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...
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”:
- More leftovers = satisfying lunches the next day.
- Less additives, artificial flavours, and artificial colours = no explanation required!
- Expands children’s palettes = happier future spouses.
- Teaches kids how to measure, mix, cook, bake, etc. = they’ll be able to cook for you!
- Relieves stress = Yay for self-care!
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!