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March 16, 2014

February: Cook

Does it count if my mom cooked — at my house, mind you? (So I was totally surrounded by things being cooked . . . )

Does it count if I gathered a lot of terrific recipes into a spreadsheet? (Camilla’s blog was invaluable in that process!)

What about scrawling incomplete meal plans on various scraps of paper when I had nothing else to do (or at Church; shhh, don’t tell)?

Are you guys gonna stop giving me suggestions (like I asked for here and here and here) if I never seem to put them into practice?

Part of me feels like I owe a public apology here. Especially to Kristin since she not only provided me with recipes  but also spent hours walking me through easy recipes and freezer meals several years ago! I should have been a pro after that!

Alas, the goal for February of having a workable meal plan was a bust. But I don’t want you to think there was no progress. We did manage to:

  • Spend several hours discussing grocery shopping strategies so that Neal stops coming home with only 50% of the groceries I need for any particular recipe
  • Agree to increase our grocery budget to $200/month — this is a pretty big deal if you know that for several years Neal was on a quest to spend only $100/month on groceries
  • Reorganize the kitchen cupboards into a more intuitive arrangement — also, a big deal if you know that with my love/hate relationship with food if a food item is hard to reach or the pan I need is stacked under three heavier pans, I’ll usually just head back to bed and forgo eating altogether rather than mess around with it. Sad, but true.
  • Stock our freezer with about 40 pre-cooked single serving meals so that I have a quick lunch waiting for me on my lunch break; thanks, Mom; where would I be without you? (The answer: dead from hunger several years ago — clearly, this is not the first time she’s saved the day with freezer meals.)

While Neal and I didn’t get to much cooking in February, in March we got one of our rare nights away from Addison (cousin slumber party, yay!) and chose to make a double batch of salmon patties to eat and freeze for later. I still haven’t decided if that was sensible or stupid.

So the good news: we have food in our freezer and cupboards! And I haven’t had to eat beans more than two to three times a week.

The bad news: with no ongoing meal plan, I’ll probably eventually revert back to daily tacos and then freak out when I can’t take it anymore. Stay tuned. 🙂



  1. Progress is good!! When Neal is a famous author and you’re rescuing the needy, buy me a ticket to California and I’ll help stock your freezer with meals 🙂 I live for that – nothing makes me happier than seeing a freezer full of meals!!! and confession here… I also meal plan at church!

    Comment by Kristin — March 17, 2014 @ 3:56 am

    • So glad you’re not too mad at my incompetence 😉

      Comment by llcall — March 23, 2014 @ 5:40 pm

  2. I would love to cook for you Linds! And I was going to send you some recipes a couple times, but I thought they’d overwhelm you because I love using spices so it looks like a lot of ingredients and work. Keep moving forward in your cooking though, it’s so easy now with all the blogs, pinterest, cooking shows, etc.

    Comment by Ishkhanoohie — March 17, 2014 @ 3:52 pm

    • You’ve already done a lot for our cooking by giving me your taco soup recipe — if we could eat that 6 days a week, Neal would totally be up for it!

      Comment by llcall — March 23, 2014 @ 5:39 pm

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