Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Food For Thought

If you read this blog on a regular basis, you already know that we are not home very often.  Put it on the calendar, we (yes, that even means TJ) have been home for  two weeks in a row!  Whoo hoo!  I realized this in the grocery store, of all places.  Do you know how nice it was to be able to buy food and know that we would be home long enough to cook and eat it?

When I am "away" in Nova Scotia, I am actually in one place for about 3 months.  We don't really go anywhere else when we are there.  There is no kenneling the dog, no stopping the mail or the paper and no booking flights and rental cars and a lot of cooking and eating at home.  I get to buy food at Costco plus we have a giant garden and ample opportunities to cook and serve all that food.  When we are home in Houston, we really aren't "at home" that much.  My refrigerator is proof.  It becomes one giant science project.  I go to the grocery store with  good intentions of buying fresh produce and baked goods with plans to cook healthy meals at home.  I end up cooking about one out of four of those well intended meals every week. Something always comes up!  There is the occasional business dinner or TJ goes away on a business trip (and I eat popcorn for dinner) or  I go out with friends or we end up playing golf and staying at the golf club for dinner (after all, who has the energy to cook after playing golf? ....that's my story and I'm sticking to it, don't say a word!) .  Such is the life of an"empty nester".   Whatever the situation, those well intended meals go uncooked, uneaten and fermenting.....

I am not complaining....as a matter of fact for the first 30 years of our 33 year marriage I would have gladly not cooked a meal every night.  I would have been happy if we could afford to eat out once every month much less every week.  Ah, those were the days....we had four children to feed every night so I have done more than my share of meal preparation over the years.  I still find myself unable to cook for only two people, I learned to cook for six, it's hard to scale back.  This often results in a lot of leftovers....and a few science projects in the fridge.  This week it resulted in some delicious leftovers, that we actually finished!  Looks like I need to go to the grocery store....again!  Sometimes it is just fun to cook and sometimes it is fun to make reservations... no matter what is sitting in the fridge!

4 comments:

Carol said...

I am incredibly excited to cook for this weekend! Jane is here. We go to Austin tomorrow for Family Weekend at UT. Then we are back here Sunday for Family Weekend in Coppell! Shannon, Jack (birthday guy), Andrew, Jeff and the Bigs will be at my house eating, drinking and enjoying. Yeah! I get to cook!! It's all already made of course, (by me, today - all day!). Looking forward to it. Not missing EVERY night of cooking, but wish I had more now.....

Lisa said...

Have fun with Jane! Cooking is always more fun for a crowd! And a crowd is always more fun than one. Enjoy!

A M said...

Isn't there a chance to buy exactly as much food as you need for the next meal? That's what I'd've been doing in a perfect world. Buy, bring home, cook, eat. Hate those big supermalls and traying the food for a week in advance, and then haveing to cook the chicken lest it rots when you'd rather have fish!

Mary said...

Now that John and I are empty nester's of a sort (we still have a grandson who show's up 5 night's a week to sleep) I love to cook! I am shopping at our local market once or twice a week and cooking up yummyness that the kid's never wanted.

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