And the other topic I wanted to blog about came from this article I read today in the Chicago Tribune - apparently 46% of families confessed in a national survey that they eat a home-cooked dinner just two to three times a week. The article then asks what we are eating the other four or five nights of the week?
So that got me thinking. Ben and I were just talking about how when he was growing up, his family of 8 kids rarely went out to eat. And my family with 2 kids went out a little more often, but my mom made most of our meals (which was probably often torture since my brother and I are both picky eaters). Fast forward to today... I remember thinking when I worked full time that once I was a stay-at-home mom I would make a wonderful, well-balanced dinner every night. All I can say is, YEAH RIGHT!!
My excuses range from:
- I am too busy with freelance projects
- Eli doesn't stay entertained long enough for me to make a full dinner (or take long enough naps to give me time to do it)
- His bedroom is right next to the kitchen, so even if there is time to cook during his nap, I usually wake him up when I'm clanking around
- I'm too tired
- I didn't have time to go to the grocery store during the day
- It's too hard to take Eli to the grocery store because he screams in the car seat, but can't sit up on his own, so I tend to go late at night after Ben and Eli are in bed - but there isn't always energy for this
- Raw meat grosses me out, so I'm always looking for a good vegetarian meal to make
- I'm out of ideas of what to make for dinner
- Everything I want to make is too complicated/takes too much time
- Dozika in Evanston (I love the mild curry chicken and honey garlic chicken, along with their sweet potato maki rolls)
- Cozy Noodle in Evanston (I love the noodles panang, pad thai, and pad see ewe)
- Joy Yee's in Evanston (I love the orange beef there)
- Wholly Frijoles in Lincolnwood (I love the tortilla soup and Lincolnwood burrito)
- Carmen's Pizza in Evanston (I get a thin pizza with pepperoni, no cheese and Ben gets a deep dish special)
- Merle's BBQ in Evanston (It has $1 bbq pork/chicken/beef sliders on Monday nights... yum!)
And finally, (speaking of eating out... sorry that this is the world's longest post!) here is a picture from going out to dinner on my brother Davey's 23rd birthday - my grandpa and his wife Judy flew in from Utah (my aunt and uncle and cousins Abby and Natalie from Ohio drove in too - more pictures from our weekend get together is below).