The Working Mommy Menu


Being an oilfield wife and juggling a full-time job, makes mealtime nothing less than creative and challenging especially when you are a mommy too! I will be the first to admit, when Daddy is away at the rig, I am 100% guilty of nights when cereal is what’s for dinner, popcorn is the main course, or watermelon is an entrée for two. It was not until I noticed my toddler picking up some poor eating habits that I decided it was time to “make time” and take my cooking (or lack of) and get back on track. Here are just a few of my survival tips!

1)      Early to rise! I wake up 15 minutes earlier on days when my husband is at the rig to empty the dishwasher first thing in the morning. Crazy I know, but this keeps mealtime clean up even quicker and I never get behind!

2)      CROCK-POT is king! Morning or afternoon I run home and either lay out something for dinner or throw all my ingredients in my Crock-Pot so dinner can cook while I am at work. Depending on the meal I may even throw a bread mix in the bread machine. It’s easy and the house always smells incredible!

3)      I live for lists! I go grocery shopping on my lunch break at work. Not only do I not have a needy toddler begging for anything and everything, but the store is much less busy than on weekends. I make my grocery lists according to my meals for the week and stick to exactly that!

4)      Left overs never get left behind. I always take our left overs and make individual meals in Tupperware, then stack them in the refrigerator.  This makes lunches super simple and effortless so I can focus on dinner.

5)      Always time for table time. I set the table for dinner usually ever morning before running out the door. Not only is this one less step when getting home, but reinforces us to still eat dinner at the table as a family even when Daddy is away.

6)      Home grown. My daughter and I garden together in the evenings but one huge perk is having a vegetable aisle in your own backyard! If I need a veggie in the dinner mix, I can usually just take a few steps out the backdoor!

7)      Pinterest rocks! I love all the pre-made meal ideas here. I usually use these meals as backups, but on the weekends during naptime I make freezer meals, or an abundance of side salads or dishes that I can store in the refrigerator and easily pull out a warm quickly during week nights!

Check out my “Recipes to Try” and “Clean and Organized” boards on Pinterest for more ideas on mealtime and cooking from this working OFW!

About rebecca

Becky and her family live in the beautiful town of Grand Junction, Colorado. She has been an OFW for almost three years, has a degree in Business Management, and works fulltime as a Digital Sales Manager for a local news station. She and her husband have one three year old daughter, Riley who is sweet, sassy, and even in heels and boas likes to pretend she is a dragon, that’s right ladies a dragon. In addition to work, Becky also volunteers on a fundraising committee for a local hospital, is a marketing chair member for a local not for profit, and helps pitch in at her daughters pre-school to raise funds. In her spare time (because she has SO MUCH of it) this OFW enjoys gardening, building projects on Shutterfly, cooking, golfing with her hubby, playing volleyball, and enjoying time on the lake with her family. Follow Becky on Pinterest and Instagram.


  1. Great tips, Becky!

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