Craftivity Corner

Creative crafts, book suggestions, and tips to make time for learning in your busy day.



mouse's picture mouse

I almost always have a bag of shrimp in the freezer. They thaw quickly under running water. I heat up oil in a skillet, add some crushed pepper and garlic (you can get some frozen in a sort of ice-cube tray and pop out as much as you want). Then I toss in the shrimp and stir it around until it's nice and pink. The other night, I put the shrimp on a plate under aluminum foil and sauteed some kale in the same pan after. Not that Scooter will eat it, but we always have hot dogs and grilled cheese fixings on hand for him.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I like the shrimp idea--we don't eat shrimp, but I think you've hit on a key aspect of quick meals--something that can be reheated, or put together very quickly, but still be nutritious and satisfying.

Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

Those days usually end with take out at our house. My head is usually far to empty (or full, depending how you look at it) for cooking or thinking of what to cook. A quick and easy meal though, that I know everyone will eat is spaghetti and sauce with garlic bread. A side of veggies and I feel like I'm actually serving a complete healthy meal and it's so quick and easy.
I hope things slow down for you soon.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Yes--pasta is very popular at our house! But I'm usually too impatient to wait for the pot to boil!

Hetha's picture Hetha

Hi Aliki! I've been out of town and am reading all your posts and wanted to say that I hope the neurology appointment went well and that you all (but especially L.) have a better week.

Those cookies look amazing! I guess I've been reading this blog for 1 year because I remember being so impressed by them at Halloween last year :-)

We're also a breakfast for dinner family. We recently had a frittata that was thrown together much the same way that you made the tostada...beans and anything else I could find in the fridge. I know you are vegetarians, but if you're not vegan then a frittata is super easy and quick to make.

I just picked up a crockpot cookbook and look forward to putting that thing (that has been collecting dust) to use!

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks, Hetha!

I LOVE eggs but, alas, my kids hate them and Scott doesn't like to eat them, either. I love making omelettes, though, and if it were just me, a good dinner would be a fried egg and toast!

The neuro appointment went well, but we've taken her off her migraine meds because of side-effects. Fingers crossed that the migraines don't come back more frequently, because then we'll have to put her on another medication.

Hetha's picture Hetha

Well may the force be with you, or with T as it were. I can imagine how you must feel weening T off of this particular drug. We're doing the same thing with an acid reflux drug and I'm worried sick that the result will be what we dealt with 2 years ago, sudden apnea attacks. Keeping my fingers crossed for both T and E :-)

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks, Hetha--it's a little stressful, that's for sure! Good luck with the acid reflux meds...