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As I write this, I’m enjoying a delicious bowl of breakfast pumpkin quinoa, the recipe for which I found on Pinterest. Ironic, as this post is about NOT needing to be a Pinterest-worthy chef or baker!

I have a love affair with Pinterest now, but I used to hate it. Yep, I used the word hate. My boys would tell you, “We don’t say hate in this house!” But before I learned to use Pinterest to my advantage, it made me feel like a terrible everything.

Pinterest is FULL of great ideas {we’ll talk about food today and some other areas later this month}, but as I would look through all the amazing recipes, I started to feel like the world’s worst mother for serving my children store-bought chicken nuggets and making plain old quesadillas with plain old cheddar cheese instead of vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo, super-duper amazing quesadillas. {Ok, those aren’t a real thing, but all of those labels are being thrown out nonstop on Pinterest and they make my head spin!}

The reality is my husband and I are picky eaters, and even though we’ve branched out more as we get older, we’re still not real adventurous in the food department. And worth even more consideration is the fact that we have three boys, seven years old and under, and they have inherited our picky ways.

As I would peruse Pinterest for new recipes to try, my cooking self-esteem would plummet as I saw the elaborate dishes my mom friends were cooking for their children who loved every bite. I actually love to cook and bake, but most nights, I just can’t whip up a meal worthy of Pinterest glory, and if I did, my kids probably wouldn’t eat it!

Cook Pin-Worthy Meals

I am in a season of life where I need to find quick, easy meals that are healthy for my children. I don’t HAVE to serve a painstakingly crafted meal with several fancy sides that will only suck time away from other important things I could be doing and that will probably not be appreciated the way I would hope.

If you love to cook meals like this and have the time to do it and your family enjoys, go for it! Cook away! I will drool over your pictures and maybe try your recipe for a fancy occasion.

For this time in my life, I’m sticking with the meals my family loves and stepping away from the gourmet pins.

With all of this being said, Pinterest CAN be a great resource for exactly the kind of meals I need right now. Our whole family loves these mini corn dog muffins and this EASY chicken taco chili is a big hit for The Hubby and I {without the beans, of course, because, like I said, we are picky}. Spend your time on Pinterest searching for specific things, such as “easy weeknight meals” or “5 ingredients or less” to find just what you need and to keep yourself from getting discouraged! {If you want to connect with me on Pinterest, click here! We can share super-easy, real kid-approved recipes!}

Is feeding your family a source of frustration or fun for you? How could you make mealtime easier on yourself?


NEW MOB logoOn a completely different note, did you know The MOB Society site is relaunching today?! After months of technical difficulties, we are back and better than ever, and with a huge announcement from my dear friend and MOB cohort, Brooke, that all boy moms will love! I would love for you to head over to the new site and enter the fun relaunch giveaway!