how am I going to do this?

I'm going to be honest here.  My mind begins to race anytime both kids need something and I wonder how I'm going to do this.  For the most part I've had family around the past month.  Meaning, basically the whole time.  Either my Mom was there, Benjamin was home from work, or we were with family for Christmas.  This past week Benjamin has been home from work so life with two is still a lot more than life with one... (a LOT more) but overall we can handle it and end the day feeling good.

But then I think- okay, so how will I feed my family when it's just me?  How will I feed myself? Yes, food remains important here, especially to a hungry toddler, and hungry nursing mamma.

I'm seriously considering making meals at night when the kids are down that just need to be reheated in the dutch oven the next day, or when slow cooker meals call for cooking on low for 8 hours, I'll do that overnight.

I think I'm going to stock the fridge with fruits and vegetables and become one of those people who cuts everything up when they get home from the store because I'm not sure I'll be able to peel and cut a cucumber up for Anderson when Tucker needs me too.

I'm not freaking out here, just realizing our family has changed significantly and with that we'll be making some changes.  I'm soaking up this time when Benjamin has a break from grad school and glad he's had this time at home with us as we transition into being a family of four.  When I asked him how I was going to do this he said, "well, many people have done it before..."  After expressing I was hoping for some more sympathy he now says, "Yes, it's a lot of work..."  He even commented on how long it took us to get out of the house the other day to get to church, only to find out that church was cancelled this past weekend.  Thankfully we made it to another church and enjoyed a morning out singing about Christ's birth- I love that the church was still singing Christmas songs!

And so, back to the meals- here are some I'm considering making soon.

Slow Cooker Lentil and Curry Soup- made it before and it's a healthy winner

Ina's Winter Minestrone- got my first Barefoot Book for Christmas and this is calling my name

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Lime Soup- who doesn't love tortilla soup?

Sriracha Chicken- I seriously need to revisit this dish.  You marinate the meat overnight and the next day just throw in a 9x13 and bake it and serve over rice.  Yum.

Needless to say I think the Time Savers link on my blog will be expanding...

Any tips experienced mamma's can offer?!


  1. Yes, I love your Sriracha Chicken!

  2. Ina's winter minestrone is a winner. Friends made that for us recently and it is soooo good. Can't believe you just got your first Ina! She's amazing - I'm sure you'll be hooked.

    1. It's weird that I just got my first cookbook of hers. I do love Ina! Glad to hear this recipe is a winner.