I should be menu planning, but I decided to write about menu planning instead.
At this moment, there is a giant pile of STUFF sitting next to me while I think about starting to work on my November menu plan. My recipe books, a couple of Cooking Light magazines, my food master list, the weekly grocery sales flier, my coupons, scissors to cut coupons, paper, pens, and of course, my menu planning calendar.
I ebb and flow with the whole menu planning thing. Sometimes I can whip out an entire month in about 15 minutes. Other times, like today, it’s a chore that I avoid at all costs. I get burned out for a variety of reasons. Sometimes I get a lot of ‘yuck,’ or other neutral feedback about a string of meals. Other times, I get tired of eating the same 10 things over and over. It’s hard to please everyone. Hillary and Moby are picky. The list of foods they won’t eat is ASTONISHING. I cooked differently when I met Moby, so I didn’t even know he was a picky eater until just a few years ago. Hillary is a chip off the old block, too. Then there’s me, with a looooong list of foods I cannot tolerate that just so happen to be right up there on the rest of the family’s list of favorites. In a nutshell, I need health food and everyone else hates it. Except Maris. She’ll eat anything. The list of foods that mesh these two completely different tastes is short. But I don’t give up. Hillary is still maliable. Just this week she decided she liked peas and cream of wheat. That’s a huge win for Mom! Moby is another story. I figure he’ll come around after he has The Big One. Soooooo….what more can I really say about menu planning? It’s a challenge and I’m avoiding it. Oh, here, meet my menu planner.
It’s a Pizza Corner calendar. Which also happens to be a great meal when I feel like doing zero cooking. The pizza, not the calendar. Well, I probably shouldn’t put this off any longer. Although……I could just go to bed. Yep, that’s what I think I’ll do.