How Did We Get Here?
It certainly wasn’t my intention to need a flow chart to get through our Saturday afternoons, but that is what it has come to.
Apparently I missed the small print when I signed up four kids in two different sports leagues with overlapping games. Maybe that is your family M.O., but tour de sports isn’t usually something we partake in.
Plus, there was one other small complication. My husband “volunteered” (AKA his wife signed him up) to coach two basketball teams at the same time he “volunteered” to coach two soccer teams. It was quite a pickle.
So Ryan literally made us a flow chart, with arrows and all, laying out the logistics of delivering kids (and their coach) to games all day. It proved to be quite an useful resource.
Perhaps we should have passed on the visual aide to the grandparents, though. I fielded phone calls wondering why no one was at the soccer field (because we were all at the basketball courts), and having no idea of knowing where to be, at what time.
All we needed was a film crew, and it would have been a bonafide sitcom show. In fact, if you missed the first episode there’s a rerun happening again this Saturday. Game on (lots of them).
All About Making Life Easier 🤙
You know when you think, “I should get one of those,” and you just never pull the trigger? Me and cookie scoops.
I don’t know why I was reluctant to get with the cookie scoop program (perhaps because I already possessed lots of commonly-used spoons), but oh Lordy, definitely worth the $13 I was holding onto.
Not only do all your cookies end up the exact same size, your hands don’t get messy, and you can divide up perfectly-portioned balls on baking sheets in so much less time.
I use small ones (for cookies that spread more, like Flourless Chocolate Cookies), medium ones to make more bakery-style, larger cookies (like Kitchen Sink Cookies), and an ice cream scoop to cleanly and evenly portion batter for muffins and cupcakes (it’s the perfect size).
With all the upcoming holiday baking coming up, just thought the public service announcement could make your lives a little easier too!
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Monday: Butternut Squash, Bacon Penne Bake (Hands On: 25 minutes, Bake: 25 minutes), Sautéed Apples (I halve the amount of butter and sugar – still great!)
Tuesday: Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu (Hands On: 30 minutes), baked potatoes (Bake: 45 minutes), steamed or canned veggie
Wednesday: Grilled Chicken Salad (Hands On: 30 minutes, Grill: 20 minutes)
Thursday: Slow Cooker Pork Loin with Apples (Hands On: 10 minutes, Cook: 4-5 hours high, 7-8 hours low), Roasted Parmesan Ranch Potatoes (Hands On: 10-15 minutes, Bake: 45 minutes)
Friday: Make your own pizzas using Naan or pita flatbread (for kids and hubby) and Socca Chickpea Flatbread (gluten free for me)
Weekend Baking: I have to update the pictures for these Cookie Dough Brownies because they simple don’t do them justice. I guess the fam and I will have to force them down after I take new pics. 😉
We’ve also been invited to a friend’s house for dinner, so I’ll be bring the makings for Aperol Spritzes.
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Everything in this plan looks so easy and delicious. Thanks for sharing this, Melissa!
I think you guys would be an entertaining reality show with your flow charts and coaching and sports and everything else you have going on.. you are supermom!
Thank you Megan! Thanks for thinking I’m supermom (I’m not), but I appreciate the recognization of solid effort 😊