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Winging It

It’s not really summer – so watermelon doesn’t sound good.  But, it’s not really fall – so sweet potatoes don’t sound good either.  We are struggling with getting three kids to all activities – it’s a logistical nightmare around here.

Then it’s homework, bath and bed.

WAIT – I forgot about dinner!

That’s right – FORGOT!


What to make?  When to make it?  Do we eat at 4:30 before practice or 8:30 after?  Neither sounds like the right choice.  Or maybe it’s a half meal or not really a meal – just a heavy snack at each time.

Is this where you find yourself during football, cross country, and soccer season?

We’ve decided that our family meal must be looked at from a different angle during this time of year.  

The goal is one weekend sit-down dinner.  Through the week we opt for three sit-down breakfasts with hot food and conversation.  If we get a sit-down hot dinner through the week – BONUS!

The rest of the time – we’re winging it!

Here’s what I’ve learned: we won’t starve.

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Posted by on September 6, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Dinner at the BallPark

It’s that time of year again – Opening Day.  

And, not to discriminate – it is also track season, soccer season, lacrosse season, long-course swim and kickball season around here.  Any others…..

But, opening day – that resonates with most of us.  Games (and meets) right now are cold and windy.  They are also smack dab in the middle of the dinner hour through the week and usually through the lunch hour on the weekend.  

What are your family friendly, healthy options?  Well, there is the soft pretzel with or without cheese, a hot dog, maybe a slice of frozen pizza popped in a microwave, the walking taco, popcorn, candy, nachos with or without jalapenos.  Here we go again – the summer version of the concession stand.  

I urge you to plan ahead.  

Plan first at the grocery store.  

Then, pack a lunch sack full of the following:  clementines, apples, grapes, bananas, carrot sticks, cheese sticks, a jar of peanut butter, a loaf of bread and a knife.  Some granola bars, cereal bars and maybe a package or two of salty crackers are good too.   And don’t forget a good old fashioned cooler and cups for water.  


I guarantee you’ll feed way more than your own crew with that jar of peanut butter.  (Be aware of peanut allergies – of course).  Even if you take all of this to every game, you will save:

A) money B) you and your kids’ waistlines and C) yourself from fights due to your kids’ sugar-induced blood sugar 

Here’s what I’ve learned:

plan ahead and don’t tell the concession stand manager that I’m writing this blog! 🙂



Posted by on April 23, 2012 in Uncategorized


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