My least favorite, most hated, detestable chore is........grocery shopping.
This guy looks way too jolly to be grocery shopping.
I can't explain why I don't like it. It may be that it takes me forever to plan out a menu. I have kids. Picky kids. Not as picky as some kids, but they only like certain foods. I can only tolerate sloppy joes, tacos, pizza, spaghetti, and Cheez-it chicken so many times. So, I try to find new, kid friendly recipes. Something to give the husband and I a little variety. Husband & I like to try new things. Earlier in our marriage, I loved to try new recipes. Some worked, some failed miserably. But we had the option of trying. Now- I have 2 other additional people to please (baby 3 still gets the boob). Man, are they demanding.
I am not, however, a short order cook. They get what we get & if they don't eat it- too bad. They won't starve between dinner and breakfast. I'm not going to be the mom who gives in. Even if they won't eat my more exotic meals, they will at least try them. They must take at least 2 bites before saying they are done. Yes, there have been some gags (specifically from N). There also have been times where they THOUGHT they wouldn't like a certain food & ended up really liking it!
I try to grocery shop on Tues or Thursdays since those are the days where both of the older kids are in school. 1 kid (baby, strapped in car seat or Moby wrap) = somewhat enjoyable, though still detested shopping experience. 3 kids (baby + 2 that do okay, but have a tendency to touch EVERYTHING) = mommy needing a nap [or a xanax...]
So, how do you do your grocery shopping? Do you plan out meals before hand, or just wing it? Do you even make a list? Are you an every day shopper?? (AKA- Craaaaaazy!!!!!) I'm wondering if everyone else despises grocery shopping as much as I do. Because really, I would scrub your toilet if you went shopping for me. Or send my hubby to do your laundry.....maybe I better check with him first before offering that service.
For your curiosity: Here is what is planned for this week's menu.
Thurs- Turkey meatballs with peanut sauce, rice, roasted brussel sprouts (the hubby said he would try them. It will be an experiment)
Fri- pork tenderloin sandwiches, waffle fries, carrot sticks
Sat- Beef & asparagus negimaki over noodles (a Rachael Ray recipe- I got the magazine subscription as a gift from my mom & dad)
Sun- Usual popcorn night. Family tradition.
Mon- Super Nachos (husband will be out of town, so this is my kid friendly, super easy meal)