Preparing is a truth. To be happy we must prepare. We prepare ourselves for the day by showering, eating breakfast, taking a moment to pray. We prepare ourselves for the week by going to church, pondering on the upcoming responsibilities, and our direction in life. Any good sales person or parent will ask what our hopes and dreams are and if we are headed that way. Long term planning and setting goals for life determine what we do today.
Mealtimes are no different. If we are wise each day we are executing a plan - preparing. If we are not short sighted we will do more than just fill stomachs for the next three hours, we will be preparing the current meal while thinking of the next meal and at the same time by cutting salad greens, putting a dish in the crockpot or preparing a triple batch of the current meal for extra freezer meals.
As we shop, we are prudently looking for sales, buying extra, preserving food for times of want ahead. Preparation becomes a way of life as one constrains the desires and impulses of the moment for a long term benefit.
This month (September 2011) my goal is to live life and blog our day to day with these principles in mind. There is no overt monetary restriction, no challenge to only use what is on our shelves, I will prepare meals according to what we have on hand, the sales we encounter, the time restrictions of our family and the appetites to satisfy. Let's see what benefits we enjoy as we prepare for family mealtimes.