3.05.2014

Freezer Meal Day....Check!

So you have seen freezer meals pinned on Pinterest....right!?? Maybe you even have a freezer meal or crock pot board that you think about each time you wonder what to make for supper....correct? Maybe you think you are too busy, too many things going on or it is just too much work. Let me lay it out for you....
I will just use MaryJanes as the example, and not even mention my list of March events. 
MaryJane's March:
Husband: Works full time.
1st Grader
Two 4K twins : half days at school....and seems like they have a LOT of days off for school meetings!!! A Lot!
A 10 month old toddler.
A big indoor dog, two outside cats.
Remodeling house.
Preparing to Remodel photography studio { a one room school house}
Photographer: 2nd shot a wedding, 2 photo sessions, edit last months sessions. 
Help a friend decorate her new house 1/2 day.
Go to a thank you dinner of that friend's.
Meet a friend for drinks and dinner.
Prepare for The Pine Play House Sale March 15. Booth rented so must create art work.
Plan and prepare for March 22nd MJ&G workshop Painted Cowgirl.
Attend a wedding of a friends.
Set up child care for upcoming destination weddings.
Prepare for a Do It Center Event where she is a featured guest exhibitor next Thursday, drop off marketing packages for the customer bags. 
Taking an online art coarse.
Prepare for a booth for April 15th.
Watch The Bachelor Monday nights with Galoshes.
Run her MJ&G photography business, return calls, emails,blog, promote and work on taxes. 
School conferences.
Whats App with four cousins and Galoshes through out each day.
Make meals, laundry, keep house as clean as you can with a family of six. Keep sanity and runny noses wiped and diapers changed. 
Now, these are the things that I am aware of off the top of my head. I don't see her day planner, so I know I am missing things.
The point being, if you plan for a freezer meal day, it will take printing out a list and plans, shopping trip, and a full day of cooking. Once it is done, you are SET up for several meals!!! So at 4:30 or so, you take a meal out of the freezer, remove the cover, pop in the oven, presto....DONE! You end up with more time each day after this!!! The day of the freezer meal making, you create a lot of trash and recycles, but then each night after that, you wont be creating much! {If you are like me, I hate when that piles up each day!}
So there you have it, only the things that I am aware of on MaryJane's list of to-dos for March. So how did we do it? Well, at the beginning of the year we whats app'd back and fourth with day planners in hand to set up things we wanted to  make sure were penciled in, to avoid photo session dates. Freezer meals was set for the eve of Monday the 3rd to grocery shop. March 4th morning till supper time, cook.  Our plan was to do our freezer meal day at her house and I would go into town and pick up Chinese take out for lunch. The twins did not have school Tuesday, so the days plan, two five year olds, and a 10 month old and the big dog would all need to be taken care of ....kept alive..... and not stepped on for the day! 
Put the girl to work...she loves being MaryJane's shadow. {Yes, instruction was given about hot stove and not touching!}}


Confine the toddler to highchair, pack n play and jumper. {give hugs and affection as time permits}

Allow the techno boy unlimited time on I pad as long as he stayed out from under foot} Dog was shooed out often!



That was our plan, and since it was going to be at MaryJane's I had to haul my ingredients over there..trudge through the snow and haul it inside.


We purchased disposable tin containers & freezer bags. The meats we used for all meals were chicken, hamburger and I mixed in venison with mine. We each had the same shopping list, and we bought the same things for the most part.  A couple of items we bought individually to split with each other.  MaryJanes started before I arrive and had her hamburger browned and chicken cooking, I used the same pans, so this worked well in timing for use. I brought along another big pot to start the rice cooking ahead of time. So how did the house smell?? Like a 1950's home on a Sunday chicken dinner day! While we were in idle cooking time, we each made up cookies and brownies to freeze. 
Taylor made Neiman Marcus cookies and used half coconut flour which smelled wonderful!


I tried snitching cookie dough and she yelled at me, "Get out of the dough!" I used a hearing impairment line on that demand. Then she wouldn't barter with me, some of her cookies for some of my brownies. Seriously, she wouldn't, said she didn't want any of my brownies! I think it was rebellion for me snitching dough. Or she was just being a bitch! :smile: could be. When I ran to get lunch, she did shred my chicken breasts though, so I think she just loved those cookies more than my box brownies. dang! Later when I got home, I whats app'd her to tell her that the brownies were ooeee and goooee and warm...not like her frozen cookie dough that she didn't bake...HA! 




Child labor!

 So what did we make and how long did it take?
8 hours in the kitchen, and hour to shop and 1/2 hour to find the right shopping list and get our thoughts in action. Here is what we ended up with:
Lasagna
Meat Marinara Sauce for spaghetti
Chili
Extra smaller bags filled for future chili hot dogs.
Cheeseburger Casserole
Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Pasta bake. 
Tex, Mex Chicken casserole
Thanksgiving style casserole
Cookies
Brownies and Chocolate Granola Bars. 
MaryJanes had to plug in their small chest freezer to hold everything.
Myself, I packed my freezer, left three meals out for this week, filled a huge rubbermaid which was put outside to freeze as our chest freezer isn't moved here yet. {hillbilly freezer for now!}
You might wonder how many meals we actually have now, well i know that neither of us will have to make anything for a month! each meal was at least 4 containers full, plus extras put into gallon and quart size bags. I think Mocs and I are set for at least 2 months, maybe more. MaryJanes has a crew of 6, so more like a month for them. On a side note, we spent the day together, cooking, baking and chatting. The kids were home in a warm environment seeing meals prepared and helping....to me that is priceless!  
See those rolled foils on top...yep, that's cookie dough. One might go missing some time when I watch the kids!

I will no doubt share some bars with her family....even though she wouldn't!
There is it, meals done and I can tell you that today before lunch time, I though....LUNCH.....CHECK! 
Do your self a favor, plan a freezer meal cooking day, you will thank your self every night there after!

~Galoshes.
 

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