Remember when Sundays meant nothing to do except maybe church or your soccer game or finishing up some homework? Relaxing with toys or a good book or playing outside at a park or community event was the extent of the ‘to-do’ list.
Oh Sunday. How you’ve changed.
We usually start Sundays now with Matt (4) asking – “there’s still one day left right? you don’t have to work today right? no school?” “yep.” one us replies – still half asleep – sigh. “good… lets go watch cartoons.” We love weekends (who doesn’t?) – love the lack of structure, the possibilities, the time with family and friends, and most of all the little moments we get to enjoy between the big moments.
Sunday to us, is now also our “make it” day. I bet you have some version of this – right? Whether you’re both working parents, one of you stays at home with the kids, your kids are all grown or there are no kids at all – Sunday is the last day of the weekend where there are extra hands to help and a little extra time to think and plan for the busy week ahead. In our house a Sunday without this time likely means McD’s by Wednesday … lets face it: sometimes even with a good plan the mid-week take out is an inevitable luxury.
My hubby is the produce guy. He cuts, washes and preps all the melons and berries and packages them in zip lock containers for easy grabbing all week long. I’m the baker. This weekend the kids and I made an adapted version of these banana muffins (super easy and awesome tasting) and chocolate chip oatmeal muffins. Matt and I whipped up some no bake chocolate oatmeal/coconut macaroons while the girls were napping (this recipe is a favorite of Cam’s and was from back in the grade 8 home-ec days). Then tonight I separated meat into packages for each day according to the meal plan and popped into fridge/freezer -because I’m crazy about meat and expiration dates, and I made pizza dough for tomorrow night’s dinner…
This all looks so well planned … but the reality is that when we get home 15 minutes before the munchkins want to eat it’s a chaotic mad rush to change, hug, play, prep and cook … and even with all this pre-planning my bet is that by mid-week we have a KD or McD breakdown. Ah well … at least we know they’re eating fruit!
I’m going to leave you with my pizza dough recipe cause I actually really like it – I’ve tried about 30 of them over the last couple of years (because I’m terrible at following directions or printing recipes) and this is my adaptation – borrowing from all the best:
- 1 pkg (1 tsp) of quick rise yeast
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp kosher salt
- 1tbsp olive oil
- 1.5 cups warm water
- 3.5-4 cups bread flour (bread flour makes the crust crispier than reg flour)
mix the first 4 ingredients and wait 10 minutes for the yeast to rise and foam. Add the warm water and flour and mix (by machine or hand) until fully combined (about 5 min). clean out the bowel and put one tsp of olive oil in it – place dough in. Put plastic wrap over the bowel and leave in a cool place for at least 3 hours to rise. Separate into 3 balls and knead each one. Spread onto pizza pan and drizzle a little olive oil, your favorite toppings and bake at 485 degrees for 15 mins. In my house you need to fan the smoke detectors during that 15 mins because our oven isn’t a fan of high temps. fun times. I’ll post the “result” photos after pizza day tomorrow…