I Hate Cooking

Hate is a strong wording, but people, I cannot stand it. I promise you – I’d rather clean a toilet bowl, wash every dish, do 10 loads of laundry, sweep and mop the floor. I have put “cooking” on my New Year’s goals every year for roughly … 10 years. I’m in the same spot.

 

Around 4:00 o’clock I start wondering what is for dinner? And you know there are about 2 options you can pull together at that point. Pasta or some sandwiches. Sometimes, I’ll really step it up with breakfast for dinner.

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My girls are great eaters. They will eat veggies and fruit and steak and salad. I am thankful for that. They really do eat pretty healthy despite my skill level. And, I can turn it on when I have to! I make a mean Texas Caviar or yummy dessert when I’m hosting a party. I mean, you do what you have to do when it’s time to impress, right? How sad. Poor family.

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I know part of me is just being stubborn and not making this a part of my day/schedule like exercise. And, we have been spoiled with Ron’s job here. He works for a restaurant company so we get to eat out A LOT. And, we have someone visiting us almost every week it seems.

Part of me just wants to say “well, that’s just not my strength.”

But I have two girls.

I want them to feel comfortable in a kitchen. I want them to understand it’s not their “role” but it’s a wonderful way to serve their family and their friends. Cooking is hospitality and love. It’s helping out a friend who had a baby. It’s saying “I’m so proud of you” to a husband that had a tough day at work. It’s providing a place where conversation can happen for family and memories and traditions happen around that same table.

I am so comfortable with my skill level being basic. I am never going to be Edie or Paige. (Although I swoon and love them). Pumpkin Chipotle Soup isn’t on the list this week.

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I kid you not – I have not used my kitchen aid mixer since we got it for a wedding gift. Swear.

But I am willing to step it up for my girls. They ask so often to be involved. Their new favorite show is Pioneer Woman. This just might be something we could learn to love together. Maybe.

And PS – my stinkin head hurts all of the time – so I am guessing if we do less pop tarts and more eggs, that could help.

Katie made me this game plan and I like it. Actually, I love it. I can do this. I think.

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I must mention I love my husband. He comes home and cooks/prepares meals so many days a week. He truly never complains. I cannot believe I just admitted all that …

 

Am I alone here? Please say I am not.

 

Maybe if I got off this computer… I could cook something… so what kind of salad should I make for tonight? It is MONDAY!

Comments

  1. Hey, Courtney. Well, I love to cook…so you can come clean my dishes (or toilets!) any time!! Here’s an EASY recipe for you:
    Put 4 FROZEN chicken breasts in the crock pot (can’t get easier than that!!).
    Pour a large can of black beans in.
    Pour a large jar of salsa in (mild, unless your kiddos like spicy).
    Cook on low all day.
    10 mins before you’re ready to eat, put some Boil in a Bag Brown Rice on. While it’s boiling, take two forks and shred the chicken right in the crock pot.
    Serve over rice, or rolled with tortillas as a burrito, or over tortilla chips with lettuce as taco salad…ENJOY!!
    (Leftovers are good, too!! If we ate it rolled up as burritos on Monday, we serve it as taco salad on Tuesday; or visa versa.)

    Happy Monday!

  2. I am so with you, Courtney. If cooking were a spiritual gift, I’m sure I do not have it! Thankfully, my husband it always to complimentary of whatever I make and he enjoys a spontaneous meal out now and again when I just can’t get it together. I have found that menu planning helps a ton {and doing my shopping based on that}, b/c I hate throwing away food that I didn’t use to cook my meals. Do you like Cobb salads or Chef salads? I love the extra protein of the eggs, meats and find it fills us up more. Maybe I need to add one to our menu this week, b/c I’m getting hungry just typing about it!! 🙂

  3. I love to cook, but I feel exactly that way about gardening! When my husband goes out of town he has to make a detailed list about what to water. I am grateful that he just accepts that about me!

  4. I would so rather clean a dish then make it dirty! Maybe once in awhile I get a crazy idea to try and cook something but it never tastes as good as the picture looks. I am trying really hard to like it more so my girls will but I do not like to spend a lot of time cooking. I do like baking though

  5. My husband likes to cook and he gets home before I do, so he does a lot of the cooking. But I’ve learned I like cooking as a way of providing for people I love. And honestly, the more I do it, the better I get at it.

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