Monday, August 6, 2012

Not In the Mood.

Dinner. That's what I'm not in the mood for. I don't want to think about it. I don't want to plan it. I don't want to cook it. I don't know what's wrong with me, but I am in a major cooking rut. It's like I can't even wrap my brain around planning meals for a night, much less a week.

It's not that I don't like to cook. I actually love to cook. I hate planning meals, though. HATE. And for some reason, I don't have a tried and true menu that I always cook from. I think that's the the problem with loving-to-cook. When my schedule was less hectic that it is now, I used to love to experiment with new recipes, making something new and different several times a week.

 Pesto Stuffed Shells
via here and here

Now? I'm happy to just scramble some eggs and call it a night.

I have tons of yummy-looking recipes pinned on Pinterest. I have a huge collection of Bon Apetit and Cooking Light magazines. I have some amazing cookbooks.But motivation? I have none.

And, I'll be honest. This is what I'd really like to make and eat:

I'm actually a lot better in the winter, which is sad because summer food is so much better. But some of the easy factor goes away with the yumminess of summer's bounty. Who wants a hot cassrole in the middle of August? Not me. And frankly, I don't even like to buy produce from the regular grocery store in the summer.  Tomatoes from Mexico? That's just silly. I live in North Carolina. I'm a stones throw from miles and miles of farmland.

I'd rather get fresh, local fruit and veggies from the farmer's market. But, of course, that is kind of a haul, and it's hot out there, and I have the kids, and blah blah blah. Just another excuse to order take-out.

So, here I sit, at 2:30 on a Monday afternoon, with no idea what's for dinner. NO IDEA. At this point, it's a toss up between cereal and a frozen pizza.

Anyone know what wines go best with Honey Nut Cheerios?


  1. To quote my 7-year-old, "OMG". You've taken words right out of my brain and put them on paper. I was trying to explain my lack of decent food on the table to Mike this weekend. I should forward him your post to read. I feel better knowing that I'm not the only one feeding my children cereal, pizza, sandwiches and other culinary delights more often that not.

    PS: Prosecco is great with any breakfast food... cereal, eggs or even by itself.

  2. I've had a hard time of it lately, too. I finally went to Trader Joes today, and bought things for the week.

  3. Ditto! I'm 8 months preggo and today was a perfect day for the pool and some salad...I'm indoors watching Caillou with the shades drawn and on the computer in my bed with 3 yr old. Hard to motivate myself. In other news...Maggiano's "pasta classics" allows you to dine in and pay for ONE pasta classic and then take something off the pasta classic menu home. I have leftovers from Sunday lunch in the fridge along with 2 extra free entrees. Been munching on those since Sunday....I think it's Tuesday today, not sure?!