I totally do.
Just not everyday.
And, not if I can avoid it.
It’s sad though.
Because I’m sorta awesome at it (I’ve really only made one legitimately puke-inducing meal).
And, I used to actually enjoy it.
You know, before people started booing, and crying, and puking in their plates.
That’s a surefire way to kill someone’s pride and joy; tell them you hate what they’re doing and then throw up on it.
So now, between active soccer/swimming/basketball schedules and work and exhaustion and possibly an fake illness or two, I’ve found numerous excuses to stop at McDonald’s not feed my children food that came from my stove at dinnertime.
And, my culinary creativity has suffered because of it.
Dramatically in fact.
Let’s look at last week for an example:
- Monday: #1 ate Wendy’s with the mom who drives him to soccer on Mondays. Dumb Family had breakfast for dinner.
- Tuesday: Tacos.
- Wednesday: Left over Tacos. Dumb Dad ate frozen pizza.
- Thursday: Frozen pizza all around.
- Friday: Non-frozen pizza, from the pizza spot. #2, who HATES pizza passionately, enjoyed a salad and fruit.
- Saturday: Mac and Cheese for The Dudes. Dumb Dad was on his own, (aka he had beer and peanuts). Me=cupcakes for dinner.
- Sunday: Seriously not even sure I fed them. And pretty sure I had cupcakes for dinner. Again.
Now just sub McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and/or Burger King in for Monday and you have a good idea of what this Dumb Family has been eating every week since school started two months ago.
Because the only part of being a stay-at-home-domestic-super-mom I’m excelling at these days is the staying!
Actually, I was pretty excited about the Macaroni Grill meal because there was a time, before our kid to grandparent ratio got so blown, that Dumb Dad and I used to go on dates with each other quite frequently.
And where would we go do ya think?
Straight to the bar to drown our kid related sorrows in a pint or two Macaroni Grill because it is like the only nice-ish affordable restaurant in this bunk town it’s affordable, it’s close, and it’s pretty dang tasty.**
Point is, they said they were sending Macaroni Grill and I was jazzed.
And, on the very day that my Wanchai Ferry box of orange chicken and rice, and my Macaroni Grill creamy basil parmesan chicken and pasta showed up in the mail, I popped those bad boys opened, and I cooked them both.
On the same night!
Now, I know I could probably create a similarly designed meal from scratch that would be more natural, more cost effective, and/or less fattening (something I need to be WAY more concerned with than I am).
But, I don’t. Which means, this was a start!
For moms like myself who are pressed for time, patience, and kitchen creativity these are a viable alternatives and they give you the opportunity to get yourself back in the mood for the unappreciated labor of love that is cooking for your family.
I’m not a huge natural eater anyway (I do it when it’s cheap and readily available, like during farmers’ market season), but I am huge into creating meals that are easy (aka I can do it while people tattle, complain, and ask me to help them with silly things like homework and buttoning of pants).
And, these meals were so simple to prepare (really, just cutting up chicken and pouring) that I could have made them with my eyes closed. As a matter of fact, I think I actually did make them with my eyes closed (see what staying up late to blog does to a person?!).
Most importantly though, The Dudes (and Dumb Dad) really liked them.
Which means no one cried, no one complained, and no barfed in their plates (at least not because of the food).
Big score for Casa de Dummies!
My only gripe with them is the size.
We are a family of five so one box of either would only be enough to piss us off.
So, we needed two (or one of each!).
Which actually worked out nicely because, even though the two meals don’t really go well together, The Dudes thought having the option of both was pretty cool. And, since these are so simple to whip up, I can actually imagine myself cooking them together again in the future!
For fun, ya know?!
Want to get in on this fun?
Print this Wanchai Ferry and Macaroni Grill coupon and schlep it over to your local grocer to grab yourself a dinner kit or two.
Or, you could enter to win both dinner kits AND a $25 gift card to help pay for the cheesecake dessert extra fixins to make the meal even more special!
- Following this blog. Yes, this is the bribing portion of the process and it is a requirement.
- Leaving a comment telling me that all awesome moms suck at coming up with creative meal options what your go to meal is. Please make it one that will NOT induce instant puking.
- 10/29/10. Living in the USA and being over 18 are also musts.
- Being awesome.
Off to enjoy my leftovers!
*pBd Admits it’s Free Disclaimer: As if you didn’t know already, the products, prize pack, information and additional prize pack to give away were all given to me from Wanchai Ferry and Macaroni Grill through MyBlogSpark. My opinions were given to me by no one. I made those up all by my lonesome!
**My town is not really all that bunk. Okay, it is. But the adjoining town, in which Macaroni Grill is actually located, is pretty sweet. As a matter of fact it won an award for being an awesome small town. There are a ton of restaurants here, but most of them are more expensive than what I like to spend on something that will, one way or the other, end up in the toilet at the end of the night!
***Winner of last week’s Tonka Truck giveaway: Heidi McMahon