by Jackie Houchin
Today, on #Bloganuary, WordPress.com asks, “What chore do you find the most challenging to do?”
I think after 59 years of marriage, the most challenging thing I have to do is to…come up with a meal for dinner. Every. Single. Night.
What can I fix tonight?” I say to myself as I gaze into my fridge and freezer, cabinets and cupboards.
Sure, there is stuff in all those places, but my mind refuses to think just how I can put it all together for an at least halfway appealing meal.
“What do you want for dinner?” I ask my news-watching hubby.
“What are my choices?” he asks.
Choices? CHOICES? That is MY dilemma in a single word. How many have I had to make at dinner time in 59 years! I open the calculator on my phone. Let’s see…59 x 365 = YIKES! That is 20,535 choices!!!!! Ok, take off for vacations, a few eating out times, and I’m still left with at least 18,000 choices! Wow, think of a restaurant menu with 18K choices on it. Think of the warehouse and kitchen needed to prepare them!!
I open the freezer again. Everything is rock solid frozen. Ok, there are a couple microwavable boxes of Mac n Cheese from Trader Joes, but how nutritious is that? I’m trying to think “healthy” for the new year. Okay, if we need to eat quick and go to a meeting, mac n cheese is fine, but….
I look in the fridge. “Well,” I call. “There is leftover veggie soup.”
“We had that last night,” he answers. “How about chicken or something?’
I glance at the clock. 6:00pm. There are some chicken legs in the freezer, but how long to thaw, and then an hour in the oven with baked potatoes?”
“How about crackers and cheese?”
“For dinner?” I ask.
In the cupboard I see a can of chili, one of sauerkraut, another of pineapple rings, a box of turkey gravy, a box of boil-in-the-bag rice, some pasta, a jar of marinara sauce. Hmm. There are some pre-cooked meatballs in the freezer.
“You want to have spaghetti?”
I begin to pull out pots and ingredients. Choice #18,001: Spaghetti & meatballs. Maybe a skimpy lettuce salad? Do I have any parmesan?