Conquering My Kitchen – Week 8

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Friday-Sunday – February 27-March 1


The weekend has been a whirlwind of activity as we prepare for our spring break jeep trip…all meal prep was simple and eaten on the fly!

Thursday – February 26

IMG_6289Family scattered between friends, work and Bible Study…it’s what we call an “On Your Own” evening.  But lest you think no one uses the kitchen…here’s my yummy, healthy smoothie! It also strikes me that my Bible Study is titled “The Best Yes” and I explore some additional thoughts  on today’s blog.

Wednesday – February 25

Spaghetti @ COTHA – free meal every Wednesday – food, friends and fellowship!

Tuesday – February 24

IMG_6280Today, I’m thinking a lot about unrealistic expectations.  We are a very busy family…with lots of things to do that we enjoy: an active social life with great friends, careers that demand time and attention, kids to spend time with, etc.  When I started this journey I had the unrealistic expectation that I’d be cooking every night…that’s crazy!  What did I base that on…where did I get that idea?  I’m just not that domestic.  While sometimes I wish I was…it’s just not who I am.  My house is not super clean, my kitchen will always feel a little exotic and I will ALWAYS choose the fun, the friends, the family over routine.  So where does that leave me?  Back to the discipline of creating realistic expectations.  Why discipline?  Because that’s really what it’s about.  Have you ever sat down with your calendar, to-do list and  a wish list and realized how chaotic they were?  Ever decide to do something and then forget…like starting a diet, forget about the resolution/intention and then remember when you’re munching down on a delicious piece of cake?  Or what about deciding to make a change…then changing your mind when push comes to shove on really making that change.  I guess what I’m trying to get at is to really make lasting change we’ve got to be focused and disciplined…AND realistic. You don’t go from ME to Julia Child overnight (or maybe ever). So yeah…tonight we had left-overs (lol) – another late night out – I choose a work-out (fitness expectation) over cooking dinner (domestic expectation).  BUT…in order to make it a little less “left-over-y” I used some of my favorite dishes…a step towards domesticity :)

Lesson learned: I’m not gonna cook every night…sometimes not all week…and it’s okay.

Monday – February 23

IMG_6316Trevor texted mid-day and asked if the family could go out to eat together…heck ya…every single time!  Besides being Monday, which we all know by now is a terrible night for cooking for me, we also had our Evangelism meeting this evening and I didn’t leave work until 8p.  Dinner with Trevor whom I hardly see anymore, no cooking and no cleaning…it’s all good.

Sunday – February 22

Dinner with the Strattons…we supplied the steaks and they did all the cooking and cleaning…heck of a deal!

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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (, where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.