My prayers of late have focused on serving my family with love and joy. Bah, I'm not very good at it. I've been on the computer and my phone less, watching less "My Fair Wedding with David Tutera" (why did no one tell me of this show?!), reading less, sitting on the couch eating chocolates less, and doing more housework, cooking, laundry, and cleaning.
The other night
I'm content knowing I cook with few processed foods, but I think J would like a week where I don't prepare spaghetti. Speaking of processed foods: last night I made baked potatoes (fail - takes so dang long in the oven, never turns out) pork chops, and steamed vegetables. When I go to the store I stare at those rice boxes, and dinners you pop in the microwave, and hamburger helper boxes, dreaming of how easy dinner would be if I utilized them, but I always turn my cart around, buy our usual foods. This time I indulged! I bought one of those steam bags of vegetables from the freezer section, you just pop it in the microwave, it inflates, you eat it. It was fine, but I was a bit freaked out by steaming vegetables encased in plastic in the microwave. Okay, that's not processed, it's more pre-made.
Part of our food issues stem from my inability to try new things. Another large issue: I don't like a lot of foods. I'm SO picky, oh goodness it's pathetic. I have the palate of an average three-year-old. But part of this whole serving my family with love and a good attitude thing is about change. So I am going to try one new recipe a week. I think. I hope. I'm scared already.
So tell me, what's your favorite dinner recipe? Go ahead and throw gluten free things my way too. I'm taking B to the naturopath on Friday and I'm pretty sure dropping wheat is going be suggested. I'm afraid I won't be able to consume sufficient calories if wheat is removed from my diet, but if it will make the rash go away, I'll do it.
And if you know a good, affordable chef please send them my way.
One more thing: Bennett's birth story was featured on Mama Birth today.