I am, by nature, a planner. A visit to my kitchen would prove the point: a fully inked-in white board calendar, a bulletin board pinned with every school/activity/holiday schedule, and several post-it notes scattered around the inside doors of cupboards. I like to be prepared.
But life, especially with children, can be far from predictable. After shopping, planning, and cooking for my oldest son's upcoming birthday party, weeks of planning went down the tubes when both boys contracted fevers, chills, and nausea. Doh! A last minute cancellation left us with disappointed kids and enough food to feed an army.
Most of it was easily managed: unfrosted cake layers went to the deep freezer for another day. The veggie tray and appetizers served as a quick dinner.... Still, I was up to my eyeballs in fresh fruit. What do you do with not one, but two, pineapples?! Well, if life hands you pineapples, make it into a blog post!