November 20, 2017

It Was Just Fine (Tasty Tuesday)


As I opened my inbox this morning, I received one of those courtesy emails reminding me that I had to bring snacks this evening for my high school son’s “round table discussion.”

You know the kind of reminder that you never knew you had to be reminded about in the first place?

Now, don’t hear my wrong. I love taking my share of snack duty, but what made me chuckle was the last line, “and homemade is requested.” In a few seconds, I went through a myriad of emotions – namely surprise, frustration, guilt and relief.

Surprise and frustration that my son (or whoever was responsible for letting me know I had snacks didn’t communicate with me). Guilt because I knew that there was no way I was going to be able to tackle a bunch of homemade goodies, and then relief because I realized that what I had on hand was a “Good enough Thing.”

I responded with this email, “We’ve got it covered, but unfortunately, homemade will not be on the agenda.  They will love it none the less. :)”

As I hit “Send,” a burden was lifted. It truly was fine to acknowledge that I just can’t do it all, regardless of what others may think.

We hosted around 100 people at our home between Saturday and Sunday evenings.  We opened our homes, enjoyed hours of deepening friendships, while also making new ones, and devoured a wonderful combination of homemade goodness, along with store bought love.

Nobody cared that some food was store bought. People just wanted to gather. People wanted to share. People wanted to enjoy life together.

So while I would have loved to grace the table with a plethora of homemade yummies this evening, store bought had to do. One thing I know to be true, those high schoolers were just fine, and I was truly a better woman today because I hit “Send.”

It was a Good enough Thing.

This month, may we all celebrate the Good “enough” Things in our lives.

Has there been something in your month that has been a Good enough Thing? I’d love to hear it!

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Read the rest of my 31 Days of Good ‘enough” Things by clicking here, and don’t miss the launch of 10 Minute Dinners.

I’m tackling 31 Days towards 10 Minute Dinners over at my new site.

So what have you been cooking up this week? I can’t wait to see all the great meal inspiration you all share each week for Tasty Tuesday.


  1. Kids are usually just thrilled to have a treat of some kind. I don’t know many who could tell the difference between store-bought and homemade.

    Thanks for the linky.


  2. Thanks so much for hosting! I was happy to share my Chocolate Chip Pound Cake recipe. 🙂


  3. Whoever sent the note was very cheeky to put ‘homemade is requested’ in the first place! You definitely did a good enough thing – the snacks look delicious. People do just want to share, and while homemade can be lovely, if it involves stress it’s not good! I hope your reply (and what I’m sure was a fabulous response to your store bought deliciousness) makes the person who sent the note think twice about adding pressure folks don’t need by putting ‘homemade is requested’ in the first place 🙂

    Thank you for hosing Tasty Tuesday.


  4. I LOVE this post, which I shared in various places. Homemade is great, though it’s not great if it prevents us from sharing hospitality with others. In the end, it’s about the people, not the food.


  5. Timely! This morning I was at the running errands when I realized I promised to make pumpkin bread for teacher conferences today. Oops. Once I got home I realized there simply isn’t time to bake something without disrupting my entire day. So I pulled out the loaf of chocolate chip zucchini bread I’ve had in the freezer since August. Good enough.


  6. I agree that parties and get togethers are about the people, not the food. I have a young daughter with food allergies, so birthday parties can be tough. I typically bring her a treat – lollipop, cookies, etc. so the hostess doesn’t have to worry about what she can/can’t have. We’ve discussed that a party is about the friends, not the food. 🙂


  7. I had shoulder surgery on August 30 so I have had a couple of months of “good enough”!
    I shared a recipe for Frosted Pumpkin Spice Muffins…they were definitely a Good Thing!



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