It’s been six months since the Baby Bird arrived, and I am finally feeling like getting back to interests I was exploring B.B. (Before Baby). The larger idea that encapsulates these interests boils down to living simply and within my means. Now that she’s here, growing and changing so quickly, I am even more motivated to live simply, as I believe simple living connects us to feelings of happiness and satisfaction, and I also want to set a good example for my daughter. In trying to keep my life simple, I benefit by creating more space to think; more time for my family; less clutter.
My husband is our primary cook and caregiver, and as a musician, he is able to stay home with her while I work, and then he goes and plays gigs and teaches lessons when I am off of work, a few to sometimes six nights a week. (Note: during weeks when he is super busy, I am definitely a little harried at the end of the day!) On these evenings when Baby Bird and I are left to our own devices, I like to (order out!) prepare a home-cooked meal that is fresh and made from a simple, few ingredients.
Last night I accomplished a simple, delicious dinner with the following recipes:
Garlic Butter Spaghetti #pinchofyum
and this for a side:
Baked Parmesan Zucchini #damndelicious
I put my own ‘available ingredients’ spin on both. For the spaghetti, I added mushrooms, and my husband added some chopped chicken he had frozen to his leftovers. For the Baked Parmesan Zucchini, I omitted the oregano because we were out.
This made a delicious meal and I enjoyed assembling the minimal ingredients. Click the links above to try for yourself, and let me know what you think! Simple or Not so Simple?