Fun Friday--How Do You Feed Your Family

It's Friday!  Yeah!  That means it's time for .....

Let me start with a little reminder about how this works.  You want to make sure that the post you link to is actually the post about this week's subject.  You don't want to just link to your home page.  It's hard for people to find which post you are referring to.  All you need to do is:

1.  Find the link on your blog that talks about the current topic.  It could be one you wrote today or one from the past.  You want to click on the post title.  This will take you to the direct link.  My sad attempt at some form of graphic below shows what you do.  (one of my grown up goals is to take a continuing education class to learn how to use Photoshop.  I digress....)

2.  Then, as my sad red text shows, the link in the browser is what you will submit for the party!  See, its not hard at all.

Ok.  Class dismissed.

Not really, I want you to stay and participate.  Thanks!

This week we are discussing how to feed your family.  I'll start by saying that I love to cook.  I always have. I started baking in my mother's kitchen when I was really young and even cooked a whole Thanksgiving dinner-minus the turkey and dressing- when I was about 11 or 12.  I am not kidding.  My baby brother had severe asthma and my mother sat in the living room, rocking him and giving him breathing treatments, while talking me through the steps.  Sweet potato casserole was the dish that I made from that time on for every single family holiday meal.  I still do!  Is it any surprise that Ella asks for it at least twice a month?

I hate to grocery shop.  I really hate to bring the groceries in from the car.  I go for broke when it comes time  to unload the van.

Unfortunately grocery shopping is just a part of the whole package.  You gotta do it.  I make it a rule to never take my kids with me if I can help it.  I'm very fortunate that there is usually a Daddy around here who is willing to hang out with the kiddos while I fetch the vittles, but I promise that those rare occasions when I have to take a kid or two I spend a lot more money.  Kids are pretty persuasive and I'm pretty weak. I try to always have a list and I try to only go once a week.  I can't say that either happens all the time, but I try!

I'm going to assume that at least half the people that read this blog have to prepare dinner each night for at least 3, probably more, people.  When Erik and I were first married my mother and I used to discuss that it was hard cooking for 2.  I always cooked way too much, but it was hard making homemade meals in smaller portions.  Those days seem like a distant memory now that I cook for 5 every night.  And yes, I do try to cook every night.  Wednesday nights we eat at church and every blue moon we take the family to our favorite Mexican dive.  I am not a fan of taking 2 year olds out for dinner.  EVER!!!

Preparing meals is fun for me and I love coming up with a menu.  Here are a few of my kitchen favorites:

I love this built in bookcase in the kitchen.  It houses my favorite cookbooks and magazines.

We eat a lot of vegetables and chicken.  My children have always eaten healthy foods, so I am grateful that that hasn't been a battle.  Since I can't eat anything with gluten I try to avoid those foods for dinner so I'm not cooking 4-5 different things to make everyone happy.  Thank goodness for Quinoa--it's been a God send.  Pasta is now becoming a part of our meal time again.  The girls were really missing spaghetti!

A typical week's schedule would go like this:

Sunday- a soup or casserole
Monday-crock pot night
Tuesday (our busiest night)- leftovers
Thursday- try a new recipe
Friday-grill with friends
Saturday-I never plan this day!  You never know what might come up :)

I don't know that this post was necessarily helpful, but you now have a glimpse into the kitchen-life at the Krull house!

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  1. Well, shoot! Tried to link it up correctly and failed...again :( Mine is about Home Made Pizzas I KNOW your family would love. It is actually the 2nd article; not the one that comes up. Maybe next week I can get it right...Sorry; I'm "Tech Challenged"

  2. I started to meal plan for our family and I find that I am so much better at making healthy meals when I do this. I am always looking for new dinner ideas and things that are easier to get ready when I get in.

  3. I'm with you on the unloading-the-van thing....I switched to shopping bags. I would like to say that I did it to save the earth and all, but honestly, I like them because I can load up my shoulders instead of my hands and bring in twice as many groceries at a time. I spent less than $10 on store bags, and have used them for years. It's fun to get the cute ones at Fresh Market, Whole Foods or Trader Joe's.

  4. Any tried and true recipies you want to share? Happy to share back!!

  5. What a great topic!!! Thank you, Kate. My post talks about what the Portland Krull family eats ;)

  6. Hi Kate- I missed your Sept 6 blog. Just read it tonite! I just wanted to say how great Lucy looks in the last Pic. with the rosy cheeks and her and Ella with such beautiful smiles. Also a belated Happy Birthday to Ella. I pray that God will shower you and your family with many blessings in the coming year.

  7. I was so inspired by this topic and the previous organization topic, that I ditched my 'dinner on the fly' routine for a true menu plan! So far, so good. Also, totally unimportant, but I love your green kitchen with the white cabinets. My kitchen is nearly the same green and I've been wanting to paint the oak cabinets. Now I know how it looks with the tan-toned counters. :) My accents are orange and teal. Now you know way more than you needed to know about a stranger's kitchen. lol