September. As a parent the end of my summer is spent studying calendars and schedules, asking my kids what they want to learn this year, and wondering how we are going to fit it all in. This year is even more crazy as we are running three businesses on top of homeschooling the children. Our September is insanity! But I discovered something that is going to help me survive the September insanity, and hopefully turn it into a little bit of tasty sanity.
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Do you know that feeling? The one where you look at the calendar and wonder how everything is going to fit together? As my boys get older and develop their own interests, I find putting together our days is becoming like a puzzle. My role is to fit all the pieces together to create a plan that will work for all of us without destroying the budget or driving us all crazy.
One of the things I protect fiercely is our supper time. It is so important to me that we all sit down and eat together. Every single day. It’s important for our connection as a family, it’s important for my children’s stability and health, and it’s important because one day we won’t spend this time together and I want to cherish these moments we have right now.
I make sure our schedule always allows for us to eat together. It’s our non-negotiable.
What my schedule doesn’t always allow is time to cook those suppers!
That means doing the inevitable drive thru on the way home (no delivery out where we live!), and eating our dinner out of a paper bag sometimes.
Not exactly the quality nutrition and family time I envision for our meals together.
And those meals out? They are EXPENSIVE! Especially now my boys are starting to develop their teenage boy appetites, it’s like shoveling food into a bottomless pit some days.
I knew I needed to find a better way this year, and I did!
I admit, I was a little unsure about this whole thing. I pictured slop-like meals, consisting of flavourless gruel, but I have discovered how seriously wrong I was! You can do amazing things with freezer meals, but you need to know how to do it right, or you will end up feeding your family slop, and no one wants to be a “have-not” (any other Big Brother fans out there?).
If you are like me and just learning your way around freezer meals there some amazing courses and resources over atFreezer Meals 101. If you have the time, I highly recommend the video course. There is something about seeing it all being done that makes the whole thing so much more approachable and easy! I know I need a lot more easy wins in my life.
Check it out and let’s compare notes to see which meals become your family favourites! Ours are Pizza Buns, Beef Stroganoff and Lemon Pesto Chicken…. so good!