Monday, September 19, 2016

What's for Supper?

Well, I'm rounding the corner to my busiest time of year.   We're gearing up for the retail holiday season.  New merchandise is coming in on a pretty regular basis at the stores now and I've tried to insert a little fall feel into the stores' décor even though, in reality, it feels just as miserable as it did back in July around here.  No, really, the temps have plummeted from the upper 90's to a now chilly lower 90's.  Nothing says fall like the lower 90's, people.  Still, I wait with much anticipation for the fall to feel like fall.  It could be a lengthy wait, I'm afraid, as 90's are forecasted as far as my Weather Channel app will take me. Sigh.  Yet, I try not to lose hope.   

Oh, but all the promising signs are there.  The shadows are a tad bit longer.  The sky is bluer.  An ever so tiny bit of breeze is in the air.  Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are in the shape of pumpkins.  The harvest moon has risen.  Vern and Gary's annoying voices are back on the television.  And social media is all ablaze with SEC smack talk.  If the temperatures would just follow their lead.

Oh, how I long to make my first pot of chili.  A good, hearty stew.  I want to make red beans and rice.  And soup, soup, and more soup. 

But, I must wait for this heat to break.
                   
I'm trying to get a little more organized with my meal planning since it's going to get more and more hectic around here.  This summer, I got so lazy about cooking and the lack of motivation has lingered over into "fall".....if that's what you want to call this.  I can't think of anything to cook.  I don't want to cook.  Nothing sounds good to cook.  I'm not inspired to cook.  And as a result, we have eaten out more than usual over the last few months, so I have got to get back in the game.

The main problem is I've been going to the grocery store without a plan and I'd just throw things in the buggy and try to piece it together later and make something out of it.  I mean, a southern girl can come up with something to cook if she has enough cheeses, Campbell's soup, rice, ground beef, onion, Ro-Tel tomatoes, oil, garlic, potatoes, pasta, sour cream, butter, and chicken, right?  Our mamas taught us that those are the building blocks of meal preparation. 

Well, that "throw it in and figure it out later" plan wasn't working so well for me.  I'd come home and stare into the freezer at frozen slabs of meat with very little inspiration to actually transform them into something edible.  So, I'd just shut the freezer door and suggest we go out to eat. 

I used to go to the grocery store with a detailed shopping list and specific dishes in mind and I've decided I have to get back to that.  So, today, I printed out all of my family's 20 favorite recipes and made a shopping list for each one.  I've decided to do them on some kind of rotation basis and go to the store armed with my list.  I'll let you know where this goes but it has to go somewhere other than where it's going now.....which is nowhere but the nearest Mexican restaurant.

Whether you call it supper or dinner, it is the perpetual, universal question at the forefront of all of our minds each and every day....."What am I going to feed these people tonight?  May you be vigilant in your quest for the answer.  And always know that I feel your pain. 









 

   

 

8 comments:

  1. I feel your pain. So hard to get motivated to cook when it is so hot and humid.

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    1. Maybe that's what it's been, Wendy. The heat has just zapped our will to cook. It's real whatever it is because I have been in a major rut!! I'm resolved to do better. I can feel the fog lifting. :)

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  2. You must of read my mind Joni! Yes, low 90s here with some rain and humidity, but as Fall starts Thursday, a "cool front" from the west will drop by with the same low 90s, but! it'll be dryer and our lows in the high 60s! Yahoo! To us here, that is the start of Fall:).
    I've been in a dinner rut too. Good luck on your meal making, think of crisp, cool, beautiful Autumnal weather:)
    Have a beautiful day,
    Kathleen in Az

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    1. Same here, Kathleen. It was 96 today. I don't know how much more I can take!! We haven't seen a cold front but a girl can hope, I suppose.

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  3. The "what's for dinner?" question vexes me so deeply that I now post a menu on the fridge just to stop the barrage! Note, we have five children at home, plus a husband, who all expect to be fed. Right there on the menu for Friday it says: MAKE YOUR OWN!

    But, the planning ahead (to save my sanity) also helps me with grocery shopping. At least there is a plan.

    best of luck!

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    1. Oh, Missy June. Five kids and a hubby....you have to make large quantities. I am in awe of you! I am doing better, though. I can feel the fog lifting. :)

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  4. I'm glad I'm not the only one that gets in these cooking ruts. I love cooking when I know I have a recipe or plan and all the ingredients. It's just that sometimes I don't get it all together either. Unfortunately we live in a very tiny town that has like 4 decent restaurants....and we're tired of all of them!

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    1. I know! It gets to that point where nothing sounds good in the restaurant world. I'm almost to that point now. I've just got to get more organized......like I used to be. I don't know what happened. :/

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