When I was a stay at home mom I made everything from scratch that I could, while I felt like I often had a shortage of time, attending to all my mom duties I found ways to make sure my child was stimulated and involved, and most importantly, eating everything as close to homemade as possible. Thanksgiving 2016 I made literally every. single. thing. from scratch (with the exception of the pasta, for the mac-n-cheese) It took me TWO full days. I felt good, I was proud (of course Mina only ate like two bites, I tried hard to not let that offend me haha). Now I am a working mom, my days are LONG, my time seems fleeting, my time with Mina, even more so. On a good day I get home around 630 leaving me 3 hours to cook dinner, convince my child to eat said dinner, bathe her, get her in her PJ’s love on her, let out my dog, & read a story – before bed. No time for much else, and certainly not enough time to make EVERYTHING from scratch.
I missed having Mina help me in the kitchen, having the patience to let her stir at her own pace, and watching her feel so accomplished when whatever we made was finished. SO, I went to the store, I bought Pumpkin Puree & a Spice Cake Mix – straight out of the box, and brought it home. I took down a BIG bowl and I opened the box of cake mix and the can of pumpkin puree and I let Mina dump it into the bowl & stir it (its literally two ingredients)! I let her spoon it out and slap it down onto the cookie sheet – no symmetry, no uniformity just HEAPS of batter! I placed them into the oven and while they cooked we sang all the songs Mina wanted to sing & when they were done she was smiling from ear to ear! She was SO proud & I was proud.
Of course, I want my baby to eat healthy, I want my whole family to eat healthy, and balanced and as close to homemade as possible, & it isn’t always realistic. I didn’t give a crap that it was from a box and a can, or that the finished product kind of resembled fried chicken & neither did she.
She had fun, and for, what feels like the first time since I started working, I was able to give her a little bit of “the before” & it came straight from a box.