Preparing meals is often a hurried task, with time pressing in before and after. When it’s difficult to find spices or other food items, containers or utensils, meal prep times can become frustrating events. But there are plenty of kitchen organizers available to make mealtime a cinch instead of a trial.
Select fresh veggies and fruits preferably without chemicals cultivated, and use them within a couple of days. If you can not find fresh produce, then frozen produce is simply fine. Natural produce is definitely the best option, yet it is more costly.
While you’re in the kitchen, find out if there are adjustments you can make there to improve mom’s efficiency later on. If you can introduce some new kitchen storage tools to help ease some of her organization pain, you really are a great friend.
Find out if the baby has a sleep pattern. When the baby is awake, show up armed with your cleaning supplies and tackle as much of the house as you can. When baby gets tired, usher mom to bed so she can rest, too. It may not be practical to continue with your cleaning – it may depend on how loud you are and how big the house is – but you should be able to do some light meal prep desert to start dinner along. When baby and mom wake up again, continue cleaning with fervor. New moms long for clean laundry and empty diaper pans, but just don’t have the time or energy.
So, imagine you’ve just finished an evening meal of salad, salmon with scallion sauce, veggies, and an apple tart for dessert. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? Beyond delicious and nutritious, this meal can help you grow future culinary treats. Using scraps from the ingredients in this meal, I can come up with at least three different things to sow, not throw!
If Mom really loves to read then a gift card to Barnes and Noble may be just what she needs this Mother’s Day. Another choice would be a Books a Million gift card. Both of these gift cards can be purchased in store or online. A Barnes and Noble gift card not only buys books but DVDS, Music C.D.s, or other things such as journals on their website.
Fast forward a few years later, Ken and I gutted our kitchen and renovated (ourselves I might add). We installed granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, customized pantry, but the thing that brings me the most joy in my kitchen is a little thing. No one notices it, but it makes my every day meal prep a breeze. It is a small little organizer to hold my pans, cutting boards, muffin tins, cooling racks, etc. Now when I pull out a pan that I need, nothing falls out, I don’t need two hands, everything else stays put. Ahhhh! Such a little thing, but with so much power. I love it so much I have two!