We are BIG TIME convenience food people in my home, because, like so many of us are– we are BUSY.
My husband is a full time student and works about 20 hours per week at his part time job. He leaves the apartment between 6am-7am in the mornings and oftentimes isn’t home until after 9pm.
Meanwhile I’m a stay at home mom. But I’m also a full-time work-from-home mom, which a lot of people who know us don’t realize.
And so I get “that look” a lot when people ask me what I do. Or when they say something to the extent of, “so you stay home with your daughter, right?”
And I go on to say something like “oh, well, I work from home.”
“Oh, really? Doing what?”
“Um. I, oh, you know…. I’m a blogger.”
Enter: “the look.”
The look that says, “Since when is blogging work?”
And even when people are trying to be a little gentler about it, the look still says something like, “Wait. Did I miss something? Are people calling blogging work now? Well, okaaaaaaayyyy…… if you say so!”
So I quickly tack on, “And-I-put-in-about-50-hours-a-week-and-make-money-doing-it-so-it-really-is-a-real-job.”
The conversation usually ends there. Either the person I’m talking to decides they aren’t interested in someone who spends 50 hours a week in the kitchen and on her laptop, or I change the subject, because I still haven’t found a way to make “baking cookies and taking pictures of them” sound like a grown up job yet.
It’s okay, though. I know it can be confusing. I mean, how many people get to work from home, enjoy what they do, and have it involve so much dessert?? It’s a hard concept to wrap your brain around, for sure.
Anyway. It can be a really busy and chaotic gig– mom, wife, domestic, baker, photographer, blogger, etc… And it doesn’t always leave enough time for the from-scratch meal preparation I’d like to provide for my family. So when I can, I make meals ahead of time and freeze them for the week, or stash a bulk batch of granola in the pantry for snacks, or make a double recipe of homemade bread (since we go through a lot of grilled cheeses!).
This week, I discovered homemade pancake mix. And it. is. AWESOME. Seriously, all you add is a cup of milk and an egg to the mix, and you end up with the FLUFFIEST, delicious homemade pancakes. I keep mine stashed in the refrigerator, because I used real butter. But if you sub in margarine, shortening, or coconut oil, you could store the mix in your pantry.
This post is actually dedicated to another busy, blogger mom! Mandy over at Mandy’s Recipe Box is expecting a new little bundle of joy, and a bunch of us bloggers who just adore her wanted to throw a surprise virtual baby shower for her!
So today we’re all posting baby shower related posts. When I was making these pancakes, I couldn’t help but feel like they would be perfect for the occasion, because I’ve decided that I’m baking a giant batch of this for all new mommies from now on. Seriously, it’s so perfect to stow away for a quick breakfast on those days when you really just don’t feel like you have the energy to make a meal (and even a Daddy could whip up a batch without messing anything up!).
So Mandy, dear: I wish you the best of luck and happiness in welcoming your little baby into the world!! And may your first days together be full of love and pancake breakfasts :) .
Check out these other amazing bloggers who were in on the baby shower fun!