Saturday, September 13, 2008

Living Simply Saturdays-Easy Weekend Meals

I'm excited to be able to join in with Stephanie's new carnival-Living Simply Saturdays!

Like a lot of ladies in the blog-o-sphere lately,the topic of simplifying has been in my heart, mind and home. I really have no desire to live such a hectic life in order to keep up with the Jones'. My husband and I have always enjoyed a more simple life,but I still find the "more more" mentality creeping in when I'm not looking! As a result, I find myself constantly praying and asking God to help us restructure our lives to be in tune with His and to simplify our lives so that we can better focus on Him and relationships with people.

One little way I've been simplifying our lives recently is to have really easy meals on the weekends. This allows more time for us to work on projects and do stuff together on Saturdays and just relax and be together on Sundays.

My husband likes it when I take it easier on the weekends. He says, "I have 2 days off. Why shouldn't you have a little break as well?" I love that considerate man! :-)

On Saturdays we usually eat leftovers for lunch and occasionally we will eat out for breakfast/brunch. Then for dinner we have something simple like breakfast foods or hot dogs or a homemade pizza that's been frozen and just needs to be baked.

Sundays is our day to meet and fellowship with other believers. We are part of a Home Fellowship where we all share in a potluck-style meal for lunch. I often take something that's in the crock pot or something pretty easy that I've been able to make on Saturday or even Friday if possible.

On Sunday nights, we're usually not too terribly hungry because we've had a large noon meal. I've started making grilled cheese, salads, sandwiches or wraps, tortilla chips and veggies with hummus or sometimes just popcorn with some cheese and fruit.

Growing up, our usual Sunday night fare was popcorn with home-canned grape juice and sliced apples. We children would be able to fix it ourselves while Mom and Dad rested. Now I see the beauty of the simplicity of such a simple meal on a day when not much physical work is done. Quick to prepare and requires minimal clean-up.

Now, some weeks, I may feel like making something to eat on the weekends that requires a bit more time in the kitchen.This fall will find us keeping up with the Redskins and eating snacks in front of the T.V. For the most part, I'm quite content to enjoy simplifying weekend meals for time spent doing other tasks or occasionally simply doing nothing at all.

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Anonymous said...

Great ideas, Mary Ann. Simple meal ideas are wonderful! I think sometimes as women we feel we need to always be preparing complex meals.

Simple is good to me too.

AHighandNobleCalling said...

My downfall is NO meal planning on the weekend and unfortunately we tend to default to a trip to the store or ordering out. How much simpler my life would be if I took time to plan some simple meals. Thanks for the encouragement!

Extraordinary Ordinary Life said...

I definitely agree with simplified meal planning on the weekends. We too ate popcorn and peanut butter and jelly or fried egg sandwiches on Sunday evenings. What a sweet husband too!

Stephanie said...

Oh, I love to make simple meals on the weekends, too. I often try to use up as many leftovers as I possibly can, or else make simple things like tortillas wraps, sandwiches, pasta, breakfast for dinner, etc. Less cleaning and cooking is a good thing! :)

@ Keeper of the Home