It was the last day of winter break. Jack had been home for 3 days and I hadn’t gotten anything done. I needed to work. I needed to get new content up on the blog. I needed to photograph a new recipe. I needed to respond to comments. We’d had something going on every day that kept me from working. I was way behind.
“But, Daddy,” he said. “When are you going to be done"”
“Daddy, can you please play with me"” I don’t have time, I thought.
And then it hit me. I don’t have time.
All too soon, he won’t be asking me to play. He’ll be going out with his friends.
He won’t be asking me to watch him ride his bike. He’ll be driving to an after school job.
He won’t be asking me to snuggle. He’ll be too grown for that.
I was right, I don’t have time. I don’t have much time… much time left with him being little. So I blew of work, again. And didn’t regret it a second. We played. We cooked lunch together. We snuggled. We played some more.
It reminded me of times when I was little and my mom would spend the entire day playing Nintendo with me. We would scrounge up change to go buy McDonald’s hamburgers. Those were amazing memories. He needs memories like that.
The truth is, I have the rest of my life to work. But my days with him are painfully numbered. Some days you just have to play. So I did. We did. I’m so excited to share this amazingly simple recipe with y’all today. It is one of my favorites and it honestly couldn’t be much easier. You really just dump it all in a casserole dish, cover it with foil and bake. And the flavor is amazing! Like, seriously.