…am I really going to do this? Who knows…it wouldn’t be the first thing I tried that didn’t work out…but then again, I’d like to hope I can forge my way into a fun new activity.
I have a job. I like the job…the people are nice, when I leave work, I’m generally in the clear until I arrive back, and the pay is reasonable. But if I closed my eyes and had to envision my one true passion; the thing I saw as my calling in life–I’d have to say it goes more along the lines of being a domestic goddess. I love to clean our home. I look forward to making a good meal every night and packing our lunches in the morning. I go nuts with coupons. Put a spatula in my hand and I’ll bake ’til I run out of flour. If my fiance allowed me to, I might even have stocked up on baby clothes…but in the notion to not seem TOTALLY crazy, we’ve decided I should probably wait on that one.
But, really, I can’t wait to be a mom. I can’t wait to be a wife. (not in that order…but you get the picture.) I, and thankfully my darling fiance, see a real value in homemaking. It’s a shame that more women (and men, for that matter) scoff at the idea of putting meals on the table for their loved ones, or enjoying the simplicity in hanging clothes out on the line to dry.
Did you know that on average, the American family spends more than $3,000 on food away from home per year? This includes fast food, eating out, vending machines, etc. Now, I’m the first to admit that now again I love a McNugget or CrunchWrap, but really guys!??? $3000?!!! Do you have any idea how much food you could make for that amount? Or better yet–what you could do with that money by making food that amounts to LESS than that amount? Especially with food prices on the rise, and people being busier than ever, I get that it just doesn’t seem plausible for many to find time to cook, or learn to cook for that matter. Enter the internet. Enter YouTube. Enter older relatives (or anyone from a time where everyday cooking wasn’t unheard of). There are millions of resources to not only teach you to cook, but how to save time and $$MONEY$$ while doing it!
One of my favorite kitchen appliances (other than my beloved coffee pot) is my Crockpot. There is just something indescribable about tossing a few ingredients into a pot, plugging it in, and coming home 8 hours later to a warm, tender, DELICIOUS meal waiting for you! Sometimes I almost feel like I’m cheating it’s so easy…but sooooo worth it.
I’m also a HUGE fan of Freezer meals! While I don’t quite subscribe to OAMC (once a month cooking), I do thoroughly enjoy making meals ahead of time, and DEFINITELY thank myself on days when life gets crazy and you’re starving and your significant other is looking at you with hunger on his mind and you forgot to defrost the chicken.
Kevin works at least one day each weekend, and I work M-F only. That leaves us with a little bit of a schedule bummer, but in reality, gives me a full day of hopefully uninterrupted bliss. Doing what I do best. Laundry-check. Dishes-check. Vacuuming-check. Clean bathrooms-check. Scrub floors-check. Pick up dirty socks all over the place from Mr. Kevin’s lazy feet-double check. Make our bread for the week (more on this later)-check. And also–cook our meals!! Not just for Saturday and Sunday–but if I’m lucky, squeeze out another few for the freezer or fridge for the coming week(s). If nothing else, it’s amazing how much time you can save by prepping meals all at once. I can chop veggies for several meals all at once in much less time than it would take me to chop individually per meal. My frugality itches here too–it’s amazing the amount of money you can save. I won’t even launch into the whole coupon thing yet- but buying in bulk or with the sale rotations can save $$$$$$amounts you never thought possible.
God has blessed me with a roof over my head, a man to share my life with and to serve, a job where I’m appreciated, skills to share, and love and health in myself. You better believe I will thank Him every day by being the woman He created me to be!
I hope that I can fill you in on a whole lot more in the coming days and weeks. I’m not crazy (at least from a clinical standpoint…)and I have a lot of passions not yet discussed. But I hope that you’ll bear with me as I document life as it happens- and appreciate what I can share!
Until the next cup is poured,