Food Expectations

It snowed today.  Not as much as the weather peeps predicted, but enough to close everything down, keep the hubs home and let B play in it.  It was a very nice, low maintenance day in which I didn’t do much besides shovel and watch a bunch of TV with my 2 favorite people.

My bestie, R, called me tonight to chat and make sure we were on for some future plans.  Then she asked me, “So what did you cook today?  I’m sure the snow inspired you to make some wonderful comfort foods today.  So what did you make, a stew?”  I didn’t make a stew today.  In fact I didn’t make any appropriate or expected snowy-day foods.  I can totally see how she, and others, would think that I would.  But I’m tired.  The last month or so has been kinda roller coastery, so I gave myself the day off.  I’m not Superchef; I’m human.  And here’s the honest truth about my total lack of Superchefness today:

My men got up before me and fed themselves breakfast, so when I came down I just heated up leftover tortellini for myself.  That’s right, tortellini, for breakfast.  I ate a couple of pieces of toast this afternoon after shoveling snow and making B a hot chocolate.  I’m not even sure B ate lunch; I know I didn’t feed him. :o/  For dinner, I opened a bag of Tyson Honey Battered Breast Tenders.  Have you ever tried them? They’re so good!  We haven’t had them in quite some time, but while at the grocery store yesterday I grabbed a bag for some reason.  They’re fully cooked, so I just put them in the oven for 10 minutes to heat them up.  You know what I served with them?  Ketchup, honey mustard and BBQ sauce.  That’s it.  No sides.  No starch, no vegetable.  No complaints.

I will say, though, that after reading Facebook posts all day from friend after friend listing all the goodies they baked today, I kinda felt guilty at the end of the day for not making something.  So I went to my “Sweet Recipes I Want To Try” board on Pinterest and made The Cookie Skillet Recipe From Heaven by With An Everlasting Love.  Chocolate chip cookie dough made in one of my cast iron pans, on the stove, then baked for 15 minutes and enjoyed warm.  It was easy; it was delicious.  I highly recommend it.  I rarely make cookies because they are too labor intensive – all the scooping, pans in and out of the oven, cooling (but not too long), taking cookies off the pan and scooping more on the pan.  Bleck!  One pan and done?  I’m there.

Anyway, I just wanted you to know I am not Martha Stewart.  I am not Katie Brown.  I have good days and bad days in the kitchen, as well as days in which I don’t even feed my son (how else will he learn to fend for himself, right?)  “My name is Jess, and I only heated up a bag of Tysons for dinner tonight.”

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