I think there needs to be some carification on our menu.
I have not published all of my recipes. I think recipe posts are boring. I try to make them interesting with a story and a few sarcastic quips if I can, but generally, I find them boring. I force myself to publish about two a week because I know that the food budget is where most people can cut the most.
We have a fourteen meal rotation, but several nights are pretty open. Our chicken night, quesadillas and our mac and cheese night have a lot of room for creativity. I don't know if I'll ever exhaust the recipes I can try with chicken.
This is not a rigid rotation. I just found a recipe on Hill Billy Housewife's site that I want to try. It's a rice and beans recipe. I'm always on the lookout for good rice recipes, but usually am disappointed because I don't like rice much. I'm just going to skip one of the other meals for this one. I have that freedom whenever I want it.
We go out to eat once per week on average. Sometimes it's to a sandwich shop, sometimes it's to a steak house, and occasionally, we even go to a fast food joint. I wrote a whole post about how we can afford that.
Meals get switched in and out. Just this month, two meals were replaced, one for health reasons and one because I got sick of making it. There are plenty of recipes we like that we could switch in and out anytime if we wanted to. We've had the two week rotation for several years. A friend in Quebec gave us the idea when we were on vacation; she was making fun of her mother-in-law's two week rotation and I thought her mother-in-law was brilliant. I don't remember what our rotation looked like at first, except that Sunday is always a Sunday ham, Wednesday is always chicken night, and Saturday is Mexican.
My family is not deprived, they like my food.
The other day, while I was cooking supper I realized I was real hungry. Then I remembered I had forgotten to eat since that morning, as a post partum appetite can be a little erratic. I told my husband about that after work and he was amazed. "How can you forget to eat?" he asked, "Eating is the best part of the day." He went on to explain that he bases his whole concept of time around when he gets to eat again. He has a structured eating schedule and is not a grazer like the rest of us. That's my food he's eating, that his thinking revolves around, that he is looking forward to.
If someone looks at a picture of a meal and decides they don't like it, I would consider that close minded. If someone looks at the few recipes I've published and decides my family's diet is not varied enough, I would consider that ignorant. If someone reads a few blog posts, or even the whole blog of someone who has been blogging all of ten weeks and assumes they know everything the blogger does and does not do, that person is being a little presumptuous.
I love blogging, and find it a sort of brain splat, where you get a piece of my mind every day. Sometimes you get a big chunk and really get good a glimpse of my life as a whole. Sometimes you get a detailed look at a minute section. My brain has not been exhausted, and I still have much to say. Please, don't limit me to only what I have said, for if I had said all that there was for me to say, I would have nothing left to blog about.