Thursday, April 2, 2009

Sorry Excuse for Dinner

After my last post I had a meeting at the district office with an administrator there. It was about something completely unrelated to my pink slip but this administrator is also a very good friend of Dirk's family. After talking with her for a little while she said to me something along the lines of, "Alicia, you have a real future in this district." CRAP! I was of course blessed to hear these words but my goodness, talk about adding to the confusion.

Often times as I'm blogging or journaling I learn a lot about myself. I don't really plan out my blogs and as I, at times, gush I learn a lot about myself as well. While writing the post "A Rock in a Hard Place" I started to realize that I would be content at home, working to make my house a home ready to glorify the Lord. While that hasn't changed I struggle with the thought of leaving my career. My desire to stay home outweighs my desire to teach but I LOVE teaching. Again, I know that God has a plan and that I don't even have to worry about it but I am so torn inside and for some reason I can't stop thinking about it. I have such a strong desire to start a family but then thinking about giving up my love for teaching and all the hard work that I've put into it seems so difficult at times as well.

Again, I'm gushing and not getting to the point. Okay, so at work, along with all that comes with teaching, I am a site coach for a science and literacy technology grant and I'm teaching an after-school class for students struggling in math. For the past month or so I've been getting home no earlier than 5:00 and some days not until after 6:00. This leaves little time for gourmet meals. In effort of still "preparing" meals and not eating out, Dirk and I have tried Trader Joe's Orange Chicken and their fried rice, both found in the freezer section. I realized after we cooked it that the suggested serving size is ridiculously too small for us, the fat content was a little high for my taste BUT both items were REALLY good for being frozen foods.

The other thing we tried was Macaroni Grill's Restaurant Favorites at Home.

Sorry for the poor picture.

If you've read my blog for any length of time you've probably realized that I try my best to use as many fresh ingredients as I possibly can. Well this "dinner-in-a-box" is definitely not typical for us but we love Macaroni Grill and these boxes were on sale for $3.99 and I thought, "What the hey, lets give it a try." I only took pictures of the chicken marsala which was alright. I make chicken marsala from scratch and this really wasn't all that great, I won't buy it again. The positive side was that you put in your own chicken so you're not eating some random piece of chicken, all chewy and gross. I also liked that the ingredients all come separated and that there was actual marsala cooking wine in the box. Overall it was okay but when you're used to homemade, it just didn't satisfy the palate.

We also tried the Creamy Basil, Parmesan Chicken & Pasta. This one was actually pretty good but unfortunately I didn't take any pictures. While all three of these meals were edible and somewhat tasty, this is another example of why I'm so torn. I hate preparing a meal that I don't feel is as healthy as it should be. I hate putting a sub-par meal on the table. Well thanks again for listening to me vent and share my woes. You guys are the best listeners. :)

1 comment:

  1. I liked that stuff, bit would prefer mashed potatoes instead of the pasta.