Somewhere between the typical nausea and exhaustion of pregnancy followed by the sleepless nights as a second-time mom, cooking went from being a favourite hobby to a dreaded chore last year. With that meant countless breakfast-for-dinners, Thai and Greek takeout nights, and hubby-stepping-up-in-the-kitchen meals during what felt like a one-year hiatus from the kitchen.
Then Fall came. The postpartum fog lifted along with my girl sleeping at more predictable times, and I started cooking from scratch and experimenting with new recipes once more. And I actually enjoyed it! I finally got out of my “just surviving” funk and into “thriving!” Hallelujah!
The best part? My sweet three-year-old starting paying me the cutest little compliments at dinner time...
“Mom, you make the best meals ever!”
And, “Daddy, where can we get mommy a badge? I like her cooking.”
Plus: This preschooler took up more of an interest in the kitchen—and has even acquired an adventurous palette!
So that’s why in 2018, my goals in the kitchen include:
1. Inviting my oldest to cook with me regularly.
2. Making meals and some snacks from scratch more often.
3. Enjoying cooking and food without dieting.
Other reasons why I like to cook “from-scratch”:
That being said... sometimes you want “from scratch” meals, but you just don’t have the time. Life happens. Company shows up unannounced. Or you’re flat out exhausted. (Like my one-year hiatus from cooking).
In those cases, you may want to do some breakfast-for-dinners, Thai takeouts, frozen pizzas, or snack platters. Nothing wrong with that! But if you need another option and are craving made-from-scratch foods in a pinch, my friend Beth is now hosting Dinner Make & Take nights at her Sweetie Pie’s Bakery.
Basically, whenever you’re in a cooking slump or your freezer-meal stash is running low, simply book a Dinner Make & Take by sending an order form to Beth with the meals you’d like to create. (You can request this form via personal message on the Sweetie Pie’s Facebook page.) Then when it’s your turn to be in the Sweetie Pie’s kitchen, you assemble five (or more) freezer meals within an hour and a half! (And you may want to pick up some of her premade meals, cookie dough, Niagara fruit jam, or famous PIE while you’re there, too!) Now that’s efficiency.
So why am I telling you all about this night? In January, I had the opportunity to try out the new Dinner Make & Take, so I thought I would share a few pictures from the night along with a few of my finished products!
Disclosure: Beth invited me to a trial Dinner Make & Take at a discounted price so I could provide her some feedback, however, all opinions are my own!
[Dinner Make & Take] at Sweetie Pie’s
A few of the ingredients for Coq au vin. I loved being able to use fresh herbs in all of the dishes without wasting full bunches of herbs (as I’m known to do at home...oops!).
Making ground turkey stylish is harder than it looks.
I can’t take credit for this beautiful burrito artwork.
And now for the flavour shot! (Made the burritos with cilantro for myself and left it out for my cilantro-hating hubby.)
Almost ready to head home...
...but first, a few sweets!
Four of the dishes plated up. Favourite meal? The Beef Bourguignon stew. Seriously, that and a pile of mashed potatoes—so good!
Now I’d love to hear from you! What are some of your goals for dinner time in 2018? How do you get food on the table when life gets busy, exhausting, or unexpected? Let me know in the comment section below!
Hello, I'm Erin – a follower of Christ, wife, mama of two, and registered dietitian. Welcome to my blog where I write about intentional motherhood, intuitive eating, inspired discipleship, and whatever else I feel like!
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