Monday, March 3, 2008

Tamale Pie

Monday: Tamale Pie Refried Beans and Spanish Rice (recipe on menu page, Sunday). This is a favorite with my children and I often make this on the weekend and then just pop it in the oven after I get home.

Reflections from the Backcounter
Scott Peck, M.D. wrote in his landmark work The Road Less Traveled, “Life is difficult”. I always find this an important statement to reflect on when I am faced with the challenges of my life. This always seems more relevant on Monday mornings when the enormity of the week feels almost crushing. Remember, the purpose of the Backcounter Buffet is to center you, inspire you and remind you that you are not alone as you face the challenges of balancing home, work, childrearing and life. Hopefully, the menus, recipes and reflections from the Backcounter can help you feel a little less isolated and a little more supported. Meals can regain the purpose of original intent; an opportunity to connect with and enjoy the company of family and friends. The menus and shopping lists will streamline your efforts and the Backcounter Buffet model will ease serving and cleaning up the dinner mess. Engage your family in the process by having the kids help with the shopping and food prep. Consider asking for their input on rating the recipes and challenge them to come up with new menu ideas. Share the site with your friends and try collaboration on shopping and meal prep…Remember, we all benefit from community. Let’s strengthen our resolve to reach out and connect with those who love us and we will find that although “Life is difficult” it is also rich and joyful. Let me know how it goes and please feel free to share your thoughts by leaving comments.




Anonymous said...

Do you ever read something and feel that the author somehow looked into your life and heart and penned words that spoke directly to you? That somewhere in the cosmos the connection was made?
Thank you, Julia, for your wise and loving words; they rescued me from a bleak and lonely Monday morning. Thanks for rescuing my perspective. Life can be difficult, but it's full of amazing and wonderful surprises, too!

Sally said...

Backcounter Buffet is a wonderful addition to my daily life!

Meaghan said...

This is a great blog! I am so excited to start using the weekly menus and shopping list...They are exciting and easy ideas for everyone! Thanks for creating this blog; I love to see what you write and can't wait for more great stories!

Audrey said...

I love this!!! I've never made a tamale pie before. Wow, I'd be honored to have you link to me. Thank you so much.

Anonymous said...

The brisket dinner was awesome. With 2 growing boys it hit the mark. We played sequence while we had our meal. It was a wonderful family dinner time. Ryan even helped me bake a cake that afternoon and we had it for dessert during our championship round of sequence.
We actually have enough left over for 2 more dinners!
Julie G.