Freeing up some time and a great book


I have gone totally off of my rocker by planning and cooking every single meal this week.

It’s crazy, I know.  But I’ll tell you a secret.  Two things happen when you make food from scratch:  you save money for one, and guess what?  The food actually tastes good.

I have been looking for a way to keep my little termites from eating through our cupboards so quickly.  After school each day I hear packages opening and teeth gnawing, which is followed by more pacing, more cabinets opening and then perhaps a burp.

My hungry little runners were going through so much food that even my grandmother who was known to cook for a non-existent army, would have even been shocked at their gluttony.  (God rest her soul.)

So I sat down last week and planned each and every meal:  breakfast, lunch and dinner for seven days.

Plus snacks.

The objective was to have them eat more real food instead of bowls of cereal and packaged granola bars.

So far, it has worked.

Mind you, Youngest cuddled up to me the other night as I was perusing recipes and put his two cents in about what sort of food we should be making.


Some highlights so far have been the above apples, which were part of a massive apple pancake consumed on Saturday morning by the whole crew.  (We found the recipe in an Emeril Lagasse international cookbook for kids; doesn’t everyone have one of those?)



Yesterday’s after-school snack were these Nutella banana muffins.  You can find the recipe here.  (I would love to tell you that we eat all gluten-free exotic grains washed down with shots of spirulina, but I would by lying.  We do eat our share of healthy foods, but we also eat loads of normal food as well.  Like, I train for marathons and the boys are growing.)


You should definitely make these.  (I didn’t even get distracted by a newspaper article and let them burn.)

On tap later in the week, I am going to make tomato soup from scratch, inspired as I was by a yummy bowl consumed at Panera’s post-long run the other day.

And yes, I am not acting like my normal self by doing these domestic-diva sorts of things, but what I have found is; that instead of being inspired to wear high heels and aprons around the house each day, I have actually found more time to do non-domestic-diva sorts of things, as I am not spending nearly as much time hiding Chex mix under beds and putting padlocks on cabinets full of granola bars.

I’ve even finished an awesome book, The Cutting Season by Attica Locke.  MFP got this for me for Christmas and it has been enthusiastically collecting dust on my bedside table ever since.

But I picked it up Friday night, and finished it on Saturday afternoon.


Charles and I planted ourselves on the daybed all afternoon enjoying our book-bonding time.  Since he doesn’t know how to read, he just likes to have a book on his belly when we have these meetings— it makes him feel smart.

In addition, I have been able to run a few more happy miles.


Up next we will discuss another big change that has happened in  our house.  If you have been reading for a while, you know that we occasionally we have to go into lockdown mode around here.  Yeah, well, we are in the midst of it right now.  More on that later.

And if you want to talk about running, I updated My Training with some hill talk.

Other than that, I will be back with more on operation lockdown soon.

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