Who shops at Walmart at midnight? This guy. Looking for presents (I was chasing something specific - mission accomplished) and grabbing some basics, it's also a great time to stock-up on some of those quick meal helpers. Stouffer's Family Size entrees, Edy's Slow Churned Ice Cream, and even a couple of Digiorno Pizzas (all from Nestle) made it into my cart.
Shopping at night also allows me to get my groove on while driving home. A little old-school rap with DJ Kool on Backspin? I think so. Now, "Let Me Clear My Throat..."
MIDWEEK MACARONI: Wife's working until 7. The girls and I are having adventures, which means a prime time to pop something in the oven so we can keep playing while the main course cooks. Boom - Macaroni within an hour, and we can dress-it up however the girls like. For me (the only meat-eater in the house), a little bacon on top. For the kids, some bread crumbs. Served with apples, we've got plenty left-over for snacking during the week.
PIZZA & COOKIES: No, we're not serving cookies and pizza together, but multi-tasking yet again. With the oven already fired-up to 400 degrees so my oldest and I can do some marathon baking (in this case, Christmas Cutout Cookies), we save time by sliding a couple of those Digiorno Pizzas into the mix.
PRE-CHRISTMAS FAMILY MEAL: Why plan ahead and have things on-hand and ready to rock at short notice? A prime example was this past Sunday. With a big, and scattered family, our Christmas gatherings happen throughout December (and sometimes into January). This year, My Dad and his Wife made a visit to Rock Father HQ from Michigan to do gifts with the girls early. Thing is, we got an unexpected snowstorm, and that made going out for dinner a non-option. With Stouffer's Lasagna on-hand, I built an early afternoon dinner around it, busting out some vegetables, potatoes, salad and bread to go with it. Peppermint Ice Cream for later, and the whole experience was complete. A fine meal, on a Day that felt more Christmas-y than Christmas usually does.
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