Chocolate Cake Day

Dear Millie,

I neglect everything.  I don’t know what it is you think I’m doing, but whatever it is you think I’m doing is probably not the thing I AM doing (which means I should be doing something else)!

I don’t think I’d say we’ve been living in absolute squalor, but the piles just keep piling (laundry, papers, things needing to be put away/filed/etc.–all of which take time and attention).  I need to host a party or something (my go-to method for stress cleaning), but I don’t think a party would undo the prepping-for-the-party-madness my children would be put through.

I also keep thinking that as the children get older, it will get easier since they will be more helpful.  And they ARE, but Lucy seems to be two steps ahead of us in both speed and mess-making capabilities compared to our cleaning abilities.

Eh.  The stuff will always be there, begging my attention.  I won’t say that it doesn’t bother me (because IT DOES).  I don’t like that I always feel like we’re in emergency mode (last night, the children informed me that it was Pajama Day at school and Paul wanted a particular set of pajamas that needed to be washed.  There were plenty of other clothes I was able to wash with them, so yay!  But again, if I’d been sticking to my Laundry Plan, they’d have already been washed and it wouldn’t be an emergency late-night laundering situation).  But, the stuff can and will wait and it’ll have its turn at some point.

Sometimes, a good meal is just what we all need.  We eat drive thru dollar menu meals more than we should, especially considering how much I do enjoy cooking.  It’s the time that kills me.  Anyway, I have a couple of things to share with you that may help!

First, stir fry.  I have a love/hate relationship with stir fry.  I used to crave it and we ate it a LOT.  Fajitas too.  I think I burned us out on them for awhile.  Gordon especially is not a fan of stir fry and really, he never has been.  Recently…ish (October!  Ha!), I saw this recipe for 20-Minute Chicken and Veggie Stir Fry and thought I’d give it a try, because I had all the stuff and it sounded good to me (sorry Gordon!).  We all loved it!  Gordon said we should have it again and Kyle, who hates rice, ate it all up.  Yay!  The recipe says 20 minutes, so that’s awesome, except it took me way longer to slice veggies and chicken and all that.  You could probably buy everything already prepped (and do steak if Abe prefers!), but it still was ready in under an hour.  Try it!

And because emergencies demand chocolate (and because today is Chocolate Cake Day), I give you this:

Emergency Chocolate Cupcakes for Two

(or for one, because emergencies)

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