The holiday season has officially arrived and so has basketball season for both boys. This is the time of year when life gets turned a little upside down. Grabbing fast food is okay every now and then, but I’d rather cook most nights and sit down together as a family as often as possible. It brings a certain “calm” to our week to enjoy a meal together in the comforts of our own home.
Well, at least “calm” is our goal for meal time. We love to go over highs and lows from our day with each other, but don’t be fooled by what could appear to be hallmark mealtimes. We get opportunities every night to remind a couple of boys that there are to be no bodily noises released during dinner. And while I’m being transparent, we also have to occasionally put out the reminder that no one’s lows can include stories that involve their siblings.
Meal times can be hard, but we determined a long time ago to make them part of our family’s many traditions. If you’re like me, then half the battle is actually making a menu plan! After I spent an absorbent amount of time thinking about menus last month, I decided to attempt to head into this month with a serious battle plan!
The first thing I did was look at my calendar. I wanted to know exactly how many meals we needed. We’ll be traveling for Thanksgiving to see family, and we’ve also got a staff retreat with the church one weekend. I went ahead and planned to grab take-out once each week, because I know that’s just reality for us this month. Plus, a night off for me sounds like a pretty splendid plan. It ends up I need about 18 meals for this month. I went to my Pinterest boards and picked all of the tried and true recipes that I’ve cooked before and love.
I hope this will help ease some of the stress that can so easily creep into the holidays. I’m sure you’ll notice that most of the meals are very much “comfort” foods. Nothing says November like comfort foods, right?!
What all does November hold for you? Do you cook most nights, too?