A few things have happened recently to put a wrench in my usually smooth meal planning. First, school ended and with it a nice schedule. I used to grocery shop when all the kids were at school. Then, Cody got really busy at work and has missed 75% or more of our family dinners lately. It's really hard for me to cook meals for the kids and me. It's easier to just make sandwiches or something if there's no other adult to enjoy the effort of my cooking. Another problem is summer. Man, I hate summer. The heat just zaps my energy and makes it so hard for me to want to cook. I love making rich stews, warm breads, and all sorts of elaborate meals in the fall and winter. I think the truth is, I just don't have as many good "summer recipes" for things that are simple and don't require the oven so much.
I don't want to think about meals, or grocery shopping, or cooking at all. It has become an awful chore all of the sudden that I wish I could avoid. But, I am starting to get tired of sandwiches and fast food. So today I have done some cooking. The kids requested potato soup, a favorite of theirs, for lunch. I could have gotten out of it, but I made it for them. And we all enjoyed it so much. Those kids licked the bowls clean, and I had two big servings. Then this afternoon I made homemade pizza dough so we can each create our own pizza tonight for dinner. I'll start grilling more, and putting together some nice salads, and eventually work my way back into planning and cooking. Slumps aren't meant to last forever.