I typed up a meal plan for my family in the hopes of making my life easier. It looks very organized on my fridge – neat text in evenly spaced boxes. One thing less to think about. And repeating dishes would allow me to really get to know the recipe and make tweaks and adjustments.
Lunch was supposed to be “leftovers” but since we didn’t have any, I made New York style pizza from some frozen pizza dough that I had on hand and a quick daal.
My kids need a snack between lunch and dinner, otherwise things get dicey. On my meal plan, I had written muffins for their “afterschool snack”. I generally like baking at home but I didn’t feel up to it today so I decided we could walk to the nearby Tim Hortons and get a donut. It’s about a five minute walk. The kids were excited. They got into their winter things and I packed our masks in my bag and we headed out. It took us about 20 minutes to get there. My four year old stopped along the way to sit in the snow and step in mud and take things at his own pace. He kicked a chunk of ice along shouting ‘Score!’ Hockey is big at our place these days. We finally arrived and put on our masks outside the store. The kids were good about not touching things. My 7 year old went for the chocolate glazed and my four year old chose a chocolate chip muffin. My four year carried his paper bag in his gloved hands and I carried the box of donuts for us. The three of us headed home. It felt like something on a Tuesday afternoon.
I did stick to the dinner plan. Tacos. Although, they were minimal tacos with sour cream, taco sauce, beans and cheese, and I like tacos that are more layered. Maybe next week, I’ll be more prepared to follow this meal plan.