Wow, where did Christmas go? I hope you and your family were able to relax and spend time together. It seems like we spend the whole month shopping, baking, decorating, wrapping, visiting, and with the blink of an eye it’s over. As we do every year, Nathan and I went to NJ to spend time with my family and it was wonderful to see everyone. I have to admit I am like a child at the holidays and was excited that Santa was, as he is every year, so good to us.
Now that Christmas is over, it’s back to the grind and back to the routine. It occurred to me this morning, as I was getting ready for the first day back to work that I need to think of something to make for dinner. Ugghh-I feel like that is a never ending saga: what are we going to eat? I know, I know- #1stWorldProblems. Seriously though, our work schedules and traffic filled commutes are so crazy that a lot of times we get home from an 11 or 12 hour work day and the last thing I want to think about is what am I going to make. Of course with making the dinner comes the clean up, doing any other chores that have been neglected, get work bag re-packed, and of course try to spend some quality time together. Before I know it, the evening news is long over and its 9:45pm.
Since this blog is about newlywed life and all that comes with it, I thought I would share some ways you can save time with dinner.
1. Make enough food for two meals. This will allow you at least one night of leftovers, which means at least one night of not cooking!
2. Take food out for dinner in the morning. This morning I took frozen Italian Sausage out for dinner, so when I walk in the door tonight and Nathan asks, “What’s for Dinner?” he knows and with any luck he has already started cooking the pasta to go with it.
3. Cook Together. Use this time to start talking about your day.
4. Clean as you cook. If you clean the mess as you cook, you will have nothing to do after eating, except put your plates in the dishwasher and enjoy the rest of your night.