Someday, I am going to live in a house that is within walking distance to a grocer, a park, and a little cafe.
In the mornings, my kids and I will wonder down to the park to swing and slide and sit in the shade of the enormous trees. Or we might meet a friend at the charming little cafe to sip fresh-squeezed orange juice and to enjoy homemade whole wheat cinnamon bread. In the afternoons, we will head to the market to pick up a few fresh, locally-grown dinner ingredients – an onion, an avocado, some tomatoes, a few sweet potatoes for dessert, perhaps a bunch of flowers to put on the kitchen table.
Anybody know a place like that?
Unfortunately, that is a “someday” and not “today.” Today, I am faced with the reality of the grocery store being 10 minutes away (by car). The produce isn’t the best and there is a limited selection of locally-grown items. Still, I do my best to buy organic, healthful, whole foods as often as possible. I also do my best to have a nutritious meal on the table every night of the week.
But it isn’t always easy with:
- a nursing baby (Do you really expect me to be slaving away in the kitchen when I could be taking pictures of my baby girl touching her toesies? Of course not, people. I DO have priorities.)
- a preschooler who needs me (she tells me this often: “But I NEED you, Mommy!”)
- a house to clean, and…
- a blog to keep.
Oh, and on top of that, I’m always trying to think up ways to change the world.
This weekend, I’ll share ideas, tips, and products that make meal prepping and planning easier. I’m no Bakerella or Pioneer Woman (are their projects amazing or what?), but I CAN find my way around the kitchen. Most importantly, I’m hoping that we can learn from each other. Won’t you join me for food-related gabbing and giveaways? Here – I’ll pass the virtual cookie dish and a cool glass of lemonade your way…there, now…let’s get started.
* Image of farmer’s market via Natalie Maynor