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Shannon Carroll was the blogger behind Whiskey In My Sippy Cup, a critically acclaimed blog about nothing in particular. She currently writes on her new blog, Shannonigans, and is the Conference Programming Manager at BlogHer.com. She is the mother of a teenaged son, a tween boy and an elementary-aged daughter. She was previously a Babble Voices contributor.

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Mommy’s Little Helper

By Mr Lady |

There are very few things in life I can admit to being really really ridiculously good at, and cooking is one of them.

<hipster>I even used to have a weekly recipe thing on my blog, way back before it was cool to be a foodblogger. </hipster>

I believe with everything I am in family dinners, and I believe that those dinners can and should be well-balanced, made fresh, have something green in/on/near it, and most importantly, easy and cost-effective.

I also believe that every rule on Earth was made to be broken.

Just a few weeks ago, after my usual mad daily scramble to make a Monday dinner of salmon, a Tuesday dinner of steak and a Wednesday dinner of curried chicken, my children came to me and asked, “Mom, can’t you just bake us some spaghetti? Grandma bakes us spaghetti.”

*Baked* spaghetti? The Grandma Card? Ingrates.

But they have a point. I totally over-think dinner most nights, doubly so on the rare night their father is home. Being a foodie, I always get the “dinner” part down, but sometimes forget that the “family” is the healthiest part of the equation. We can spend thirty minutes together over bowls of heated up spaghetti soup as easily as we can over chicken and potatoes.

Plus, dinner in five minutes, one pan and four bowls to wash after, and three happy kids. Cue clouds parting and angels singing.

So, hi. I’m Mr Lady, and sometimes I feed my kids preservative-filled genetically modified crap out of a can for dinner. And we’re all happier people for it.

{Awkward confession, or why the internet sucks: This wasn’t actually my first time.}

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6 thoughts on “Mommy’s Little Helper

  1. BusyDad says:

    My mom would cook us kids some amazing Chinese food pretty much every single night of the week. But you know what my favorite family dinner memories are? Hamburger Helper. Now I’m going to smack myself for that so my mom doesn’t have to.

  2. Deb @ San Diego Momma says:

    I’m not much of a cook, but I try to at least not cook processed crap.
    Of course, the last few nights, I used Hamburger Helper, so you can pretty much ignore my high horse comment above.

  3. daniel says:

    We plan our meals out a week or so in advance. We go over what is coming up for the week, schedule-wise, and what we can and can not fix for dinner in the allotted time. That helps with planning grocery shopping as well as simply trying to last minute figure out what to fix.

    Fortunately, we are all able to sit down together 6 out of 7 nights a week as a family and eat together, and reconnect. Tonight happened to be mac & cheese, and not the good kind. Tomorrow will be some stew I’m going to spend a couple of hours on. It all works out.

  4. Zak says:

    My mom used to cook from scratch like every day, I’m talking meat from a cow we raised and homemade cinnamon rolls and veggies from her garden.

    My sisters and I used to beg for TUNA HELPER because we had it at the neighbor’s house.

    I’m going to go apologize now.

  5. Roman says:

    no attribute to the picture? slay me if you took it yourself. Otherwise you need to update your picture posting creds

  6. Mr Lady says:

    @Roman, I purchased it with the proper license. You only have to use creds if you don’t own the image.

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