I really enjoyed reading through all of the comments to my post on Wednesday where I was wondering what counts as cooking from scratch. Wow, we all go by different sets of rules!
A big part of my problem is that I'm trying to balance three different sets of dinner rules -- cost, nutrition, and whether or not I'm the one cooking it. Oh, and what my husband and kids will actually eat. In our house, we absolutely do not ever eat mushrooms, or onions, or cherries. (Unless it's just me and the kids eating dinner...then I just make sure the evidence is gone before hubby comes home.)
We had Costco rotisserie chicken and potato salad from the grocery store Thursday night because I had a really tight time frame to get home and get food on the table so my husband could eat before he left the house. I always think about saving the bones to make stock. Sometimes they sit in the fridge for a couple of days until I decide that it's too late and toss them. Sometimes I toss them as soon as we're done with dinner.
This week I started simmering the bones as soon as we were done eating. Last night I made it into chicken noodle soup. From scratch. Unless the can of green beans or package of noodles or rotisserie chicken count against me. It was yummy and I had just enough to feed six people.
Then the phone rang and while I was up answering it, my daughter's cat decided to eat my soup. Have I ever mentioned how I feel about my daughter's cat?
I might not have eaten much of the soup, but I'm sure glad I made it. Next time, I'll have more motivation to use the bones instead of letting them sit. Or not. They are, after all, only leftover chicken bones. Remember, we're not feeling guilty about chicken bones or wrapping paper.
Have you read Judy's pep talk and the follow up post? She definitely hit the nail on the head with those.