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“Another key to true happiness lies in the understanding that most of life is ‘everyday.’ Most of our lives consist of a routine – an unremarkable series of events that take place day after day. So if we are going to enjoy every day, we must learn to embrace the ordinary – to delight in little things, to appreciate small blessings, and to find pleasure in the circumstances and situations other people might overlook.” – Joyce Meyer
I will say I love most things about the routine of January. It’s structured, full of hard work, it’s when I’m motivated to hunker down and get necessary projects completed.
I also find myself rummaging through the pantry for dinner some nights. Sometimes with a dreaded “oh, it’s time for dinner” feeling.
Dinner time can be so routine, I get into ruts. Do you? I can’t be the only one!
How I shop each week
My shopping for groceries each week usually consists of planning 3 meals ahead, and then winging it the rest of the time. I say winging it, because we often get invited out, or my husband and I will go on a date, or we’ll take a frozen pizza from the freezer and add pesto and fresh tomatoes – nothing fancy, but nourishing all the same. I also tend to over-cook so we always have leftovers. We love leftovers!
I keep my pantry and freezer well stocked, so there’s usually something I can whip up for a quick meal.
Like earlier this week, when I made a delicious Layered Enchilada Bake. So yummy!
Keeping & storing food
One thing I learned from my Mother was to always keep Mexican Food ingredients on hand.
For example, here are the items I had for the recipe today, and how I store these items:
Ground turkey – I buy the “4 pack” of ground turkey from Costco and freeze in 1 lb. increments
Onions – my large basket in the pantry is always full of onions, sweet potatoes, and russet potatoes
Salsa – I buy Costco’s 2-pack Organic Salsa
Tabasco Sauce – I always keep 2 bottles on hand
Beans – I keep an abundance of different varieties of Bush’s Beans in my pantry
Corn Tortillas – you can buy these for $3.65 at Costco and freeze what you don’t use
Cheese – I also buy cheese in bulk from Costco and separate it into Ziploc bags and freeze
Fresh ingredients: I was lucky to have iceberg lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, and sour cream stocked in my refrigerator. (Remember to store your fresh herbs this way.
So back to the ‘routine’ or the ‘mundane’, things in life. I’ve really learned to view each day with joy, like pulling out an old recipe and cooking for the family with love and gratefulness.
It starts with a decision to be joyful.
A decision to be happy and to work hard, do my best, and keep a good attitude, even though it may be over tasks that I dislike.
Do you think being prepared for dinner affects your attitude toward your family, or your ability to enjoy the day?
Originally posted on Reluctant Entertainer.