In keeping with my promise to myself, I’ve just written the first of hopefully MANY posts that aren’t specifically about autism for this year. I’m finding ‘me’ and who I am and what I like.
This is the #yearoftheoxygenmask after all
There are four questions that I absolutely HATE in this house.
1. How much longer?
2. Do I have to do my homework?
3. What’s for dinner?
(Well, actually – this is a family blog so the fourth question that I hate will have to be left to your imaginations)
My answers to the top two questions are usually along the lines of:
1. “As long as a piece of string” (or never if you keep nagging me)
2. “Absolutely” “Hell yeah” or a sarcastic “No, We’ll just hand in a blank book” (which incidentally is NOT a good idea when you have extremely literal aspies!)
But for the third question, I usually fumble with my words and um and ah because I’m not known for being very organised in the whole cooking department. It is partly because I see it as a grand waste of time because my minions refuse to eat almost everything that I cook (therefore making me feel like a pile of manure) and it completely sucks having to think of something new to cook EVERY night knowing full well that it will probably be rejected anyway.
But hoorah! Now I have a plan.
(For those that know me…..don’t fall off your seats in shock- I know that creativity is not my strong point) but when I saw something like this on Pinterest a while ago – I have had it stored in my memory bank ever since and have been determined to try and make one when I got a spare moment.
So I found a small snippet of time (when I was able to hide from the kids and their incessant demands for me to entertain them, feed them garbage or sort out their latest squabble) and I made it and I’m super proud of how it turned out!
I struggle every single day to try and think of what on earth to cook at mealtimes as I have such fussy eaters in my family. There are a few tried and tested recipes that they don’t necessarliy actually eat ALL of but there are elements of every dish that they will have.
I ACTUALLY made this!!!! (shock, horror, gasp!)
The idea is that every Monday, Ella gets to pick a meal, every Tuesday Harley does, Wednesdays Lucas does then the same order on Thursday, Friday and Sunday nights. Mr Patient and I get to chose a special meal for just us for Saturday nights and tonight he cooked me Cajun blackened Chicken with pineapple and shallot rice.
The kids have to choose from the pile of meal cards that I have made up and because they get some say in what we will be eating….they actually enjoy it! And the best part is that being visual learners – they can see at a glance what is for dinner so they can QUIT ASKING ME!
It’s a complete win/win don’t ya think?
Oh …. and another bonus? My grocery bill came down by $50 this week because I only bought the things that were on this week’s meal plan. Seems I’ve been buying a lot that I didn’t really need all this time! Ooops!