Since school has started for the kids of Maine, my work schedule has shifted so that I mainly work in the afternoons and evenings now. I do in-home therapy and it's hard to do that when the kids aren't actually at home. Gone are the days of summer when they could meet anytime. It's kind of a pain working these hours because I don't get home until about 7:30-8ish most nights. Once I'm home, I'm hungry. I don't want to spend another hour making dinner. Enter the slow cooker. It has become a great friend of mine these past three weeks. At least once a week I've been making something in it so dinner's done by the time I get home and Jeremy and I can eat right away. Most of the meals have turned out decently thus far, but last night's veggie stew was a little lacking. I didn't follow a recipe - I just emptied the vegetable bins in the fridge and added some seasonings. I guess I didn't add enough seasonings because it was a bit bland. Live and learn. At least we used up most of the rest of last week's CSA veggies.
The upside to working mostly afternoons and evenings is that I have a lot of free time in the mornings which allows me to do most of my food prep then. This way, when I get home dinner is mostly ready - just has to be popped in the oven or heated up on the stove. Jeremy has also been a big help with heating up the food so it's ready when I get home.
I really don't see how people with school age kids can do this job. You're never home when they are! I also get why people eat out so often. If you don't like to cook and you get home at 8pm, it makes sense to just go through the drive thru I guess. Thankfully, I like to cook so I'm not going to resort to that. I hope.