Why is it when I have nothing going on that I find myself scrambling to pull dinner together?
Yesterday the kids were out of school for a teacher work day. I didn't schedule anything for us to do and left it up to them to decide. Their decision, a jammie and TV day. While they got bored with TV after a while, much to my surprise and happiness, they had no desire to get dressed. They were all dressed by noon and we went outside to play for a while, but other than that we didn't leave the house. We happily worked on other projects and had a lazy day.
One would think with all this down time I would make some bread and prepare a nice dinner, but no. At 5:00 the kids started fighting, which signaled it was time to think about feeding the little animals. Had I thought about dinner earlier I would have remembered I had not been to the grocery store in a week, so the pickings for dinner were a little thin. And thin pickings mean one thing, soup.
I pulled a variety of ingredients out of the pantry, fridge and freezer and everybody got to choose one or two ingredients to add. The result was a tasty soup that we named "Everybody Soup." This time our soup included: diced tomatoes, tomato puree, spinach, white beans, leftover pot roast, carrots, and corn. Served with some corn bread it was a quick and wonderful meal to end our very lazy day.
What is your favorite last minute meal? How do you get everybody involved to make the process go faster and help calm the craziness?