I recently joined a group on Facebook that is all about documenting the real life moments of our day. Each month we have a new theme; usually a specific time of day. This month the theme was dinner time. I kept procrastinating waiting for that day that I knew I’d be proud to share our spectacular life, and it never came. I kind of forgot that the best moments are the real ones.
My mom reality right now is that I am extremely pregnant, completely exhausted, and often procrastinate meal planning until 10 minutes after we should have been eating. Thank goodness I had a mother who took the time to teach me how to create and cook a full meal from whatever I have in the fridge and pantry in 15 minutes!
While I was hunting in the fridge and pantry for inspiration Wally tried to help set the dishes that I had stacked on the table. Once I removed him from the table he then decided that pestering the cat, who was trying to eat his own dinner, was as good of a plan as setting the table.
I found some leftover ham, a few heads of broccoli and some sweet potatoes. Potatoes in the microwave, broccoli cut and in the pot to steam and hand washing commenced! Once the potatoes came out 7 minutes later I got the ham in the microwave for a few minutes while I cut up and dished out the potatoes. Then we were ready to eat.
I’m grateful to have kids that not only eat broccoli, but actually really like it!
The potatoes were the crowd favorite. Probably helps that we sprinkle some brown sugar on top.
After everyone else left the table Wally thought he needed all of the remaining ham to be on his plate. This was after he ate quite a bit of it. He was awfully proud of his self-sufficiency and cleverness in using his fork to get the ham dish close enough to dump onto his plate.
Well there you have it, a typical dinner time at our house! Nothing fancy, but we have fun and eat together!
Make sure you check out Hannah C.’s post and follow the circle to check out more daily dinner routines.
What does your dinner time usually look like? What tricks do you have for healthy meals when you just don’t feel like being super mom?