Sunday, June 1, 2008

I've Lost that Cookin' Feelin'

I don't know if it is because I am pregnant, or because I am simply bored, or because I have lost my flair for all things "June Cleaver-ish", but I have a REAL problem. It is a big problem that is affecting my husband, my son, and my unborn daughter.

What is it, you ask?


I simply DON'T WANT to do it.

I know, I know--you are just stunned.

Me, the diva of all homemade goodness--
  • fresh-baked bread, rolls, cookies, pies and cakes
  • roast beef, turkey, chicken, tenderloin
  • casseroles of every type
  • crock-pot creations
  • waffles and pancakes from scratch
  • grilled yummies like kabobs, chicken breasts, tri-tip and blue cheese burgers
  • fresh salads with everything crunchy and green
  • pastas of all kinds with the famous secret recipe sauce
  • minestrones and beef stews
The dutiful experimenter of all great chefs:
  • Lidia
  • Rachael
  • Contessa
  • Giada
  • Bobby
  • Alton
The Fresh and Easy weekly customer that normally drools over their fresh produce and meats but lately can't stand to look at raw chicken, hamburger or fish,

The Cooking Light subscriber who used to make a month of new meals based on their recipes, and who hasn't seen a single thing in there over the last two months that has inspired her to cook,

has turned into a . . .

  • "Fend for Yourself Night" EVERY NIGHT,
  • replies to the "what's for dinner question" with "cereal sounds good."
  • never posts a menu on her blog anymore because "what's the point?"
  • suddenly thinks that Lunchables for her toddler is a gourmet meal,
  • hasn't had a piece of fruit in over a week unless she can pulverize it in the blender with ice,
  • thinks that as long as there is bread and peanut butter in the house her men will be fine
HOLY COW. What the heck has happened to me?

So, folks, I am declaring myself right now, right here, in public, to try and turn the corner.

This week I will:
  • cook real meals for my family like the good old days
  • force myself to eat at least two pieces of fresh fruit a day
  • stop feeding my son easy crap
  • start packing Chris' lunches again
  • retire my blender for the week in favor of salads
  • back off on the bread unless I made it myself
Wow, sounds familiar! Sounds like the way I always used to operate!

Wish me luck--now where is that June issue of Cooking Light?


Denise said...

You should take a few days off a week, though. I cannot imagine being a mother, pregnant AND working full time. How do you guys do it??? xo

Chris said...

Thank the good lord you're back...

Redhead in Vegas said...

hope you can take it easy. you really amaze me. i didn't cook for years before i got pregnant, forget while i actually was. let me know if you find any good recipes.

Kim said...

Just remember a good meal doesn't have to be a big production. I'll take peasant food made with love hands down over an elaborate concoction. I always found Cooking Light's recipes too convoluted - like they had fifteen ingredients when six would have been just as good or better. Give yourself a break!

Gini said...

Cook now, before you have more know what I'm saying......