Friday, March 26, 2010

Dinner Debacle

Tonight I photographed dinner, but it did not work out.  Why I didn't learn from my previous post about working in a project while my kids are awake I have no idea.   I made chicken and dumplings, and forgot how much work it is to photograph the process of making dinner.
So I will show you what I have, and when things went a wry.
Here are the ingredients.  
I should have known with that many ingredients to stop with this photo.

So I chopped the veggies while Teddy was sleeping, and then put them in the fridge until I was ready to cook.

Boneless skinless chicken breasts.
It is pretty hard to make raw chicken look good...

Minced garlic.  
Yes, that is a toddler spoon.

Freeze dried shallots. 
 My latest purchase from Penzys.

One teaspoon of dried thyme, also from Penzys.

A dash of cayenne pepper.

A sprinkle of Nature's Seasons.

 Two boxes of stock.

Before the boil.

Then this happened..

Sonya Catherine decided to dump out an entire bag of oyster crackers.  I will admit it, I lost my cool with some yelling, a spanking, and had to take away her new "nighten gown."

Let me back a up a bit.  I also made cookies today, where Sonya's lack of listening was astounding, so my patience was already thin.

So this is when I realized I needed to put the camera down and just make dinner.  Luckily Josh came home early that was my saving grace because Teddy was starving and screaming and he was able to feed him.  I still needed to mix the dumplings, which turned turned out gummy, to finish making dinner.  
Here is dinner...

So today's lesson was to just be with my kids.  They needed me and I wanted to do my own thing.  I know I need my time, but they need my time too.  I am very fortunate to stay at home with them, so they need to be my priority.  I am realizing that the last couple of months have kicked my ass with  transitioning from one to two kids with two very different personalities, Sonya giving up her nap, Teddy getting sick often, my lack of sleep, and Josh's work schedule.  I know I have it good and easier than most, but I have had a hard time.  I am the type of person who doesn't realize how tough things are until they are over.  So I know, the fog is lifting with this epiphany of the ass kicking.  I am starting to refocus, get my priorities in order, and not just survive.
  I know my time is limited before they hate me and think I am a citizen of crazytown, so hopefully I can learn from my own lesson and just be with my babies and enjoy them.   


Greta March 27, 2010 at 9:10 PM  

Come on over to Crazytown, we live there.


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