Monday, March 31, 2008

Just when I thought I could not go lower

I love to cook. I enjoy making things from scratch. It is an amazing stress reliever for me--my husband knows I have had a bad day if he smells cookies in the oven or a complicated stew simmering. Yet, ironically, when I get insanely busy and obviously stressed, I reach for whatever I can find to feed my family.
At the beginning of the school year, I made sure my lovely children had a full balanced lunch--fresh veggies, paninis with all sorts of good-for-you yummy stuff--and then I slowly started to slip. It started with the frozen spinach walnut tortellini; I made sure to still make a fresh butter based sauce and a pretty parsley garnish. Then I discovered jarred pesto (side note: I love making my own pesto--easy and cheap yet I bought the jarred) and began to spoon this over the tortellini and the parsley was left out. And the kids LOVED it. They thought it was just yummy! Last week, I emptied the dishwasher while the tortellini was boiling. I did not want to dirty a bunch of plates so I used paper plates from a Valentine's Day party. The kids found it festive and I felt I could not go any lower. Until today.
Today was insane--tests, speeches, memory verses. I thought I was reliving college finals week. By the time the inevitable question 'what's for lunch?' was asked, I was drained. And then I sunk to a brand new low. I picked up the phone, texted my husband.
"Pizza 4 lunch"
"Sure" was the swift reply.
I texted back an order and 35 minutes later we had pizza from a local pizzeria on our table. And here's the ultimate low--because we all had personal, lovely, artistic pizzas, we all had out own box. And, blushing, these were our plates.
Don't want to waste those paper plates after all ;)

12 comments:

Jacque said...

Sounds yummy!! I'm sure the kids thought it was a treat, and Mommy needs a break once in awhile! :)

Elizabeth...mommy...etc said...

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JCK said...

Isn't amazing how kids turn it around to something fun and festive? And we feel the guilt! Hey, all of that sounded OK, even the pizza reasonable. I served PB&J and frozen peas for dinner to my kids the other night...BAD Mommy!

HRH said...

I really need help because that would be a good meal for us.

mamachristina said...

I think this all sounds fun and cozy.

just jamie said...

Mmmm.... I'm still stuck on the delicious paninis. You should have seen how sad the lunches were that I packed for the kids today. I was already feeling guilty. Pizza would have been a step-up.

Motherhood for Dummies said...

ohhh I love paninis. My mom makes these amazing ones with munster cheese, thyme, and some other sauce I can't remember. It is the world best gormet grilled cheese sandwich

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Anonymous said...

pizza sounds like a good dinner to me! just make some frozen broccoli florets with it!

Momo Fali said...

I be the kids were thrilled with that! My kids love it when our routines are changed a bit!

(And, I hope you never read my post about feeding my kids Beef-a-Roni and buttered hot dog buns for dinner once!)

Anonymous said...

I just discovered your blog and enjoyed it.I really enjoy doing everything from scratch too and feel the same way when I give in to fast food, but it is what we do most of the time that matters.Besides we all need a break sometimes. Keep up the good work.