So I want to start out this post by making a confession to you all. I can’t and don’t always follow my weekly menu. There are some weeks, like last week, where life is just too hectic and I don’t even have time to hit the grocery store. Last week the Italian wedding soup that I was craving on Sunday never got made. Our Sunday was filled with soccer and baseball games, as well as a soccer party, and by the time we all got home, we we’re wiped, so we just opened the fridge and had a dinner of leftovers. On Monday I had a meeting for a new work venture I’m starting, so I didn’t even have time to hit the grocery store. Eli had a family baseball game and Zoe had dance, so I ended up feeding her a boxed pasta from Annie’s, and John and Eli picked up dinner on the way home. Zoe looked at me as I made up the pasta and laughed because she hadn’t had that pasta in years. I felt frazzled and stressed and realized that if I’m going to work outside the home a bit, then I really need to come up with a better plan, get more organized as far as stocking my fridge and pantry, so when those crazy nights come up, I have a pantry and fridge full of items that I can toss together for a satisfying and tasty meal. The reason I’m telling you all this is because I don’t want to ever come off as someone who has it all together, because I really don’t. I get frazzled and stressed and feed my kids boxed pasta once and while and that’s ok! We have to make short cuts in life once in a while to keep our sanity, right? As much as I preach about keeping a well stocked pantry and fridge, I don’t always follow my own advice, and sometimes I need reminders like last week to get my game on again, so game on!
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