Friday, October 24, 2008

New Food!

For the last two months or so, we've been eating almost every meal at home. I set up a meal plan for each day and plan my grocery shopping around that list. No more fast food drive-thrus or take out, save for the Tuesday pizza routine. A large, one topping pizza for $5 is a deal! Mike gets to be the hero because he brings it home and then I get to escape to grocery shop by myself. It's truly a win-win for all of us.

Anyway, every meal made in this kitchen. It's easy to get stuck in a rut so I try to keep breakfast and lunch standard but shake up the dinner routine a bit. Last night we had sushi. MTN couldn't get enough and EMN was skeptical but tried it. I think they liked the new chopsticks most of all! Next time EMN would like to use the chopsticks on chicken.

So why every meal at home? Several different reasons. One is to save money. We're in Financial Peace University, a Dave Ramsey course, and we're doing all we can to make our money work for us. Also, we ate a lot of fast food and take out meals while we were moving and it wasn't healthy for us. The kids got used to eating almost every meal out and that set up bad expectations. They still call out all the fast food options as we drive around town but now we only include that as a treat, such as EMN's birthday. The kids do enjoy helping to make meals at home and are learning to like lots of different foods. And a perk of Mike's new job is that he's home every day about the same time and we can have dinner as a family every night. The benefits of that are innumerable but the best is enjoying time as a family each day.

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