Well, “mayhem” is probably too strong a word…and, in the spirit of full disclosure, I’m no expert meal-planner, by any stretch.
Still, over the past couple of weeks it’s become clear that I need to adjust my calculations in making my weekly grocery list.
I usually sit down at some point and make a list of what I’ll need to buy, keeping in mind the staples we use every week, and meals I plan to make.
On average, I probably make three meals a week. There are some meals that we consume in one sitting, but there are plenty of meals – soups, stews, roasts, and casseroles – that I make in larger portions, from which we can eat leftovers a time or two.
It’s not that my family has started to balk at leftovers [I shudder at that horrific thought!]…it’s that my girls are eating like HORSES these days!
Following our Thanksgiving meal, for example, I made a chicken pot pie (or hen pot pie, if you wanna get all technical). Once upon a time, Hubby and I could have made close to three meals from that. Factoring in the girls, I banked on it for two meals.
I will admit I didn’t have a full spring in my step when they asked for seconds…and then thirds!
C’mon girls…don’t you know Mama’s got a meal plan going here?
I sent what was left of the pie to work with Hubby today, and I’ll be heading to the grocery store a day earlier than planned.
While I’m thankful that the girls eat well – and that they like Mama’s cooking – if this is what they’re consuming just shy of three years old…I can’t begin to imagine my grocery bill when they’re twelve!
Yes, it’s time to adjust the calculations on my spreadsheet. (I kid!...kinda…)