I've always planned meals without really thinking about, I guess because I saw my parents doing it while I was growing up. I've always just gone one week at a time. I sit down to make my grocery list and on the back of it I plan the week's meals, that way I know what to write on the grocery list and I don't forget anything I'm going to need through out the week. Occasionally I'll have to pick up milk or something in the middle of the week, but that's it.
Lately it just is not going well at all and I'm wondering what's the point.
I live amongst the pickiest eaters you could ever meet. It was bad enough when it was just my older DSs and me, but almost five years ago I got remarried and my family size almost doubled. And they are ALL picky. I guess I've gotten pickier myself, in the sense that I've become a lot more health conscious in the last few years.
So just coming up with a meal that everybody likes is nearly impossible. We have PB&J sandwiches and some less healthy alternatives, like Ramen, they can make themselves if they don't like what I'm cooking. But lately that seems like all they want. Even if I cook something I KNOW somebody likes they say they aren't in the mood for it and would rather just have a sandwich.
Added to that is the fact that my oldest DS now has a parttime job and isn't home for dinner a lot, DSD's bio mom moved back into town and DSD goes over there frequently on the spur of the moment, and the other DS always either wanting to eat at friends' houses or friends here for dinner (Ramen
) . So I don't even always know who to plan on being here for dinner.
I feel like I put so much effort into planning and cooking, and much of it is just going to waste. Sometimes it seems like it would be easier to wait until last minute and have DH just run up to the store to pick up something quick and easy for the people that happen to be here. Except I really need to save money right now and I know that doesn't fit!
Sorry this is so rambly... Anybody got any suggestions for me? TIA