For me, this week flew by, fueled in part by my anxiety over my kids starting virtual school in a few short days. I really am nervous about how I am going to manage their learning environment while working full time. I know I am not alone in this feeling, and even my children are worried about it, but the low-level hum of adrenaline was a constant companion this week. I channeled my energy into cooking dinner every night and getting as many things in order as possible.
I made Ina’s Lemon Bars last weekend, and they are spot on every time. Perfect blend of shortbread crust and insanely zesty lemon filling. I shared the pan with several different people (along with my own family). One pan goes a long way.
I remembered how much I love the nail polish Ballet Slippers by Essie. Normally I am an OPI Red girl all day every day, but every once in a while I like to choose a different color for my weekly at home manicure. This soft white pink made me smile.
I am in the middle of trying to revamp my meal planning game. I have gone through different seasons in my life where meal planning was something I did well, and then other seasons where it I did not so well (cereal for dinner anyone?). My formula for success (and I realize this is not doable for everyone) is to incorporate meal prep into my work day and to prep way ahead, leaving as little as possible for when I get home from work. It felt so satisfying and nourishing to be able to execute dinner every night this week. Dinner really is my love language.
In preparation for the first day of school, I bought a few little gifts for my kids. While I was in the school supply aisle at Target, I had an emotional melt down as it fully hit me that this is Annie’s last year of high school. I was not prepared for the tears and big feelings as I picked out pencils and paper, but there they were. I have been a little weepy ever since. Such a tender place for my heart.
Speaking of tender place in my heart, this kitchen crew has been the highlight of corona for me. When lockdown ensued, these guys rose to the occasion and have been churning out all the Hurley House food for the past six months. They are all friends, and it has delighted me to hear them laughing and being goofy together while they work. During a season where social connection is limited, the Hurley House kitchen provided a place where they could be together, earn money, and make memories.
Have a lovely weekend!