I love cooking, but I hate picking out what I’m going to cook and planning ahead to have the ingredients on hand. A large part of stress around newlywed cooking involved simply not knowing what my mature-palleted (aka picky eater) husband wanted. I don’t have hours to prepare fancy meals like we enjoy creating together on the weekends, but as a wife, I want to serve my husband well with good food to eat. I had no idea where to start when it came to meal planning for two!
One won’t usually find the word “freedom” among the words most commonly associated with “budget”. But while one would think to set a restriction on the amount of money you spend monthly would leave you feeling closed off and limited, budgeting correctly actually does the opposite. Controlling what you do financially (instead of letting your finances control you) and knowing where your money is going each month gives you . . . peace. It sounds like an oxymoron, but this is why it works:
No one warned me that when you get married your laundry doesn’t double – it most definitely triples. Let’s face it – sometimes housework isn’t fun at all (I’ve never heard anyone say their favorite hobby is cleaning toilets). But how does someone keep going through all the mundane chores and take care of their home with a cheerful attitude? It turns out homemaking really isn’t about the organization of things, the money you plan to spend, or the food you’re preparing.
I couldn’t find a single resource on Pinterest to help me on my mission: a cold lunch recipe list for my new husband (that weren’t sandwiches or salads). But a few lucky finds and one Instagram call-out later, I now have FIVE easy meal preps for cold lunches to share with you! The best part? They’re all husband (and wife!) approved!