Now, on to the subject of a lot of my irritability. Is it frustrating for anyone else to cook for your family and then have the majority complain that they don't like it. I am not in love with cooking, really, I'm not! I have developed some ability over the last couple of decades, but not a love affair. It frustrates me to no end to have tons of leftovers that no one will eat. Case in point, I make home made chicken noodle soup for my family frequently. Couple of weeks ago, I was in a hurry and bought some of the freezer egg noodles to use in my soup instead of making my own. They noticed!! How could they notice?? None of them went back for seconds (except for the ever loyal and hungry hubby), I asked what was up and they said they weren't sure but something was wrong with the noodles and they just didn't like it. Seriously!? Suffice it to say, I don't buy freezer noodles anymore, ever.
I have learned over the last 16 years to "keep it simple, stupid!" when it comes to cooking for my family, go with what I know and don't prepare too much, leftovers never seem to leave. I can't really complain about the leftovers, I personally don't eat much of anything reheated, soup and stew are the exceptions. How do other families deal with this, I hate short order cooking because someone is being difficult and refusing to eat what I made, but struggle in letting them go without. I am really struggling with this right now, seems shallow, but it is wearing on me.
The other thing wearing me out is the video games and tech. Yeah, I know, I'm typing this on a computer. I'm a hypocrite, sue me! The kids got a PS3 for Christmas, they play it incessantly, to the point of not getting school work and chores done. I'm seriously considering a tech hiatus for the kids, they are becoming difficult and contrary.
On a different note, something that I am having fun with is learning more about my camera and photography in general. The next to pics were taken with aperture priority, a spot focus and the second I adjusted the white balance. (Didn't I sound all official there???)
The spot focus is on the left hand side of the pic, where the pile of noodles, flat noodles and rolling pin all meet. The white balance adjustment made the second pic look exactly like what I was seeing with the naked eye. I really like how it turned out.
This one I used the scene settings on my camera and set it for snow, it automatically adjusted the white balance and probably a bunch of other stuff that I haven't figured out yet.