Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Meal Planning Confessions

I need to confess my meal planning shortfalls.  I fail at it, I fail miserably which leads us to frequent McD's, Pizza Hut, Culvers, BK, Taco Johns, Arby's...well you get the idea.  Worst thing is this happens way too often.  I honestly think having kids would make it easier to plan but when it's the two of us with crazy days that are different from one day to the next with really no set routine it's just so easy to go to the fast food plan especially when I think my hubby is going to do dinner and he thinks I'm going to dinner & we realize neither of us really has a plan or ambition to cook and the heat we've been having lately really doesn't help either.

Hubby and I got married in our 30's so we also had quite a few years of bachelor/bachelorette habits.  I recently decided I need to get a handle on this whole planning thing....AGAIN (I go through spurts but it doesn't ever stick).  Recently I have gone from a 40+ hour a week job to working at home and my husband has gone from unemployed to starting his own business plus a job that requires him to be on call 24 hrs 3 days a week along with managing our 2 duplexes.  This is going to be a HUGE adjustment for me and I've decided I don't want my hubby eating junk food from gas stations on the road while he's working (I'm not sure why it's ok for us to eat fast food all the time though lol).  So somehow I need to plan meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) around wacky scheduling & on the go snacks for my hubby that he will eat and all on a budget.  See this is all overwhelming to me but I'm determined to get it figured out.  And somehow I need to do this without spending a day a week at it because in the past that's what I've done.  I will surf the internet for recipes I'd like to try because I like trying new things, then I get lost in cyber world lol.  Then I compile my grocery list which leads me to searching the grocery store ads (which I should've started out with first) then I search coupon sites thinking I'm going to find a coupon for every thing on my list...not reality.  At this point I hit the store(s) and let me tell you, I despise grocery shopping which is probably one of the reasons I fail miserably at this whole planning thing.

So there it is, my confessions in a nutshell.  Now, I'm hoping to blog this journey in hopes that it'll help me stay on track.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Dill Potato Salad

I have one word for this recipe YUM!  I have never made potato salad before, I guess I always had this perception of it taking a long time to make & that it was difficult.  Besides I'm not a HUGE fan of potato salad since there are so many varieties out there and some just aren't good.  But this one I had to try.  I was in Door County in May and had lunch at The Cookery and they serve a potato salad on the side with their sandwiches and it is so delish!  I had to hunt down the recipe when I got home and this is what I found.  I'm not sure if it's the exact recipe they use, it says it's theirs but I think their's was better.  This recipe was super easy with not a lot of ingredients, I challenge you to give it a try especially if you like dill.

The Cookery's Dill Potato Salad
3 pounds new red potatoes
1/2 cup tangy Italian dressing of your choice
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup finely chopped green onions
2 teaspoons dried dill weed
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
Thinly sliced green onions and/or freshly chopped parsley (optional garnish) Boil the potatoes until tender. In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients except the garnish.While the potatoes are warm, cut them into small chunks and toss them in the dressing. Top with thinly sliced green onions or freshly chopped parsley.