This past weekend I went to a high school graduation party for a neighborhood gal. I’m at that weird place, halfway between the age of the graduate and the graduate’s mom. This puts me in a role to tell the girl best of luck and go enjoy the parties and everything that comes with the newfound freedom, but also to talk to the mom and see what it feels like to send your little birdie out of your nest.
Me being me, this set off a preemptive anxiety attack that’s fifteen years off. I’m that far off from one of my girls graduating high school but I’m still worried about life going much too fast. The mom made the point that though time speeds by, her whole job as a mom is to raise an independent daughter. That’s my goal, too. I want my girls to be as independent as possible but still, that means that I’m going to be left behind. Ugh! That makes me really sad.
In an effort to combat this speedy thing called time, this has become my summer of yes. I’m not planning on skydiving anytime soon, but this weekend I jumped in the pool and got my hair wet while playing like a sea lion on a beachball. The ladies loved it (though Eggroll still doesn’t love the water) and I had a blast, the cute hairstyle be damned. I also said yes to walks because I’m still saying yes to baking cookies with my girls. Fun adventures all around!
On the other hand, I don’t want to waste the limited time I have with my daughters between school pick-up and bedtime. Making dinner takes too much of that time away from the girls! Even though I love to cook, I try to get dinner on the table as fast as I possibly can on school nights.
I want you to say yes to more fun, so in case you’re not in the delivery area, here are a few dishes* from my favorite food blogs that can get dinner on your table fast. Enjoy the opportunity to focus on your kids, friends, spouse, self… Whatever it is you’d rather be doing.
Serve these sweet and hearty quesadillas with a salad or fruit and a healthy dinner is ready in no time.
I like these noodles with skinny pieces of peppers, zucchini and/or carrots added to the bowl. If you have time to stir fry the vegetables, great, but if not, the crunch works well.
I’ve been trying to master a lemon orzo soup and this one is a serious contender. Give it a whirl and let me know what you think.
Enjoy your summer, mama!
*The delicious-looking photo credit goes to the bloggers listed above.