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November 03, 2017

What's on your dinner plate?

No, seriously...I can always use new ideas, as I've come to the conclusion that I exist right now to solely stress about what I will cook my children for dinner. Dinner is huge for me. Breakfast is rushed, because Kelsey is the only one who can properly drag herself out of bed in the morning. The rest of us are lucky to gulp down hot cocoa or sometimes a (gasp) pop-tart (yes, I have them in my household at this moment, judge away). 

Lunch is taken care of by either buying at school (a good variety of local restaurants deliver daily), or whatever they decide they want. Kelsey has made her lunch for ages, and Nick usually takes leftovers (should they exist). So, I stress about dinner, because...well, that's a long story, but, in a nutshell, the idea of them coming home to nothing on the stove,  in the crockpot, or even having a kernel of an idea is just depressing. Not that I have to plan or do it all, but thanks to the hiring freeze, I've certainly got a little time on my hands.

And...there are the food options here. Between being able to shop at the commissary, the enormous markets full of the most gorgeous fruits and vegetables (the markets...oh, the markets), and the local grocery stores, we want for nothing (and if we did, there's Amazon). To say I feel spoiled for the chance to live here is an understatement. And, now that we are settled into our new place, and have extended for another year, I have to figure out my life other than cooking dinner. 


The olive selection here is nothing short of incredible...

I've realized I need to start by writing more. I've not been, because, well, sometimes there are things one can't write about. Other concerns have taken up my time, and while I can't delve into them here, suffice it to say, I won't be wasting more time fretting about them. I need to move onward and upward, even if it's just worrying about getting the soup into the crockpot, and the fritters on the stove before the critters come home...or even after they are home. At least, though, it's a plan.

I also need to write more about life here. There's so much to do, so much to see, so much to eat (Turkish breakfast...that's all), and I need to do more of it, and write more about it. We are already one year into our tour, and only have three left....

Turkish breakfast at a local favorite...

and now off to check on the black bean soup, prep the broccoli for the fritters, and begin stressing about tomorrow night's dinner....