I enjoyed remaking this staple I had as a child, A Bird's Nest, with a more grown up taste. The red potatoes were smashed with all of the normal goodness (butter and milk), but thyme and chives were added. The peas were cooked in my homemade chicken stock after getting being buddy buddy with caramelized onions. And of course any good meal needs to be topped with freshly grated parmesan.
When you get lost in the commotion of the day, take a recipe from your childhood and allow it to bring you back to a simpler time. Even if it is fish sticks or cheesy hot dogs, it will invoke a smile.