Proof of a peaceful morning!

It’s true! And I have proof!
This morning the kids were busy…Tyren playing Zoo Tycoon on the computer, Maeven reading a book…and I finished the dishes! It’s crazy, I know! I wouldn’t have believed it either, if I hadn’t seen it with my own 2 eyes! Here’s the proof:

Notice Ottmar Liebert in the background (not sure if you can hear it that well, but its Spanish guitar music…and the sound of the washing machine going when I go into the kitchen. I really have become a domestic queen this week!

And that’s not all! I’ve been doing pureeing of veggies to put into recipes that I’ve put on my new menu this week. I know! It’s crazy! ME, the domestic flop! Not only did I make a plan, buy the ingredients, but I actually have been putting them all together!

The past 2 days I’ve spent much time learning how to steam veggies and puree them to hide in meals for our family! I’m using these cookbooks:

Did breakfast ice cream yesterday morning for breakfast…complete with hidden avocado (can’t taste it!) and made mac-n-cheese with hidden cauliflower for lunch (YUM!)

Got these veggies cooked and pureed and bagged and frozen:

  • cauliflower
  • carrot
  • yellow squash
  • butternut squash
  • sweet potato
  • avocado

And more to come! I actually had a lot of fun doing this! I feel so domestic! 🙂

Yesterday when I was working on the avocado, Maeven decided she loves avocado and ate a whole one! They were very ripe so it just slid right out of the skin, it was wonderful! I have very little experience with veggies…especially the ones that I’m working with now…so this is all very new to me!

I told Maeve about guacamole and she decided she wanted to make some. So I showed her the recipe and she made some and it was YUMMERS! Just avocado, lime juice and salt…eaten heartily with crackers by all of us. Still have some in the fridge. The rest of the avocados went into breakfast ice cream, and one left, pureed and frozen, for the next batch.

It’s just been a very productive few days! My brother came over yesterday because I asked him to help entertain the kiddos while I mowed the lawn. Adam is out of town for the weekend (actually should be home in the next hour or so) for a shoot…so I got the front lawn all mowed, looks very nice! Next I need to work on the backyard, but I wanted to continue work in the kitchen first.

As the video attests to, I got all the dishes washed or loaded in the dishwasher (will run and put away later)…and the counter is clear of piles of dishes for the first time in idontknowHOWlong! Really, I’m horrible about dishes.

And the laundry is mostly done as well. I just don’t know what’s gotten into me! LOL!

Friday we had Brooke over here and when her mom came to pick her up, she saw the tray of nutritious snacks I put out for the kiddos:

and saw that I was working on pureeing veggies and said “What’s gotten into you?” LOL! Really, its shocking! I just hope I can keep it up.

Actually, I’ve decided that it is time that I stopped proclaiming loudly to anyone that will hear that I “HATE HATE HATE everything about cooking…I hate planning meals, shopping for food, and preparing the food.” And hence, eating out so much and having very little variety in the food that we typically eat at home. I’m just tired of it all. So I’ve decided to take the approach I think I read by Flylady awhile ago…”Act as if…” (I think it was from her, not sure)…act the way you want to be/feel/do/etc…and eventually if you pretend long enough you might actually enjoy it!

So I’m going to pretend that I don’t abhor everything about cooking. And I’m going to get my butt in gear and really do well by my family for the first time ever.

Well so far its going quite well. I do realize that I might peter out…there’s always that possibility…but I’m hoping I’m able to get enough practice in this to actually find out that I do indeed enjoy all this and might be able to maintain. All I can do is try. We’ll see how it goes.

I’m tired of getting all fired up about a new routine or idea I have to improve our home life and then petering out after just a short time. So I’m going to try not to go TOO crazy here, and keep it all doable. So far so good. I actually have enjoyed learning about these “new” veggies.

As a rule, I don’t like veggies…so this is as much for me as for the kids. *I* need the veggies too! I found it absolutely fascinating yesterday when I noticed the smell of my roasted sweet potatoes smelled very much like regular potatoes…just with a hint of sweetness (DUH, hence the name, LOL!) I guess I never had them before. I think I was thinking of yams…since I was thinking orange. I’ve never cared for yams. But sweet potatoes seem doable to me. I tasted it and it wasn’t bad! Hm, learn something new every day! I think our family will be exploring veggies more these days! Beyond pureeing them and sneaking them into things…I may just be steaming some here and there for us as well.

Another funny thing…I have this pasta pot with a steamer in it and I never knew what it was for! I thought it was a collander for the pasta! LOL! How dumb am I??? I have used it the past few days and have been just OVERJOYED at how stinkin easy it is to steam veggies! This is all NEW to me! Can you believe it??? LOL! I’m laughing at my own inexperience here…and really enjoying what I’m learning!

I got a food processor for my birthday last year (November)…and only every used it to slice carrots…and only once or twice. Now I am getting a lot of experience with it and loving every minute of it! I even shredded a whole ton of cheddar cheese for us! Bought a huge block of it at Smart and Final and shredded half of it. What a cool thing! I’m just turning into a domestic goddess! LOL! I’m very proud of myself, can you tell? 🙂

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