As some of you know we are currently merging two households together. It's stressful but awesome at the same time. I get to live with my best friends and be apart of their lives on a daily basis. Dealing with two kids, schedules, abundance of household chores and always having someone around is stressful. One of the most stressful things in our home is meal time. Between the different likes and dislikes of the adults, I'm also finding its even harder to please a six year old. A & I alternate cooking days but it doesn't stop my feelings from getting hurt every time I hear "I don't like this". Three months and we are still in a transition to make it all more cohesive.
I'm always looking for a variety to feed our household. I'm not one for set meals on set days. I enjoy creating menus and trying out different things. I also enjoy cooking, baking more then cooking, but I enjoy creating food. They say a ticket to a man's heart is through his stomach, but I feel that the ticket to anyone's heart is food. I'm a sucker for Southern foods - maybe it's because I am a born Texan or that I lived in Oklahoma for seven years.. I dunno. While I'm not as big on the whole 'bbq' scene (gasp!) I find the comfort in things like; homemade mashed potatoes, fresh green beans, salads, soups, breads and deserts.
I like to create things from scratch and I'm determined to not rely on the convenience of boxed or fast foods. I am known to make some huge flops but I've also come away with some huge winners.
I, recently, have fallen in LOVE with Ree Drummond's cooking; better known as "The Pioneer Women"! The household favorite has easily become her "Potato Soup"! I also used her Turkey brine for this past Thanksgiving and it was a HUGE success.
Here is the amazingly simple and delicious recipe that I am sure will also become a household favorite for you too. http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2013/01/perfect-potato-soup/
What are some favorites for your household? Where do you go to find new food ideas? What are some kid favorite meals in your house?