I can’t stop the sadness….so I will squash it down and bake. Normally, when I’m down, I organize, but as you know from previous blog posts….I am, literally, out of things to organize in my home and all my computers.
Now, I’m going to work on my master plan to cook/freeze some meals. I’m not going to do a months worth (though the last time, I cooked in July and we still have freezer meals in the freezer and it is October *insert pat on own back*). This time I’m working through my PINTEREST BOARDS and I cook one meal, twice to freeze for a later time. I’m sort of jacked up on my weeks cause I went to the store without my new list…so I am working on my WEEKS 14 & 40. I also bought some extra chili hot beans cause I have a ton of tomato juice that I canned (super easy and saves money).
Right now, Big Daddy requested spaghetti….I usually *always* have that on hand for a quick supper that everyone loves (to make it a tad healthier, I use whole grain (NOT whole wheat aka cardboard) noodles). I bought some spiral noodles and 4 jars of spaghetti sauce (another tip to save a bit of money is do not use the spaghetti packets. I just add my seasoning, minced onions, minced garlic, basil, italian seasoning and oregano). I browned my meat with my seasoning, added 2 jars of spaghetti sauce (be sure to put a bit of water in the empty jar and swish it around to get all the sauce out) and I made my spiral noodles, al dente. I mixed it all together and put it in a 13×9 aluminum pan….put some mozzarella and parm on top and froze it for a later time. While I was doing all of that, I was also browning up more meat (for the spaghetti) and I did my regular noodles. One dinner we ate, one dinner I froze. It really took little extra time to to prepare both meals because they were similar.
Tomorrow, Hunter and I are going to prep some breakfast goodies. I’ve got some sausage, ham, eggs, cheese, and flour tortillas to make a good mess of breakfast burritos. I flash freeze them on a cookie sheet before I put them in gallon freezer bags to freeze. That prevents them from sticking together. I’m also going to make a mess of pancakes, granola for yogurt, fruit bars, applesauce cinnamon muffins, banana muffins, lemon poppyseed muffins, and chocolate oat muffins. I can control what goes in my recipes versus what is prepackaged. Plus, in the end, it saves me money because normally I would buy 3 large bags of cereal, lots and lots of yogurt (I will be making my own plain yogurt), processed fruit bars and processed granola bars. Hunter is stoked. I am slightly frightened LOL
He has been SO sweet the last couple of weeks….I mean edible kind of sweet….like the boy before the OMS. His speech has suffered. His eyes still dance. He is still unsteady on his feet and struggles doing what is easy for most little boys.
He is still my baby and oh does he know that. Oh does he know that he has me wrapped around his little bitty finger. He is my warrior and so help me if he wants to help me cook….that baby can help me cook.
Wish me luck.