After months of limping along, getting by with doing only the basics, I am delighted to have a surge of energy. When I was staggering through December I truly thought that I might not ever feel good again, that maybe my advanced age (I'm within shouting distance of forty) had caught up with me. Ed kept insisting that I was just pregnant and I would recover. I'm so glad he was right.
Since the fog has lifted, I'm ready to become more deliberate as a homemaker. And for me, that means using my Time Keeper again. After a number of weeks without cooking, thanks to freezer meals and the generosity of friends, I'm again having fun in the kitchen. Even menu planning is enjoyable. (Let's see how long that lasts.)
When I sit down to make out a week's worth of menus, my brain freezes. Even in the summer.
Especially in the summer.
I have found it helpful to have various meal lists. I have lists of recipes for beef, soup, chicken, breakfast, and so on. I have a list of meals that my family loves and could eat every week. I list the cookbook and page number next to the recipe. Flipping through these lists makes meal planning so much easier.
But one meal I struggle with each week is Sunday lunch. Far too often I get to Saturday night at 10:00 and think, "What are we going to eat tomorrow?"
When we were first married, Ed grilled nearly every Sunday. It didn't matter if we ate late if we were just going to relax in the afternoon. But that doesn't work for children. They come home from church acting like they have not eaten for a day. My goal is to have lunch on the table in the time it takes them to get changed out of their church clothes.
An obvious choice is to use the crockpot but apparently my crockpot runs low. Even when I put it on high, I have trouble getting most things cooked in a morning. Unless the food is already cooked, we are fishing around tough rice and crunchy potatoes - maybe even raw meat.
If you ask my children, they will tell you that we eat sausage and potatoes every Sunday. And that isn't far from the truth. Sausage and potatoes is a meal we all love and is super simple. I chop up sausage links (sometimes while still frozen), place them in a 9x13 baking pan, add diced onion and chopped raw potatoes, pour in a little water, cover, place in the oven, and set my oven on time bake for an hour before we arrive home. At noon we are met by the wonderful aroma of sausage. Add a steamed vegetable or salad and we have a meal.
If I want to make our normal sausage and potatoes more special, I make hog maw casserole. It is more work Sunday morning but so worth it.
Another Sunday lunch favorite is chicken or turkey pie. In November I buy several turkeys during the Thanksgiving sales to be made into turkey pies for the freezer. They make the perfect Sunday lunch, if I can remember to get them out of the freezer on Saturday night. But now our family can easily eat two turkey pies so it is harder to keep these in the freezer.
I'd love to add some more options to my Sunday lunch list.
What do you like to serve your family for Sunday lunch that takes very little prep time Sunday morning and is ready to eat when you come home?