Monday, September 13, 2010

What I Made for Dinner: September 13, 2010

Chicken Caesar salad with tomatoes.

I like that my kids will eat salad for dinner, even if Alex just eats the chicken and croutons and picks around the pesky vegetables.  I like to pretend he eats some vegetables accidentally.  Everyone likes a Caesar, and it's a good way to use up cold cuts or leftover chicken (or ham or whatever) if you have them.

There's not that much to say about evenings at our house these days.  There's at least one kid's activity every weeknight, with the intermittent one-two punch of extra meetings and events on top of activities. 

I hate to keep complaining about our schedule, because it's tedious and also seriously?  That right there is a first-world problem if ever there was one.  "I hate to rush dinner because I have to drive my child to his soccer clinic."  Wherein "dinner" is a well-balanced, nutritious meal and "drive" refers to my own nice car and "soccer clinic" speaks for itself.  I also hate to complain because I realize, or maybe just assume, that everyone else maintains a similar schedule.

So I will not complain.  But I will ask, if anyone is reading:  How the hell do you manage?  How do you ferry everyone to and fro and keep them, and yourself, calm, sane, and nourished?   And I will say this:  Taco Bell cannot be the answer.


  1. Crap. Where are the answers? I don't even have a ton of activities I'm ferrying children to and from but I can hardly figure out dinner. I will be stalking the blog for the answers!

  2. No one is reading this, Holly. It's just you and me and the pancakes in here.

  3. I'm reading and my only answer is soup. Ha Ha since you know how much i like to make soup, but it sits on the stove ready for whenever. Salad is a good go with, and some kind of toast or bread.

  4. Guess I'm stuck with the Crock Pot and an actual attempt at weekly meal planning. Wish me luck.

  5. I start by limiting each kid to two things. Reece picks Scouts and one sport per season (football int he fall, nothing in the winter and baseball in the late spring/summer). Lainey picks gymnastics and dance. We'll sprinkle in some camps and lessons (Reece has taken art classes in the winter, for example).
    We don't do the Taco Bell (or fast food) thing much if at all, but I have given up the need to have A Big Sit Down Balanced Dinner with all four of us. If I can get a banana, a glass of water, some carrots and hummus, and a handful of almonds down a kid in the car on the way to something, I call it dinner and pat myself on the back. Because it could be a Happy Meal.