to homemade and certainly not hard to clean up and it stands up well to say, a fried chicken meal the next night.

greeny said...

Whoops! I was hunting and pecking and not observing where my words were appearing.

Keith said...

Hum, what about the wild variations of pasta?

Truth be told, comfort food is an amazing thing!

We have a 60 minute kid's cook book, fun to let the kids pick a few meals each week and have the adults pic the rest. Give it a go!

John said...

I've not heard of that service. It sounds like a great idea. What with my wife dealing with knee problems and my wierdo schedule it would be great to have something like that so the kids and I could take over that chore without burning the house down.

Anne said...

Here's the URL for the service I'm considering: www.SavingDinner.com