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Dinner Flop

09/06/2012 - Author: Natasha Phillips - 5 Comments

I have read in the past about the funny stories couples have about a load of laundry that ends up stained or a dinner that was a disaster. Usually when I read these stories they take place shortly after a couple gets married or moves in together.  Although I find humor in reading them, I haven’t really been concerned about that happening to me. Yes, there was that time doing laundry when Matt and I were dating that I washed a pair of his jeans. I don’t remember what was in the wash but the jeans came out pink. Oh my goodness I was so scared he was going to be mad at me. I scrubbed the jeans with every stain remover I could think of with a tooth-brush probably four times washing them in the washer trying to get the pink out. I lightened the pink but there was still a hue about them…Matt didn’t get mad when I told him, he just didn’t wear the pants again. But with cooking I may not have a recipe turn out great but it usually isn’t bad….not today though.
The adjustment for me to go from working and being a mom to being a full stay-at-home mom hasn’t been the easiest. I feel, and I am sure that other mom feel the same way, that I should have things always in order when my husband gets home from work. We know that he is out working and bringing home the paychecks and we are here. Not that here is a bad thing but if at one time I used to be able to juggle work and keep up on the house I should definitely be able to make sure that the kids are clean, the house is picked up and have supper cooking or at least planned when he gets home. The other thing about me not working is tightening our financial spending belt. So I put a freeze on our grocery purchases for four weeks which limits the dinners one might be able to cook. My mom was a really good teacher when it came to cooking so I feel pretty confident in my way around the kitchen. One of Matt’s favorite dishes are ‘pasties’. I only know this because he talks about having them in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and how good they are. I have never made them nor had them so today I decided to make them for dinner. It was going to be a surprise and he would be so happy….atleast in my mind.
If you don’t know what pasties are, they are a pastry stuffed with potatoes, carrots, beef, onion, cabbage and then it is baked. The pastry is similar to pie crust but isn’t exactly the same. So Matt got home and I had the pastry mixed up, veggies cut and was ready to roll the crust out and put them together. Things started falling apart at that point. I can’t put my finger on one thing but the kids started fussing and I was getting irritated at nothing. I finally got a chance to put dinner together and the dough wouldn’t roll out. I tried everything and it just kept falling apart. I was bawling my eyes out and Matt walked into the kitchen asking what was wrong. All I could say between sobs was, “I just wanted to make you a nice dinner, one that would surprise you and just be nice”. He just rubbed my back and said it wasn’t a big deal anything I made would be fine. (Little did he know.) It was a big deal to me though, I just figure that if I am not working everything should be perfect here. I want him to have a Proverbs 31 wife, one he is proud of, and I know it was just dinner but it is hard sometimes.
I wish I could say that I was able to salvage dinner, but I can’t. I ended up baking it all in a pie dish thinking that it would still come out okay…instead it ended up barely edible. My wonderful husband just put a lot of sour cream on it though, ate it and then said he would take it in his lunch as long as I sent the sour cream. (I love him so much!) I don’t even think that there is a moral to the story or anything that I can say is encouraging. It was just one of those nights and that is okay. I am going to have them as a mom and I am thankful that the Lord has given me this opportunity.

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Discussion (5 Comments)

  1. That’s a really sweet story. And I have a feeling, whatever you cooked is way better than ALL of the things I’ve ever cooked!

    • Thank you Joe, and I am not sure it was better….this was pretty bad but what you said brought a smile to my face.

  2. Sour cream really does fix everything. =) Being a stay-at-home mom is tough. Not because I know from experience, but because I see it everyday since I am a stay-at-home-working dad. One of the greatest joys I have is not that my wifey is perfect, but because she strives for that. Keep the faith sister!!!

  3. by Susan

    Don’t worry about it! I have been a wife for almost 10 yrs and a Mom for a little over 6- I frequently have kitchen flops! And they are sometimes disastrous, sometimes rather costly and rarely well received by the family! On the other hand….I can prepare something that turned out perfect and tastes great and my kids will STILL complain about it….because they are kids! Sometimes you just can’t win! I think all Moms have those daily sturggles….some are big, some are small…some significant….some pass in a day or 2. I think we learn best in hindsight though. Think of how you did and thought of things when Boyd was a baby and how much better you are at being a Mom now that you have 3 boys! I know I have learned so much since I was dealing with my first baby! Experience goes a long way. Your family is lucky to have you at home with them and for them. But that doesn’t mean that you are going to be perfect- all you can do is your best! Hang in there!

  4. by Chersten Keillor

    I can really relate to that story Natasha! I used to put a lot of pressure on myself to have everything organized and perfect at home. I felt like that would somehow be “proof” of how much I do at home. In reality I was the only one with those expectations and it robbed me of some of the enjoyment of being at home playing and creating with the kiddos. So enjoy your time, do what you can to keep up and let the rest go!! There is always another day to pick up toys and make perfect cookies.

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