Jeannie and Bear
I am laughing out loud at your response!
I am the queen of lazy, that's why I only fix food one day a week. I can make 5 dinners (3 in crockpots and one on the stove/ 1 in the oven) at the same time (pure sloth!) and I never have to spend time thinking about what to fix (which always gets me in big trouble) durign the week! How lazy is that!
If we lived closer, I'd come by and cook with you once a month. I used to do that with my good friend Sue (4 kids from 5-12). We'd go to the public market early in the morning- buy all kinds of cheap, fresh fruits and veggies in season, and work together to can, freeze, dry, bake, or cook them. The guys would take the kids for the day-and come home with dinner for us.
It was survival for both of us and a way to keep our friendship alive and thriving despite my insane work schedule and her crazy family life (she home schools and works a full time job from home). In fact, I just made plans to drive back to Brockport (near Rochester NY) I live in Ohio now to go and make sauce with her at the end of September.
We started to do it because I was committed to eating local, fresh, and organic as much as possible- and she had a very limited food budget with 4 kids and only 1 income at the time. We saved so much money and ate so well.
When I was in graduate school, I was in Buffalo with one daughter and my husband was in Rochester with our other daughter - we were all in college, so I would cook in one location for the next week, split the food and either my husband would take his share back to Rochester, or I'd bring mine to Buffalo-
Now I do it out of habit and it has served me well in managing my diabetes, it still saves me a ton of $$$, and I'm still doing my part to support the local economy.
I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett