This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Home Run Inn Pizza.

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I once saw a triangle with ‘sanity’ ‘clean house’ and ‘happy kids’ written at each corner. In the middle of the triangle it said PICK TWO.

I picked happy kids and sanity.

Proof of a day well spent playing and baking cakes. I can have a clean house when they move out.

I can have a clean house when the kids are gone.

For a long time I tried to make a meal from scratch 4 nights a week, allowing one night to eat out and two nights for leftovers. I enjoyed trying new recipes, but someone was always dissatisfied with what I had made and there came a point where I became so tired and fed up with trying to please everyone that I just gave up and made everyone eat cereal for dinner for a week. Between Cody training for a marathon, Addie’s gymnastics and the guilt I felt for feeding everyone cereal instead of an exciting variety of spices and flavors a downward dinnertime spiral began. Cody stepped in to help, which meant a lot of breakfast for dinner and spaghetti. Pinterest and Instagram only compounded my guilt after seeing the marvelous meals others were preparing for their families, meals their children would willingly eat that covered the full spectrum of food groups. My poor kids, would they never know the joy of curried chicken with roasted Brussels sprouts lovingly prepared from scratch by their mother?

Then one week, I don’t remember exactly when, I realized there’s exactly one thing I do not care about when it comes to dinnertime.

I don’t care what we eat, as long as we eat it together.

The joy in making my family meals doesn’t come from finding a sneaky way to make them eat tofu or being able to post my poaching prowess to Instagram, it comes from being able to gather them from the dozens of other things they’re doing around the kitchen table to share a meal together. It doesn’t matter if we’re having pancakes or a big Thanksgiving feast, having my little family all together is what I care about.

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Stop rating your performance. That’s how it gets easier and you get better.” If you’ve never read this post by Whitney of Rookie Moms you should.

I stopped listening to everyone telling me I should feed my kids kale and quinoa and realized that despite my best efforts there are going to be days when I am too overwhelmed to make an entire meal from scratch. There are going to be times when I can’t remember if it’s two parts rice and one part water or two parts water and one part rice. There are going to be days when all that matters is that I get everyone around that table, because I know if I’m feeling overwhelmed — they’re probably feeling it too.

Here’s my new triangle:

What’s your sanity saver when it comes to mealtime? Mine is a tasty frozen pizza, a bagged salad and some fresh cut up fruit.

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Home Run Inn pizza is currently available in the frozen pizza section in about 20 states, I have always seen it but never actually purchased it until recently. Turns out the locals have all been keeping it a giant secret (my favorite (slightly nutty) cashier told me all about her family and how it’s their favorite pizza)  The brand started in Chicago back in 1923. The ‘Home Run Inn’ name comes from a baseball that shattered the front window of the Grittani’s newly purchased establishment where pizzas were first made and served in 1947. In a world where something as simple as ‘fresh’ bread can have over 50 ingredients, the crust of Home Run Inn’s pizza has exactly 5: wheat flour, water, corn oil, yeast and salt. Their sauce contains tomatoes, water, oregano, salt and black pepper. The cheese, meats and other toppings read just as simple. If you’re in Indy you can find Home Run Inn frozen pizza at Kroger, Marsh and Meijer.  (This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Home Run Inn Pizza.)

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  1. Word!

    I was kicking booty and taking names for a while. Now, eh, they’re fed. I focus more on real ingredients than real hard recipes. I hope they sell this brand in my market. It looks great and I like the sound of that ingredient list.

    I figure as seasons change I will come back into my passion for it and try real hard again.

  2. My family was just talking about this the other night – how grateful we are to eat together at the table so often. My kids at home are 6, 12, 15, and 17, and my teens said that most of their friends eat dinner in front of one tv in their home, while their parents eat in front of another. Throughout the discussion, none of my kids talked about WHAT we eat (and, in fact, that night we were eating a chicken and dumplings soup that takes me about 15 minutes to make and involves several canned food items). I totally agree with you – the time is so much more precious than the expectations. And your kids will know/feel that, too!

  3. This sounds doable. I sometimes find it difficult to feed my family of two. I don’t know what I’ll do when/if we ever have kids and those difficult periods hit. Probably cereal every day for a week, same as you. I’m glad to know that there are quick, healthy options available. Thanks!

  4. Yes. a million times yes. I adore that graphic. I feel guilty because my kids aren’t eating better but they are eating good enough. And the fact that we can all sit around and talk about the day is so much better than what is on the table.

    but shhhh don’t tell my kids, they will think that means candy and cookies for dinner every night! :)

  5. We probably eat Tacos, Pizza and Cheeseburgers on a weekly basis. It’s what works for us. That make you feel better? ha, ha…. I hate the internet for so many reasons, one being the constant comparison everyone does when they are on here. Thankfully you still keep it real, even if your posts are mostly sponsored now.

  6. Loving this: I don’t care what we eat, as long as we eat it together.

  7. I love home run inn, I discovered it when I lived in Chicago & fell in love (fresh & frozen), I was so excited when they started carrying it in IN! Sadly my fav frozen flavor (Plum Tomato isn’t here – just in Chicago).

  8. Last night, I sat at the table while my girl at a Happy Meal. Then I made the hubs scrambled eggs with dill and siracha at 9:30 last night. So yeah. Totally get it here! If it weren’t for salad and cooked chicken or frozen pizza’s, and eggs I’d be in a world of hurt.

    I know I’m no food photographer so after seeing all the ridiculousness on Pinterest with food posts I have started a Pinterest Fail board. Anything that seems legit and turns out not to be gets moved to that…Some of that stuff is just not realistic. BTW – you house doesn’t look dirty – just well played in.

  9. I had one tonight, not bad. Not bad at all….

  10. Your graphic is EXACTLY right. And there’s nothing worse than making something amazing and home made…and then having your kids go, “Can I have a bowl of Cheerios?” :)

  11. I love this post. My husband and I both work til 5. My 11 year old stepson lives 30 minutes away, and we have a two year old. Most of our meals during the week are things I can throw together in 30-60 minutes. But we eat dinner together every night of the week. I think that is so important!

  12. Pre-made meals can save a lot of time during the week, and buying them online even saves the trip to the store.

  13. I googled the pizza and they sell it at The Sprouts near my house and I am SO excited to try it!

    I love crock pot recipes that pretty much involve me throwing stuff in and turning it on. Also, turkey and avocado sandwiches on cheese buns with hummus and veggies and pretzel chips always a sanity saver in our house :D

  14. I feel the stress of making a dinner every night, but family dinners are one of the non-negotiable things for our family most nights. Nowadays there may be a person or two missing, but those that are home gather at the table and enjoy. However, I spoiled my kids when they were younger, and they have expectations now. And honestly, I’ve found that I feel better when I know all the ingredients that go into the food I make. Doesn’t mean that a few processed things don’t get in, but most of the time, I’ve found simple meals that are easy to make as well.

    Now off to find this pizza. It sounds like something that would be good on a snow day. (Cause I swear they are never going to end.)