Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wake Me Up When Spring Comes

It's that point in the year when I feel like the word hibernation describes my life in so many ways. Although we are busy and out and about...I mostly just want to be home where it is warm and there are jammies.

At school, registration is revving up.
This is mind blowingly stressful and hard the opposite of hibernation.

But I WANT to hibernate. So I get a little quiet...on the inside.

What I have been doing a lot of since Christmas is cooking. We've eaten out a lot less and I've been trying to cook as much as I can at home. It's mostly healthier (I am not yet cooking completely healthfully, but at least it's better than fast food?!) and a whole lot easier on the bank account.

I've been making lots of cookies and bars, which helps me feel like a nice mom sometimes. Tonight there are oatmeal raisin cookies in the oven and it smells fantastic! Guess what we're having for breakfast tomorrow?! (Update: My kids don't like the cookies. Bummer. I don't think they are sweet enough for them. So guess what I'M having for breakfast tomorrow?)
I'm addicted to this soup, so we've had it three times in the past six weeks. YUM.

The other night when I wanted to make a spicy meal that Hubs and I used to enjoy almost once a week (have you had Zataran's? Their Jambalaya is so GOOD.), so I made a bizarre little alternative meal for my kids and they loved it. Squid dogs. The name really yucks me out, but the kids thought it was so cool and ate 'em up. I even served them with ants on a log in my bid for COOLEST MOM EVER.

I received Pioneer Woman's cookbook for Christmas from my parents and have enjoyed several recipes from there. This one from her site is something I've made twice in the past month and it is really good. The kids prefer plain noodles, which is fine by me because the left overs make a great lunch.

I guess when the weather outside is constantly unpredictable and harsh and the work world can be a bit the same...I enjoy the control I can have in the kitchen and the smiles it can create at the table.


Aliki2006 said...

There you are! I was wondering where you had gone...

That baked potato soup looks wonderful--I might have to try it. The hot dog squid things? Not so much, but I can completely see how kids would find them cool!

Jenifer said...

I just printed the soup recipe, man that looks good. Then again I think I would eat just about anything with bacon in it.

My kids must be the only ones on earth who will not touch a hot dog! Those squids are cool though and I have a godson who will think I am way cool when I make them for him.

Jen said...

We just made a huge batch of Baked Potato Soup over the of my faves and I've been enjoying it for lunch this week as well.

How funny - I tore the page with the Squid Dogs on it from my family fun magazine just a few days ago. I thought the kids would think they were cool!

Anyway, wake me when Spring least we've seen the sun a few times this week!

MidwestTwinGirl said...

Ewww, I suppose that Alaina would lvoe the squid dogs, but I might gag watching her eat them. I'm a no fun mom.

She currently having homemade mini pizzas almost everynight. English muffins with pizza sauce, cheese, pepperoni. Tada!

Mimi said...

There really is something soothing about cooking. About turning ingredients into something warm and delicious and nourishing.

Um, even if it's called "squid dogs"