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I’m not sure when I started losing control of my schedule. It happened very gradually. One minute I have preschool age children with no afternoon activities and the next I am being controlled by my calendar! Cubscouts on Monday afternoons, 11 year old Scouts on Wednesday nights and Children’s Chorus on Thursday nights. It’s a good life, a WONDERFUL life, and I am so glad my kids have the opportunities to do these things, but you know what I mean.
Derrick’s schedule is changing and he is going to be working in the evenings. So I will be on my own with dinner, homework, bedtime and getting the kids to where the need to be in the evenings. It’s hard for me to get motivated to make a decent dinner when I’m tired, the kids are tired, and I know they aren’t going to appreciate it.
This is why I have started prepping dinner earlier in the day in the crockpot, a meal that Derrick can take with him to work and we can heat up in the evening, or a frozen meal. For nights that I am driving kids around until dinnertime.
I preheated the oven and placed a Marie Callender’s frozen lasagna in before dropping Kaylee off at chorus down the street. When I got back I added my asparagus (drizzled with olive oil, kosher salt, and cracked pepper) and rolls for the last 20 minutes of cooking. 6:00pm and chorus is over, Kaylee is home, and dinner is done. Lasagna is one of those meals that I just can’t seem to get right. My homemade lasagna always seems dry, but this one isn’t.
Three meats and four cheeses. And it’s delicious. A great comfort dinner with minimal prep.
There was an image on the box sharing the Comforts From Home Project. Being a military family ourselves and living in a predominately Air Force community, I can really see the value of this. We are so fortunate that Derrick doesn’t deploy, but many of my friends are going through this right now. Dallin came home from school and said that one of his firends was sad because his Dad had just left to go to the Middle East.
Supporting our troops is as easy as entering a code (from the back of the box) onto the Comforts From Home webpage. All of the money raised through the codes will go to the USO2GO program that sends kits to the troops. Electronics, games, books, furnishings like bean bag chairs so that they can relax, send emails from home and swap stories.
I get a comfort dinner without the work and support and bring comfort to the troops at the same time.
For every entry by 1/31/2015 of an 9-digit code found on participating products, Marie Callender’s will donate $.50 to the USO2GO program. Guaranteed minimum donation: $100,000. Maximum donation: $250,000. Limit 5 code entries per person/computer each day. Valid in U.S. Only.
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