Skip to main content

"Attack" of the Ravenous Children



It's four o'clock and time to make dinner. At my house this is also the time when my two year old gets up from his nap, and my oldest gets home from school. It can become rather stressful with a hungry child repeatedly asking for a cookie, a toddler trying to help himself to snack (or having a meltdown), and perhaps  a crying baby.  Cue the music to "Jaws", because this has been the theme at my house recently.  Does this scene sound familiar to anyone else? 

I have had some success with meal planning and freezer cooking in the past when my two oldest children were younger.  However, this was when I only had to think of my husband and myself while the child or children ate baby food. A few years, and two more children later this has proved to be difficult to return to. I have at least one child whom is a picky eater which tends to cause me to stare blankly into my pantry when it is time to make dinner. 

Today I was prepared. At 4 pm I was ready with some banana bread for snack. The kiddos gobbled it up, and even the baby loved it. This bought me some time to finish dinner, and for my husband to get home from work. We ended up  eating later than planned due to having company, but the kids seemed to be okay. 

Here is the meal plan for the rest of this week. (Note: we usually do cereal for breakfast, and, sandwiches for lunch,)

After School Snacks

Tuesday: Banana bread
Wednesday: Popcorn
Thursday: " Pantry Trail Mix" (a mixture of oat cereals, peanuts, walnuts, chocolate candies, and dried fruit)
Friday: Jello and fruit

------------------

Dinner Menu

Tuesday: Lasagna and salad (my picky eater liked this- who knew?)
Wednesday: Slow cooker Pulled BBQ chicken and green beans
Thursday: Grilled cheese and tomato soup.
Friday: Pancakes and bacon with applesauce
Saturday: Taco night
Sunday: Leftovers or sandwiches

I would love to hear about your plan for the week.   

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Frugal Friday- Cutting the Cord on Cable

I used to love watching cable, but the truth was that I only watched about three or four channels, along with the cartoons that my kids watched almost constantly. Seven months ago we cut the cord on cable and have not looked back since.  Here are some tips that made life easier for everyone while cutting the cord on cable.

1.) Internet
Though we cut the cord on cable, but didn't go completely "off grid". We discovered that with high speed WiFi there still are many options for entertainment if you are willing to be flexible.



Movies and TV**

The obvious options for movies and TV shows online are Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.  All of these are paid subscriptions if watching recent shows is important to you. So far we have tried to stay away from a subscription and have opted for free services such as tubitv.com and YouTube.Tubitv.com is a website that hosts older TV shows, I was surprised to find a few shows that I used to watch on cable, and many more I had never heard o…

The Game Plan

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!! 
An important aspect of managing a successful team whether in the NFL or Pee Wee League is the strategy or the game plan.  I have found that in fulfilling my role as family manager of this to be very true. We as humans are creatures of habit and thrive on structure. Obviously it is not possible or practical to write out a detailed schedule, but it serves as a guide. I love a perfectly executed plan, and one of my goals for this year is to organize my time more efficiently and therefore my home run more efficiently. It is a work in progress. My tendency is to jump into things full force, and the results aren’t always successful.  So I’m going to try to take this one step at a time. In order to be successful in getting back on track this week, one of my goals is to get up earlier so I can get into a morning routine. Goal number one for this week is to get up each morning and get my day started at a good time.  I have a list of items that I would like to accomplis…

Meal Plan for the Week

Monday: Spaghetti and meatballs with salad Tuesday: Chicken Pot Pie Wednesday:  Loaded Potato Casserole with vegetable Thursday: Sandwiches Friday: Soup Saturday: Leftovers
Look for updates throughout the week for recipes and pictures.