I have a friend who I classify as the ultimate homemaker. When she goes out of town her family functions as if she’s still there because she prepares like no one else I know. She pre-cooks breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for her family that are dated, labeled, and categorized. Anyone who opens the refrigerator is able tell what’s on the menu and can follow the food preparation instructions. Clothes for her children are picked out, pressed, and hung in the order they are to be worn. Agendas for the family are even typed out.
She is a true wonder mom.
When I go out of town I always think of her, try to live up to her ways, and always fall extremely short! And you know what…I am totally okay with that!
This weekend I went out of town and there were no meals labeled in the fridge and certainly no clothes picked out and ironed for the kids. However, there was one major accomplishment: a family meal prior to me leaving.
Schedules in our household have been a bit crazier than usual and my family desperately needed a reason to connect. So when Publix and the National Pork Board asked me to participate in a 4 week “Good and Good For You Challenge,” I jumped at the opportunity!
This recipe for Sautéed Pork Tenderloin Medallions with Lemon-Garlic Sauce looked delish and I even had all the ingredients except the pork in the fridge. So I picked up a pork tenderloin from Publix since it’s on sale this week and got to work!
Our meal times usually consist of either my husband or I scarfing down our food while the other wrangles the kids. Then we switch. Teamwork at its best! One day we’ll be in a different season but for now it’s our reality…
For some reason though, this meal was different. The toddler sat still and ate (a miracle in itself!), the baby hung out quietly, and we were able to hold and entire conversation without much interruption.
On top of that, they all enjoyed it! Now there are usually a few polite “thank you for making dinner” comments in our house because we’re trying to teach the boys good manners, but there’s not what I would consider an abundance of accolades. For this meal, though, there were praises all around! The boys couldn’t get enough. And they mentioned more than once how great the meal tasted. Did you catch that? More than once!
I’m not the greatest cook in the world (can you say understatement?) but apparently I can follow instructions like nobody’s business!
This dinner was just what we needed to reconnect before I left for the weekend and in my opinion, way more important than prepping meals, ironing the kiddos clothes, and trying to be wonder mom 🙂
Is your family in need of some quality time around the dinner table? Well, today is your lucky day! You have the opportunity to win $40 of fresh pork, a meat thermometer, a reusable bag, a pedometer, and a reusable water bottle.
To enter, leave a comment on this post letting me know how meal time is handled in your house. Is it peaceful? Crazy with kids running around? Perfect because your kids love veggies? Nonexistent because your always running to your next appointment?
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Thank you to The Motherhood, Publix and The Pork Board for the opportunity to participate in this challenge and sponsoring this post.