Obsession #1: Eating. I like to eat. I don't like to cook. That can be a problem when raising a family. Luckily, I married way above my own cooking skills and we have been eating well for 22+ years. Yet, I have grand illusions of loving to cook and wearing aprons and tossing salt over my shoulder and braising, grilling and basting things. So in an attempt to be a mother whose children will remember her cooking and not their father's.....I started a freezer club. Enter...
Obsession #2: Twilight. I love to read. I don't like to cook when I'm reading a page turner. Since the whole Twilight series was keeping me out of the kitchen AND 4 of my girlfriends out of their kitchens, I threw out the idea of the Twilight Freezer Club~ Cold Meals Never looked so good. (My deepest and sincerest condolences to those readers who have no idea who Edward is)
Once a month I make 10 meals that can be frozen: 5 sets of 2 meals. This month I am making Tex-Mex Corn Chip Chili and Calzones with Yummy Delicious Giada Marinara Dipping Sauce. We gather, the 5 of us, and trade our meals. I come home with: Of course, my 2 meals PLUS, Creamy Meatballs, Pineapple Chicken, Mushroom Swiss Hamburgers, Lasagna, Teriyaki Chicken Stir-fry, AND To Die for Crock Pot Roast. Some come with side dishes of pasta, rice or chips. Just depends on the month and the meal. And Voila! My family gets variety that is more than Coco Puffs one night and Fruitie Tooties the next. Dinner conversations now center around the food and the cook and not what's written on the back of the cereal box! I now have a new obsession: Cookbooks and cooking magazines!! I've always liked the reading part, but not the cooking part. See a theme here? But now, I read AND cook what I read.
And before you judge me TOO harshly, for I am as big a book snob as the next person....in between my multiple readings of the Twilight series, I've also managed to read: Jane Eyre (MUST read), Wuthering Heights (enlightening), Tisha (fabulous!), Pride & Prejudice (Hello? MUST read EACH year), The Host(slow, but I liked it), and Three Cups of Tea. (Talk about Be A Good Human!) Slated still to read: Breaking Dawn :), Dr. Zhivago, My Cousin Rachel, Gilead, Wicked. So, I'm thinking obsessions can be a good thing.