I'm trying to be better about cooking more meals, planning ahead so I don't have to spend money on fast food, etc. I've been really good about making lunches every day for 2 of the 3 kids. Last year I could probably count on one hand the number of times they took their lunch to school. So I'm improving. I'm trying to use up what we have in the freezer and pantry and really put some thought into making meals that are good and utilize what we have on hand. Today, I took out a pork roast that had been defrosting in the fridge (I'd bought at Costco and cut in half since it was so huge). I put it in the crock pot this morning with some good seasonings and it's been going all day, making the house smell great. I'm making mashed potatoes and some frozen veggies. I already know easy child won't eat the mashed potatoes, and that's fine. All three kids will probably eat the veggies because they like the broccoli that's in the mix. But difficult child 2 just gave me a royal tirade about the roast and is warning me not to serve it to him... because pork just isn't his favorite! Well I've got news for him, I said. This ISN'T a restaurant so you can't have just whatever you want, and we have to make do with what we have! So THERE! NYAH! It just really pushes a serious button in me when I make the effort to do something like this and I get nothing but flack.