Several weeks ago my husband left to return to Michigan. His start date with the new job came too early for the rest of us to leave because of school. So we loaded up almost all of our earthly possessions into a big yellow moving truck and said goodbye for almost a month.
Generous friends have shared their guest bedroom mattresses, pots & pans, lamps, and hospitality with the boys and I to make our stay more comfortable and easy. However, with about 1/20th of my kitchen available, I do have to say that I've missed "cooking." I froze ahead several meals, cooked rice, cooked chicken, and a few other odds and ends that has helped tremendously. I've tried cooking simple meals (tacos, spaghetti, stir fry, etc), but grocery shopping has gotten expensive. Buying ready made foods (and trying to buy quality ones without a lot of junk in them) is FAR more expensive that what I am use to. For the same price of a box of gluten-free frozen waffles (about 2 meals for 1 kid), I can make 4 meals of waffles for the whole family.
We are less than a week away from our departure now. I think the absence has eased our transition from this place and made our heartache of leaving much easier - because our desire to be reunited is so great.
I am so thankful for my family, and the blessing of knowing the value of what we have been blessed with. I'm excited for the adventures that lie ahead.
Thankfully, part of that excitement means being unemployed for the time being, This should help afford more time to experiment with recipes in the kitchen again and to this blog in the days to come.