In today’s fast paced world it’s increasingly hard to find time for making real food. With caring for family and demanding jobs it’s easy to get caught up in a cycle of convenience meals.
About 7 years ago I went from making elaborate meals, throwing fun kids parties, and making fun cakes to the person who made chicken nuggets every single week. My oldest who is now 10 had started cooking with me before her second birthday. We would hold impromptu princess tea parties with sandwiches cut into tea pot shapes and cakes with fondant to consume in a cardboard castle we had built. But, her younger siblings never got to experience that.
Two years ago her health forced me to start cooking again. It has taken me these 2 years to get back into the swing of cooking. But it’s still not like it used to be. There are no more elaborate birthday cakes (still get elaborate parties), in fact I rarely bake at all these days, and I still don’t have a pancake breakfast every Saturday, but I’m cooking again.
I’m creating new ways to incorporate making real meals into my busy life. In fact while I still have a few tried and store bought true convenience meals I can say that most of them are home made meals that I’ve premade for nights I don’t have it in me to cook. I’ve planned get togethers that involve cooking huge batches of food, allowing me time with friends and to stock out freezers with good food we made ourselves. My 4 year old is starting to learn to help me in the kitchen and my 2 year old will soon be getting jobs like my 10 year old once had.
My point is that I get it. There is NEVER enough time. You have to make it and when you can’t thats ok too. But, as I cook more meals myself again I value them more. I value the time watching my two year old smash bananas, my 4 year old stirring whatever is in the mixing bowl, my 10 year old beam with pride that she can cook on the stove by herself, and the time spent together enjoying our hard work.