Last week, I worked 30 hours. That is the most hours I have worked in a week since 2008. I knew it was a temporary thing just because of staffing shortages at my day care. As the week progressed, I realized how tired I was and I started experiencing another feeling. It took me a while to get a grip and realize what was going on. I was reverting back to the days when I was a working mother and homemaker. I remember the challenge of wanting to prepare some type of meal for my family they would enjoy but something that would be quick to prepare.
Today, I know we live in a time when people are thinking about preservatives and eating only fresh food. Mr. D and I have very simple meals during the week and it is usually a meat, vegetable and starch. It doesn’t take that long to prepare the food and it is good for us too. However, I know when children enter the picture that can change. I remember days of working and not even wanting to think about having to go home and prepare a meal.
I am glad the experience last week was temporary but I realized that I wanted to give you a glimpse of recipes similar to ones I would have used in the past to prepare meals for my family on busy days. Here are a few I selected:
The first one is for Five O-Clock Franks and is from my Campbell’s Soup Main Dish Recipe Book:
The next one is from my Rival Crock Pot Brochure:
The last one is for Save A Penny Casserole and is from a Taste of Home brochure. I love the note from the note from the contributor about sharing recipes. That was always something I enjoyed doing with my co-workers.
Today, I have given you a glimpse of how the homemakers of the 80’s prepared meals for their families. At that time, this is what we referred to as “Fast” food. Today, cooking is my favorite hobby and I love trying to make gumbo or dumplings or something I have never made before. However, I totally understand how hard it can be for Moms to prepare a great meal for their family, day after day, after day. By the end of a harried week of working at least 40 hours, helping children with home work and personal care, a Mom just wanted to prepare something that would help the family survive and not starve to death.
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