It wasn't as difficult as I imagined it would be. Our shared goal to eat our own cooking again was what helped us see the project through. Eating fast food, frozen entres and sandwiches showed me how much I enjoy preparing meals for my family. The experience has led me to be more thoughtful and appreciative while performing what used to be a dreaded, daily responsibility.
Going for months without a fully functional kitchen also boosted me out of the same old hot dog-hamburger-pizza-chicken-spagetti menu rut. My family has been eating that boring stuff without complaint for years! It's the same stuff I used to make in college 20 years ago. I'm happy to report that now we are eating a more varied diet. I have been expanding my thoughts about food and experimenting with new recipes.